Shipping dilemmas have sure been the theme of this challenge, from the chair that never actually shipped to the faux bricks that were supposed to arrive between June 11 and 15th. The bricks were finally delivered yesterday afternoon, so I rushed home from the office to install them since we are going on vacation today! It took me 5 hours to install the bricks but it was actually the easiest project I’ve done in the office!
I first saw these faux bricks from Ninth and Vine used by Jordyn from @ourpnw_home. I wanted something that looked realistic, even in person, but I didn’t want the hassle of installing thin bricks with mortar. I considered wallpaper, but I also needed something that would cover up small gaps between the wall and wainscoting and builtins. I honestly don’t like products that are really illusions- I like real texture and make accents look as authentic as possible. Let me tell you, these bricks are amazing! They look AND feel exactly like bricks! They are also super easy to install because they come with peel and stick tape on the back and they are actually made of MDF so you can cut them with a miter saw. I am absolutely thrilled with these bricks- they tie everything together in the office! Truly the crowning touch.
Let’s talk about all of the other details in the office. Aubrey is a master at shelf styling, so she came over last weekend and we styled the bookshelf in the center of the built ins. I like to mix vintage, eclectic, and modern items. My recipe for styling any piece of furniture also includes a lot of plans, either faux or real. Before I purchased any items, I browsed through Pinterest and West Elm to find inspiration. My vision was lots of marble, brass, and unique items. I ordered these gorgeous marble bookends, these geode bookends, and this sculpture. Then I picked out faux plants and a vase at Ikea and bought other eclectic items at Home Goods. Aubrey brought frames for me to use and I printed free artwork that I found online in the public domain and at The Wandering Creek blog.
I rounded out the corner seating area with windowpane print black and white curtains (gotta love the pattern mixing with the irregular design on the rug contrasted with the classic windowpane print curtains and the small pattern on the black and white throw blanket!) and two plants. The back wall here felt empty, but I didn’t want the area to feel crowded or heavy, so I ordered this acrylic console table. It’s the perfect size for the space and doesn’t make it feel cramped at all, but rather finishes the space in a modern and sophisticated way. I have thing for acrylic decor pieces and now I was thrilled to incorporate this console table! The other design element in this space that fits perfectly is the arched mirror. I scored the arched mirror at TJ Maxx last month for $40- a serious bargain! It makes the space feel larger and reflects the gorgeous built in desk area on the opposite wall- win, win!
One design detail you might miss is the repeating fluted details: the ribbed glass on the pendant lights, the fluted vase on the bookshelf, and the tall fluted planter holding the rubber tree.
It’s these kinds of granular details that make the space. You’ll notice I’ve only shared close up photos this week because I am saving the absolute best, stunning photos for the final reveal next week! Stay tuned for updates on the brick saga throughout the day today and then I’ll be back here on the blog next week for the final reveal!