I was talking to a girlfriend not long ago about how I was getting a little tired of feeling unsettled. Growing up with divorced parents, I spent the majority of my childhood as a mini nomad – travelling from home to home multiple times weekly. And while I wouldn’t change any of it for the world, it wasn’t until I moved in with Justin that I really began to feel at peace.
Fast forward to last summer. Between house hunting, packing, moving, and renovating, I feel like I’ve once again been living amongst chaos of some variety for almost a year now. And while I hope this doesn’t come across as complaining – because I am not – not even for a second. I have to admit that it does take a bit of a toll. That being said, the madness that has been our lives the last year has made me feel more grateful than ever. And having a fully complete office has been the most incredible feeling in every sense of the word. It has quickly become my haven – a wonderful happy little place that I look forward to spending hours upon hours each day within. I’m thrilled to finally share every last detail and the results, photographed by my sweet (and crazy talented) friend Heidi Lau.
Our home, an old Victorian from 1898, has incredible bones. But what it boasts in character, it lacks (big time) in storage space. The master bedroom, for example, didn’t even have a closet when we began. So when we first moved in, we got to work knocking down the wall between the master and the office, and pushing it further into the office. This small change resulted in a master large enough to build a closet, without eating into the existing footprint. It made the office small by comparison, but I’ve never been one to shy away from a tiny space. And while it may not be the biggest room in the world, the final results are mighty – if I do say so myself.
While Justin and his dad handled the wall demo and rebuild portion of the whole ordeal, we worked with True Contractors (one of my favourite construction companies in the GTA) when it came to finishing details. They installed some beautiful wainscotting, and 6″ crown moulding, all from Metrie. It was only about two days worth of work, and the finishing details absolutely, hands down, no question, made the space what it is. The wainscotting is installed 3′ up the wall, and the rest is finished with a bold black, white, and grey wallpaper from Anthropologie. We installed sleek, soft tap, dimmable light switches (which I LOVE). A custom roman shade from Tonic Living, in Tuscany Linen – Prism, topped it all off, and with that we were off to the races.
While I conduct the majority of my work like a grown up at my desk, I adore the cozy corner that I’ve carved out for myself. I picked up the most gloriously comfortable oversized lounge chair, in a timeless silhouette, from Plaidfox that just barely fit up our stairs*. We repurposed an old floor lamp that we found in our creepy attic. And we topped it all off with the most beautiful poof, handmade by artisan women in Beirut, from Métis.
When I’m not snuggled up my cozy little office corner, you can typically find me right here, at this very desk. You may remember in our old home tour (here) that I used to work from a desk that my mother had purchased for me when I went to kindergarten. And while I absolutely adore that piece – both aesthetically and emotionally – it was just too small for my current needs. I knew that if I was going to convince myself to make the change, it was going to have to be something truly outstanding. Which is where my current desk situation comes into play. This beauty, which was gifted to me by Ave Home, is the most glorious piece I own. Truly. The raw wood adds a ton of warmth to an otherwise crisp and cool palette. And the carved details and turned legs add the most glorious details. I have to admit, it definitely made the emotional switch out significantly easier.
Though I’ve been in the interior design business for over ten years now, it never fails to amaze me how complete a room feels the minute we do two things: install the drapery. And roll out the area rugs. They’re the very best way to not only anchor a space, but also add those layers of warmth and coziness that transform a house into a home.
Every. Single. Time. I do an Instagram story I get asked about my office area rug. It’s a woven wool beauty that I got from Armadillo & Co. It’s the prettiest greige hue, the perfect amount of plushness, and I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for something soft underfoot.
And last, but certainly not least, we have my design library. This bad boy is the workhorse of the whole ordeal. Not only does it house all of my design books, but also all of my tile, wood, and fabric samples. Plus, it looks damn good while doing so, if I do say so myself.
There you have it. My happy place, all rolled into one post. If you’d like to see the before space, live, check out this video tour I posted of our home just after we got the keys.
*true story: Justin actually dismantled our entire stair banister to fit this baby up. It was worth every painstaking moment, as far as I’m concerned.
Photography: Heidi Lau | Interior Design: Yours Truly (Lark & Linen)
Construction: True Contractors | Chair Rail: c/o Metrie | Cove: Metrie | Crown Moulding: Metrie
Wallpaper: c/o Anthropologie | Desk: c/o Ave Home | Side Chair: c/o Plaidfox | Area Rug: c/o Armadillo & Co | Custom Roman Shade: c/o Tonic Living | Filing Cabinet: Wayfair | Bookshelf: Ikea | Desk Lamp: Serena & Lily | Pendant: Joss & Main | Floor Lamp: Vintage | Floor Poof: c/o Métis | Light Switches: c/o Legrand | Desk Chair: Wayfair
Books: c/o The Eccentrics, Room with a View, Christian Dior, Farfetch, Michele Bonan | Graphic Pillow: c/o Susan Connor New York | Floral Pillow: Arianna Belle | Abstract Art: c/o Minted | Sassy Lady Art: Minted | Feather Art: Minted | Line Drawing: My own | Wild Radish Drawing: Minted | Abstract Piece: Minted | Watercolour Piece: Minted | Diffuser: c/o Saje | Pen Holder: Anthropologie | Letter Organizer: Urban Outfitters | Candle: c/o Assouline | Mouse Pad: Etsy
Jeans: TopShop | Sweater: H&M | Lipstick: Mac – Sweetie
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This is an amazing before/after. I can’t get over the paneling. It totally makes the room. And while I really like your wallpaper, it would be just too much floor-to-ceiling. That band of white around the bottom of the room calms it down. And it’s so classy.
I also love the way you left the shelves backless so the wallpaper shows behind them.
And so many other details.
Thank you so much <3
My goodness, it’s gorgeous! What a beautiful space you’ve made for yourself (which couldn’t be more important when it’s somewhere you’re working all day, right?). I love the wallpaper, and the fact you have a comfy armchair to sit on if you can do work-tasks that don’t require being upright at your desk to be productive. :)
I can’t tell you how often I curl up in that chair. It’s so nice to have a cozy little spot when I don’t feel like sitting like an adult at my real desk :)
SO SO pretty, as always! I love your chair in there and it may be the type of chair I’m looking for for my living room. Enjoy the new space!! xx
Thank you Kelly Lynn!
A lovely space. Perfect for my talented daughter. I am jealous!!! But in a wonderful way:)
lol – thanks, Mom!
Jacquelyn, It is lovely! I especially love the wallpaper and desk! I may now be using your office as design inspiration for our office/dining room as it is so chic and timeless! Thanks so much! ~Tina
That is the most wonderful compliment <3
Absolutely beautiful! I agree that the wainscoting and the desk are some of the best pieces in the entire room. A job very very well done!! I wish my home office looked that beautiful!
Truly, when they were both complete I had a “YASSSS” moment. It was glorious.
What a beautiful space! Every detail is perfection. Congratulations and many, many happy hours, days and years in your lovely space.
Thank you, Debbie!
Jacquelyn, as you always do, you’ve knocked this space out of the park. It’s beautiful, and perfect for you! Like the other commenters, I can’t believe it’s the same space. You have absolutely transformed it. I hope you’ll love working in your new space, and I hope you’ll love your Patra pillow, and I feel very honored to see one of my pillow designs in your very own office. It’s the best compliment there is for a textile designer! xx S
It is my absolute pleasure to include one of your beautiful works of art into my office. You are so dang talented my friend!
Exactly or even better than what I would imagine your office space to be. I love it and it totally yells Jacquelyn and calm and pretty to me!!
Thank you, sweet friend
Beautiful space! The wall panelling and wallpaper combo is very pretty. Thank you so so much for including the floor pouf in your design, i love how it looks and fits perfectly! I showed the pictures to the women artisans in Beirut who handmade it, especially Rania who cross-stitched the top, and they were extremely happy to see their work in someone’s home. Enjoy it!
That is amazing! Thank you so much Faten. And please give a big ol hug to Rania when/if you see her. She is incredibly talented – I adore my pouf
What a beautiful office! I really love the warmth how the warmth of the desk and baskets balance the cool tones in the blacks, whites, and grays. Hope you enjoy many hours of creativity in your new space.
100%! I always try to incorporate at least some wood for that very reason. Texture and warmth is king!
Oh my goodness! This is just so beautiful, Jacquelyn! I’m sure you’re spending many happy hours in this space. How nice it is to be surrounded by lovely!
I am sitting in that very chair responding to all of these lovely comments and I am so happy I could explode!
Absolutely beautiful. May I also suggest a rug underneath your office chair to protect the wonderful flooring.
We actually have soft casters for that reason :) I’ve been using them for about 5 years now with zero scratches on any hardwood!
Thanks, Anna <3
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So elegant, every single detail is perfect, and I am such a sucker for beautiful wallpaper. I can understand the feeling of wanting to feel more settled down, anchored. Good job on doing that!
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Your office is so perfect! I love it. It’s so bright and cherry and I love the wallpaper. Eyeing that pencil cup and OMG the little feet on it are so cute!!
What a gorgeous space! It’s absolutely perfect! Where are the baskets from?
The baskets are actually from Ikea. They’re a few years old though and unfortunately discontinued
I LOVE it! I found you via Alaina at The Elizabeth Street Post and I’m pining after this desk for my own office. I was curious if you sealed it with anything to protect it, since it’s raw wood? And I just read in your comments that you use “soft casters” on your rolling chair with the hardwoods. Say what?! We are getting hardwoods installed tomorrow and I’m trying to figure out what to do about office chairs. Do you buy a certain type of caster from Amazon and replace on your chairs? Would love to have your insight!
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