I’m so happy to introduce you to one of my favorite decorators to follow on Instagram! Tessa Foley, the creative talent behind Nine & Sixteen Home, is a wife, mother, designer and blogger living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her beautiful home was published in Midwest Living in December 2014 and, later this year, will be featured in Nora Murphy’s first book – Country House Style. I, for one, can’t have enough glimpses of her home through Tessa’s Instagram account,?where she generously shares bits of her life & work so, I asked her to write about a very special room in her house that I know you’ll all love seeing. Enjoy!
Hello Café Design readers! Thank you so much,?Eva, for inviting me to guest post on your absolutely?gorgeous blog! I get so much inspiration from you!?I’m excited to share a little peek of our home with all?of your readers. For those of you that don’t know me,?I’m a blogger at Nine & Sixteen Home, turned self-taught?designer, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a love?of cozy, classic interiors, heavily inspired by coastal?New England style and traditional English country?interiors.?Today I’m sharing one of my favorite places?in our home, my office…
My office is situated in a sitting room right off our?master bedroom. It is part of an early addition to our?home (by the original homeowners), that for many?years sat untouched by me and was occasionally used?by my husband as his home office. Once I started my?interior design business I took over the room because I?needed a space that was more removed from the main?living areas of our home, allowing me to work with?less interruptions.
Above is a picture of our master bedroom, which you walk through to get to my office.
Since my office is connected to our master bedroom, I wanted the spaces to flow seamlessly from?one to the next. Our master bedroom is wallpapered in a green and cream Thibaut paper, with?lots of natural linen and blue accents in the fabrics, art and accessories. I kept the same color?palette for the office, starting with painting everything (doors, walls, ceiling, windows and trim) in?Farrow and Ball’s French Gray, which reads as a pretty soft green in our light. For design?inspiration, I tried to evoke the feeling of a Nantucket summer cottage. We vacation there every?year and it’s the place where I’m most inspired. There is something about a summer cottage?with a collected-over-time, effortlessly charming feeling that really speaks to my soul. To capture?that look, I mixed and matched furniture from estate sales, consignment stores and even Craigslist. I?kept a traditional floral (my all time favorite, Althea from Lee Jofa) on the windows and faux?bamboo footstool and hung a variety of art, from sketches to paintings, on the walls. This room?looks out over our stone patio in the back of the house which is surrounded by trees, adding to?the green tones in the room. Pretty light filters through the branches and, in the spring and?summer I’m serenaded all day by birds.
For my desk, I used a scrubbed pine table found unexpectedly at a local consignment store. I love having it positioned?right in front of a window. I also love the Les Indiennes block print lamp shade. I’ve been using so many?patterned lamp shades lately in my design plans. They add a pretty layer to any room. Also, my desk is rarely?this neat.
I recently added a new business partner to Nine and Sixteen Home, he’s happy to test out fabric durability for me.
I am always moving around artwork in our home. I used to have a very stately antique gentleman portrait, that I found at an estate sale?in New England, on the wall next to my desk. He has since moved to my husband’s “new” office downstairs.
This is the only room in our home without hardwood or tile floors. I had wall-to-wall seagrass installed and I’ve been so?happy with it! I just love the texture and relaxed feel it brings to a room. The antique chest was an estate sale find and houses?furniture catalogues and samples. I also have a closet to store fabric memos, which have a tendency to take over the room.
This is a favorite spot to sit and put my feet up while I brainstorm, or for my kids (human or four-legged) to hang out when?they “pop in” for a visit.
I’m so a grateful to have this little space of my own to escape to when I’m working. I only work?part time, so this provides just the right amount of function and pretty, yet still work as part of our?master suite. Thank you so much for letting me share it with you today!