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Home office room tour

by Clare Mansell
Home office room tour


Since our building work was completed I have had the luxury of having a room in the house whose sole purpose is as an office. This room used to be Theo’s bedroom before we added the first floor and is at the front of the house benefiting from the morning sun. It’s always been a nice space, even though it had a few damp problems before we did the work. It remained relatively untouched during the build except for replacing the old bay windows with a new sash.

Despite the fact I knew it would improve the whole look of the house, I will admit that I was a little nervous about the window change because the bay windows were actually wider than the sash replacement and I thought it might make the room darker. I needn’t have worried though, the window is still massive and the room is still very bright. This is what it looked like this time last year…



The carpet in this room is still the original we laid 5 years ago it suffered badly during the building work getting a few obscure stains and some plaster embedded in it. We had planned to replace it with wood flooring or new carpet but the budget ran out before we got this far. Luckily Habitat gifted us the beautiful green rug which covers most of the floor and hides all but one of the marks!


My desk came from Ardingly Antiques fair last autumn, it was love at first sight but I haggled with the seller and started to walk away before we eventually struck a deal! I realised recently that I pinned an almost identical style desk on to my House Remodel board on Pinterest two years ago, long before I saw this one… but that’s a whole other post which I’ll be writing at some point!


If I can, I like to have some flowers on my desk although I am so picky with the flowers I like, that most people have given up buying them for me. Daffodils and Tulips are favourites though. The jug these ones are in was actually a Secret Santa present, possibly the best one I have ever had! It was given to me by fellow blogger Robyn when we worked together in Cyprus and has been used constantly since.


Also on my desk is my diary. This year I spent ages searching for something that did what I wanted. I saw the Organised Mum Life Book in John Lewis at Christmas, but just hated the fact it was called “Organised Mum” urrrgggh. So I searched round for ages trying to find something that did the same but had a better brand name (ha!) before eventually having to track down one of the last remaining copies in the country. It’s brilliant though, even if you do have to get past the slightly patronising brand name.


Behind the sofabed is our Moonpig wall. Basically a collection of all the Moonpig cards we’ve received over the years. We rotate them occasionally and put fresh ones up. We’ve had this set up in four different houses and Jim hates hanging them with a passion! The sofabed is about 12 years old an Ikea bargain corner special which we recovered with a Bemz cover last year. I think the cover was £200 but it was vastly superior to the Ikea original and we don’t have to fight to put it back on if we wash it.


And last but by no means least is the Canada quilt which is draped on the arm of the sofabed. It’s the first quilt I made an each square depicts something we did during our time living there. It’s often requested for snuggling in front of the television in the sitting room, but lives here where I can keep an eye on it!


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Multicultural motherhood February 17, 2015 - 8:39 pm

I love looking at people’s room tours. It gives me a lot of inspiration for when I finally get my own house. I love the desk and its nice to see some fresh flowers on it. I love the fact you made your own quilt.

Katie @mummydaddyme February 17, 2015 - 8:54 pm

It looks GORGEOUS! Love the pops of colour everywhere. We are just about to do our study- I am so excited! x

Donna February 17, 2015 - 9:39 pm

I like your office. It’s as far from a work space as I could imagine and instead is fun, relaxed and welcoming. What a beautiful room x

Carin February 18, 2015 - 8:30 am

I love your office. It looks like a pleasure to work in, which is always a bonus. Love your green desk and that you made your own quilt from your memories of Canada.


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