Give your home office a nautical makeover this summer with beautiful wooden pieces and accessories rich in historical feeling.

This look is all about creating a sense of adventure and exploration – you want to give the impression that your office is your base – the place you return to plan your next excursion.

Every adventurer needs his work station – so to create a work space fit for an intrepid explorer start with a classic desk.

The Starbay Indochine desk from Barker and Stonehouse is available in black walnut or solid rosewood and is made using traditional techniques for an antique appearance.

A large squashy sofa in your office is perfect for power naps – choose a style in distressed vintage leather such as the Viscount William three seater for a look that won’t date.

The perfect partner to such an exquisite desk, the Gulliver Executive chair is a traditionally styled leather office chair with a deep buttoned seat, back and arms with antiqued decorative studded detailing, solid wooden base and antique finished castors.

For storage, either revive and reuse an old wardrobe by taking off the doors and turning it into an open bookcase, or get the look the easy way with the Marseille, a beautiful, French inspired two drawer open bookcase with plenty of room for all the treasures you bring back from your travels.

Papers can either be stored in old trunks staked at interesting angles, or in a traditionally styled filing cabinet such as the Starbay Walnut Mazarin.

Go for a deep navy blue, a bottle green or a rich mulberry on the walls which will complement the gloss of the rosewood and walnut.

Alternatively, Andrew Martin’s Traveller Wallpaper is based on a map of London but makes for an endlessly fascinating wall covering:   

A deep navy carpet will conjure up images of the sea while these Himali Grace and Himali Marrakesh rugs, made in Nepal, are an attractive representation of a far-flung land.

And every traveller needs his navigation tools – this stunning set of framed map prints with a clear glass mount and black frame have a beautiful authentic look.

Finally a few decorative pieces that speak to foreign adventures, such as the small Antibes horse from Barker and Stonehouse, will help to create that explorer aesthetic.

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