Here is, finally, the update on our home office makeover: introducing Terracotta walls!
But first, let’s get rid of the sponsorship jargon before we start, shall we? I must say this is the most excited I’ve felt about a collaboration for a while! Let me explain: this post is brought to you, by… you!
Yes, you! Through Instagram posts and story polling, private messages, conversations on The List, we created this home office… collectively! I am blown away by the energy felt throughout this project: from the moodboarding phase to the color picking (so many comments and input on this, we actually created a new color!) and the genius idea of only painting only half walls to keep the freshness of this small room with extra high ceilings. Ok, let me stop with the hyperbolic compliments. I just want to say that you guys really rock and that this project was so much more fun and inspiring together than if I had just decided everything on my own and reported back here as we all usually do. This gives me ideas about more participative projects, because I really enjoy the human connection we make together and the fact that the result is evidently better than the sum of our individual creativity!
Here are snaps of my new Terracotta home office! I took some shots at different hours of the day so you can see how the color changes magically with light.
For those of you who missed the first post about this project, this room, which used to be M’s room is now an office/ guest room space. The room is rather small in square footage, but the ceilings are extremely high (above 13 feet!), just like in the rest of the apartment. The exposure of this room is full south, so we get the full sun rays in the morning and lose them progressively throughout the day. By 3 pm, the room is usually darker than the rest of the flat, especially in winter months!
Because I desperately needed an extra storage piece for Inès’ clothes that she left here for her visits, I updated a
hideous generic closet left by the previous tenants, removed its doors and replaced them with a metal curtain rod and white fabric screen. On the side, I arranged all the pinned pictures I had used for the moodboard part of the project. Ultimately, when we relocate the home office and gain more storage in the other room, I’d love to add a minimalist mid-century-ish wall shelving system on that side of the room. We’ll see…
I started with a fresh coat of my ALL TIME FAVORITE white paint : Chantilly Lace (OC-65) from Benjamin Moore. It’s not only the white I recommend to anyone who asks, it’s the one I consistenly use at home. Always. Favorite. Period.
Then, to choose the perfect Terracotta tone, I worked with two samples from Benjamin Moore: Potters Wheel (BM 1294) and Santa Fe Pottery (BM1287). One had too much coral, the other didn’t have enough pink in it. So I adjusted the final hue, based on your feedback and input, with the precious help of the Benjamin Moore paint mixing station associate who patiently mixed for me the best color I could possibly wish for for this room.
So, to sum it up, you guys are so good, we kind of created a #FBDTerracotta color, just ours! This makes me so proud! it’s also a proof that when you experiment a bit outside the box, you can lend into magical territories in decor, right?
For the finish, I went for the flattest finish I could possibly get. I wanted the feel of an old lime paint, to honor the period features of this room and give it back some of its pizzazz. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: flat paint is not easier to clean, but as we’re done with small kids around the house, I elect to repaint small patches when needed, vs. a wipeable paint surface. Do you prefer any sheen on your non-wet-room walls, or flat finish? Id’ love to know!
Again, what I love the most about this magical terracotta color, is that it changes completely throughout the day, depending on the natural light. As you can see, on the image below, in a cold (bluer) light, the walls take a lighter coral shade (below), whereas the same walls take a brownish hue when the natural light is warmer. Terracotta is magical I tell you – and I have a hunch we’ll see a lot more of it next year!
Need more proof that this home office is a successful project? Mister has been hijacking it for every professional conference call he’s attended for the past 3 weeks. In my book, that’s a win!
Product Sources: 120″ French Linen Curtain Panel from Overstock – Metal Curtain Rod from Amazon – Pink Chair from Amazon – Glo-Ball Lamp by Jasper Morrison for Flos – vintage Bukhara rug from Ebay – Door stopper and ethnic bags purchased last year in Marrakech and on previous trips to Morocco. Painting by my talented daughter, Inès. ♡
Project Credits: Photography Siham Mazouz for French By Design, Design + creative direction: the readers of this blog, fellow Instagrammers, and members of The List (the real MVPs!!). Thank you, thank you all for your participation and constant support!