House tour: Home Office

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

I have been meaning to share our home little by little and I finally edited my photographs (which I took in December) of the study. My favorite room in the house is my our office. There is so much light, plus all my art supplies, and all our books. The couch also folds into a bed and it is where guests sleep when they visit. I went with a kind of cabinet of natural curiosities feel, which I suppose is my favorite feel. It’s far from finished, I need a rug that I hope to diy, and there are a bunch of pictures to put up on the wall including a metallic plate of P’s first front page story for the Wall Street Journal. I enjoy that it’s practical and whimsical at the same time.

The room is painted a very light grey, and the built-ins have yellow painted behind the books. I diy’d a lot of the stuff, including the sewing table, it’s chair, and the desk chair. I bought a few of the knick knacks from a store called The Space and Anthropologie. The rest I’ve collected from our life and travels.  A lot of the furniture is from Ikea (sorry but cheap pre fab has a certain appeal) and survived the shipping container from Berlin to Johannesburg. The books are organized by author and fiction/non fiction by P. I wanted to organize them by color but sometimes you need to cede the book shelf to your partner.

Do you have a space in your home that feels like a retreat? Where you can go for your personal time or that inspires creativity or relaxation? In NYC this might mean a corner of your apartment (in my studio I literally had a shelf for a desk) or maybe you’re lucky and like me live in a city where studies are commonplace.

8 thoughts on “House tour: Home Office

  1. As a kid I tried to convince my parents to order the food in the fridge and storage cupboard by colour too; if you know you’re looking for red ketchup you’ll find it in seconds. They wouldn’t have it, and now I’m all grown up I don’t have enough supplies in storage to get confused in the first place.
    Pantone girl, you’d probably like the concept of this Brussels hotel where I stayed a while back: http://www.pantonehotel.com.
    My retreat is nothing visual, just comfort: the soft chair by the reading light and the heating (…as it’s -13C out today).

    • Jeroen! The whole time in Berlin I talked about getting one of those lamps that imitated the sun but never did. The fridge by color idea is good, maybe I’ll try that. And I do LOVE Pantone, I just bought some Pantone toothbrushes recently….I would love that hotel!! I wish I got to travel around Europe a lot like the old days, like you do now….easyjet and ryanair I never thought I’d miss you so.

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