Monday, April 28, 2014

Moody Vintage Chic Office/Reading Room

We wrapped up the Habitat/ReStore house tours this past weekend, so time to share some photos of my Moody Vintage Chic Office/Reading Room.

A special thank you to Jill Schardt Photography for taking these photos for me.

I have so many little anecdotes to tell you about this room. For one, I'm in love with the animal print pillow that you see below. I wanted to keep the pattern to a minimum in the room but I knew I wanted a dose of animal print, so a pillow to jazz up the chaise was the perfect add. And trimming it out in an emerald green was the icing on the cake. A big thank you to Therese Marie Designs for the execution of this fabulous pillow cover (that I get to take home with me - weeeee!!!)


The painting that you'll see in the photo below was the basis for my color palette. And together the painting and the chaise were my starting points for this room. As soon as I saw the chaise I knew I wanted two main zones - a reading nook and a desk/work space.

The fabric on the chaise was a little mousy but it worked. And I used Rub N Buff on the frame of the floral painting to give it one continuous gold tone. Before it had a lot of black in it and appeared dated but the Rub N Buff really gave it the look I wanted.


I envisioned this space for a young female design professional. A space to relax and unwind, but also a room that she could work in and create.


After seeing how much light the room got in the afternoon, I dabbled with going really dark on the walls - specifically a dark blue. And dark walls I did. I'm SO glad I went dark - it was a key element to the room.


I love the fun details of the desk wall. I used a hanger from ReStore and sprayed it gold to hold fabric swatches. And I found a portable ironing board that I also sprayed gold and used mini clothespins to hang pieces of inspiration. The vintage lamp and milkglass vase are both my own.


The heart banner was made out of a music book that I found at ReStore. The mother who will be living here eventually mentioned how much her and her son loved music, so this was a nod to their favorite past-time (as well as the "Isn't She Lovely" print shown above that I made using leftover animal print fabric and a downloadable font).




The desk, chair, acrylic tray, letter holder, and small organizer were all ReStore items.

I have so many more photos and details to share with you, but I thought I'd share these photos that Jill took first since these are the best shots.

After wrapping up the open house on Saturday, I had time to reflect on the experience. Not only am I so proud of the space that I created, but I'm also pleased that I stuck to my design beliefs of creating a beautiful, personal space using items that you already own mixed with "new" items. This was a fun exercise in using my technical skills along with a lot of creativity.


27 comments:

  1. Holly this space is just wonderful! I love the dark walls and you sure did a fantastic job of taking a "mousey" chaise and making it look so sophisticated. And the TMD pillow? I am biased, but it is scrumptious! Pure cleverness with the desk and wall accessories, in all this spoace is a home run and I am delighted for you about that!

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! The chaise was a bit of a gamble but I think it turned out well - that snazzy pillow has a lot to do with it.

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  2. This is beautiful! The wall color is stunning and I love the desk area. So creative and chic! Job well done friend.

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    1. Thanks Andrea - all of you and your awesome feedback make this even sweeter ;)

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  3. I am loving the hangers and the ironing board frame. So much design flexibility in a little can of spray paint in the hands of a creative girl. Well done.

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    1. It's amazing what spray paint can do, isn't it? Rustoleum gold was a winner. Thanks Therese!

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  4. Way to go, Lady! Loving the clever use of the ironing board and hangers painted gold above the desk. And that beautiful peach colored chaise against the wall color is stunning. Lots of beautiful texture too. A room to be proud of!

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  5. The space is amazing - I would love to work in there! I also love how you arranged the art above the desk - so creative to use hangers and an ironing board frame. I'm excited to see the rest!

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    1. Camille and Jenn - thank you!! Needless to say I'll be using the ironing board in my own home after we break down our rooms.

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  6. What an amazing transformation!! And your photographer did an amazing job...dark rooms are often hard to capture and the shots look luminous and wonderful! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Kristine! Jill was awesome to work with and I hope to partner with her for more shoots in the future.

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  7. Holly you've created such a stylish space!! It's so much fun to see what you can do on a budget - love those moody walls with the bright pink, and of course, Therese's pillow!!

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    1. Thanks Pam! The paint was my most expensive item in the room if you can believe that (that I came out of pocket for). Sherwin Williams Duration!

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  8. Amazing, Holly!!! I was so excited when I opened up my laptop this morning and saw the title of your post:) Congratulations on a job well done! The photos are really beautiful, definitely capture that dark blue wall color well. (And you got a new profile pic and About pic too?! Yay! So stylish! You look awesome!) Love the reading nook...that "mousy" chaise reminds me of something Jenny from Little Green Notebook might find and put in her own home and get the world to fall in love with! So cool that you worked with Therese Marie on the pillow...that is blogland at its best:) The whole ironing board/hanger concept is brilliant! Those came out so pretty with the gold spray paint. One of my favorite things in the space is that little music heart garland, so sweet. Its been so interesting to follow along with you on this journey and see you do the whole small budget/big creativity thing:) How did the house tours go? What was the feedback?

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    1. I knew you would like the music garland - isn't it fun? And the new head shot was overdue - Jill did such a nice job. The tours went really well and I think this will be the first of more events for them such as this. The only challenge is finding an empty house - that can be tricky - this was a unique situation that a home was vacant. Thanks Sarah!

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  9. Congrats Holly! Doing a total re-do on virtually no budget is next to impossible and then it to look like this?? It's great Holly. You should feel proud!!

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    1. Thank you Fran! It was a challenge from a budget standpoint, but this shows you what a great look can be achieved with a modest budget. I am proud and it wouldn't be the same without the support of all of you. I've mentioned this before but wouldn't it be great to have one big ol' party with all of us sometime - that would be FUN.

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  10. Holly - you are awesome! This is such a beautiful, fun space that anyone would love to live in. Love all the details and your creativity! And I'd be psyched about keeping that pillow too - so cute!

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    1. Thank you Kris! I had a ton of fun working on this project. There's definitely a little bit of me in this room.

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  11. I am SO, so late to the party here, but congratulations on a job well done, Holly! What a happy place. Repurposing the hangers is genius. And the pink velvet chaise looks like such a fun piece, too.

    Congratulations!! Wish I could have seen it in person!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! Never late to the party - I always appreciate hearing from you whenever it may be. And thanks for the feedback - the hangers are coming home with me that's for sure. I plan on using them in our home.

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  12. This is impressive! I love that you went bold and dark on the walls. It is the perfect backdrop for the bright pink desk. The whole room looks fun , yet sophisticated. Bravo on a job well done!

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    1. Thank you very much Carrie - I'm so pleased with my color scheme and the way everything turned out. The dark walls were definitely a key component to my design.

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  13. Holly, I love what you did in here, starting with that wall color and ending with the desk!! It is joyful, and yet a retreat. Creative, happy, and inspiring. I can't even begin to imagine how much time and thought you poured into this room and all the details really pay off - the room came together so beautifully!!

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  14. I love the bold color choices that you made. I also love the little details that make the room, like the fabric used on the desk chair, the gallery wall, and I LOVE the animal print on the chaise. Great job.

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  15. I am slowly getting back into the world of blogs and blogging and was thrilled to see your beautiful room! It's really stunning and I'm so happy to see you taking off. Well done, Holly!

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