How I designed my vintage office

Recently, we decided to put our savings into remodelling and decorating our home. We plan to be here a long time and for this house to really be a little nest for us. However, redecorating an entire house is a daunting project. We weren’t sure how to go about it and so decided to take things room by room.

Working from home full time and especially in a job where feeling fabulous is part of the job description, it’s important that I have a real space in which to get things done, and not just a small desk in a corner somewhere or slouched in front of the TV. I had seen a few pictures on Pinterest and in Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft book of little offices in wardrobes, and really fell in love with the concept of having a small, enclosed space that could hold lots of pretty decorations and be neatly packed away at night if extra guests need a place to sleep.


How I designed my vintage office


This wallpaper was a bargain £10 per roll from Wallpaper Direct and brings a really pretty, floral focus to the feature wall behind my desk.


Wardrobe office

I bought my wardrobe for about £20 on eBay. We took several days to sand and paint it in Javan Dawn 1 (Homebase paint) and brilliant white. Initially, the wardrobe and bureaus we bought looked like this:



My pretty pink writing bureau was just £10 from eBay. John and I fixed the foot, which had a slight crack in it, sanded it and painted it a pale pink (check back in a couple of days for a feature on how to paint furniture).



This pretty pink rotary phone is by Steepletone and is available from many online retailers. It’s the same model that’s winging its way to our recent competition winner!



My turquoise typewriter was about £25 on eBay. It is decorative but apparently does work when spruced up!


The flooring in my office (and throughout the house) is soft wood floorboards painted with several coats of hard-wearing floor paint and sealant.

Lace panel

This lace panel was £10 from eBay. I chose black lace to give the room a slight gothic edge to counteract all the pink!



My spinning office chair was my one extravagant expense shipped from America. You can buy it online from Pottery Barn Teen (it’s the Ooh La La swivel chair), but be warned, the shipping costs more than the chair itself! The corner chair was a plain white chair before I went at it with Decopatch decoupage patches from Hobbycraft! Now it’s a patchwork floral chair that matches the rest of the room!



I decorated the room with pictures, oil paintings in gilded frames, beautiful and inspirational pictures and photographs of my friends and family. My calender is a vintage cats calender that my lovely friend Heather gave me for my birthday (she knows me well).


And that’s Darling Lovely Life HQ – where the magic happens every day! As they say, it might not be much, but it’s mine! Check back in a fortnight for our second interiors instalment where I give you a sneak peek into my vintage-inspired bathroom!

7 Comments on How I designed my vintage office

  1. Annie
    November 5, 2013 at 11:45 am (5 years ago)

    I LOVE the colour combination! Well done crafty girl! Xx

  2. Nicola Russill
    November 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm (5 years ago)

    So pretty Sara well done, i especially love that chair!

  3. Elaine
    February 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great idea and so well done too : )

  4. James Cruz
    July 26, 2014 at 6:55 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Sara

    Beautiful Vintage office decoration i like you ideas , have seen an old model typewriter there are you using it?


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