So my intention was to give this room a whole new look. I wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint, new wallpaper and shift things around, perhaps some new seating… you know me. I can’t sit on a room for very long without wanting to change things. And this room was scheduled for change.
Spot the fluffy dog butt.
Alas, life does not always go the way you plan. The reason we decided to scrap the idea of an office refresh? Well, we’ve actually decided we’ll be putting the house on the market earlier than we’d initially anticipated. In fact, it’ll probably be happening in the next 4-6 weeks (ack!!). So starting a new project seemed a little insane given that we still have work to do in our hallway.
Therefore, instead of a full revamp, I’ve actually just given the room a bit of a refresh. Now, if you follow my Instagram Stories, you may have seen that a couple of months ago, I received an incredible delivery. The lovely and talented Nadia of Preciously Me had gotten in touch asking if I might like her brass and gold shelving unit.
Bearing in mind that I’d been on the hunt for another one to match the Pierre Vandel one I have in here for the previous 5 months (they are really hard to come by), it was like fate. She’d recently moved flats and really didn’t have the space for it any longer and knew how much I loved it after we’d exchanged a number of emails late last year. I was so astounded at her generosity but she refused to let me pay for it so we arranged for a courier to come pick it up from her home in London and deliver it to me in Manchester.
It may seem a little crazy to be getting new furniture for a home that we plan on moving out of shortly but I knew that no matter where we moved, I would find a place for this beauty.
For now, I decided to move it into my office with both units in the alcoves either side of my desk. While they don’t match, I actually quite like the asymmetrical quality it gives and having that additional storage for all my decorative bits and bobs is amazing.
Leaving the gallery wall in situ, I then moved the sideboard to the opposite wall and hung a few prints above it. The whole room is just so much roomier and open now which I love. I think when it comes time to start showing the property, while it’s not being shown as a bedroom, there’s no doubt that it’s being shown off as a really good size double room with plenty of space for a bed and wardrobes. Fingers crossed, buyers have a little imagination!
And so, I’m so sorry to disappoint that this isn’t a full room makeover. Of course, I would have loved to have shown you my plans for this space but I’m saving all my ideas for when we move!
At least for the time being, my office is nice and airy, perfect for showing off to potential buyers and not too cluttered with the additional storage!
So just a huge thank you to Nadia for being so incredibly generous (and of course, I sent her a little expression of my gratitude privately) and I genuinely can’t wait to see where this beautiful vintage piece ends up in our next home! And of course, go check out Nadia’s Instagram and projects, she’s very talented and has such an eye for vintage items!
We will be working on the hallway over the next few weeks but it’s not going to be anything crazy unfortunately! Just paint, new carpet and a bit of a freshening up as it’s probably not worth putting a huge amount of time and money into it at this point seeing that we won’t be staying! I promise I’ll keep you guys up to date with all the excitement around here! In the meantime, what do you think of the ‘mini’ office refresh?