Adam and I bought an old Victorian house in Hamilton two years ago and I still can't believe its ours to call home each time I walk up to the doorway.
With a red brick exterior, exposed brick inside, hand scraped oak floors and stained glass windows -- it's truly a dream. I know I haven't been quick to share what it looks like, but it felt like we had to live in it for some time for each room to start to earn its own personality. And slowly its all coming together. It may not be magazine worthy, but its ours!
While most of the home has beautiful character, the bedrooms were a blank slate. I decided to turn the smallest of the four into my home office. It faces west, so it gets beautiful light (even in the evenings in the summer), when I'm actually home to appreciate it. I realized a small space can be beautiful and useful with the right design and right furniture.
The first piece I bought for this room was a desk at West Elm. I like to surround myself with things that inspire me and this sawhorse table is large enough to accommodate my iMac as well as my ever-changing collection of books, prints and accoutrements. I bought an assortment of frames from Indigo to showcase the different prints I have collected. Instead of hanging them, I just lean them up against the wall. I'm decorating on a budget, so I was pleasantly surprised to find some really fun accessories from the Nate Berkus collection at Target as well as a beautiful gold accent table. When I need a break from the computer, I curl up in this reading chair by the window and enjoy the sunlight. This chair and the rug were both bargains that I found at HomeSense.
When I need a break from the computer, I curl up in this reading chair by the window and enjoy the sunlight.
When it comes to my workspace, I prefer white and bright. I wanted the room to serve as a canvas for all the things that inspire me -- from books and stationery to packaging and prints.
I tend to leave books and magazines in every room. But I'm making effort to keep them and all of my desk accessories organized in these Poppin trays.
There's still more I'd like to do with this space. I'm imagining white hardwood floors, subtle printed wallpaper on the wall behind the bookcases and small gallery wall in my reading corner. It's hard not to get caught up in the gloss of design magazines when you see photos of beautiful homes. But I realized you can't have it all right away. I'm learning to live with and love the space I have right now. And I'm learning to stick to a budget. I'll add to this space over time!