My Home Office – A Room Tour

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It’s fair to say that our spare room has been somewhat neglected in our house decorations – initially it was going to be the nursery, but a nasty damp problem put pay to that plan. A vast amount of repointing, drying out, and replastering later, it was finally ready for decorating and to become my home office. I work from home and I wanted a space that was bright, airy, and inspirational to work in.

Sian Elin

Sian Elin

The starting point for the décor was Sian Elin’s Tress Multi wallpaper – as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re going for wallpaper rather than paint it should be bold and make a big statement and this fulfils both those criteria in a fabulous way.

In Sian’s own words

“The Tress design creates tessellating geometric shapes to form a dynamic and engaging pattern. Inspired by Eastern pattern, and hand-drawn in the Sian Elin signature markings, the ever popular multi-colour version will bring your living space alive.”

And does it ever? The colours are great – with the pinks and teal it runs the risk of being a tad overly feminine, but the mustard yellow takes the edge off the girliness and lifts the whole colour scheme.

Jamie Desk Swoon Editions

Sian Elin’s wallpapers are made in the UK, printed in the North East of England, and are ‘paste-the-wall’ rather than ‘paste-the-paper’ which I think makes for a much easier job. The decorating gods must have been smiling on us when we put this up, as all of our other walls have been very ‘old house wonky’, making the wallpaper job particularly difficult, but this wall was (almost!) straight.

 

A Mid-century Desk

The paper has a very mid-century feel to it, with the geometric design and the mustard colour, so I wanted to keep the theme with a mid-century style desk. Sadly my budget didn’t stretch to the real thing, but Swoon Editions came up trumps with the Jamie desk in beautiful rosewood (sadly now sold out, but similar available here)

Mid-century Desk Swoon Editions Jamie

Earthborn Paints

We’ve been very conscious to respect the age of our house and keep to certain building methods such as lime pointing and plaster. Our builder recommended Earthborn paints as ‘the only type of paint to use on lime plaster’ as they would allow the wall to breathe. Earthborn are an ‘eco paint’ company, and their paints are zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) so perfect for allergy sufferers. VOC’s contribute to atmospheric pollution when they evaporate (i.e. when you paint) and are present in many items used in our homes, some have a higher level of toxicity than others. As an asthma and eczema sufferer, I’ve made steps to ensure that all of the paints we use in our home are zero VOC to reduce any impact this might have on my breathing and on my skin. The paint is also static resistant, so dust build up is reduced – another win for allergy sufferers! The added bonus is that you don’t get that ‘new paint’ smell that lingers for so long and your brushes are lovely and easy to wash out when you’re finished.

Earthborn claypaint

The samples arrived and I decided to really push the boat out and go for … White. Exciting, eh? Except it actually was! I’ll admit, I’m picky about my whites – so many times you get your white paint on the wall and it looks completely different in ‘your’ light to how you imagined / the colour chart / that picture you pinned on Pinterest. Earthborn’s White is a soft, warm white, not too bright and is lovely and calming – perfect for a study and a great offset for the brightly coloured wallpaper.

 

The only way I can describe the texture of Earthborn paints is ‘creamy’ – we used the claypaint matt emulsion which was super thick and just glided onto the wall. The coverage is fantastic – we’d just had the wall freshly plastered, and so I was super surprised that two coats of the claypaint gave a superb finish. We’d had a unfortunately timed spell of very hot weather straight after the lime plaster went on, which resulted in some hairline cracks as it dried slightly too quickly. We did leave the plaster to dry out a long time before painting, so quite a few of the cracks closed up over time, but the ones that hadn’t were completely filled in by the claypaint – super stuff!

Styling the Desk

I’m a huge fan of having little knick knacks everywhere and I’ve had great fun styling my desk. I love the little cactus pots (Ikea), geometric pencil pots (Ikea), brass ampersand (Oliver Bonas) and Hello sign (West Elm).

Ikea pencil pots

Sian Elin Tress Multi

Books and Ampersand

Desk window shot

All in all, I’m really pleased with my new office – it still needs a few finishing touches but it’s a really uplifting and inspiring place to sit and work, I actually look forward to starting my working day!

 

What do you think? Do you love a bold wallpaper too?

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  • Fionnuala Zinnecker

    Ah, Katy, this is beyond gorgeous. That wallpaper and all your bits and bobs, not to mention that beautiful desk. Really gorgeous. I woundn’t get any work done in there. I would to too busy admiring it 🙂
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  • john adams

    There is no denying that is bold wallpaper! Love the desk. I’d certainly be happy to work at it. #HomeEtc

  • Fi – Beauty Baby and Me

    Gorgeous babe! Love this! xx #BloggerClubUK

  • Karen Bell

    Your office looks fab. Love the Ikea pots. #BloggerClubUK

  • Leah Miller

    This looks really lovely! I love the wallpaper, so vibrant! I also love the fluffy work chair, I would love on of those! xx

  • The Mama Story

    Adore the wallpaper! I’ve seen it used before in a nursery and works just as well here. I think you’ve created a very inspiring workplace!

    • Thanks so much – if we ever have another baby then this will have to become the nursery. I love the paper for a nursery!

  • Natalie

    That wallpaper is fantastic! It really makes the room look bright and nice to work in. #BloggerClubUK

  • Looks really nice, I love the wallpaper, fantastic touch! My desk is in my living room and resembles a war zone right now. So much so I have moved my laptop to the coffee table and sofa!

  • Kerry

    Very cool desk and I love the ampersand. I need put together somewhere nice for me to work. I tend to sit on the sofa wrapped up in a blanket which does my back and levels of productivity no good whatsoever!! xxx #HomeEtc

    • Thanks so much Kerry, I’m really pleased with it. My previous workspace before this one was the sofa – I feel your back pain!!

  • I absolutely love the wallpaper. The office is the perfect place for a bold option like this. It’s fantastic how much impact in a room can have even just changing one wall 🙂 #HomeEtc

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    Love it! The wallpaper is fab and the desk is gorgeous. Oh how I am dreaming of taking over my husbands home office and making it mine!! x

  • Little Steps

    That a really funky, lovely wallpaper and I love your desk too. When we move I’m looking forward to having our office too. Can’t wait to decorate. Haven’t really thought of having wallpaper yet, but this has just inspired me.

    • It really is lovely to have a proper space to work at – I can’t believe what a difference it makes. I’m kind of jealous that you’re going to have a whole house to decorate! I can’t fit any more lovely wallpapers in ours without having to get rid of one I chose.

  • I love bold wallpaper, yours is fab. I love your desk and how you have styled it. I need the ‘hello’ sign for my craft room, it’s so cure #homeetc

    • Thanks Louisa! They do a Love sign too which I’ve been eyeing up – it’s so tempting! One for every room in the house would be perfect!

  • Oh Katy I just love it ,it is so stylish, such a brave choice yet wow it has paid off, it matches so well with the desk it looks amazing x

  • Oh my god I need that wallpaper it is gorgeous. It reminds me of 60’s prints but a modern and prettier version!

  • Elizabeth

    Oh my goodness this looks fantastic! My office is the space I can claim for myself on the kitchen table…

  • Awww your office is beautiful, i’d love to have a room like this xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Oh my goodness! Your office is so stylish! I have those ikea pen holders too 🙂 H x

  • Joanna

    I really love the look of this wallpaper I’d love my own little office one day.

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I am so jealous of your home office, I would love a one. This wallpaper is so bright and makes the room look so much fun. I love all your accessories too xx

  • Sue @ Home Heart Harmony

    I LOVE it! I’ve just moved my desk from our spare bedroom (where it was usually buried under a pile of ironing) downstairs into our ‘den’ and I cannot believe what a difference it makes to have somewhere to work and which I can cover in pretty things and feel is ‘my space.’ Let’s just say my productivity has definitely increased!! That wall paper is so eye-catching and I love the little decorative items you’ve added. Where are the turquoise pencils from? They are gorgeous! #HomeEtc

  • I can’t believe I haven’t taken this tour in person yet – I’m terrible! I love your desk styling – much nicer than the current state of the desk in my garden office (a sewing machine, a knitting machine and some discarded bits of thread!). A side note – I bought the little cactus set from ikea too – would you believe I’ve managed to kill one already?! How I keep the animals alive is anyone’s guess! xx

    • Haha, honestly, I swear house plants are the hardest thing to keep alive! My money plant died the other week, seems like a bad omen! I still need the in-person tour of your office too remember? We should do an open house one weekend!

  • Sarah Cantwell

    Oh I love it! So stylish. I’m a big fan of knick knacks too. We plan to convert our garage into a study later this year. I can’t wait to get organising!! X

  • Rebecca U

    this is perfect – totally my style. The wall paper and desk are so amazing!

  • I love it, this is exactly what I would go for. The wall paper is amazing! Also, I have those little pencil pots from ikea!

  • I LOVE that wallpaper – what an amazing find! The desk looks gorgeous, very retro looking. Love it! x
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  • Cliona O’Connor

    OH WOW – the desk is sooooooo amazing. I love your colours too. I aspire to actually get a space to myself in my house – can you come decorate it if I do? x

    • Sadly my Mum is the wallpaper-er – I’m more the ‘glamourous assistant’ type! I’m a dab hand with a paint brush though!

  • I love that wallpaper. My OH would never let me have anything like that, he’s a paint only man! Boring

  • Island Living 365

    Ooooooh I LOVE your office. I have serious office envy now and that wallpaper is just fab. I agree wallpaper should always be bold! You must love working in there 🙂

  • Oh I love it!!! I don’t have any wallpaper in my house – it’s all boring neutrals. The Sian Elin paper is just gorgeous & I love the desk & decor against it. I’m hoping to set up a desk for blogging this year – I love your little corner there! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk

    • Thanks so much Becky – I do love a bold wallpaper! I’m generally neutrals for paint colours, but I feel wallpaper should make a statement! Best of luck with setting up a desk – I do think it makes a huge difference for productivity (although you’re clearly super productive anyway!)

  • It’s absolutely beautiful – just perfect!

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Oh my goodness it is LUSH!! That wallpaper is stunning and so stylish. Love it all. This is such a fab space and you must feel so inspired now xx Thanks for sharing and linking up. Jess xx

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  • Lizzie Woodman

    Beautiful office, I love it. I’m never brave enough for bold wallpaper, but maybe I should be. This looks so inspiring and you definitely wouldn’t get bored of looking at it!

    • Thanks Lizzie – I find it so invigorating to look at, it makes my mind active! I know some people like a calm office, but I’m the opposite!

  • Hannah Malanga

    I love that wallpaper and the desk! Its modern but retro at the same time, perfect!

  • Viki Marden

    Your office is so my taste. I absolutely love the wall paper and the turquise theme too. X

  • Loving that wallpaper! I’ve got home office envy now. Just need a spare room. #BloggerClubUK

  • A big case of green eyed monster. I’m not sure it’s quite my thing but the fact you have an office space AND knick knacks.

  • That wall paper!!! How amazing is that?! I’m so with you on going bold, why on earth not? It looks amazing and I love the desk and all the little nicknacks too, it looks wonderful 🙂 #HomeEtc

  • I love, love, love this, Katy!!! The wallpaper is totally swoonworthy. The print and the colours are amazing. The whole room looks totally fab x

    • Thanks so much Rachel – the wallpaper is the thing that makes it, it’s just fab! Eyeing up lampshades and cushions to go with it 🙂

  • Steph – midlifemummydiary

    Oh what a lovely space!! I adore that wallpaper!!! I must say I’d never heard of Sian Ellin before but this looks too good to ignore – so I’m off to check it out! I love dressing things up with trinkets too – and I also have my eye on that ‘West Elm ‘hello’ sign, though maybe I should get one of the other designs too! My husband though has already commented about my spending habits lately – so not entirely sure how to go about this. Fab room and a fab post – kicks my bum into action to get my own office makeover post written and posted too – though mine is far less colourful than your lovely one is!! Steph xxx #HomeEtc

    • Thanks so much Steph – the West Elm signs are so great, aren’t they? Completely frivolous purchase though, so I do understand the deliberation! I love a makeover post – definitely do it! I ummed and aahed over this one – the room is really really difficult to shoot – but I’m glad I did!

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Utterly stunning!!! You have great taste and amazing eye for style! What a fab space!! Lovely and thanks for sharing. Jess xx
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    • Ah, thanks Jess – that’s really made my day! I’m really chuffed with it, I find it really inspiring.

  • That wallpaper is amazing, there is nothing better than geometric design in my mind and I love the desk with it. Quite jealous of such a lovely room
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  • Caro Davies

    Love, love, love , love, LOVE the wallpaper. Totally love it. Can you tell??? 😉 Beautiful desk too — I see so much white gloss in interiors these days — it makes such a refreshing change to see some wood! Thanks so much for linking up with us #HomeEtc

    • Thanks so much Caro – funny you should say that, all my other desk choices were white lacquer and I ummed and aahed for ages. I do really love the wood against the colourful wallpaper though – think it was the right choice!

  • I’m with Caro (although about a week behind) and love hat wallpaper – it’s absolutely gorgeous! #homeetc