MY HOME OFFICE : THE STYLING LOW-DOWN

MY HOME OFFICE : THE STYLING LOW-DOWN

LIFESTYLE : MY HOME OFFICE – THE STYLING LOW-DOWN >

I. ADORE. MY. OFFICE. It’s my happy place and I feel like, ME. I get lost in my writing and I’m able to forget about all of life’s current stressors – particularly over the last eleven months. I sit surrounded by pictures of my family, artwork by MG, beautiful memories and of course, Charlotte Rose. Charlotte’s ashes sit behind me and there is always a rose candle burning when I’m in here. Working from home sounds good in theory and don’t get me wrong, it totally has it perks. However, my roles in life as MAMMA / WIFEY / PROFESSIONAL / JUST ME, all merge into one. With social media and emails available at our fingertips, I rarely switch off. I do miss the social side of travelling to a workplace and also the routine, but I also love that I can produce most of my work without a bra, no make-up, bed hair and my own dorky playlist pumping! It was important for me to create a space that I not only loved design-wise, but that brought out the best in me – a place of work and a place of love. I am so proud of what I’ve created, so here it is! 


MY PICTURE WALL: I’ve always loved the idea of growing a picture wall over the years to come and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve created so far. It’s a pretty mixture of MG’s artwork, my professional and personal achievements, images of our growing family and of course, LOTS OF PINK! I was conscious about costs getting a little crazy here, so I only had about half of the pieces professionally framed. I highly recommend Framing to A T in Brighton for bespoke framing – ask for Cath, she is amazing. All the ornate/decorative frames are from here and did cost a small fortune, but I wanted that visual mix of textures and sophistication. Some of the frames are just from random shops I’ve seen along the way and there’s absolutely a few IKEA ones in there too – so don’t feel every single piece has to cost an arm and a leg. It always comes back to HOW you style it.

WALLPAPER: My #inspo for my wallpaper was the St Regis Hotel in NYC. I wanting something classic, elegant, regal, feminine and strong. Even though the final decision was absolutely mine (like everything in our life!), I was lucky that my hubby loved it as much as me. So much so that we continued it up the staircase, which is just behind the study so visually it flows beautifully. I am considering also putting this in upstairs in our second living zone area, as it can get a bit hectic if every single room has a different design. TBC! We purchased all of our wallpaper from Paint Spot (it has a specialised showroom for wallpapers – cheap/DIY to very expensive). We used the Bentleigh store for all of our current designs, but they have since moved to 1066 Dandenong Road, Carnegie – ask for Greg, he was fantastic! 

PAINTING & FLOORS: When we moved into our home the floors were a yellow/red stain and there was white skirting boards. We stained the entire house (including the staircase treads and railing) black and went for black gloss on the skirting boards – BEST DECISION EVER, although I do have to do a quick vacuum about 500 times a day! I would tell you who our family painter is, but then I’d have to kill you – he’s in very high demand and I’ve been sworn to secrecy by the friend who introduced us, ha! We love you, Kev!

{ BELOW > These are some before/after and during the beginning of my office picture wall, which I add to every few months }

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sarah jane young, sheissarahjane, interior styling, lifestyle blogger, Ralph Lauren Home, Mason Living, Coco Republic, Dare Gallery

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MY CHAIR: This chair needs to go and STAT. It’s a leftover dining room chair, as I haven’t found what I’m looking for. I’m also considering finding my own Louis XV chair and upholstering it myself – in PINK! This is definitely in-line with my Marie Antoinette/Versailles accent styling obsession. A few years ago we went on a tour of Versailles and I fell IN LOVE with the Grand Trianon. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Versailles and spend the day there exploring, you need to Google it. Immediately, and then book a rip, ha! I would never style any of our rooms as opulently and OTT as they were/are, but styling our home with a few key pieces here and there (particularly in a French provincial style home), I think, looks incredible. It adds the perfect balance of old and new and I believe pays tribute to our travels too and an important passage in history. WATCH THIS SPACE! 

ARTWORK: In addition to photographs, professional accolades, MG’s artwork, mummy’s DIY ballet shoes frame work (!!!), I’ve featured some random trinkets I’ve collected over the years – knowing one day I would create this in my forever home. The little Vogue plaques are from the Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, and I can’t even remember where I bought the Rhino plate! The hubby hated this at first, but it grew on him (or I convinced him to love it – you decide). This is MG’s fave piece too, so stuff you daddy! I also have a few Kerrie Hess pieces, which fit in perfectly with my life’s colour scheme – you guessed it, PINK. I love collecting these Aztec style tiles/crosses too, although upstairs there’s definitely more of a Moroccan influence (wallpaper, chest of drawers). Frankie & Coco in Hampton have some AMAZING pieces like these and a whole lot more. If you are adding artwork to a picture wall, or any space in your home, don’t rush it! You will most likely look at these every single day and I think it’s great if you can LOVE them every single time you walk past, and that in some way they represent you, your family and your story.

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CHEST OF DRAWERS: {BELOW IMAGE } Our chest of drawers if from Mason Living in Richmond, Melbourne. Mason Living stock French Provincial and Hamptons style furniture. This draw at first glance can look quite gaudy, but my inspiration was Marie Antoinette/Palace of Versailles and totally over the top – so I think I actually nailed my own brief! Occasional tables and chest of drawers like these are a great opportunity to push the boundaries of design, and in many ways they are a stand alone pieces of art (and they are functional!). We have about seven chest of drawers around the house and they are all SO different, but they all work together. Consistency of theme is key, but don’t let that hold you back when it comes to colour/pattern choice. I’m not someone who reads magazines for inspo, I just know what I like (and I say that in a completely non-wanker way BTW). I remember designing my dream house when I was about 11 years old at Yum Cha at Tai Pan in Doncaster on a napkin, and I still remember it to this day – so how’s that for inspo recall! I used to make my parents drive around the streets of Canterbury and Toorak in Melbourne (I loved the leafy streets and the gorgeous homes!), and I would also enjoy looking at display homes from a primary school age – all the while designing my dream home inside my little head! I also remember meeting with our architects when I was in year six to help design our new home – I LOVE IT! P.s Mason Living is actually very, very reasonably priced – and no I have not received a discount! Just keep in mind when shopping anywhere that you know EXACTLY how long your lead time is. We waited nearly eight months for a bookcase (*crickets*). Our two chest of drawers we’ve ordered for our master suite are not arriving until Feb next year… Plan way, way ahead. 

DESK: I love my desk, although it’s not very practical in the storage department – but who cares, it looks good! I use the chest of draws for all of my stationary items, as well as work/life admin documents etc. The desk is from Coco Republic. 

BOOKCASE: This bookcase is also from Mason Living. When I was growing-up I remember watching Beauty & The Beast and loving his floor-to-ceiling library! I can’t believe I’m admitting where my #inspo for this one came from! They have a variety of sizes and I kind of wish we had gone with the bigger one – wall-to-wall, but it may have been getting too busy then. 

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DESK STYLING: This tends to change from month-to-month, but some of my favourite pieces are the ornate tray, which is from Frankie & Coco in Hampton. The stationary/desk organiser is from Officeworks, and my super fancy stapler that reminds me to “KEEP IT TOGETHER”, is from Kate Spade. I know, slightly over the top – meh. I also have an eclectic mix of artwork produced by my daughter, just about everywhere you look. I always add some new candles, perfumes and photos to this little spot. It’s the one messy area in my office, but it’s a messiness of LOVE! 

FLOWERS: This gorgeous array of pink goodness was designed by my lovely friend, Kate from Mary Mary Studio. Kate has pretty much styled every big event in my life for the last three years and I adore her as a friend and a professional, I cannot recommend her incredible work highly enough. 

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CHARLOTTE’S SHELF: While some of you might feel a bit weird seeing our daughter’s shelf, or that she sits behind me, I assure you it’s absolutely beautiful. I think about Charlotte every second of every day, she is a part of me and our story forever. I wanted her to be everywhere in our home, not just in my heart. There are roses everywhere you look, I always have a rose candle burning and I see her shelf about 100 times a day – as my study is the most central room in the house (opposite the kitchen/living). Her door sign (which I had initially purchased to match MG’s), just glows… Her ashes sit with her hospital band, the blanket I carried her in, her hospital clothes/hat, her umbilical cord and some other precious treasures. Her scent also sits there and when I’m feeling strong enough, I will spray it and it’s like she is here again… I love that both my girls are everywhere in this special space. I feel such an amazing sense of calm and peace. 

POOF: We originally bought this cow print poof for our living room. However, you would have to own the tallest couch in the history of the world to use it for a foot rest! I don’t really know what purpose it serves in my office, but I love it. Once MG grows up and we’re finished raising little-little people, I’ll probably add some books or a pretty trinket. Until then, it does screen our home phone and the cables! This is from Dare Gallery.

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