New project – Canadian man cave, office edition

I’m really excited today to share my latest project as it’s very close to home; I’ll be lending some of my design expertise to my broseph to help szhuzh-up a gentleman’s Canadian man cave makeover to his new office! And I’m getting all sorts of emo all up in here looking at Canadian mood boards. 
My broseph is currently in college so the budget is pretty tight. I’ll be working on recycling and upgrading the pieces of furniture and accessories my brother already has and reincorporating them in a new way. I like a good budget challenge! 
To give you an idea of the room, below are a couple of pictures showing what my brother’s office looks like at the moment [keep in mind he just moved in, so there are a variety of items / boxes in here at the moment] … 
First up – we’re going to kill that magnolia with fire. We’ll be changing the layout of the room and since we’re a little strapped for space, we’ll be making the most of the walls. I’ll also be adding lots of tiny and budget-friendly changes such as updating and coordinating the handles on the closet with the soon-to-be revamped drawers [as seen in the corner of the second ‘before’ picture]. 
To give you some visuals and a better feel of the mood I wanted to create for this room, below you’ll find the inspiration from Pat that started it all … 
When I first saw Pat’s Canadian cabin nursery design, I knew something along these lines would be perfect for my brother. He is after all, the only legit Canadian in our family. I loved how Pat’s nursery wasn’t over the top cheesy-patriotic, but it so perfectly incorporated a Canadian slant into the design.
And some clean, gentlemanly office inspiration that I stumbled upon on Pinterest. So far, here are just some of the ideas I’ve magicked up with my brain machine … 

1. I was thinking a subtle way of adding some personality to the office without going too OTT with colour is to add some colour to the curtain rod. This can easily be done with spray paint, doesn’t cost a lot, and can also be repainted at a later date [side note: there won’t be black curtains].

2. The cardboard stag’s head I bought in Marks & Spencers last year has been gathering dust in our apartment, but it will look perfect in my broseph’s new office. Ca-ching. 
3. I don’t know how possible this will be, but I’d like to include either a birch branch or birch bark into the design. Now, all I have to do is find some birch available in Ireland … 
4. Clipboard wall! One idea I had as a functioning focal point was to have a clipboard wall above his desk, as an alternative to a bulletin board or chalkboard wall. A chalkboard wall would be too dark and overwhelming in such a small room. Whereas a row or two of clipboards would be able to hold not only assignments, but tickets for events, reminders, and similar to what’s in our kitchen, I could paint one of the clipboards with chalk paint so it can be taken off the wall and written on. 
5. I’m going to try my hand at DIYing some pillow case covers by upcycling some old plaid shirts [see below inspiration on this idea from Pat].  
6. I couldn’t resist including the man blanket I crochet for my brother a couple of years ago. It and other textiles will add another level of comfort to the room for snuggling up on crappy rainy days and watching movies.
7. I’m still on the bench when it comes to wall colour. I’d like to with a warm shade of grey that’s barely there grey. Really close to white, but enough grey that broseph’s white desk will stand out. I think grey, when used in the right conditions, can make everything else POP in a room and add warmth. That is, with the right shade. We’ll see how the paint tests go. 
I’m excited to get started and help my little [yet an entire foot taller] broseph with the gentleman’s office he deserves. I’ll be sharing updates on the room as it develops so stay tuned! 

xx A

p.s. “Office edition?” I hear you say. Yes, office edition, meaning there’s gonna be MOAR ROOMS! I’ll be updating broseph’s bedroom too after his office is sorted. 

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  1. September 29, 2014 / 19:17

    Thanks for the shout out!! Our wee one is almost 6 weeks old and I have JUST finished the nursery. Sad, I know. I love your stag head. We used a cardboard moose head over the crib. I really should get busy taking photos and get it posted. Having a newborn is crazy time consuming!!
    Can't wait to see the finished product of your brother's room!

    • October 1, 2014 / 05:57

      Oh Pat! Congratulations on your little bundle! I must admit, I follow Melting Plastic on Instagram and I spied your little girlie and OH MY GOD MY EYES CANNOT HANDLE THAT LITTLE POUT! She is the absolute image of you, Pat. Condensed cuteness. I can't even look directly at her out of sheer terror that my eyes cannot handle it.

      And of course, cannot wait to see moar nursery pictures whenever you're feeling up to it! Word on the street is that that babies can demand a large amount of your attention? Who knew.

      xxxxxxxxx A

    • October 5, 2014 / 14:57

      Oh Alex, you have no idea.
      I have been peed on, pooped on, oooh, and fun little moment when Millie had a mouth full of breast milk, and decided to sneeze it all over me. Good times.

      She is cute though, so that helps!
      Nursury pics need to be taken ASAP. Hubby is home on the weekends, so I am hoping to get some done today if possible. Of course, the Zombie walk beckons, so there is a good chance I will be stumbling along in that instead.

    • October 6, 2014 / 20:08

      For a second I thought you were referring to motherhood as a constant zombie walk, but then I remembered there's an actual thing where you get dressed up and whatnot. Ha!

      Oh Pat. My time will come. And when it does, I'm sure my hair will be full of all of the above. Just you wait and see. I'm sure I'll be insane enough to Instagram it.

  2. September 30, 2014 / 18:23

    Looking forward to seeing how this progresses! The man blanket definitely needs to be part of things – love that blanket!
    Maria xx