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A Cozy Home Office

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and was able to spend lots of time with their loved ones. I was busy working, but managed to get away for a tasty dinner with some of my own favorite people. I’m quite thankful for that and, believe it or not, for the work!

I’m especially thankful to interior designer Thom Filicia for inspiring the first steps to this home office’s design. Last year, when I came across House Beautiful’s feature of Filicia’s showhouse apartment, (which you can see here), I did the first thing I figure most designers do with any fabulous idea they want to use– I pinned it!

Pinterest is an amazing tool for designers, and I’m big on saving ideas that I’d like to someday use in my work. I encourage anyone considering to decorate or remodel their home to sign up and get to pinning. Oh, and don’t forget to follow me!

To get back to this space, I’ll say briefly, this room used to belong to my client’s son, who has grown up and moved out. It had a perfectly good built-in that we decided to freshen up with paint and some sharp new hardware made of leather and chrome (from one of my favorite hardware stores B&C Custom Hardware and Bath). I was very conscious to go bold and interesting on the wall color/treatment, so that this room would really feel like an entirely new space for my client.

I hope you like it and that it inspires you! Enjoy!

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Oh, and in case their son feels like coming home for a weekend with his folks, it should be noted that the plush tufted sofa pictured in the space, is actually a queen sleeper sofa. Although, now that I think about it, I failed to anticipate that it will probably be hard to get him to leave…

P.S. Photography is one of my many hobbies, so I’m proud to say I shot this one!

 Thanks for reading!

Love,
Nagwa

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A Design Mystery

I’m just gonna say it–sometimes, I feel like a detective. A design detective.

Picture this: A client comes to me and says, “Nagwa, I’m not sure why, but we just don’t like to use this room. Maybe it’s the furniture layout…Maybe it’s the color… Maybe it’s the lighting.”

So, I look around, and I sit in every seat, turn on all the lights, turn off all the lights, and I ask questions. Even while I’m asking questions, my eyes are studying the space around me, snooping for clues, any small hint that could lead me to a solution of what the problem, the mystery, is.

Here’s a BEFORE picture. Can you figure it out?

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Well, the good news is that the mystery has been solved and the room is done. It’s actually been done for over a year now and the mystery as to why I’m just sharing it with you today, is one I’m still trying to figure out (I suspect the culprit is procrastination).

But I digress…

Challenge number one with the space was dealing with it’s formality. The main offenders: the perceived height of the space, the overly ornate or foofy mouldings (yes, foofy is a word) on the walls and fireplace, and the dramatic overmantle that seems to dwarf any other element in the room.

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Overwhelming overmantle.

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Low foofy wainscoting. No good for a casual living room.

 Oh, and did I forget to mention the pink marble fireplace surround? The client hated it and planned to address it at a later stage, since replacing it proved to be a costly job.

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The solution: remove the low, fancy wainscoting and moulding details, and camouflage the overmantel, which really just accentuated the height of the space. High spaces have a tendency to feel formal, and we want cozy!

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So, with those details gone, we needed new design elements to bring the look home. I started with cleaner lines on the existing fireplace mantel since it was in good condition.

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I should note: the client couldn’t handle seeing the pink marble amongst all the changes and asked our contractor to come up with a budget friendly solution. He sanded down the marble, primed and painted it with a special fireplace paint that could be custom colored. The result was astonishing.

Next, I added wide horizontal planks, raised to the right height and scale for the room (approximately 55″ here).

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Finally, came textured walls for warmth (grasscloth wallpaper to be more specific).

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Notice how I had the wallpaper continue from the walls onto the overmantle, so that it would mask it’s height. This, along with the new horizontal planking, was enough to dramatically change the space and accentuate a more horizontal perspective, rather than vertical, making it feel more inviting instantly.

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Layer in some fabrics with interesting patterns and warm colors, and baby, this case is closed!

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Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nagwa

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A Warm and Modern Home

Hi Everyone,

I’m thrilled to share this project I’ve just completed. This room belongs to a young family that I’ve actually worked with before (I LOVE repeat clients). They asked for a modern comfortable space that had some life and color, and this is what they got. Enjoy!

Polished nickel accents on the sconces, drapery rod, and fan gives this space some sparkle.

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Go for the unexpected! This blue/grey sectional was upholstered in a plush microfiber that is super durable and cozy, and the color did not disappoint!

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Walnut wood finishes add warmth to the room’s color scheme.

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A few nods to industrial design: the X-detail on the side table, the adjustable arm on the reading lamp, and the exposed Edison bulbs in the sconces.

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Check back next week as I share the last room I completed for them. It’s a stunner!
Love,
Nagwa

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My New Office

***1/27/16 Update below!

Don’t tell my husband, but it all started with a new tape dispenser.

I was shopping online for some new office accessories that were, well, not so ugly, and I came across this acrylic little beauty. When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked at just how pretty it was.

So I started thinking, how inspiring would it be if every single object that surrounded me while I worked had the same feel? Only one way to find out! Afterall, a designer deserves good design too, right?

And so I began to carefully build a space that was light and airy, complete with a spot for every catalog, fabric sample, and file folder. I challenged myself to keep it within a modest budget but maintain a high-end look. Here’s the end result.

NSID Credenza

Sample Wall

Ribba picture ledges make for a perfect sample wall.

Kraft Box Storage

Eurostyle Chair

A proper chair makes all the difference. The Dirk High Back by Eurostyle.

Upholstered Pinboard 2

A little DIY project- a few yards of fabric, a staple gun, some cork tiles, and an old panel from my painting days made for this custom pinboard.

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Fabric Swatches

NSID Credenza

For balance- a pair of mercury glass lamps from Roost, and a polished nickel starburst mirror.

Open Storage

Expedit has never looked so good! Magazine files from Martha Stewart’s line of office goodies at Staples.

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Large Milk Crate baskets (Rattan Koboo Gray) from Target fit Expedit from Ikea perfectly and Martha Stewart’s Bookplate Labels from Staples add a little character. 

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Can’t help but add some sparkle!

Desk Accessories

This Extra Large Rubbermaid Bento Tray from Target does double duty as both stackable project tray and desktop organizer.

For a closer look at other projects that I’m working on, you can follow me:

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Thanks for reading!

***1/27/16 UPDATE: I get so many questions about how to recreate this office, so here are a few clarifications!

1.) Where/How did you do that long white cabinet behind the desk. Two units together or is that one unit..and is it from Ikea?
The unit behind my desk was put together using different pieces from IKEA. You will not find it sold as whole unit from Ikea. Here’s what I used…
-I used two Micke drawer/file units and one Micke storage unit in the middle. Unfortunately, I’ve been told the Micke storage unit is no longer available. I mounted the drawer/file units on chrome Besta legs (which are also unfortunately no longer available from what I can see), they ended up being just the right height to place beside the Expedits (now known as Kallax). Try seeing what other legs they have. The key is to get them to the right height with the units beside them.
-The 3 components above are flanked by a pair of two Expedit shelving units (now called Kallax shelving units).
-I topped the whole thing off with two long white thick laminate surfaces from a single Lack TV Unit (my own little Ikea hack*). I attached them together with a brace (aka a “strap tie”) from Home Depot. I can’t find the exact spec. for the one I used, but this one is very similar. Try and find it in a longer length. If it’s available at 18” long, that’ll work well since the top would be approx. 21 5/8” deep, so they’ll hold together better.
*Keep in mind there will be a seam down the center and a couple of predrilled holes since it’s originally meant to be used as TV unit. I realize this is a somewhat unfinished look, but I knew my top would be covered in design trays 99% of the time, and my budget was tight back then. The two pieces together were the perfect length and depth for my room and the built-in as a whole, so it was definitely the right way for me to go! I like the thickness of it as a countertop and the way it just visually finished it all off.  You DON’T have to go this route. You can always choose another countertop. I also like the butcher block counters they sell, but you’d have to look into the dimensions it comes in.

 

2. What desk is that?

My desk is made up of two Finnvard trestle legs and one Linnmon high gloss top.
Have more questions?? Please check the comments below! Also, see my Pinterest board for links.

Love,

Nagwa

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