18th Century Office Makeover

February 4, 2021 , Wedding


I love seeing people’s office spaces. I feel it says so much about what inspires you and the environment you love. I’m a sentimental person. I get it from my mom. I love furniture that tells a story, that has a history. I love everything late 18th century and early 19th-century. Deep, rich woods combined with velvety accent colours make me happy.

I’ve spent theis winter slowly revamping my office. It went from a complete mish-mash of furniture with baby blue walls to my vision of a late 18th-century, early 19th-century space.

Before the make-over (yup, it was a mess)
Saying good-bye to the baby blue walls

The antiques all have their own stories, the world map is from 1904 and framed in a piece from Sentimental Journey Antiques here in Nanton. This was the year my Great-Grandfather homesteaded our Lloydminster, Saskatchewan ranch.

World Map of 1904 – the year my Great-Grandfather homesteaded our ranch

This Globe Wernicke barrister bookcase is from Manitoba and made in 1890. Sadly, it came from a Residential School there. There is a framed newborn gown that my mom wore home from the hospital on it.

Barrister’s Bookcase from 1890
Globe Wernicke barrister bookcase
I love old black and white photos of my family

I bought an old CN Rail desk and filing cabinet from a former B.C. Member of Parliament’s widow.

Old filing cabinet from a former B.C. Member of Parliament

I love the “square cow” paintings from the 18th-century, so had a print made on archival paper and framed in wood frames from Sentimental Journey Antiques.

Print of an 18th century square cow painting

My career is built off the mountains, so I love this gift from my husband of the Lake Louise terrain.

The green walls are from the Alberta collection of Canadian Living paint from Nanton Home Building Centre. My office now makes me happy and inspires me

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