A SNEAK PREVIEW OF MY HOME OFFICE & SOME EXCITING NEWS!

 

 

Hey peeps!
 

After months of deliberating the overall design and theme for the spare room in my house, I have finally decided on using the room as an office space (seeing as I spend most of my time working), and not only that, but I have also started the decorating process! Woooo!

I've not been very well over the past few weeks because my hayfever and ongoing sinus issues have actively been trying to end my life, but I didn't let it stop me from getting creative and finally putting the wheels in motion to not only get my space decorated, but to source the furniture that I want to fill the space with.

As you probably already saw on my insta stories, I've been playing with colour, pattern and possible themes for the longest time. When I first started thinking about what I wanted to do with the room, I was convinced that it would end up being some form of glam room where I'd put my wardrobes and dressing table to free up space in the bedroom, but then I kinda realised that it would feel like such a waste of space, particularly when I currently do most of my writing, working and creative tasks from the dining table in my living room. This was the tipping point for me in deciding that I needed a space especially dedicated to working on my projects, getting crafty and even just a thinking space.

The first deciding factor for me was choosing a colour, because I pretty much based every other decision around this. I mean, what use is it to constantly look at interiors for a space without some form of idea of the interior decor? Having looked at various sources of inspiration, I decided that I wanted to go for something pinky/ lavender-y and so I went ahead and ordered some tester colours from Dulux.

The test colours I went for were Heather Bloom 4 and Violet Verona 3 & 4

The testers were only £1.79 each and I love the fact that they are compact little rollers and didn't require use of a paintbrush.

The testers were only £1.79 each and I love the fact that they are compact little rollers and didn't require use of a paintbrush.

It was suuuuuuuch a hard decision for me because as much as I wanted to make up my mind quickly and get the ball rolling on decorating the room, I also knew that I had to observe the colour in a day setting and at night time to get a real feel for what the colours looked like (because believe it or not, they do change) and how they made me feel.

In the end I decided on using Heather Bloom 4, because not only had I seen it in Sarah Akwisombe's space and loved it, but it was also the colour that inspired me the most and seemed to bring life to a room that is lacking in natural lighting with its playful undertones. The 5L tin of paint cost me £46.93 and I ended up going for the Dulux Paint Mixing Silk finish (which I absolutely love, but be warned- it will literally show up every single mark, scratch, dent etc on the surface).

Once I'd decided on the colour everything else pretty much flew into place- like literally. I was really keen to get started on the room and as a DIY geek I was obviously always going to decorate the room myself... and that I did!

 

WHAT I USED TO PAINT MY HOME OFFICE


I took a trip to Homebase to stock up on all the essentials I knew I'd need for painting and came across a really useful 20 piece set by Monarch which literally was an all-in-one of EVERYTHING I needed. The set was only £17 and obviously one would be skeptical about using rollers and brushers from a set this cheap but hand on heart, the finish is absolutely fantastic. Don't believe me? You'll see for yourself in a bit, but first, let me show you what is included in the set:

Monarch re-posted this image featuring their 20 piece set that I posted to my instastories.

Monarch re-posted this image featuring their 20 piece set that I posted to my instastories.

Here's a before shot of the space and Monarch set prior to my little paint party.

Here's a before shot of the space and Monarch set prior to my little paint party.

So just in case you can't see everything, the following comes with the set and really do come in handy at different stages of the decorating process...or possibly the whole way through for some.

  • A plastic tray, 2 disposable liners, 1 x 50mm Trim paint brush, 1 heavy duty  230mm roller frame, 2 x 230mm Rollver covers (emulsion) , 2 x 230mm roller covers (gloss), 1 100mm plastic paint tray, 1 x 100mm roller tray, 1x 100mm roller cover (All paints & Microfibre),  1 x Roller Cover Gloss Foam 100mm, 1 x Plastic Drop Sheet 2.6m x 3.6m ,1 x Plastic Scraper 3in1 1 x Plastic Paint Stirrer,  1 x Steel Paint Can Opener,  1 x Foldable Steel Pole 1.2m 1 x Pair of Disposable Vinyl Gloves, and lastly 1 x Masking Tape

I mean, if that's not great value I don't know what is. Anyway, you probably want to see some results right? Well here's a look at the first coat...

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Anyone else absolutely love painting until you realise you're only one coat in and aren't even halfway through? Haha, me too! But it gets better and easier and actually, on approaching the last coat (this took me three coats) I was totally looking forward to seeing the results. 

There was some prep involved before I event started painting too, like laying down the plastic sheet and mixing the paint up before I started applying it to the walls. 

The colour even looks pretty on the tin! 

The colour even looks pretty on the tin! 

*Rolling.....Rollinggggg....Rolling down the river*

*Rolling.....Rollinggggg....Rolling down the river*

Final coats of paint settling before I started cutting in.

Final coats of paint settling before I started cutting in.

And now BREATHE! We're getting there.

Transforming this room from a non-inspiring, grey/ silver toned plain space to a colourful manifestation of creativity has been such a rewarding process for me, and I cannot be happier with the final colour. 

Are you thinking about decorating your own space? I'll be sharing my top decorating tips in my next post.

What do you think? Do you like the colour or do you think it's a little too much? As you can tell, I absolutely love and not just because it's going to make a great backdrop for my overrated selfies- ha!

Anyway, after a whole day of painting, I was eager af to move onto getting some of my furniture installed in the space. You'd think that I'd be totally over doing anything more on the same day, but noooo, I'm extra like that. I only went and decided to install my new desk. *sigh* I never learn.
 

You see what I mean about the silk paint showing up any cracks/ uneveness in the walls? But I still love my little space, imperfections and all.

You see what I mean about the silk paint showing up any cracks/ uneveness in the walls? But I still love my little space, imperfections and all.

Flat pack furtniture tip: Always lay out each component, check the fixing contents and read the instructions all the way through before fitting anything together...you'll thank me later.

Flat pack furtniture tip: Always lay out each component, check the fixing contents and read the instructions all the way through before fitting anything together...you'll thank me later.

I decided that the desk, lighting fixture and some accents would be black in contrast to having white furniture all the time. Though the space is quite small and is lacking natural lighting, I still wanted to go for something different in terms of furniture colour so I opted for the Metro Lane Chase Gleno desk which has a black finish and has a small bookcase/ shelving unit attached to it. 

Here's what it looks like:

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I bought this desk for £73.99 from one of my fave suppliers ever. Yes, you probably guessed right, Wayfair

Unfortunately, this is as far as I've got with getting the interiors sorted for the space, but I hope you guys like the little preview of what the office looks like so far.

Some cool little stationery I picked up from  B&M

Some cool little stationery I picked up from B&M

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SO, WHAT'S NEXT?


So apart from kitting out the rest of the space with some storage, cool artwork and mirrors and other practical things like a pinboard, shredder and fabulous lighting, I'm also considering doing something cool to the ceiling (which I understand is working very backwards, but whatever).

I also have hella things that need to go up into the loft so that I don't have to look at last year's Christmas decorations (why do I still have them?!) or other antiques/ old items that I can't bear to part with just yet. 

I hope you've enjoyed the little progress check-in though, because I am waaaaaay behind on other projects in Chateau Saphron, like my bloody garden...DON'T ASK!
I'll hopefully be sharing the final look in the coming weeks and I am considering doing a little walkthrough video of the space because I know you guys keep getting on to me about not vlogging enough- I'm a one man band man, gimme a break LOL.

But anyway... 
 

YOU'RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT MY EXCITING NEWS IS?


Well, I would say guess but not even I'd be able to guess if I was being asked, so I'll give it to you straight with no chaser (obvs). On top of bagging my first design/ styling project a while ago, I learned a few days ago that I've only gone and been nominated for an Amara IBAS award. * Screams *. 

* Cue round of applause*

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Ok, but wait... what the hell is an Amara IBAS award? What a great flipping question. The Amara IBAS (Interior Blog Awards) is an awards ceremony recognising some of the most talented and engaging interior bloggers in the industry...Eek! 

The awards return for their fifth year to showcase the work of bloggers that fall under various blogging categories, all recognised for their unique tastes and personalities and really celebrating the contributions that each of them make to the industry, so you'll now understand why I feel so honoured to have been nominated. Even more so since I only launched my blog in January this year; the response has been overwhelming.

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I've been nominated under the Best Interior Lifestyle Blog Category because of the range of topics I've covered that fall outside of design & interiors, such as any beauty posts, events/ places I visit and everything in between. There will be a shortlist of bloggers nominated from each category who will be able to attend the event where the winners will be chosen by an outstanding panel of experts in the field and will go home with a fancy pants Amara IBAS 2018 Plaque. Have a look here if you want to have a look at photos of the previous awards

So as I have oficially been nominated for the award in this category, Amara have been in touch to let me know that the next stage will involve getting you lovely reads to vote for me and all of your other favourite interior blogs to secure their place on the shortlist. I'm obviously ecstatic that I've been nominated at all, and can't even imagine making it onto the shortlist, but I would love for you wonderful people to vote for me if you dig my sh*t! 
 

HOW TO VOTE FOR ME
 

So the voting stage of the process doesn't open until Wednesday 15th August 2018, but don't worry, little old boujee me will not let anyone forget this. I'll be blowing up my Instastories, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat... Whatever I can do to secure these votes, Ima do it! hahaha- ok I'm kidding, but I'll be sharing the link on my social media profiles and stories etc, so if you like reading my posts and want to vote, I'll make sure I make the link/ page is available to you. I'll also share the link here once I have it.

Speak soon guys,
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