I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'm slowly but surely taking over what was my husband's home office. I haven't yet settled on what colour to paint the walls (do you realise how many shades of white there are out there?!), so instead I've been busy adding some festive flourishes to the room and giving it a bit of a nordic-inspired, winter makeover. Think wood, white, natural elements, clean lines, texture and functional furniture, and, as it's Christmas, a hint of red. I already had great foundations to build upon, but a few new additions have turned it from a somewhat cold and clinical room to one that's light and bright but with a cosy and a friendly feel, too (essential when you have small children but need to work for a few minutes in the day).
My almost bare desk has been lightened and brightened with twinkly lights and some of my favourite Christmas decorations have been brought out of storage. Enough to provide festive cheer but not too many that I'll need to push them all to the side to clear space for my laptop. And candy canes. I only ever eat them in December which is probably no bad thing. They're not the kindest to teeth. And yes, I do normally hide them on a high shelf out of reach of little hands. Imagine that sugar high!
The new additions to the room have all come from contemporary furniture experts, Barker & Stonehouse. They challenged me to select a couple of items to complement my nordic theme and add a cosy feel to the space.
First up, I chose this candle holder priced at £10, although I've chosen to fill it with snowflake-shaped twinkly lights as opposed to a votive (slightly more child-friendly). I love the ridges on the glass and towards late afternoon, as the sun is going down, it adds a really nice glow to the room.
The next item that I selected was this wooden tree-shaped coat stand. I think it's safe to say that it's gone down an absolute storm with the boys. A tree?! In the house?! Wow! It's taken the place of some random storage boxes that I've managed to find another home for and it's just so nice to have in the room. I've hung a wreath and Christmas stockings from it but as I type, it's now home to a superman costume and some sparkly bracelets, too. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty sure that before the week is out, I'll turn my back only to find that it's been moved in to my eldest's bedroom. At £46, I could be persuaded to buy a second one, though. I think you could dress it for any season ... it's part storage, part ornament, and all round amazing.
My final choice was this natural-coloured, urchin-shaped, chunky-knit pouffe (£69). I love the look, the colour, the texture and how multi-functional it is. One day it's used as a stool, the next a table, and today, well today it was used as a tall building for 'Superman' to jump off and save the day.
It's so nice!
And the perfect place for afternoon tea for two!
I'm so happy with the room, now. It definitely has a nordic feel while also being a cosy place to work. And all the little touches mean that the boys are happy to play in there too if I have to do some work during the day. Of course, chocolate bribes also help with that.
What do you think? Would you change anything? And what colour would you paint the walls? White, slightly white, or just a little bit off-white? It's my post-Christmas project.
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with the fab folks at Barker & Stonehouse. It's part of a wider challenge whereby several bloggers have been asked to select items and style different rooms for a cosy, winter feel. Head over to twitter and search the hashtag #TheBloggerHouse to see them all.