I adore discussing décor & design – if something strikes your fancy please leave a comment! Enjoy! ~Splendor

May 2, 2015


Why is a raven like a writing desk?  Perhaps that cryptic query will never be entirely understood but as to the question of a “home office” the answer is assuredly yes. Before we begin, let us rid ourselves of THAT term entirely. A Victorian Study sounds ever more appealing as does a roomscape deemed a Den of Decadence... 
{Renzo Mongiardino}
{Books, antique or otherwise are a must}
In bygone days such rooms were a male's domain, the household's patriarch spending his time plotting and plundering at will. So much importance was placed on a gentleman's “Man Cave” that the fairer folk were quite forgotten, set to tasks befitting their station. While spending one's days embroidering doilies has it's appeal, I for one have other intrigues which require my attention. Conjuring cushions is a pressing business, dear ones, and an elegant atmosphere is quite appreciated when planning my cushion related incursions...

{A lovely antique table lamp}
{A clutter of skulls & books}
A proper “Lady's Lair” such as mine need not be overly feminine filled with frills and frippery. A desk draped in an antique carpet or curtain panel adds an air of mystery, drawers hidden amid the folds. Quills and inkwells may dwell in the past but modern day necessities can be spirited away in a myriad of ways. Gilded trays and crystal goblets are a perfect perch for pens and paper, while clips and bands are quite content nestled in an ornate jeweled case. Wonderfully weathered cabinets are essential hiding places for contemporary contraptions that would otherwise be an eyesore, while shrouds keep electronic devices out of sight, out of mind... As for lighting, silk covered lanterns and Art Nouveau table lamps are a must, giving an infernal glow to the task at hand... 
{Antique desk accessories}
{Geoffrey Bennison}
{A perfectly fringed fuel lamp circa 1885}
Whether Lord or Lady of your office abode, may your plotting be prosperous and your schemes a success... gathered here some inspiring Dens of Decadence. (Lead image: artist Alphonse Mucha's lovely library) Enjoy! ~Splendor 



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