If you follow along on Instagram, you would know that last week the final piece in my home office and lady room decorating puzzle arrived.
So I’m finally ready to share my new workspace with you.
It’s a bit of a milestone moment for Styling You – I started out on the lounge room sofa with a laptop in 2008. Progressed to a small computer desk in the same lounge room later that year and about three years ago managed to claim what was the dining area as my blogging space.
My work was always there. Visible while I cooked dinner. Visible while everyone watched TV. Visible every time I walked in the door.
I know in blogging and social media you never really switch off – thanks to tablets and smart phones – but having that big monitor winking at me every minute I was awake made it really difficult to step away from it.
Not any more.
One of our “requirements” when hunting for a new house in Brisbane was that it had a separate office space. One I could shut the door on at the end of the day.
What I’ve ended up with is all that and more. Not only do I have an office space but I officially have a lady room to call my own.
What’s a lady room, you ask?
It was a term unfamiliar to me too but when I first stayed with Mrs Woog in Sydney many years ago, she introduced me to the concept and it’s one I’ve waited patiently to embrace.
Well, not so patiently … if you remember my stealth-like move 12 months ago when our eldest moved out to live on campus for uni? That was the start of it all for me.
My shoes came out from under the marital bed, my accessories had an easy and visible home and I had somewhere to do my hair without having to share the bathroom with three others at the same time.
In a nutshell, a lady room is a room where you get to store all your lovelies all in one place. The fact that my lovelies are all tied in with my job means having them in the same room as my office space actually makes sense.
Kind of like a mini version of the fashion and beauty “cupboards” you’d find at a magazine. Mr SY is over the moon as he no longer has to share a bathroom “with Priceline” and I’ve given him more of our shared walk-in robe space than I otherwise would have.
So, come on a pictorial tour of this beautiful space with me.
I’m completely in love with the floor boards, high ceilings and fret work features in our house. They proved perfect canvas for the splashes of colour I love so much. (Chair and trolley: IKEA; cabinet: RJ Living)
Those hot legs on the artwork were based on mine. Kidding. Sort of. This was the original Denise Daffara painting I commissioned for the first SY logo in 2008. (Cushions: The Brown Trading Company with Kerrie Hess illustrations; red lips: The W Hotel, Seminyak)
I love walking in here and choosing which accessories I’m going to wear each day. More organisation needs to happen inside the drawers – I’m thinking more inserts like the velvet ones I have already – but I’m happy girl indeed.
I keep all my Samantha Wills boxes (free when you purchase her jewellery) as they make great stand-alone pieces. Not just for storing your pretties. (Pineapple lamp and jewellery tree: Willow and Bird, Cotton Tree)
I have an enviable Uberkate collection. Rarely a day goes by that I’m not wearing at least one of Kate’s gorgeous pieces (they anchor me to where I’m at and what I have to do each day if that makes sense) so of course they needed their own drawer.
I’m yet to meet a cocktail ring I’ve never loved.
I have a thing for lightweight scarves. This hanger from IKEA is up to the task and hangs at the back of my door. Remember it’s always good to have your accessories easily accessible so that you actually do add at least one thing to your outfit each morning.
This is my second trestle-style desk from IKEA and I like that this one is longer and narrower than my previous one. I need space around my computer at all times. It looks neat here but by the end of most weeks it’s piled high with new beauty products. I particularly like the trestles on this one as they are wide enough to take the printer. (Rug from Habitat Home Collection; chair IKEA; mirror: Freedom Furniture)
What’s not to love about bunting … and flamingos … and pineapples? (Styling You sign custom made for me as a gift from Willow and Bird)
This sign is my motto. Took a while in my life to realise that (sorry, emo moment) but it’s true. When you do love what you do working life is pretty damn sweet. (Cupcakes made by Miss SY in art, owl from Typo a gift from my eldest son, poms and sign from Willow and Bird, candle by Ecoya)
My everyday bags are ready for the grabbing with this hat stand from IKEA.
My pride and joy … a shoe-robe to house all my heels. Flats are stored in the large wardrobe that came with the room. (Shoe-robe: IKEA Billy book case with glass doors)
IKEA’s Expedit 4×4 shelves to the rescue for books and files and trinkets. Have included a few boxes for better storage of things like my electronic gadgets and sunglasses.
The Expedit 1×5 shelves holds my beauty, nail and hair products used for blog posts (I keep a selection of my day-to-day products in my bathroom drawer). The drawer system for Expedit adds even more versatility to this storage system.
There you have it. A big, big thank-you to Mr SY who spent the good part of two days constructing ALL THE THINGS.
Tell me … if you work from home, what’s your dream office space look like? Or have you too created a lady room?