Category Archives: Home Office/Study

Breaking it down…


I’m in the process of re-designing the layout of an Open Plan kitchen for a new client which is very exciting. I promise to reveal more of this in time. As a result, I have been working on getting some “blue” inspiration as my client has a rather lovely blue wall that they would like to keep.

During my research, I came across this industrial looking study nook. Though at first it may seem like a desk has been plonked into a rather small area, the design of the space has utilised some clever techniques that are commonly used in small spaces. I’ve highlighted these below:


I love this image because it just goes to show that even the smallest corner of your home can be utilised to great affect. Of course, I was also drawn to the industrial style lighting and vintage furniture which in my mind make a magical combination. What do you think?

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Library’s in the home


Brrrr it’s cold over here in London. The temperature is just below zero degree’s and although it has snowed lightly, the threat of more snow continues. It’s when it’s freezing outside that I want to stay home and curl up to a good book.

My friend and fellow blogger of secret garden home (a lovely blog about renovating her first home) that you can read here inspired me today. You see, she’s in the process of building a library for herself and it started me thinking and daydreaming about what it would be like to firstly have a library, and secondly what it would look like.


For me, the key elements to a library would have to include the following:

  • A place to store your books making sure they go all the way up to the ceiling
  • Ensuring that the books on the shelf are full to brim and then on the floor and table
  • A very very comfortable sofa or armchair
  • Good lighting in the room, both natural light during the day and artificial light at night
  • Art on the walls for inspiration


How about you? What elements would you include in your ideal library? I’d love to know.

Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: Title – Bill Kingston Photography 2nd Image – Bookshelfporn, 3rd Image –  William Waldron Photography

Creating a place to Work and/or Study

It’s been a tough week. All of us have been ill and not much fun to be around. Big J has had to work from home while I’ve had to study and we’ve had to juggle conference calls around a very loud toddler. It’s times like these that I find having my study space so important. It’s the one space in the house that I can truly call mine. No one else uses it or is allowed near it and I like to fill the surrounding walls with things to inspire me. My wall is filled with inspiring images, my desk is stacked with books and  papers and I have an old lamp base which I use as a holder for my red cloche (hat) that I just love. All these things make me happy and are conducive to helping me focus. Here are some practical things that can help you to create your perfect study/work space:

  • Work with your habits. Do you need peace and quiet? Do you like to listen to music? Do you need background noise? Answering these questions can help you to determine the location of where your area should be. For example, I need a quiet area when I study, but Big J isn’t as fussed. Therefore my desk is upstairs in our bedroom and his desk is downstairs in the open plan space.
  • Create a space that is only used for your study or work – it’s easier to leave and come back to if you don’t have to pack it all up
  • Make your area as comfortable as possible. Get a comfy chair, get the temperature of the room right and make sure that there is enough task lighting and/or natural light for you to do your work
  • Surround yourself with things that inspire and motivate you – I have a mood board on my wall above my desk and motivational quotes to help with perspective when I get frustrated or am feeling unmotivated.

I hope this has inspired you to create or update your own work/study space. Have a lovely Thursday, till tomorrow!

Image Source – DropAnchors Tumbler and Fashion Designer House Blog

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