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.
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
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