Bridge & Bay will feature “Moodboard Monday” on a weekly basis. This first design scheme was prepared for a current client’s small home office. For future posts, I would love to create a moodboard specific to your needs. Comment below or contact me if you have a room that could use some TLC.
- This gorgeous Thibaut fabric was my inspiration for the office. The client loves combinations of greens and blues, as well as interiors that exude ” a traditional feel, with a twist.” While this fabric is technically a floral, the stylized pattern keeps it playful. I specified this fabric for roman shades on the two windows and a lumbar pillow for the desk chair. This careful placement of the color and pattern achieves interest without distracting from an otherwise peaceful, clean, white space.
- I am a proponent for symmetry, so while the desk will have a single brass task desk lamp, this proposed pair of blue and white lamps will be placed on a wide bookshelf. I try to position at least one pair of something, whether matching lamps, chairs, or tables, in every room that I design. Even in a small space, symmetry maintains balance.
- This highly textural abstract painting is by Sydney artist Elizabeth Wadsworth, who has become a local favorite of mine. This piece (or something similar) will be mounted just over the bookshelf, with the lamps flanking either side. Note the subtle tones of yellow-lime that are a nod to those in the fabric.
- I chose a simple navy and white stripe for the custom desk chair slipcover. When in doubt, add a stripe.
- An incredibly easy but important detail, clean-smelling candles create the perfect work ambience. I love the fresh scents of most Jo Malone candles. Another favorite that I’ve discovered here in Sydney is Circa Home. The thought of a hot candle burning during Sydney summer does not sound altogether appealing, so during warmer months I use fresh flowers to achieve this same element of “zen.”
- Just like stripes, books are another “must-have” to add character and warmth to a room. While mismatched books have their time and place, color-coordinated books and binders in smaller spaces are a smart choice. If you don’t have the patience for organization, simply group books according to similar height or color. You’ll be surprised at the instantly calming results of categorizing.
- I love Campaign style furniture- bookcases, side tables, and desks to name a few. The combination of lacquered white and warm brass contributes to the overall “transitional” vibe. Get the look from sources ranging from Target to Williams-Sonoma Home. You might also have luck at local vintage shops (I am still unearthing the best in Sydney!)8. My client has an existing antique desk chair that is a meaningful family heirloom. While I adore antiques, a rickety chair is not the ideal candidate for staying comfortable and alert at work. As a compromise, I will have a slipcover fabricated (in the aforementioned stripe) to add some cushioning and comfort. In this case, a shorter pleated skirt works well, keeping the antiqued wood visible and the integrity of the chair present.
In review, this space is all about balance: bold pattern with white walls; antique wood tones set against sleek lacquered lines of the desk; modern art set between traditional ceramic lamps. Whether or not “tailored, with a twist” suits your style, I hope you find some of these tips applicable to your own home office or work space.