Happy Friday, friends! I have a treat for you today. Before my whirlwind of health issues, I had promised you an evening office tour. Better late than never, I suppose? If you missed the reveal (with daytime photos & all the sources), check it out here. Truth be told, I love being in my office after dark… just as much as I do when it’s flooded with natural light during the daytime. My chandelier is on a dimmer, so I can easily make it as bright or lower the light as needed. The gallery light and my buffet lamps are also on a switch, making it easy to light the room in a more soft, ambient way. Having the ability to control the lighting has made this room really functional. I usually keep the light low in here, since I’m staring at a computer screen most of the time. Click through for a little after dark tour to see how it looks all lit up and glowing each evening…
The credenza lamps are my favorite! To be honest, I hardly ever turn on the chandelier because the lamps and gallery light is plenty for the softer light I prefer.
I love the way my artwork is illuminated during the evening hours. It just has a very cozy and inviting feel with the warm light, gallery wall, and textiles.
I usually light a candle every evening as I’m wrapping up work- it just makes me happy and helps me decompress at the end of the day. I’m currently burning this one– I was testing it before bringing into the shop, and it’s REALLY good.
Usually at this point in the day, the dogs have left the daybed and are padding around the house following Emmett, or begging for dinner in the kitchen or laundry room… which means the daybed is mine for the taking. Ha! This is my favorite time to curl up with a good book and read for 15-30 minutes after work.
My best decision was installing a candleholder wall sconce. I love burning a taper and illuminating the textural drapery wall. We’re currently sold out of those in the shop, but will have more arriving soon! I’ll keep you posted. I’m excited to trade out the taper candles and experiment with different colors. Isn’t it pretty?!
Since I spend so much time in this room, I try to keep florals or greenery styled on this little table to add color, texture, and life (and brighten my mood).
The chandelier can get really bright or very dim… this is the setting I prefer- a couple notches above dim. It puts off a beautiful glowing light that doesn’t compete with my computer screen.
Below is what the space looks like without the overhead chandelier turned on… it’s very cozy and plenty bright! Once I draw the curtains, I always switch on the lamps instead of the overhead.
This Designer Trick post on selecting the best light temperature and bulbs is a must-read, if you missed that one. I’m all about warm and inviting lighting, and bulbs make a huge difference.
There you have it… a short & sweet tour of my home office after dark. I hope you enjoyed seeing it in a different light- quite literally (I had to). Emmett & I actually just landed in Hawaii last night and are kicking off what I hope is a relaxing and much needed vacation after the month we have had. I still have blog posts lined up for you while we’re away, so please check back on Monday! I may be slow responding to comments- or maybe I’ll even tackle those when I get back. I just wanted to give you a heads up. I hope you all have a lovely weekend filled with nice weather, fun, and relaxation. I’ll try to share some island snippets on Instagram if you could use a virtual escape to paradise! It’s so beautiful here.