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Monday, May 07, 2012

voila

My study was a shameful mess of boxes, books, and knitting supplies for the first few months after we moved in. The walls were not only a boring shade of beige, but they were in terrible shape.

After a week of scrubbing, spackling, painting, and organizing, my study emerged as a cheerful workspace.
I'm now proud to leave the door to the study open when friends come over, and having a pleasant place to work is inspiring me to keep it tidy. The Orla Kiely storage boxes are from Pop Deluxe, a great little store on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin.
The paint is Benjamin Moore's Ultra Spec 500 zero-VOC in Bird's Egg. I went to J. C. Licht, a local paint store, instead of a big-box store this time, and the experience was terrific! I initially planned to buy Natura, another Benjamin Moore zero-VOC paint, but the salesperson talked me into this one, which is less expensive and supposedly even better. No complaints from me! Painting wasn't stinky or noxious at all.
I made the curtain using an Orla Kiely tablecloth from her Target line. It cost a pretty penny on eBay, but it was worth it. Initially I was planning to sew a rod pocket, but decided to go with curtain clips for a more modern look. Plus it's really, really easy.
The desk chair is Pottery Barn's Montego Rush Seat Chair. Sadly, the pretty rush seat is covered up to protect it from Capricha. My comfy reading chair is originally from the Madison Public Library, and I've been carting it around with me since 1999. It is wearing an inexpensive slipcover from Target (the color selection wasn't too great so boring tan it is, at least for now).

I still need to put up art and make some throw pillows and maybe a quilt for my reading chair, but I'm pleased as punch already! I'm holding off on the sewing projects since supposedly Bed Bath and Beyond has an Orla Kiely line in the works. 

10 comments:

Elizabeth said...

So much happy Orla!!

Chris said...

So tidy! :)

barefootrooster.com said...

I love it! Happy work spaces are so important!

Tracy Altieri said...

How wonderful! A space of one's own is so important. In the next couple of months, I will be moving my studio space from the basement to a sunny second floor room - I can't wait! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nutmeg said...

It looks beautiful. My study is a mess right now with packing. I can't wait to get set up in the new place so I can work again!

Katie M. said...

Gorgeous! This is such a cheerful space! I'm dreaming of the day I have an office ... I hope it looks half this awesome.

Caffeine Girl said...

That really is a nice work space. You have a such a good sense for color and fabric.

Carrie K said...

That really is a lovely calm work space. You've got a great eye for color and space.

peaknits said...

what a beautiful room! I just love, love Pop Deluxe - a perfect place to get quirky items, and these cool boxes apparently, I need to hit State Street!

Hilary said...

I'm getting caught up on my blog commenting for the month (ack!), so please excuse the super-late comment on this. But I just have to say how gorgeous your study looks! The Orla Kiely tablecloth-turned-curtains are FABULOUS. (I let out a little gasp when I saw them.) I think the clips look great. I hope you've been enjoying hanging out there -- looks like a wonderful space to work in!