Introducing Cece Fourchy! The 20-something design aficionado/blogger is now also a columnist on the At Home in Arkansas blog! Cece’s quintessentially Southern style will be showcased in her monthly blog posts, including her favorite decorating tips and trends. We’re so happy to have her on the team, and we think you’ll love her flair for accessible style.
The May issue of At Home in Arkansas is all about renovation. It’s so inspiring to see the dramatic transformations of these gorgeous homes, and I couldn’t help but think about what I could do to revamp my little house. While I would love to gut my kitchen and replace my 1980s stove with a Viking range, as a 20-something just starting out that’s not exactly an option. So, it struck me: instead of transforming the structure of a space, why not transform the function?
While I have the occasional guest come to stay, my guest room doesn’t serve a great purpose. So why not go old school and turn it into a library/study?? And yes, half of my interest is to be able to say “I shall retire to the study now” in an English accent.
I browsed my photo files and uncovered some great shots for inspiration on my project.
This workspace from Lonny looks both cozy and productive. A good desk is essential.
I love the fireplace and the little sofas. A perfect place to curl up with a good book. (from Habitually Chic)
Oscar de la Renta’s beachside library comes complete with a ladder and plenty of volumes to browse. (from Vogue)
Feeling comfortable enough to wear metallic pink spandex? Comfortable enough to be my kind of study! (from The Selby)
An antique day bed, fresh flowers and good lighting: the perfect reading nook.
This photo from Elle Decor is sophisticated but still inviting. Perfect combo! Do you think my eight-foot ceilings could handle that chandelier?
Rachel Ashwell would be proud of this little set-up, feminine and serene. I can definitely see myself spending plenty of time in here.