Etsy Picks: Office Chic

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Head back to the office in style after the summer holidays with our selection of Etsy picks (see the full treasury over here on Etsy)

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Before & After: Floor To Ceiling Bookshelves

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Once upon a time (like many little girls), I had a brief ambition to be a Disney princess.  It wasn’t the frocks or the (interchangeable) princes I was after though, it was Belle’s library.  Books as high as the eye can see, floor to ceiling windows, spiral staircases to balcony walkways, an open fireplace and period furniture.  It’s basically an interior designer’s dream, and as a book lover it caught my imagination – definitely a better romancing strategy than the usual ‘saving from an evil witch’ schtick.

Skip forward 20 years or so to buying our first house, and though our budget didn’t quite stretch to a palatial library wing, it was my ambition to have a room I could make into a small office with my very own (modest) wall of books.

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It was one of our first home projects, and our talented carpenter friend John did the tricky bit of actually building them for us. I found inspiration in Damien Thompson’s ‘Books Make A Home‘. I sent John away with post-it notes in the pages of the book marking the style of bookshelves I liked, and John ingeniously managed to work out how to recreate them using materials within our budget.

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Our Favourite: Floor Lamps

Now that the nights are long and dark, I’ve been looking out for a standing lamp to live behind my little easy chair in our office in anticipation of chilly nights spent huddled up with a book.

These are on my shortlist:

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1. Arche Floor Lamp in black £99, 2. Harvey Fabric & Metal Foot Switch Floor Lamp £62, 3. Copper Angled Floor Lamp £170, 4. Cross wooden floor lamp £140, 5. Caged Bird Floorlight £85, 6. Floor Lamp Black £20, 7. Marta floor lamp £140

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Future and Found: Bold & Bright Home Stylings

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Future and Found is a relatively recent discovery, but you may have spotted their stuff appearing on recent round up posts, and their beautifully shot collection always stand out on our Pinterest boards.

They stock an eye-catching range of household bits, specialising in bold, clean, simple pieces with bolts of colour here and there (these guys love their neon).  They are particularly good for kitchenware, storage and tidy bits, and unusual gift ideas.   Their website has enviable style, and I’m pretty sure that their buying habits are influenced by what will co-ordinate best with their colour palette – you’ll notice a lot of orange and grey.  Hats off to their web design and photography people.

I have replaced some of our old plastic cups with their enamel tumblers.  I’m also very fond of the Donna Wilson knitted badger cushion - it’s on my splurge wish list  (though I suspect that Liz would be tempted to pinch it).

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Our Favourite: Office Filing & Accessories

This has to be one of the hardest round ups to write, because I am a huge stationary nerd and, judging by the number of products I shortlisted for this, my 9 year old novelty eraser-and-pencil-collecting-self is still buried in there somewhere…

Confessions aside, it’s become increasingly easy to find well crafted office products that can make filing and organising, if not enjoyable, then slightly less of a chore.   It’s also great to see products that can form a design feature themselves and don’t have to be hidden away in a drawer.

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1. Present & Correct 70s Filing Stand  £45  (£10 p&p/collect in store), 2. Pigeon Hole Wall Shelf Unit £75 (£5.95 p&p), 3.  Copper Desk Magazine Holder £28 (in store/£5 p&p), 4. Fantastic Filing Rack £30 (£5.95 p&p), 5. Eku Document Holder £14.95 (£2.95 p&p), 6.  Wooden Set of Drawers £70 (£5.95 p&p), 7. Distressed Metal Wall Storage with Hooks £28 (£5.95 p&p) , 8.  Geometric Boxes Set of 3 £22 (£3.95 p&p), 9. Magazine holder in wood £14.90 (+£4.79 p&p), 10. Plisse Folder A5 Colour wash £19.90, 11. Vintage Metal Filing Cabinet £160 (contact for shipping estimate)

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A Parcel Of Cushions

Japanese Vintage Silk Cushions

One thing that Etsy sellers excel in is beautiful packaging of their wares, and when this parcel of cushions landed, Ste found me staring at it; mesmerised by its pristine shiny wrapping and almost unable to bring myself to tear into it (this didn’t last very long).

The parcel came about as a result of my search for a pair of cushions that would brighten up our dark grey sofa. I’d previously bought some lovely blue/grey velvet cushions, which added texture and a variation on shade, but I needed something contrasting to set against them.

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