design of photographer Steve Puetzer’s home office encourages
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.
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.
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.
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.
home offices work so well that — as Shay says, laughing — "We
have to email each other to set up an appointment to talk."
Tricia Shay called on her carpentry skills to build most of the
furniture in her home office.
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.