[decor]: Builder Home Office Room

6.16.2015

I always liked reading decorating magazines but when decorating blogs burst onto the scene, I found that they were closer aligned to my interests and I really loved following real life decorating challenges and achievements. 

Lately, it appears that blogs are starting to emulate magazines and decorated spaces look more like showrooms than those you would find in typical homes, urban and suburban. As the pendulum swings from very streamlined and modern, minimalist decor, it appears to be on the other end now, with so much "stuff" in any one photo. While decor can be sourced rather cheaply with garage sales, thrift stores and places like Target, Home Sense (Home Goods), Ikea, etc. it all still adds up - not just in terms of costs, but also accumulation of it all. Not to mention if one styles for summer and winter, follows any kind of trends, etc. 

As I was going through a garage sale this past weekend seeing perfectly fine large mercury vases that you find for at at least $30 in a regular store sold for $1, it kind of hit me - "what a waste".    While I am not a huge fan of completely minimalist space and I do love a layered look, I appreciate spaces that appear to be real, sensible and achievable on a regular budget.        

I've been holding off on some images of my parent's office room and work we've done there mostly as it is "under-styled" and is missing all those lawyers to make it magazine-worthy or "pinnable". Not anymore, as I stay true to my likes.

My parents purchased a new builder home a while back and that whole process is quite interesting so I hope to share it in one of the later posts. The layout allowed for a very small room that opens onto a covered terrace which the builder designated as an office. Since my parents had no need for an office, dilemma became what to make of this little bit of space.                                                                                                                                                                               

We settled on creating a cozy quiet space that you can use to enjoy a good book. To give the space the visual interest (and warmth on winter nights as this room is built over a garage) we went with electrical fireplace from Home Depot. It fit perfectly with very narrow wall and later mirror from Home Sense was such a good find at the right time mirroring (pun intended) colours and details (lines and ridges) of rest of decor.



Sofa like fireplace was a bigger purchase but it set the tone for the room with its green velvet upholstery it just looks like a very comfortable and cozy space.


The ottoman in the space is my very first DIY piece from 2003 or so. I created it for another space hence very solid colour on the fabric, but even in its present form it fits nicely in this space. Perhaps down the line we give it some drama through a different fabric, but for now it serves its purpose nicely.


I don't like photos and art that is hung too high and here it is. I keep wanting to lower it and I never find the time. Painting is very nostalgic which fits well with the space but it also interjects a bit of colour.


Lamp base is a garage sale find (2 for $5) and lampshade is from Ikea. Painting of vase with flowers is my own work. Sketch on the left of vase is my mom's work.


I fell in love with this ceiling light from Ikea (since discontinued) and managed to convince my parents to install it.


I just love how it looks in the space and how it gives a touch of unexpected.



This chair is from Home Sense - a really good find for around $200. It is really well made.


Curtains are really a DIY, very simple curtains from hard cotton/linen fabric which were made for another space and are hence longer. I've inverted the seam inside out to give more interest to the top. I love the stitching on this fabric.


Detailed shot of the fabric:


There were plans to add a bookshelf where the sidetable is, but we did not get to it and it also might overwhelm the space which is now quite enjoyable.

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