So these last few weeks have been fairly crazy – I completed on my apartment and so have been knee deep in moving, organising and painting!
I am absolutely loving my cute little 2 bed. It’s in a neighbourhood I absolutely love, it’s full of character and quirks and it’s above a cupcake shop. It’s perfectly me and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
So far I’m taking it room by room and carefully planning what I want to do to each of them. I seem to always have a project on the go, so I want to take my time and work out how I’ll use the space and not rush to get everything done at once. Luckily in blog world this means lots of planning and sharing of ideas, so hopefully you’ll come along for the ride too!
Eventually I want to change the bathrooms and do something to the kitchen (you can find some Kitchen ramblings and inspo here), but at the moment every room is completely liveable and doesn’t need anything urgent doing to it. It’s going to be a labour of love to transform it into my space and style and I cannot WAIT for the challenge!
I decided a good starting point would be my study. I have a lot of craft and business materials that need storing and organising, so I started by painting the walls white and getting a fresh base ready to go.
I absolutely love study scenes like these below, so I knew I wanted to try and replicate the same clean, fresh and painfully cool look that these rooms manage to achieve:
I love the pink and gold highlights here. It’s beautifully girly and think it makes a real statement in a feminine office space.
In my previous work space (see this Instagram post) I utilized a peg board as the background to my work bench and used hooks and wooden pegs to display my craft materials, making it a pretty display but also functional. I really loved the look, however this time I want to go for a more minimal, grown up look and so will be using clever storage for all my craft materials, rather than having them on display.
This also gives me flexibility with what I can use the space behind my desk for. I love this image above of the wire board – it’s a really clever way to display photos, souvenirs and small pieces of art.
It’s also easy to re-style and not as limiting as drilling holes into a pegboard.
In terms of colour, I knew straight away I wanted a white base with white furniture. I use my study for blogging, crafting and taking photos so I need to have a fresh, light bright background that I can easily mix up when I need to. However I definitely want to be able to introduce colour to keep the room lived in and girly. I absolutely love the marble and copper combination at the moment, so my accessories will try and bring these themes together.
I would like the overall room to be quite monochrome, so I’ll focus on a white base with touches of black to give it that classic masculine vibe, before adding the touches of copper, marble and pink to feminize the space.
I love the styling in the picture above, it makes a really functional set of shelves come to life in a very cool and sophisticated way.
So far, this is a little sneak peek of the progress I’ve been making with transforming my Study part way into the vision I have in mind…
I’ve still got a lot to do to get the room looking how I’m imagining, but I’m pretty pleased with the progress so far. Obviously what you can’t see in the pictures is the TONNE of cardboard boxes waiting to be sorted out in the background!
If you’re interested in seeing more of me doing the doing rather than just the finished article, you can find me in action over on SnapChat and Instagram, both @honestlyombre.
For now, I’ll leave you with a painty Jess, deep in the action!
I hope you liked reading about my ideas and seeing the progress being made! I’d love to hear what you think, so leave me a comment! 🙂
(Links: Copper Light is from Homebase, Trio of Mini Cacti from Ikea, ‘J’ Carnival Light from Little Letter Lights Co, print of my Apartment from Not On the Highstreet, Pink pot from Homesense, Candle in ‘Fairy Dust’ by Lily Flame , Copper Pot and Marble Cup both from HM Home)