Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Project Rental ~ Den / Home Office Edition

Hello Tuesday! I can't believe it's almost the end of February and did you enjoy The Oscars? Loved Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet, Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor (The Theory of Everything), and so happy to see that my favorite movie, The Grant Budapest Hotel, has wowed the judges by taking home Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music, and Production Design.

Speaking about the glam and glitter of Hollywood, I am ready to show you my favorite transformation at #ProjectRental: the deco inspired shimmery retro chic den!  You have seen the living room, the bedroom, the feature on Style at Home, and a little sneak peek on the wallpaper panels, here comes a multi-functional space filled with patterns and style.

image via Style at Home, courtesy of Donna Griffith
Just to show you how this windowless den looked like upon my arrival, please welcome the "before":

A blank canvas and a blessing I must say, since I got to start from scratch.  The furniture layout for maximum storage / function popped in my head within seconds I walked into the space.  So that was't the tough part.  The real challenge was how to incorporate lighting into this space right by the front door without a window nor overhead light (really, who builds rooms like that?).

Not allowed to "harm" the walls in any shape and form, I decided to add visual impacts through dynamic patterns through wallpaper panels and the brilliant billy bookcases from IKEA.  The black & white fan motif of the Billy bookcases are absolute spectacular and at $100 a piece, the only thing I could think of was "START THE CAR!".

Opted for a built-in look for the dining table / desk, we filled in the space between the two bookcases with a kitchen cabinet from IKEA and customize the height to standard table height.  The tall bookcases also provided the ideal spots for our fabulous Meurice sconces from Jonathan Adler.  With 10 bulbs on each sconce (max 25-watt per bulb) and set on dimmer, I would say we'd nailed the lighting situation for working from home or romantic dinner for two!  

The marble top we scored on Kijiji for a steal.  With the money we saved, we were able to commission a custom table base from Anvil Wrought Iron Furnishing to our specification.  From drawing to reality, Vie is the best lady for your next custom metal project!  I am actually working with Vie on yet another custom project.  Can't wait to show you more!

images via Anvil Wrought Iron Furniture
This dreamy den / home office also couldn't be completed without the beautiful floral from Tonic Living, the striking striped rug from Dwell Studio, and a pair of Nik chairs from Sarah Richardson Design.

image via Style at Home, courtesy of Donna Griffith
Of course no glamorous space wouldn't be completed without a little Marilyn Monroe from Trowbridge Gallery.  What a beautiful vignette captured by Donna and thanks Morgan for the styling! 

image via Style at Home, courtesy of Donna Griffith
Thanks Style at Home again for the fabulous feature.  Hope you are inspired to try out a few of the tricks and tips I've shared on your next rental project! 

image via Style at Home, courtesy of Donna Griffith


  1. I love it Tim!! I am in the midst of a "den reno" and it is so hard to find any inspiration for tiny dens!

  2. This is really fantastic Tim. You packed so much style into this space. I love the gold details, and the gold base looks so great!! Can't wait until the next one! x/o Vie

  3. This den was quite the transformation. I think your wall panels were a genius idea! Brilliant work, Tim!