I’m so happy to share a big reveal with you today! I’ve been known to just watch the last five minutes of my favorite HGTV shows because we all know that the Big Reveal is the best part. And that is exactly what today is!
A Steampunk Office Reveal: A Masculine Office Space.
I designed this project late last year, and it was a fun challenge because I designed it in a style I had never heard of before. The client filled out his Design Questionnaire with his tastes and preferences. Then I started doing some research and quickly realized that his style already had a name to it.
It was a design style I had never heard of at the time.
In design school I was actually tested and graded on knowing all of the different design styles. Rococo, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, etc. And since I’ve been working as an interior designer for over a dozen years, I figured I had a least HEARD of most of the mainline styles.
But then I found out his style was “Steampunk”
It actually is a genre of fiction, but it is being applied to the interior design world with some killer results!
Think of it as “a gentleman’s library” meets “eclectic” meets “modern”.
So this was the inspiration I started with, to make the space feel masculine. However, my client also liked a more modern edge with streamlined pieces. So I combined the Steampunk look with a few different pieces. Here is the Mood Board I created for his office:
One of his “must haves” for the space was a leather Chesterfield sofa. A classic, traditional piece. Another traditional piece is a wingback chair, but I decided to have some fun and chose these bright yellow ones with a retro vibe. This graphic rug creates an eclectic look, but the black and white pattern keeps it neutral against the other colors in the space. Like most real-life cases, this project is a twist on a style. I added in some other elements, but I drew my inspiration from the Steampunk movement.
He uses this space for small company meetings, and this is a huge improvement over the old office chairs everyone used to have to pull up! His flat screen TV was a must-have so we kept it simple and centered it above the sofa.
Add accents that tell a story.
He didn’t want too many fussy accessories, but a few accent pieces infuse HIS personality to the space. For his coffee table I added a gorgeously illustrated coffee table style Bible, and a beautiful book written by one of his clients. A couple more masculine pieces round out the space. And that was all that was needed to make this space feel homey.
It is the type of place you want to smoke a cigar (okay, it doesn’t have to be lit) while having your feet propped up on a leather ottoman! Oh and did I mention…we found this Chesterfield red leather sofa on CRAIGSLIST! It is 20 years old and in perfect condition. The homeowners almost cried when they sold it, they loved it so much, they just didn’t have the space for it anymore.
I think these yellow chairs from Ikea are a great, bold juxtaposition against the refined Chesterfield. This sleek coffee table (another Ikea steal!) adds a modern twist that he likes, but the wood keeps the the space warm. Steampunk also uses metal pieces, so this black metal lamp worked well into his room. Adding in some (faux) succulents in gold pots seemed like a manly choice of plant!
Whether the whole company is meeting together, he is meeting 1:1 with a client, or a place for his kids to hang out while he finishes up work, this new office seating area is both inviting and practical.
But I wanted to add one more fun element to his space…a rolling bar cart! He is a big bourbon drinker, so for an after-work drink he can roll right over to his own bar:
Take your pick Boss Man!
A big thanks to my client who not only let me design in a new style, but let me take photos of his oh-so inviting office space.
You could get your entire custom designed room in a box delivered right to your mailbox. Then order your entire room in less than an hour over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine!). The best part is…you never have to leave home.
Looking for more ideas or inspiration? Here are three ways you can gobble up FREE design ideas:
Facebook: I give you free design ideas, DIYS, and gorgeous eye candy…plus this is the first place to hear about giveaways!
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Pinterest: Get inspiration in almost any style and room of your home. Save up your pins as inspiration for your next Postbox Project: I have every client of mine create one!
Wait, there’s more!
And if you want to see the rest of this office, find it all HERE along with tips to create the Perfect Home Office!
A couple more Pinterest inspirational images: