Reflections Summer Issue | Volume 17, Number 3 - Page 65

HOME and GARDEN

Stanford News reports that the effects of 2020 show an incredible increase of 42 % more Americans working from home , and this trend doesn ’ t look like it is going anywhere . Four of the last five new construction homes I have designed have a dedicated home office with at least one member of the family working from home full-time .

This project was no different . The homeowner already had a dedicated home office space but due to Covid , her husband found himself working from home , too , creating the need for a separate work space for him as well . Their office held mis-matched furniture and hardly enough workspace for two . In addition , the room was dark , lacking in storage and in need of more countertop space for reviewing files and paperwork .
The first thing I did was move everything out of the room . We decided to keep the drapery panels on either side of the room because they added color to this otherwise white space . I like to layer fabric panels with other window treatments , in this case custom wood blinds , to provide both light control and a decorative element in the space . We kept the area rug — it was neutral , had a flat weave , and was the perfect size for the new furniture arrangement .

The walls were already painted a clean creamy white color that I decided to keep . But I decided to accent the vaulted ceiling with a pale blue color . This added a fun punch of color to the space without overwhelming the room . Ceilings are an often overlooked element in design but provide a great opportunity to add some color or texture to any space .

Since this room was long and narrow , I brought in a custom cabinet fabricator to create a new desk unit that was built to fit the exact size of the room . Many people get nervous when I bring up the idea of having something “ custom made .” Custom does not always have to be expensive . The homeowners loved the idea of a “ T ” shaped desk with some shared space , and it turned out it was less expensive to have this desk unit made than to order the same size pieces from a furniture company . The other benefit to having the desk unit made was that we were able to match the stain color of the wood desk top to their existing flooring , creating a new piece that fully complimented the existing home .

Utilizing the expansive river view out of their large bank of windows , we turned the main computer space for both husband

and wife toward the windows and separated the two with a deep shared work surface , providing much needed layout space for both . A three-drawer storage cabinet below provides storage for files and office supplies .
Though I typically like for spaces to be balanced , not truly symmetrical , adding matching brass articulating floor lamps and reusing the homeowners mesh-back task chairs made sense in this space . We finished the design with some natural greenery , family photos and great coastal art prints for a beautiful and functional office space for two . •

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Custom “ T ” Shaped Desk , built by Function and Form Cabinets of Savannah , call for quote
Flat Weave Diamond Area Rug , Safavieh Montauk Collection , $ 199
Brass Articulating Floor Lamps , Project 62 for Target $ 40 each
Faux Palm Greenery , Ellas $ 39 for bundle of five stems
Coffee Table Books , Ellas prices vary
Wood Blinds with Decorative Tape , similar . Laurel Home Furnishings , call for quote
Cynthia Palampore Linen Drapery Panels , Pottery Barn $ 99 each
Barn Door Hardware , Plantation Lumber and Hardware $ 120 , pieces purchased separately and created
Opposite : Before the renovation , this office was dark and held mis-matched furniture . Now , this bright and balanced office provides space for both homeowners to work at the same time .
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