Hello! I’m alive! I’m blogging! I’m married! That happened. As I suspected, in the weeks leading up to my wedding on May 23 I was forced to put the blog on one of many back burners. I’m amazed how some bloggers manage to keep blogging right through big changes or events in their lives, though I suppose if it’s your full time job you find a way to make it happen. Alas, I am back at my actual full time job as of this Monday. The good news is that our wedding was about as perfect as you could hope for; perfect weather, everything fell into place, and our guests had a blast. I am so stinkin’ excited to see the photos from Kelly Sweet. In the mean time here is a little sneak peak of me and my amazing bouquet by Shelby Ferguson. I will definitely be sharing more photos once I receive them!
Now let’s get back into the reason you come here: design! I have three lovely shots of work spaces for you today accompanied by images I thought complimented them. I’ve been having fun the last few posts finding these extra photos to deepen the feeling the interior design shots invoke, or just to play around with color schemes.
Oh how I love a chalky matte black wall. Matte black anything is appealing to me lately.
Sleek white walls paired with rough, worn antiques is a beautiful juxtaposition. I’m less of a crusader for white walls than I used to be though I will still happily defend them against those who find them boring or just ugly. The key is to pair white with good design. A white room decorated with little thought or care is going to be boring and probably ugly (sorry not sorry). But a white room decorated with personality and patience can be stunning.
Wowee wow. This is why I’m less into white walls than I used to be. Dark blue and black are colors I am itching to use more of. While this room is a bit more colorful than I would personally go, it’s undeniably awesome and fun, would you agree?
one | My Wedding photographed by Kelly Sweet
two | Modern Hepburn via irordoco
three | Linda Lomelino via 79 ideas
four | Architectural Digest via nicety
five | Kelly O’Connor
six | Hillary Thomas via desire to inspire
seven | original source unknown / vintage image
If you work from home and spend a lot of time in your office, I strongly recommend decorating it to the nines. This office space has me swooning with its impeccable mix of modern and traditional. A crystal chandelier, slick modern furniture, a warm wood wall, and fabulous antique portraits. I don’t care how creepy some people find them I can not get enough of old portrait paintings. It’s funny, in the grouping above I can totally see how someone would find either of the men a little creepy but Grandma’s kind face seems to diffuse the creep factor.
Maybe you don’t need a big desk for long hours of working but just a spot to sit and write a letter or do your makeup occasionally. That’s another opportunity to make a lovely little workspace. I must admit that when I first started getting into interior design I was not a fan of leopard print, but I’ve been worn down by some really fantastic examples. And paired with an elegant brass chair frame? Be still my heart.
And then there’s this dream-like room. The architecture is the star with those huge windows accented perfectly by breezy sheer drapery. Beautiful flooring installations are still the only place I can handle chevron anymore and this blue and white tile knocks it out of the park. It would be so easy to feel inspired working in a space like this. Or just reading the paper and sipping some coffee!
one | Jake Curtis via desire to inspire
two | Studio Mrs via desire to inspire
three | photo by Robert Holden for Architectural Digest RU via dustjacket attic
I love rooms that can serve multiple functions. This table can offer a welcoming spot for brunch with friends as well as act as a work space. Can’t find a desk you like for your home office? Don’t get a desk then. Particularly if you don’t need a bunch of storage or place to hide cords, a regular old table can offer everything you need. Plus you’ll be the cool person who thought outside the box. Can I also just say a huge yes to this chalky gray wall color, the portrait, and fiddle leaf fig tree. Somehow I’m not sick of those trees yet even though they have been everywhere in design for quite a while now.
Sweet modern furniture + plants. All you really need to have a killer room.
Again, this room reads like a dining room and absolutely could be used as such, but it also looks like an ideal place to sit down and get some work done or hold a small meeting. Great light and just enough decoration to be interesting without being distracting. And your most valuable coworker: the cat. He means business.
one | Fiona Richardson via the design files
two | Julia Manchik via 79 ideas
three | Idha Lindhag
Sounds like much of North America is taking a snow day today, but not me! Fortunately I live very close to work so my commute was only slightly hazardous. This would definitely be one of those times where’d I’d be thankful if I worked from home!
Love this sweet little nook. It has rather simple bones but the space becomes lovely with the addition of a few high style items like the Jieldé style lamp, bentwood chair, and beautiful vibrant rug.
This home office feels very Scandinaivan. There’s some very Danish modern lines in that furniture, and of course the sheepskin screams of Scandinavia. Scandinavian design is what first got me interested in interiors. Before I stumbled upon images like this I had never seen anything like it, and I loved the bright, modern simplicity of it especially in comparison to what I’m used to seeing in homes in Michigan. It opened my eyes to the huge variety of design and its transformative power. My tastes have evolved since then and nowadays I often find Scandi design too plain and/or too white, but this room succeeds in feeling decidedly Scandinavian while also being warm and colorful. Love it!
one | Hôtel du Panthéon via desire to inspire
two | Jessica Helgerson via dustjacket attic
three | MilK Magazine via My White Room
So I have had this whole week off from work. My boyfriend and I decided to just take a staycation this year so we’ve stuck close to good old Grand Rapids, Michigan. Went to a game at The Big House, visited Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, and done a whole lot of movie watching and shopping everywhere from malls to antique stores to Target. A sweet new market just opened in downtown Grand Rapids that we’re looking forward to going back to today to pick up some steaks to grill at a bonfire tonight.
I’m being unintentionally ironic by sharing photos of workspaces today, since I haven’t done a bit of work all week. It really has been nice. I was worried at first that a staycation wouldn’t be as relaxing, especially since my boyfriend is not nearly as much of a homebody as me and always wants to be out doing something while I’d probably be perfectly content to sit on the sofa for a couple days. It’s good though. I’ve absolutely had more fun this week with Chris than I would have had alone on the sofa. Though I am hopelessly behind on my TV viewing and blog reading. Oh my goodness I have so much catching up to do.
Last week Design-Vox was featured in this article on The Vivant “The Top 25 Home Decor Blogs” which just about killed me with shock. Such a huge honor to be on a list with some of my most favorite and admired blogs. It means so much to me that folks are connecting with and enjoying Design-Vox. From the beginning my goal has just been to share what most inspires and excites me with the hope that others too will be inspired. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3
one | vtwonen via April and May
two | Studeiopepe via desire to inspire
three | Lonny via Because It’s Awesome
Maybe moody and broody isn’t exactly how you’d describe your ideal home office, but I like to imagine that it fits some personalities. I mean what if you’re a mad genius writing your manifesto or a scientist furiously devising algorithms? You need a quirky, dark workspace my friend.
I love this space. It’s so unconventional. The furniture placement, the way the art is arranged, a modern chair paired with a traditional desk. Wonderful. And I love the extra softness the rug brings. What do you think?
one | Ellis House via desire to inspire
two | Somerset Place via desire to inspire
three | Enrique Menossi via Simply Smitten