The purchase of a new house presented Jen Bishop, stylist and mum to Sebastian, 2, the opportunity to finally create her dream home office. The result? A bright and thoughtfully laid out space oozing with personality and charm. With abundant light, badass wallpaper and functionality – from the generous desk and edgy storage hub, to the magazine ladder (which doubles as a mood board), there is no shortage of inspiration.
1 // WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THE THEME “COLOUR BRIGHT” FOR YOUR HOME OFFICE?
I have loved the Anna Spiro wallpaper since she launched it in 2012. If you still love something five years on, it’s a good idea! It’s obviously very bold and feminine, but as I run my business from home, my workspace is really important to me. We only bought this house this year, and having a dedicated office has meant I can finally be really self- indulgent and choose everything that is very me!
2 // WHEN DID YOU START PLANNING THE DESIGN OF THE OFFICE?
As soon as we moved into our new house, I started thinking about how to make the room special. Once I had talked my husband Damian into the wallpaper (I’m really the only one who uses the room), it was full steam ahead!
3 // WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM?
As an interiors blogger, I’m exposed to the latest and greatest in design and homewares every day. It’s both a blessing and a curse as unfortunately my shopping funds are limited! I have become friends with many amazing interior designers and stylists who are kind enough to give me advice when I doubt my own ideas.
4 // WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO HELP CREATE A SIMILAR FEEL?
Wallpaper can really transform a room, it’s so powerful. If you opt for something bold like the one I’ve chosen, make sure you keep everything else simple and uncluttered or the look will soon become overwhelming.
5 // WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE ON THE STYLE OF THE SPACE?
I already had the large timber desk, which I love for its size and simplicity. I chose the grey storage units because grey goes so well with pink and because I like my ugly printer to be hidden away behind closed doors! I like that they don’t look too corporate. I also wanted somewhere to display favourite accessories and plants. Wallpaper aside, it’s a very simple room.
6 // WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ONE MAIN PIECE OF STYLING ADVICE?
Don’t rush into anything. Wait and see if you still love something after a few months before you invest. As someone famously said, buy well and buy once.
7 // WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO MUM AND BABY BRANDS?
Bobux Shoes, Jack & Jill bubble bath, Bugaboo and Pottery Barn Kids.
8 // HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE HAVING SEBASTIAN?
I thought I was efficient before motherhood, but now I’m a power multi-tasker! I love that being my own boss gives me flexibility and freedom to spend a lot of time with my son. It does mean I have to get a heap done when I’m in work mode though, and there are never enough hours in the day! Motherhood has also taught me perspective. Nothing is more important to me than my family’s happiness and security. I have become even more of a homebody and I just love hanging out with my boys!
9 // WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BEING A MODERN MAMA?
It’s the absolute best. Having Seb brings me joy and entertainment every day. It just keeps getting better.
10 // WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE BECOMING A MOTHER?
That breastfeeding isn’t always the easiest most natural thing in the world, and that’s okay.
1 1// WHAT’S YOUR BEST MAMA ADVICE?
Mum knows best. Because she really does.