For the longest time—since we moved into our house, really, we've been planning to turn a room on the 2nd floor of our house into a formal office/den. I imagined it as a den of the manly, modern-library sort, which would also functions as Dave's office (since he works from home).
It's been a long time coming, and in the meantime the room has functioned as a master bedroom (we tried it out when we moved in and decided we liked the light and details of another room better for a master), a family/TV room, a guest room, a junk-storage locker, and a combo office-by-day, nursery-by-night when our son was born.
Now that we've finally built out a bunch of other spaces in our home, that room is back to being just an office, and will get its makeover sometime in the next year. While it's currently filled with a mishmash of hand-me-down furniture, I've spent the last few years building a mood board for its eventual endstate:
The design revolved largely around that major light fixture, a piece that I found online. It's a perfect blend of old-school-masculine and funky-modern, no? Have another look—fabulous, ain't it?
But hey, now that we're almost ready to start buying the goods, guess what? The chandelier was discontinued by the manufacturer. Womp womp.
So now I'm on the hunt for a whole new chandelier that'll work with all the other elements I've chosen and now love for the room. I haven't found one yet, but in the meantime, I'm still obsessed with the cool articulating-arm detail that set that light apart. Some call those extending metal pieces "accordion"; others call it a "scissor" mechanism. You'll find it in industrial-style and campaign-style furnishings, and while they're really cool to look at, they're also uber-functional. Many of the pieces can collapse or extend if you need to make them bigger or smaller, and you can fold, move them aside, or pack them up with ease.
Let's shop for a few more pieces with the same vibe, shall we? Here are some of my top picks.
1. Arteriors Frasier table lamp, $684, wayfair.com. 2. Currey & Co. accordion four-light chandelier in Pyrite Bronze, $1,190, amazon.com. 3. Glimmer by Nameeks wall-mounted makeup mirror, $125, wayfair.com. 4. A&B Home 1-light wall sconce, $115, allmodern.com. 5. Creative Co-Op Bistro end table, $105, wayfair.com. 6. Pair of 1930s industrial brass scissor lamps, $3,000, 1stdibs.com.
Thoughts on whether #2 is a good substitute for my original pick? Or should I go instead for something that's equally brass-tastic but lacks the scissor-style detailing? Do share...