Since I started running Apartment Number 4 on a full-time basis, I’ve been working at home in my spare room. For those that have read for a while, you’ll know I turned this room into spare bedroom-come-office a few years back and it was even featured in Style at Home Magazine (see the full feature here). I was really proud of how the room turned out and it was perfect for blogging as a hobby aka not being in that room for most of the day.
But over the last couple of months, I’ve started to feel quite claustrophobic in there. It’s not a small room by any means and I’m really fortunate to have a spare room that I can call my home office. But it felt like I was just working in my guest bedroom, as opposed to a proper office space, because I had a double bed in there and a huge built-in wardrobe left by the previous tenants.
I took a look at various co-working spaces to see if that might work better but in all honesty, I knew I wanted to save my money for now and create something a little more my style at home.
The first task was to get rid of the mahoosive double PAX wardrobe that was built into an alcove to create space for a reading nook stroke chill-out area. Guys, I’m taking this working from home malarky seriously. No wonder the old tenants were so quick to offer me it for free though. My god. It took me two days to dismantle it, take all the pieces (which were heavy AF) down three flights of stairs and numerous trips to the local tip. It’s the one and only time I wish I had a boyfriend for help with things like this.
Anyway, with that gone, and the bed and mattress sold on Facebook Marketplace (the quickest and easiest way to sell furniture in my opinion), I’m now left with a very empty, but equally as exciting, blank canvas, which needs cleaning and painting.
I’ve been pinning inspiration to a secret board on Pinterest and today I thought I’d show you the initial stages of my redesign, taking a look at the influences I’ve been drawn to and the moodboard I’ve created with pieces I love.
As I rent, I’ve been looking at removable wallpaper from a brand I discovered on Etsy called Deco Chic, and I’m excited to be ordering a powder pink spotty design to go on the wall where my desk will be. I’m buying a two-person desk from Ikea, planning for a future hire whenever that may be, and I’m super excited to add lots of plants and artwork.
I wanted something a little more grown-up, with Californian/West Coast vibes, all the while still keeping my love for feminine decor throughout. And I think this moodboard has achieved it. I love the pink and mustard combo, as well as this gorgeous new mint colourway in the iconic Ikea Strandmon chair – perfect to go with the most amazing rug I discovered on LaRedoute in the sale (make sure you add HOME for 30% off at the moment). Plus the artwork I’m buying from Juniqe and Desenio are the perfect way to add a little Cali flair! I’m so excited to see this space come to life.
What do you think about this moodboard? I can’t WAIT to get started and will hopefully have the whole room finished by the end of the month – until then it’s back to writing on the dining room table. But for a room like this, I can’t wait as long as it needs.