Kyle from Beyond the Fiction told me that this would be his perfect writing room when he emailed this image. Now, built in shelving can be hella expensive, but you could also achieve the look by using Ikea Billy bookcases and make them look like built-ins. But failing that, here’s some ideas…
GET THE LOOK
BUYItems ready and waiting for you to purchase from our Great British Highstreet
2 Black easy frame. From 99p Dunelm
3 Desk, slim and wide bookcase and desk add-on unit are all from the Hemnes series at Ikea. Solid, dark stained wood starting at £90, you could mix and match to fill whatever space you’ve got.
4 ‘Misty Mountain’ silk emusion 2.5l. £18.95 Wilkinsons
5 ‘Bella’ spotlight bar. £35.98 B&Q
6 Wooden ‘Somerset’ frame. From £1.49 The Range
7 Halogen desk lamp. £5.63 Tesco
DIYA bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new
1 The internet is great for finding things like copyright free images, such as this fleur de lis symbol. It could be used as the template to do some lino printing on a simple cotton roman blind like this one for £12.99 from Argos. Get some lino, a lino cutter, roller, ink and follow a tutorial like this:
3 Replace drawer and cupboard door knobs with with chrome ones like these from B&Q which are £9.98 for a pack of six.
Keep an eye out at Charity shops, carboot sales, eBay, Gumtree & your local paper. Takes a bit of time but there are bargains to be baggedA quick search on my local Gumtree and eBay and I found second hand carver chairs for £10-£30. You’re likely to pick these up in antique centres too. You may need to clean them up, restain the wood with a dark mahogany wood dye like this, and reupholster the seat using a heavy fabric, but it’ll be worth the effort, and tonnes cheaper than a new one.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Send me an image of an interior you’ve fallen in love with- find Interior Looks on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or email at interiorlooksuk(at)gmail(dot)com. It could be a photo from a hotel you’ve stayed in or an image on a designer website or from an interiors magazine, or even a still from a film of TV show. I’ll source the bits and pieces required for you to recreate the look at home, at an affordable price.