I have wanted my own vintage home office space for so long, and late last year, just before Christmas I convinced everyone that the kids no longer needed a playroom, as they sit in their bedrooms now! So I set to work making their space into my new home office. Then lockdown happened (again) which put a halt to proceedings but I am glad to say, now they are back at school, that my vintage home office is complete. It is a dark green and pale pink (both paints by Annie Sloan – gifted) and an original 1960s wallpaper that we have had for about 20 years!
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The pink paint is called Antoinette and the dark green is Amsterdam Green. Both are gorgeous colours and go on really well. We have used Annie Sloan paint for our lounge and son’s room and are big fans. The wallpaper is by Crown – we had only one roll so needed to be super careful not to waste any! It adds pattern to the room that was needed.
The floor is a dark bamboo (again same as the lounge) which goes perfectly with the mid century desks. We have two, both by G Plan and date to the 60s/70s. The main desk was a dressing table with the mirror removed. The smaller one was a hall console table – and has drop leaf edges meaning it fits into the alcove! The swivel chair belonged to Adam’s grandma and date to 1968.
The accessories are mainly old – I love the Poole Pottery design that is on the plates on the wall and a few vases. Mixed with 1960s glass and ceramics as well as a new Orla Kiely vase. The pictures are all pretty eclectic too – the Klimt print was a gift for my 21st birthday, the gold print was my grandma’s and the Mucha glass print we found at a car boot sale. The Orla Kiely poster is from her 2018 exhibition that I wrote about here.
The large print above my desk I bought almost 20 years ago from an exhibition at the Tate. I alas cannot remember who is it by! I have then hung Mrs Wong by Tretchikoff above the chair who inspired the whole pink and green colour scheme!
The pink chair is new and from John Lewis. It has had mixed reviews but I love it! The black vinyl teak chair is from the 1960s.
There are a few splashes of orange that I am not sure about – but for now – are working just fine! West German planters work as pen pots, a Habitat 1980s record rack works to hold papers and an old tin lunch box has all my receipts in.
These are the Poole Pottery plates. I have a few items in this design and am glad that they now have a home.
The blinds are from Dunelm. The photo frames are reproduction and bought about 18 years ago!
This doll was handmade for my daughter when she was a baby using fabric from my great aunt’s home. She wanted to chuck it out (!) so I rescued her! The pink cushion was from Homesense and the green cushion is vintage.
The starburst clock used to be on the landing where no one really saw it – I am glad to have brought it downstairs! I love its unusual shape.
This lamp has never fitted anywhere – we got it from a car boot sale years and years ago!
I cannot say just how much I love it. It feels so good to finally have my own office – one that I look forward to going into.
Both Desks: G Plan 1960s
Paint: Annie Sloan
Teak chair: Vintage
Black swivel chair: Vintage
Pink Desk Chair: John Lewis
Pink Vase: Orla Kiely at John Lewis (sold out) but this one is in stock.
Pink plant pot: Dunelm
Orla Kiely print: Fashion & Textile Musuem
All other accessories are vintage
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