Monday, July 5, 2010

Guest Post: Janell's Clever and Classic Office

Oh look who is popping in to guest host? It's Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms (check out her portfolio here or her favorite nook here). I am seriously in awe of her amazing skills - she has mastered a classic with a twist style that i just adore. Whenever she tackles a new space, I hold my breath for the reveal because I know its going to be fab. This space has a lot to appreciate - chalkboard wall? empty frames? repurposed old stuff? Nuff said. I'll let Janell take it from here.



What a pleasure to be a guest blogger here at the Brooklyn Limestone for a second time. I adore Stefanie's blog, it is the first I began following on a regular basis! I'm constantly being inspired by her wonderful sense of style and the striking photos taken during her travels. And speaking of photos, can you spot what photos of hers are in this home office I recently worked on for my husband? Here is the finished room, with a few before images thrown in for entertainment.

An old cabinet, that was once in my grandfather's woodshop, has been used to create a place to catch up on a bit of work, while providing endless storage.

The wall behind the cabinet is painted with chalkboard paint and a gallery wall was hung on its surface. Empty frames provide a convenient spot to write a note in.

This light fixture was found at Home Depot, for nearly nothing. Its original shiny brass finish most likely scared off other shoppers, but a can of black spray paint easily transformed it.

Before...
and after. The quirky animal table was one of the many items of my husbands that needed to be worked into the space. Ledges above can take the weight of magazines and books. The piles will only grow, I am most certain.
Before...
and after. The sculpture by RA Miller is another favorite piece belonging to the occupant of the room.
Before...
and after. The colors set a moody tone.

A corner for reading has ample lighting from two windows dressed in ikat drapery panels, and the Pharmacy Lamp found at Target.

The geometric rug from Ikea adds an interesting pattern to the mix, while a side table provides a necessary surface to place a drink. Coffee while reading the morning paper and something stronger while catching up on a bit of late night work.

Have you identified Stefanie's three photos?


Time is running out...


Thanks again for having me and enjoy your travels. I look forward to seeing what wonderful images you capture on this trip! Janell