Learn how to create this gorgeous study

06 Sep 2014

How far can you go with paint? A very long way, and in many creative directions as stylist extraordinaire LeeAnn Yare proved when she created this gorgeous study for Habitat.

Playing up the trend for saturated summery pastels, she created a restful space of muted pinks and greens that would be conducive to both creativity and work output. 

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing editor Sharon Newey on [email protected].

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In front of a wall painted in the peachy rose tone of Resene Wax Flower, the desk and trestle legs are painted in the deeper apricot of Resene Japonica. An old kitchen chair has been repurposed as a desk chair, and painted in Resene Cutty Sark. See how LeeAnn created this study in the video above.

pictures Reine storage boxes from Citta Design. Assorted books, prints and paper hearts from Father Rabbit. Vase, Bob Steiner ceramic cup, wire lampshades, washi tape, coloured yarn, and assorted books, cards and prints (including Interior Style by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicholson) from Collected. Dinosaur planter (painted in Resene Japonica) from Junk & Disorderly, Trestle leg from Trestle Union.

Clipboard cleverness

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Rather than have a noticeboard, this grid of clipboards is much handier. They are all painted in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen which, with its more matte finish, can also be used as a chalkboard. Or you could choose to overcoat any of the clipboards with Resene Write-on Wall Paint, and use whiteboard markers instead of chalk. And if you need to take any of the info away with you, just unhook the board and off you go.

pictures We used a range of colours on the clipboards – Resene Sunflower (yellow), Resene Warhol (deep pink), Resene Tradewind (aqua), as well as Resene Japonica and Resene Cutty Sark.   

Stow it

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For the top of the desk, we have painted some old jars and tins to use as pen pots or planters, using Resene Japonica, Resene Wax Flower and Resene Cutty Sark, as well as book covers in the same colours as the clipboards.

The tins are also decorated in washi tape, a craft tape from Japan which is available from Resene that comes in a huge range of colours and designs. 

The tide-line effect on the jars is easy to achieve – LeeAnn's video shows us how.

pictures Styling by LeeAnn Yare, photography by Melanie Jenkins, video by OnDigital

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