Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Featured this week in Jeffrey Fisher's design column in the National Post of Canada, this home office I designed is lauded as an example of elegance and functionality. Click through here to read the column. Thank you Jeffrey Fisher of Jeffrey Fisher Home for featuring my work!
an elegant home office
Friday, June 29, 2012
It's always exiting to be chosen for someone's IdeaBooks on Houzz.com, and to be chosen twice in one day is twice the fun!!
In this ideabook from Charmean Neithart, she explores some glam home offices for working women. My room is the first one featured!
glamorous home office for a hard-working woman
And in this ideabook from Rachel Grace, this room is featured for its blue/gray wall color that works perfectly with other shades of blue and gray!
living room with a harmony of blues and grays
Thank you houzz.com for all the great rooms you feature on your site!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Ask any interior designer this question: "Which is harder — to start with an empty room or to start with something a client already owns?" I would answer that a blank slate is often the more difficult assignment. When starting with a piece that a client already loves, be it art, a rug or something else, the designer has clues. And clues are always helpful in deciphering the mystery of someone's taste and style! Color preferences and stylistic tendencies can be read in a well-loved piece.
But sometimes you don't get clues — you get a blank slate. In this case, a large beige box. A perfectly ordinary room with absolutely no character whatsoever:
- the blank slate home office
The charge for this space — create a home office for the lady of the house. She wants a computer workspace, sumptuous fabrics, lush colors and a place to put up her feet and chat with a girlfriend. Oh, and there needs to be some glam!
As I finalize the design, the client and I do a little gallery-hopping and bring home this fashionista from local artist Sandy Welch:
Sandy Welch painting
Although she's out of frame in this next picture, you can visualize how she now takes pride of place in this glamorous home office:
the blank slate home office — transformed. photo by Michael Partenio
The Barbara Barry desk is the statement piece for this room, with the Robert Allen ottoman in a divine blue velvet a close second. Creamy whites, deep blues, charcoal walls and silver silk drapery are the perfect complement to the fashionista who lives here!