Home Office Re-Magined Inspiration = Carpet • Paint • Drapes
Where does inspiration come from? That’s a great question! It’s different for everyone and it shows up different all the time for me. For my home office space, the inspiration appeared at a flooring store. While I was looking for carpet for a client, I noticed this crazy carpet with pinks and grays and charcoal colors. Something about it struck me, the interweaving of the colors the movement of the pattern the excitement I felt looking at it. It’s crazy and fun but calming and fluid. The tactile effects were luxurious. I sat there and looked at it and debated about even bringing it home. The strange part is nothing in our home is gray or pink and carpet was not designated for this room.
Carpet sample in hand I toted it into our home and said to my husband, look at this crazy, fun, super soft carpet. He liked it, which is important because he will have to look at it everyday, too. Our styles our usually in sync and he said, why not, let’s have some fun!
So here is the inspiration! The luxurious crazy, intertwined pink and charcoal carpet! Now what!
I didn’t intend another wild and crazy thing for this room BUT while I was digging around in my surplus of paint samples, an unopened quart with the name Pleasure, caught my attention. Hmmmmm let’s see what this is. I opened the can and wowza, this bold and beautiful paint color appeared. There was just enough to accent a wall. The tone was right and again, why not, let’s have some fun. The surrounding walls and ceiling received a much more muted color, Silverplate by Sherwin Williams. This room did not get retextured like the rest of our home during our recent remodel, and the texture on the walls and ceiling is referred to as a heavy “knock down”. It’s not my favorite but I didn’t want to change it so I chose to let it be part of the “texture” theme for this room and now I’m loving it.
This is where it gets fun! Repurposing, as much as possible, is always top on my to-do list! It’s a challenging task and requires a daring vision. These drapes have been “around the block” so to speak, they started out as drapes in my downtown office space. The ceilings were 12’ feet high, surrounded by tall ornate moldings from the vintage 1929 building they inhabited. Set from ceiling to floor and hung with grommets on rods with sound proofing material between layers, the subdued vertical Greek Key pattern offered strength, elegance and comfort. Their next adventure sent them to my booth at a local home show. There, they appeared grand and were the perfect backdrop to showcase my current designs. From there they ended up in protective bags stored away, awaiting their next adventure. Here will be there next stop, they will have to be modified to fit the lower ceiling height of 8 feet. After a bit of measuring and determining the correct length and width, they are now safely in the hands of a skilled seamstress altering them to perfection.
Pattern, texture, repeat! What’s your inspiration? Is it daring, bold, or more subdued?
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Next week we’ll look at the heirloom pieces I’ll be incorporating, bringing in more pattern and more texture....why not? Let’s have some fun!