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Decorating the study has been a challenge since we moved into our new home. First there was the furniture layout problem and accommodating both hubby’s and my needs.
But next, once we found a place for the desk and storage pieces, came the issue of creating cozy guest seating.
This was made particularly complicated by hubby’s insistence on having the desk facing the TV, also known as the obvious spot for guest chairs.
You may have seen my earlier post on decorating our French Country study. In fact it’s one of my most popular posts with readers loving our French desk. But you’ll note my photos of this room always avoided the wall opposite the desk, as I really hadn’t figured out how to make that side of the room work.
Because of the TV hanging on the wall it seemed odd to place a couch beneath it. Yet I needed guest seating for the space and finally opted for a tufted ottoman, flanked by wooden file cabinets. Functional, yes, but it never had a finished look.
It wasn’t until I added lamps to the cabinets that I started to think again about finishing this side of the room. I had tossed a few throw pillows on the bench, but they just weren’t getting the job done.
Then one day I had an epiphany when I was scrolling through Instagram. There I saw a wonderful photo of a bench piled high with gorgeous lush pillow shams. I recognized them right away and knew at once they’d be perfect for my study.
The key to adding cozy comfort to my bench was to use full sized euro shams. I chose the stunning whisper linen in winter white (which happens to also be a favorite of Joanna Gaines). The soft drape of this fabric is what utterly charms me and I’m wanting to add them all over the house now.
You can see the curious layout of the space in the photo above. I actually enjoy lounging on the bench now and chatting with hubs while he’s
watching a game doing paperwork. (And no, he doesn’t mind the feminine design. We share the space, so he got the TV in exchange for the French desk!)
It’s a pleasure that this room finally works with the simple addition of some pillow shams.
I also added the Bella Notte boudoir pillow in the lovely Penelope pattern. A cozy woolen throw and a cup of tea round out the picture.
It’s still a little free form for guest chairs, but then again, I’m generally the only guest who visits here.
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- Bella Notte Shams
- French writing desk
- Tufted cream desk chair
- Tufted ottoman bench
- Iron and crystal sphere lamps
- Silver washed candlesticks
- Plaid blanket
- Faux floral