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Inside a Scandinavian Home Office you can Steal Inspo from

I spend a lot of time in my home office…

It’s where I blog from, run the design biz from, and do freelance work from. Often, I take a look at it and it just royally peeves me off. Does that ever happen to you? You just look at a room and you want to change the entire thing and start from scratch. That’s where I’m at.

For a long time I’ve wanted my office to be monochromatic, part Scandi, not all all cliched and ultimately a space where ideas and inspiration could flow. I find it so easy to do over over people’s spaces but when it comes to my own I find it’s a never-ending story (fear of commitment!).

I’ve flicked through mags and looked on Pinterest dozens of times but I couldn’t find a room that felt like “the one”. Until this week! This week I found the office space of my dreams – and I was beyond chuffed that it belonged to a local lady I’ve featured on the blog before.

Inside a Stunning Scandinavian Home Office

Scandi Home Office Design Ideas - Tressel Table

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Who Lives in this Scandinavian Home Office?

Amber Stappf is the Melbourne graphic designer this office belongs to (find out more about her here) and as soon as I saw her photos pop up on Facebook I knew I had to show them to you.

Her office is so wonderfully light, bright, airy – and with just the right amount of personalisation. A space where her clients will come for consultations and other meetings, Amber needed the space to feel welcoming and clean.

“I wanted a studio space that I was able to work in and separate my business from home life,” she tells me. “It needed to be a true reflection of me as a person and a designer and needed it to be airy and bright. Clients needed to feel welcome coming into the space. My inspiration definitely comes from my love for Cactuses, anything Scandinavian and light”.

The indoor plants in this space are one of the biggest design delights for me. I’m so batty over the botanic trend that’s happening in interiors for a while and this taps into it without going too over the top. I’m also really fond of the fine balance between matt and gloss surfaces, woods and metallics and hard and soft lines. There is such a wonderful harmony in this room.

Scandi Home Office Design ideas - Indoor Plant Styling

Scandi Home Office Design ideas - Mood Board Styling

You’ll notice there are no permanent design concepts here, so there are some great ideas you can steal if you’re in a rental home.

Scandi Home Office Design Ideas - Storage

Scandi Home Office Design Ideas - Cactus Styling

The Best Bits from Amber to you

I asked Amber to share her favourite parts of her new office space with me (and you) and despite it being a bit of a toughie to answer, she’s narrowed it down to three of the fondest moments:

1. “The space and light that fills the room. I cannot work in a cluttered environment so ensuring I have enough room to work and bring clients into is important”.

2. “My cactuses are also one of my favourites; they bring lots of life and colour into the space”. 

3. “My trestle desks; they allow me my much needed room to spread my projects out over which is important when working on larger projects”. 

Are you loving this office space too? Has it inspired you to look at your room differently? I’d love to hear from you and have you name your fave moments in the comments below.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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10 Responses

  1. Chris….thanks so much for the article about Amber’s office. I’ve been waiting a long time to find exactly what I want in my office and you nailed it! I high-tailed it to the city (a couple of hours drive) and came home with the car fully loaded then spent the weekend putting together all my flat-packs! I just wish I could work out how to upload a photo to show you 🙂 Thanks so much xxx

    1. and I really mean “high-tailed” it, I just collected the mail and received a speeding fine from my trip to the city – but it was worth it!

      1. haha omg Erin that is terrible re the speeding fine. But you know, in all honesty, it’s worth it right?! 😉 And you know I am dying to see a shot. Pleeeease!

  2. I love this post so much Chris. Its the style I settled on last year from my new blog. And I loved it so much I’ve been bringing the calm look in to my home too! SO chuffed to see my friends Ambo’s home, just stunning!

    1. Thanks Louisa. You know me – I am usually ALL about colour but seeing this office… it’s just making me appreciate a crisp and clean aesthetic! I hope the new blog is going well too 🙂

  3. Love this space so much, I want to change my home office all the time because I get sick of it. Love all the inspiring pictures xo

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