The big office reveal (finally)!

So this post has been a long time coming. I knew I would never meet my deadline of mid-August because no one in Italy works in August. In reality, I’ve had everything ready to go weeks ago but I was waiting for my marble desk, which was being held ransom until yesterday.

I’ve shared a few bits and pieces from the renovation, but nothing major, so let me walk you through it. Here’s the inspiration board to refresh your memory.


I am ridiculously proud of how the various bits and pieces came together to meet the brief – modern, minimalist and Australia-centric!

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My meeting/project table has been revived with oak. Instead of buying an entirely new table, I went to my local hardware store and picked up three 2cm-thick oak panels. I took them to the local carpenter who joined them together to make a table top for less than €50. Then I just plopped it on top of the original steel legs. If you’re not on friendly terms with your carpenter, you can get the look by buying one sheet of wood instead of panels.

The table is finished with wooden stools and a blue rug, both from Ikea.

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My baby! Again I didn’t buy a new desk. I just bought a marble counter top at the local marble store in deep grey and propped it on the original steel legs. All for €70. I’m keeping my desk clean with nothing more than some pens, a few journals and my favourite scented candle.

Above the desk is the only art in the entire office. I have a cork board with a few mementos from home. On either side are Bondi Beach and my DIY city map print. I deliberately cramped all the frames together because I wanted it to look like one big collage. It’s more visually striking that way. Dancing Drake makes me smile every time I look at it. It was gift from my sister.

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The only antique in the office. I nicked this from my parents-in-law. It’s a late ’60s piece that’s trying to look older. I like the texture it adds to the room. Functionally, it’s the hiding place for my tea kettle, magazines and the DIY materials that aren’t pretty enough for my open shelves.

Aesthetically though, it provides contrast to all the light wood. I’ve styled it with a few really simple pieces.

For a project that cost no more than €200, I’m really happy with the result. When you work from home, your office can sometimes let you down. But you don’t have to spend the earth to get a professional looking space that will not only be more welcoming, but will also make you more productive. I find myself spending more and more time in here when before I used to run for the hills when the workday was over!

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