This week it will be five years since my husband and I moved into our forever home. Just like this summer it was scorching hot and we were super busy making life changing plans together.
Thankfully for us the previous owners had already built a light, bright side extension on the property which not only had views over the field in front of the house, which is obviously very rare for city living, but also a door onto our rear garden, and a double height ceiling with Velux windows.
Perfect, we always thought, for a home office.
Fast forward to now, and while this large white room has served us well, (our dog loves sleeping in there and it’s great for storing our son’s pram), it hadn’t quite reached its full potential.
But all this was about to change.
Alongside my time spent writing Nordic Notes, in the last month my husband has also made the leap into freelance marketing consultancy. So with both of us now working from home it was time to create the inspiring workspace we’d always dreamed of sharing.
Before starting the makeover I took time to consider how we wanted this room to make us feel, how its mood would affect how we worked and most importantly how it would reflect our lives now.
On a practical level we also needed it to be super functional, clutter-free and have a sense of separation from the rest of the house when we needed to get things done.
Firstly the walls where painted a traditional soft blue-grey. Throughout our home every room features elements of this Farrow and Ball colour, but instead of using it to create a focal point, this time we’ve painted the whole room, and it’s definitely given us a cosy atmosphere on which to build.
Next on the list was furniture, and Ikea was the obvious choice. For the desk we combined the Linnmon table top and Lerberg trestle legs and for storage, in contrast to the walls, we chose the Besta units in high-gloss white. This gave us an overall look that was sleek and minimal, plus it allowed me to create an ideas bench and a dedicated area for flat lay photography.
The most important piece of furniture we had to decide on however was the chair. Given that the pair of us were going to be spending a lot of time sat in it we didn’t want to make a rash decision on this.
As with all major investment pieces I looked to some of my favourite Nordic brands for inspiration, and this was when I discovered Flokk.
Based in Oslo, Flokk is a leading manufacturer in office furniture and their ergonomic HÅG Futu mesh chair is, as you’d expect, thoughtfully designed and precisely engineered.
It’s really compact and streamlined so doesn’t dominate the room, and thanks to its intuitive, adjustable Balance® Technology it certainly doesn’t compromise on comfort either.
The transparent FutuKnit™ mesh, a specially designed 3D knitted fabric used for the upholstery, comes in seven beautiful colours all of which are inspired by nature. We chose stone and it’s the perfect match for our room.
For the finishing touches I added a number of pieces from the Officina range from Kähler Design, some much needed calming greenery from Forest London, the Hay for Ikea Ypperlig table lamp and a dark grey Morum rug to add some extra hygge.
So at last we not only have a space to work from, but somewhere I can’t wait to spend time in.
For me it’s not just a quiet place to escape and think in every day, but a place I believe is unique to us, tells our story and feels like home.
Flokk very kindly gifted the HÅG Futu mesh chair for the makeover, but as always all words and opinions are my own.
A few of my favourite reads if you’re also planning a home office makeover:
- Cate St Hill – A cosy, grey home office for a freelance creative – my makeover reveal
- These Four Walls – Home office styling with the IKEA x HAY ‘YPPERLIG’ range
- Fabric of My Life – Liberty Task
- Hege in France – Vertical Blind for the Home Office
- Curate and Display – 5 Home Office Design Tips And HÅG Futu mesh Task Chair Giveaway