ROOM #7 – Office/Library
Hello again my lovelies! I’m back after an extended holiday vacation and lookey here…it’s 2015! I wanted to start the year off with a bang…and with my inspiration for this week’s room, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
If you’ve read my bio (which I know all of you have), then you know that I’m a fan of those books o’comic. Actually that’s a little underwhelming…I’m more of a comic book savant. I’m a geek of the nth level and I’m going to geek out all over you (ew gross), for this entry because I am (drumroll please), doing a room…(OMG, OMG, OMG), inspired by (I just peed my pants a little) none other than the Windrider herself, the ONE AND ONLY STORM!
So here’s how the story unfolds: Professor X has finally retired, cashed in his 401K and has moved to parts unknown. Storm is now the new headmistress of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning and leader of the X-Men. School’s out for the summer and the first thing she’s got to do is get her office in order. In this case, more is more (her husband IS King T’Challa, so cost isn’t an issue) and is nothing short of divine. It’s like Studio 54 and the Smithsonian had a love child in Africa. The result is a sultry, exotic, glamorous library and office that screams, “Get down, get funky, and get your homework done!”
Let’s start with those floors…they’re like liquid sunshine with swirls of clouds…but it’s actually onyx. The room is covered in a deep, inky black (in high gloss, of course) that mimics Storm’s material of choice: patent leather. Doing this actually makes the room feel larger as corners disappear like magic. For the windows, I’d need to have some custom white leather curtains made (an homage to Storm’s glorious locks) because you can’t just buy those at Sears.
Lining those dark and mysterious walls are brass and glass etageres that look like lighting blazing in the night. Behind the X legged, mirrored desk, Professor Ororo Monroe (even her regular name is freakin’ awesome) sits on a leather wingback befitting an academic superhero. For a little more regal comfort, there’s a luscious Mongolian throw…and for a little more drama, look closely at the table lamp, you’ll notice that it’s scorched wood…like a tree hit by lightning. Say what?!?!?
Though the vibe makes you want to boogie, there’s no disco ball in this room. Instead, there’s a glass and brass chandelier that coincidently looks like a cloud (shout out to Sammi and Jojo once again) floating overhead. Pair that with the bolt of lightning in the shape of a lamp/sidetable and some fierce leather seating (I am SQUEALING for those tan sling chairs)…and you’ve got everything you need to read the full compendium of Mystique’s backstories.
And finally, as our headmistress was once revered in Africa as a goddess, what better way to bring a little of her homeland to Salem Center, NY than by incorporating in tribal masks, traditional textiles/patterns and organic forms into the space. With all the sleek and shiny, it’s great to add a little of the more rough and rugged to take the edge down. If the coffee table could speak, it would definitely say: “Mimi upendo chumba hii!” Well said coffee table, well said.