more and more people working from home, how can you create a balance
between the professionalism of the downtown office building and the
casual nature of the home office? Libby Castro of Interior Investments
and Mark Larson of Kahler Slater found inspiration in a tailored suit
for the design of the Breast Cancer Showhouse office. The timeless
lines of classic office furniture, structure of the carpet and elegant
fabric give this space a classic, professional look.
Like an Armani suit, this office makes
a good impression. "As any good suit encompasses elements of
masculinity and femininity, non-obsolescence, comfort and
practicality, so does this office," describes Larson.
Mobile pedestals and built-in cabinetry
with cushion tops provides plenty of storage and flexible seating
options. A neutral palette with soothing accents creates a space where
you can get down to business; while art, accessories and family photos
provide a reprieve and elements of inspiration.
Two people working simultaneously in
one space can be a challenge. Position furniture in a central location
and keep things open. Maximize all views and the innate features of
the room. Provide furnishings that are flexible to suit a variety of
needs, such as mobile pedestals for storage and seating or Eames
stools that serve as seating, tables or sculptural accents.
Utilize hidden treasures
Concealed depth in walls provides
opportunities to increase storage and minimize the need for large
furniture pieces. Dark, heavy curtains were removed to take advantage
of the abundant natural light and view of the lake. Sheers lighten the
space and veil the light while highlighting the architecture of the
Color, pattern and texture
Consider the nature of your business.
If you work under high pressure and considerable stress, choose color
selections that will bring balance. Chocolate browns are paired with
shades of blue to offer a soothing, relaxed space. A vibrant lime
green adds a punch of color to spark creativity. A bold stripe offers
a masculine touch on the seat cushions balanced by the feminine feel
of modern paisley on the accent pillows. The dark, rich color and
finish of the walnut storage and furnishings is accented with an
aluminum revel. Leather seating adds to the richness of the space and
is complemented by the texture and directional pattern on the rug that
guides you through the space. A metallic wall covering is applied to
the ceiling to create a silver leafed effect. It reflects light and
adds warmth to the space.
In this 1915 home, a transition was
needed to help the history of the home meet the modern needs of a home
office. Furniture was selected to look as if it had been collected
over time, creating a space that appears to have evolved over the
Consider artwork and accessories that
have meaning to you and inspire your work. Give your space personality
and remind yourself of the things that are important to you, such as
photos of family and friends. Select frames that reflect the other
finishes and materials in the space. This creates a collection rather
than an eclectic mix that may seem like clutter in the small space.