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Sunday
Aug052012

Pam's retro office remodel

Remember this post from last week of an office with wallpaper samples on the wall? Well, Pam of RetroRenovation.com thought our readers might like to see what she did with her office as it has the same "patchwork" going on on the walls. Her new office is SO FUN, and she has in fact inspired me to do something with all of the vintage wrapping paper I have stashed away that I bought on Etsy a couple years ago. I'm thinking of cutting it into pieces and gluing it to the island in my dressing room. :) ANYHOO, she sent along some photos and info on her office remodel. Check it out:

I needed to renovate my office principally to add more insulation -- it's in the basement. I am a fulltime blogger now -- and the time had come to make this space truly comfy cozy and my own. I also wanted to add crafting space -- I love to collage. And, I had a hoard of vintage wallpaper -- from the 1920s through the 1970s -- I'd collected over the years -- often, in onesy-twosey rolls that were not enough to paper a room. Also, I am just more color crazy than EVER and wanted to create a space that appealed to me just me I don't care what anyone else thinks! Put these all together and you get my crazy patchwork quilt office. I used nearly 300 12" x 12" squares -- I cut each and every one. My friend Denise (pictured me in the American Gothic photo) helped me put it up. She is a decorative painter and has a great eye. While it might look "insane" at first glance, there really is a rhyme and reason to the papers chosen. (cough cough I have more). The principal field is sort of acid yellow and acid green patterned with off white or soft white... and there are also softer yellows, greens and oranges, also in patterns with soft white. From there, we added complements... "pops"... of purple, rusty red, and that very strong, more solid lime green. The crafting space is Ikea Trofast children's storage with Herman Miller! Countertops found at the Re-Store. I had recessed storage built into the wall above my crafting area. The trim also comes from the Re-Store. I kept the wood as-is: Not Perfect is the New Perfect. The foofy white trim around the shuttered window (orange shutters were my mother-in-law's) I painted glossy white. Ceiling trim (also from Re-Store) is a grass green. I added a pretty mirrored medicine cabinet. Because I could. Track lights around edge. Vintage wagon wheel light in center. Oh, and I sent you a shot of my vintage Sunbeam Appliance Center, which I installed for fun but also for a little bit of light on the countertop.

Tuesday
Jul312012

OMG I love this office!!!

I adore this home office of New Zealand designer and stylist LeeAnn Yare. The colours are phenomenal. LeeAnn is a wallpaper addict so she's filled it with off-cuts and samples she couldn't bear to part with - FUN! The desk is an old door, the filing cabinet was stripped, and the space is filled with vintage treasures. This one HAS to go in my inspiration folder. (via Urbis magazine, photo by Larnie Nicolson)

Wednesday
Jun132012

An inspiring workspace

I work in a typical office building that completely lacks any decent decor and frankly, the place is falling apart and should be condemned. So when we received this submission of the new Microsoft headquarters in Vienna, Austria created by architecture firm INNOCAD, I wanted to share it with you all.  We don't typically blog commercial offices but when I saw the boardroom completely surrounded in wood I was sold. And OMG this place has a slide! FUN!!!

Wednesday
Jan182012

Is this work?

A fun and colourful office design by Argentinian architect Agustina Bottinelli of AB I Arquitectos Asociados. Slashes of red, piano key stairs, old school video games, funky pop furniture, chickens and a toilet that will definitely be well read. (Don't ask me how it was done. Perhaps Agustina can let us know.) Definitely for a creative industry. I wonder if they actually get any work done?

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Tuesday
Jul262011

mercer INTERIOR

There is a freshness, a lightness, a zing about Mercer INTERIOR's work. Dark, cluttered and dowdy becomes casually elegant with layers of texture, luxe mixed with rough. Rooms shed their frumpiness and come to life. Young, vibrant and fun. Because we all love a before and after on Desire to Inspire when Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt asked if we'd like to see what the rooms looked like before she wove her magic I jumped at the offer. Wow! (Photos by Emily Gilbert.)

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