The Artist Decorates

Although this is just a humble knitting/art blog, I secretly aspire to be a high-end design blog like decor8 or remodelista.  High fashion.  Cutting edge.  Very, very beautiful.

Well, actually, I don't.  I'm sort of surprisingly satisfied with being just plain old me.  But I do want to share a little bit of my new in-home office space.  We've moved on from the little kitchen update, and the office is this month's excercise in refreshing our home.

We started with this:


Actually, that is not completely true.  We started with peeling red walls, inherited 13 years ago from the previous owner, and the desk in the middle of the room amidst a tangle of computer cords and lots of junk.  Nothing else.

One night I mentioned in an offhand manner to the Judge that it would be nice if there were two desks in there so we could surf together.  "Not possible," was the response.  The room, he opined, was too small.  I took that as a challenge, albeit with a little bit of help from uber-cool Birmingham decorator Sarah Jernigan.

I have to start by telling you that Harry found the entire process of moving furniture in and around to be completely exhausting.  He promptly retired to the stairway.  He seems to believe his coat is set off to perfection by the new lavender-gray paint job.


While he napped, I did all of the work.


Do you like the results?  It's now a fully functional office with plenty of filing space and a lovely settee (Room and Board, my new favorite store for furniture basics, and their in home delivery is excellent).  The addition of the little frosted glass table at the end of the settee gives me something to pull around and work on when I get tired of reclining on the settee and eating bon bons.  (And yes, for those of you with a keen eye, the pillows on the couch are Liberty of London for Target.)


The finishing touch is a fabulous George Nelson saucer fixture — something I've wanted to have in my home forever but have always thought would be out of place in our Tudor home.  It turns out to be the perfect touch for a modern oasis in the middle of Tudor arches and kid-clutter.


I like it so much that here it is again, up close and turned on.


In case you are worried about Harry, you will be relieved to learn that he revived, promptly upon realizing that there was salmon for dinner.


All in all, it was a good day.




6 thoughts on “The Artist Decorates

  1. Wow – love the remodel. The settee is wonderful – the color is divine. Love the fixture and the cool pillows. Looks so inviting – I want to come visit and eat bon bons with you…lol!

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