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Our Work: Wonderfully Quirky Workspace

by Rose McClement

While working through our “Office & Workspace” Pinterest board recently, trying to pick my three favourite images for our previous Pinterest Pick post, I kept circling back to the images of one of our own projects. Truth be told, it really was my favourite workspace on that whole Pinterest board, one that I would be more than happy to set up in my own home.

That inspired me to feature one of Design Monarchy‘s own workspaces – one that we designed for a residence in East London. The home office we put together for project Riverside Place was a super cool, quirky and fun-filled workspace.Read More »

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Pinterest Picks: Wonderful Workspaces

Following the great fun Rose and I had selecting our favourite bedrooms and thereafter our favourite nooks and niches for the previous two Pinterest Picks posts, we could not wait to get right on the next instalment of the blog series.

Just to remind you what this series is all about: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time perusing our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

For this instalment we decided to select our best-loved images from our “Office & Workspace” Pinterest board. The board is a collection of Design Monarchy’s favourite and most beautiful workspace finds – from gorgeous home offices and studies, to studios, craft rooms and business workstations…

After much deliberation, here are our top 3 nominations for the loveliest, most desirable workspace…

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Rose said:

“Once again – having to work through 320 images on our “Office & Workspace” Pinterest board evoked some strange reactions, least of which is ‘Why on earth did I pin that image?’  Taste and preference evolves obviously:”

Rose’s Pinterest Workspace Pick:

“Why was I drawn to this particular office image as my preferred space? The feeling of openness in the many white finishes. Namely the floor boards painted white, white walls, white cabinets etc. It looks like a space that allows one the freedom to be creative while functional at the same time. Big plus is that fact that it’s situated in front of a window.

One very important criterion for me is an expansive desk-top space, with plenty of funky storage units, such as seen here in the boxes and the baskets.  Another appealing element – the tall storage cabinet with its glass front doors – making the content of the storage unit visible adding depth and another layer into the room. That wall lamp so does it for me as well.

What would I change? The chair – it doesn’t look all the comfortable to sit in for hours. Furthermore, I would introduce a strong splash of colour with the chair. I would also like a natural oak desk-top – once again introducing that sense of being connected to something earthly and solid (and another necessary layer in a very white space to ground it).

Yes – with that done, I could easily move myself into this space.”

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1st Runner Up…

“Marica has this saying about us as a company, she would often say: ‘When we grow up, we can…’  This gorgeous spacious Manhattan Industrial Style office is what my heart would desire ‘when we grow up!’  Those windows leaves me with that ‘weak in the knees’ feeling every time. Not to mention that awesome wooden floors that ground the whole space. I would love for our studio premises to be something along these lines.”

2nd Runner Up…

“This desk space is just too cute and quirky to pass over.  I find each decorative element entertaining and so well put together. One thing that comes across clearly to a professional such as myself, is the fact that each element has been carefully thought through to create a delightful space and ensemble. Not only would I recreate this in my personal home office space, but I wouldn’t hesitate recommend it to a client.”

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Marica’s Pinterest Workspace Pick:

Marica said:

“Before opening our Pinterest boards and starting my workspace image search, I thought I would quickly and easily find my dream office set-up. The process proved to far more difficult. With our previous Pinterest Picks posts my decision was largely influenced by aesthetics alone. This time around I found that my criteria for selecting a perfect workspace weighed more heavily on practicality and need. Finding my “Number One” was tough.

After some to and fro I settled for the home office space of interior designer and stylist Souraya of Binti Home. Interestingly enough this is not the first time I have selected one of Souraya spaces for a Pinterest Picks article. Her sunny yellow guest bedroom was my third choice for our Bedrooms post.

What appeals to me most about this workspace is the white backdrop. In true Scandi form, both the floors and walls are painted white which gives the space a bright and open feel. The double volume / high ceiling further contributes to this sense of spaciousness. Souraya used decorative accessories to inject pops of pastel colour to the space which imbues the office with a soft, feminine quality.

Some other elements I love are the pretty kilim rug, the quirky grey ladder, the Scandi trestle desk, and the floor to ceiling cork board which is both decorative and functional. The only item I would like to add to this workspace is a big storage unit – preferably with glass doors and painted in a bright and happy colour (like this one).”

1st Runner Up…

“While I generally consider myself to be a person who prefers colour, there is something very pleasing about this monochromatic black and white space. I don’t know, maybe it has an essence of calm about it.

The workspace has a distinct Industrial flavour to it. I adore the white Ikea Kallax units on castors, which provides loads of storage space. Furthermore, I find the collection of monochromatic art prints as well as the black Industrial light fitting very appealing. Oh, and that wooden floor is to die for!”

2nd Runner Up…

“My third choice is a bit of a wild card – it is a dark and cosy attic workspace.

I love the bold black-painted wall, the wooden table with its pretty turned legs, and the various vintage elements and flea-market finds. I find this room to have a lovely sense of depth and just a hint of drama.

While in reality I would probably tire of this office quite quickly – I think my mind desires a lighter, slightly less cluttered space to work in – it sure is striking and beautiful to look at.”


What do you think of our Pinterest workspace picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

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Pinterest Picks: Lovely Nooks & Niches

We had SO much fun browsing through our Pinterest boards and selecting our favourite bedroom images for our previous Pinterest Picks post, that we could not wait to get started on the next instalment of the blog series.

Just to remind you what this series is all about: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time perusing our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

This time around we decided to select our favourite images for our “Nooks & Niches” Pinterest board. This particular board is somewhat of a “catch-all”. It contains various transitional spaces that do not necessarily fall under any definite area or room. Pause spaces like reading nooks, hallways or foyers, staircase areas and other tucked-away nooks are often pinned on this board.

After much deliberation, here are each of our nominations for the loveliest, most desirable nook…

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Rose said:

“Allow me to take you behind the scenes before going onto to share my selections and reasons for them. By the behind the scenes I mean – my thinking.

So for me the concept of a ‘nook’ is similar to that of a ‘cosy corner’ or a special feature area that has been carved out in the home space, so as to either be functional and appealing, or welcoming.

While I was sitting trawling through the collection of images that we have pinned onto our ‘Nooks & Niches‘ board over the years, I was once again surprised to find that my taste has definitely evolved. There are so many images, each speaking to a different type of niche or nook. So I set the criteria as follows: Could this be an area that I would create in my home? Would I enjoy it? Would I be happy to inhabit it? Based on all the stuff I just said, here goes with my choices:”

Rose’s Pinterest Nook Pick:

“A daybed so perfectly situated between two windows, which means not only can I do what I absolutely love doing – reading (definitely mostly lying on a bed) but there is plenty of daylight streaming in.

Plus, I like that Mid-century Modern style of the bed, with the quaint wooden box next to it. That old natural feeling the box presents, gives me a feeling of timeless. And I find that box intriguing – like asking myself, what could I store in that box that would almost feel like I’m hiding something that has treasure value attached to it.

That tactile looking fur throw is so very inviting and this space feels like it is calling me to come and recline there, chill and just be – like the wooden word on the window sill say FLOW! It’s a big part of my values.  That circular cushions, it shape and it’s pattern so does it for me.

There ain’t  much I would change in this set up – except the black and white print would be one of my family. I would introduce different colours in the striped fabrics of the rectangular scatter cushions – like the colour I’m crushing on right now, that soft rose pink. It works so well with the existing colour scheme going on here.”

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1st Runner Up…

“This image of an entrance hall stopped my right in my tracks. In fact, it was a toss-up between this image and my current #1 – for first place.

I would happily replicate this scheme in my entrance hall. I find it striking and that is what I would like to create in my entrance hall. The colours black, white, gold and a hint of natural wooden elements – it works for me.

Naturally if there were no hexagonal brass/gold mirrors displayed in the way they are, the statement and feature element would be seriously compromised. It’s this hex mirror configuration where the striking feature element lies. Notice the gold touches on the Bombé chest of drawers.”

2nd Runner Up…

“Taking the vacant area under a staircase in order to create a feature nook / niche can be tricky. I have seen some images that reveal that sometimes folks get too practical with their shelving and drawers etc. Sometimes they get too O.T.T. as well.

The simplicity of this layout is what works for me. The all white surroundings in the staircase, introducing black into it in the framed images, lamp and rug keeps it clean and interesting. I won’t change a thing with this scheme and if I had a house that has this kinda space available, this is where I would head.”

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Marica’s Pinterest Nook Pick:

Marica said:

“I was immediately drawn to this little staircase nook in the home of Swedish ceramicist, Frida Anthin Broberg. To me it is such a happy space. This little pause area under sweep of the stairs actually forms part of Frida’s kitchen. It serves as desk, sometimes kitchen island, and general gossip corner.

The curving white-painted staircase divides the kitchen and nook area from the equally pretty dining area at the back.

The aspect that appeals to me most must be light, bright space – a beautiful white backdrop with light grey painted wooden floors and pops of bold colour. It is every bit the quintessential Scandinavian home.

I love green-painted open shelves under the stairs which feature a collection of colourful crockery and stacks of books arranged by colour.

The furniture pieces are mostly flea market finds. The upholstered Mid-century chair with its happy floral folk art scatter cushion would have to be my favourite. That, and the rustic table with its distressed blue-grey legs. The Industrial style light fitting adds the finishing touch to this playful space.

Is there anything I would change or add? To me it is pretty perfect as is!”

 

1st Runner Up…

“I would love to have a pretty pastel seating nook like this in my kitchen or lounge. Perfectly situated next to a window so one can longingly gaze outside on rainy days while reading a book.

This nook has just the right amount of fluffy scatter cushions to keep your comfortable while you are enjoy your breakfast or having a read. All your favourite books are stored in the woven basket ensuring they are always close at hand. And that sleek wall light guarantees that you have loads of reading light on glum days.

I also love the way the birch branch is used as a decorative object – and of course the bit of greenery in the window. Yes, this is definitely a ‘Marica’ space!”

2nd Runner Up…

“My third choice is something a bit different – it is a lovely and unique entrance hall with a distinct vintage feel.

The focal point or statement piece in this space would have to be the vintage theatre seats. Karen of the Mrs Rollman Blog found these gorgeous 1920s wooden theatre seats (complete with ‘usher’ labels still attached) in an antique store.

While I normally love bright and happy colours, I find this warm neurally coloured space quite appealing. I love the incorporation of a bit of pale greenery on the shelf in between all the other bits and bobs. The addition of the script scatter cushions and the white tasselled throw creates a soft relaxed atmosphere. The single white framed sketch next to the vintage wire coat hooks is a lovely touch too.”


What do you think of our Pinterest nooks & niches picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

Pinterest Picks: Beautiful Bedrooms

Have you ever played the “I wish…” game? You know, the game where you page through a magazine or peruse a website and see something that makes you go: “sigh, if only…

I think there is nothing wrong with building a few castles in the sky, especially when it comes to interiors and one’s home. Let rather call it “aspirational thinking” – planning ahead for a time when you will have the means to make your daydreams a reality!

I regularly play that game. As an interior designer I often gaze longingly at the beautiful interiors and homes I have pinned to my Pinterest boards. I would fantasise about what I would do with the space if it were mine.

Not too long ago Rose and I were discussing a bedroom picture we had just pinned to our boards. Rose expressed that she would LOVE a room just like it. “Which bedroom would you like if could choose?” she asked me while scrolling through our Bedrooms board. I wasn’t sure; however I had earmarked a few hot favourites. We knew there and then that it would make for an excellent blog post.

Rose and I decided that we will each select one image from our Bedrooms Board of a sleeping space that we most desired as our own. We would then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and whether there is something we would change.

We also chose two “runner-up” bedrooms because deciding on one room can be very hard!

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Marica’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

I had some difficulty selecting my numero uno, most-desired bedroom from my top picks. However, after asking myself “which one do you see yourself LIVING in”, the answer was clear.

The picture above is a sneak peek from the bedroom makeover of bloggers, Jamin and Ashley, of The Handmade Home.

I think what appealed to me most was that the room looks relaxed, yet luxurious.  I am automatically drawn to jewel tones, which is why I adore the colour combination of this bedroom. I also enjoy the addition of the antique brass elements.

My favourite item in this room would have to be the gorgeous deep-buttoned velvet headboard. I had a “YES please” moment when I saw that beauty!

Another element I like is the upcycled chest of drawers with the purple agate handles. FYI – these are actually “faux” agate – they look like the real deal but are just clever replicas Ashley made using clay and craft paint (see DIY here).

If this was my room, I would probably add a slightly more Bohemian feel to it. I would swap out the scatter cushions and throw for something more tactile and Boho without losing the beautiful magenta purple colour that pairs so lovely with the jewel-toned emerald.

While the framed abstract art piece is not completely my taste, I would keep it because it ties all the colours together beautifully. I might just add another smaller framed print or painting in front of it to add some depth.

I would also LOVE to include a vintage velvet chair like this one into the room. Can you say reading chair?!

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1st Runner Up…

I was immediately drawn to the Mid-century Modern meet Scandinavian bedroom of Jaclyn Johnson, founder of Create & Cultivate. In true Scandi form, the room’s white backdrop makes the room feel open and less cluttered while pattern and interest is added in shades greys.

The show-shopper piece in this bedroom is the gorgeous (and pricey) Modern bed from Design Within Reach. While not my favourite colour, the punchy green of the headboard livens up the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme.

Oh, and don’t you just love that copper blanket ladder and pom-pom duvet cover?!

2nd Runner Up…

My third choice is a bit of a wildcard. What I like most about this space, other than the lovely sunny yellows, is not limited to the the decor and furnishings. The appeal lies in structure of the room itself – the white-painted floors and lofty attic ceiling with its beams.

The house belongs to Souraya Hassan of Binti Home. Souraya used various items, most with a slight Moroccan feel, from her online shop to decorate this guest bedroom. I love how she used the two small Moroccan tables as a staggered bedside pedestal.

Similar to my 1st runner up choice, I like how the happy yellow accent of the bedspread breaks the otherwise white on white space.

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Rose’s Pinterest Bedroom Pick:

This particular exercise really stirred up a subconscious desire to redo my bedroom. And working through the stack of images that I have pinned on two bedroom boards, eventually brought me to a place where I realised exactly how I would decorate my bedroom.

Another awareness was how my taste / style has changed over the past few years. I’ve gravitated towards “less is more” not entirely Scandi, but leaning in that direction, with a tad more colour thrown in.

If you told me 6 years ago, that I would have a craving for a white bedroom, I would have laughed. I am so longing for the feeling of uncluttered space where there are fewer decor elements, but no lack of depth and texture. That is why this is bedroom is my first choice.

I am totally nuts about the industrial styled metal / glass pane room divider, the texture of the velvety throw on the bed, the colour and nature of the wooden items, the asymmetrical placement of the floor rugs and the patterns to be found in the rugs and wall art. I could take my books and move into this room.

I dream of living in a Manhattan style Industrial loft apartment such as this.

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1st Runner Up…

What appeals to me most about my second choice above is the metallic bed. I am so in love with copper and the rose gold colour that blends into it so perfectly. The other appeal is the street scene wallpaper at the back of the bed, as well as the overhead ceiling fixed industrial light.

Oh, and another appealing feature in this room that I forgot to mention is the ceiling. Those pressed ceiling panels just do it for me. Imagine waking up to see that delightful sight each morning.

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And now… my third choice is something completely different. Just showing one image of this room might come across a bit on the odd side because actually one needs to hold this bedroom within the greater and deeper context of its setting, namely the Château de Gudanes.  This forgotten French Country Stately Home has slowly been brought back to life.

If I woke up in this room it would mean that one of my dreams had actually come true. I would have to pinch myself to check that it was all real. This is the real deal unrestored French Chateau boudoir. No paint effects, no wallpaper – all the genuine article. Love the deep royal blue french bed and everything about this room.

It needs a stand alone blog feature post of its own, one in which we can wax lyrical and drool over its unique beauty. So, watch this space with bated breath. Until then.

This was huge fun. Thanks Marica for coming up with this blog series.


What do you think of our Pinterest bedroom picks? See anything you like too?

Stay tuned for the next addition in our Pinterest Picks series – maybe we will do our favourite living rooms or kitchens.

The New Exciting World of Instagram

We have seen the (Instagram) light:

Okay, so Instagram is not exactly “new” – but it is quite new to us. I read recently that Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform and currently has over 400 million active users. I am proud to say that we here at Design Monarchy are the latest Instagram converts.

We were a little unenthusiastic when we created our Instagram account more than two years. We saw it as just another time-consuming platform we would have to maintain. Now however, we have gotten into the swing of things and I totally see the appeal.

The element I most like about Instagram is that, unlike Pinterest, it is designed in such a way to encourage you to only upload images created by you. You are not re-sharing someone else’s images you’ve randomly found on the net, you are creating your own unique snaps and moments.

We have endeavoured to regularly upload new snaps to our IG account. It will be a work-in-progress, behind-the-scenes peek at what we are doing in our studio and all the interesting furniture, décor and beautiful fabrics we find when sourcing for clients. We have already uploaded some pretty awesome stuff!

Let’s be Instagram friends!

Are you on Instagram? Be sure to check out Design Monarchy’s Instagram account and follow us so we can be IG buddies! We would love to see what you are sharing / uploading too! Find us: here.

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