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My Home Office, A Wardrobe, and a Great Big Canvas

In the space designed for a formal dining room I’m in the process of creating my very own home office. A little corner for my work, for inspiration, and for creativity. A little while ago I shared this snapshot of my progress over on Facebook, showing my desk (from IKEA) and inspiration board. Every time I walk by it I smile.

inspiration board

I’m still beavering away; most recently I’ve been working on a storage solution, and a real statement piece for the opposite wall. I needed something to store all my bits and bobs – the sewing machine, project life folders, business cards, and then I found a little wardrobe for $20 and inspiration struck. Bold colour, a shelf, and she’s perfect.

Florence Wardrobe

This girl has been painted with Annie Sloan Florence on the outside, and Graphite and Pure White on the inside. I got my knickers twisted about using a bold colour and had been putting off the project, but my One Little Word reminded my to be brave, so I got on and ordered the paint.

In the meantime I received a message from Great Big Canvas offering me one of their canvases to complete my room. What timing! And though I had in mind one of their beautiful abstract prints, I kept coming back to that ampersand. It was striking and bold and fit perfectly with the black and white that seemed to be underpinning the room. So I went ahead and ordered it, an easy process that took about 10 minutes and then arrived in just over week.

florence wardrobe 3

When the canvas arrived it spurned me on to get the wardrobe finished. For this project I distressed while the paint was still wet, wiping with a paper towel and I really love the effect! I’d always been a little wary of this method, but I really think it’s given it a much more authentic look.

florence wardrobe 2

If you’re interested in checking out a canvas for yourself, you can find Great Big Canvas here. You won’t be disappointed! And they have a sale on too.

florence wardrobe 4

Thanks for stopping by…

Catherine xxx



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