UPDATE: For those who have asked, the rug is from Arhaus but I can’t remember the name of it!

We’ve been doing some re-arranging of furniture at our house. Mum is coming from Sydney to stay for a couple of months in March, so we’ve made the office into a guest bedroom. Before we moved everything out, I put all the papers, books, toys and stale goldfish into a big box and took photos so I can remember what this room might have looked like had I ever kept it tidy.

Last time mum was here we were literally moving into this house. She was a huge help while we packed boxes and then unpacked them again, painted and cleaned and bought furniture. I’m excited for her to get to see the house (pretty much) finished.

But this office will be gone when she gets here and in it’s place, a comfy guest bedroom where she will have privacy and her own bathroom. So goodbye lovely office, I wish I’d kept you this tidy in real life.

We’re using the Pottery Barn Daily System to get organized. Nice in theory but if I’m honest, I use my calendar on my iPhone so this is just decoration really. I put all of my appointments up at the beginning of the month but anything added after around the 3rd of the month doesn’t make it to the board. So it may even be counter productive.

The chair is a cheap little swivel number I got on Amazon. It does the job and it’s comfy if you’re not sitting for hours at a time.

Benjamin Moore Dove White Office

This is the room before we moved in. The walls are Benjamin Moore Linen White and a kind of pale gray.


Benjamin Moore Dove White Office Before
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office

The Bernhardt Salon Desk is absolutely dreamy. So feminine and glamorous. But… and this is kinda huge, it gets marked and scuffed up so easily. If you want to buy the desk, I’d suggest you also buy a custom piece of glass to go on top of it. The marks, whether they are ballpoint pen or lead pencil (I’m not even kidding) will not come off, no matter what you do.

Benjamin Moore Dove White Office

The room is painted in Benjamin Moore Dove White, like much of the house. I had originally decided to paint this room Stonington Gray which ended up being a totally unexpected (read: blue) experience, so I defaulted back to my old faithful.

Benjamin Moore Dove White Office


Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
Benjamin Moore Dove White Office
By | 2017-08-20T06:32:57-04:00 February 16th, 2016|BLOG, HOUSE|10 Comments


  1. Claire June 28, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful home. I love your style and I’m sure the other parts of the house are just as stunning.

    • Helen July 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you Claire – I appreciate that so much!

  2. Neele June 22, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Me again. I love this. Do you mind me asking where you got the wall organizer from?

    • Helen July 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      It’s the daily system from Pottery Barn! 🙂

  3. Dungaree momma April 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Sounds like our house. It’s tidy before I have guests and then a disaster the next day. No one with kids has a room that tidy. Haha! Welcome to motherland.

    • Helen April 18, 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Right. Not good for a perfectionist or a control freak, and I’m both.

  4. Grace February 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Lucky Mum. When my Mum comes, I have to put Peter on the couch. The room looked pretty good, though. I love your all white pallet. The accessories make it pop.

    • Helen April 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you! The lighter furniture made a huge difference right?

  5. Molly J January 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Well I liked the brown room, but it is so up-to-date now. I would give anything to work in an office like that – I could get so much work done. I really love that desk. You make everything work so well together. Thanks for the inspirations.

    • Helen April 8, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Molly! It’s actually now a guest room and my study is not nearly as glamorous. But to be honest I didn’t ever get that much work done in it. 🙂

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