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Home Work

Photos by Doug Edmunds and Tricia Shay

March 2014

The design of photographer Steve Puetzer’s home office encourages creativity.



When it comes to designing a home office, form and function share equal roles. Here are three designs that promote productivity and look good, too.

Husband-and-wife photographers Steve Puetzer and Tricia Shay included two home offices when they built their Oconomowoc home five years ago. "We knew we needed separate offices because of the way we work," Shay says — for her: calm and inviting; for him: creative and inspiring.

Shay made nearly all the furniture in her space. She built the cabinet and shelves — then her desk to fit the space that remained. A painting of concentric circles on a fuschia background from the Oconomowoc Art Fair became the inspiration piece for the interior design. A bulletin board covered in fuchsia cloth is in the back of the cabinet and fuchsia boxes and file folders are sprinkled around the room. A darker purple was used in the accessories: vases, the throw over a wing chair, stripes in the rug and in the drape pattern.

In converting a spare bedroom into an office, Nicholas Konzal of Nicholas Carl Design chose a drum chandelier to break up the long space and add an element of drama.

Puetzer’s primary goal was to make his office ergonomic. A Herman Miller desk chair and Ergotron wall-mounted articulating computer monitor arms greatly reduce back stress.

Creating a quiet space was another priority for Puetzer (the couple have two children) so he incorporated a soundproofing product made from recycled rubber.

The couple’s home offices work so well that — as Shay says, laughing — "We have to email each other to set up an appointment to talk."

Photographer Tricia Shay called on her carpentry skills to build most of the furniture in her home office.

Off Broadway

A client’s love of Broadway inspired the design for a Mequon home office. Nicholas Konzal of Nicholas Carl Design helped a client convert a spare bedroom into an office. He started with the client’s collection of playbills — she has seen hundreds of plays — and created custom oak shelves to hold them, framed. He also made custom wallpapered frames for posters of classics like "Casablanca." But the piece de resistance is a framed picture of the client and Al Pacino, whom she met while in New York.



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