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.