Office

Design Details // Closet Offices

I just came across this image from a project in Venice that I worked on a few years ago. Fond memories!

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It got me thinking about what a great solution it was to make this relatively large closet a hidden home office in my client’s den. (If memory serves, he wanted to be able to shut the door on the email and the bills when he was kicking back with his wife.) The next thing you know, I am over to Pinterest, looking for more good images of this concept.

This one was my favorite of the kind where one could actually close the doors on a little office room. The peacock-blue and tomato-red on white color combo is very much after my own heart, and I am all for the impact of pattern. The exuberant wallpaper is perfection!

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via Australian Better Homes and Gardens

This is a good concept image where the closet doors are removed. Instead of a hidden office, you have a clearly defined office niche.

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via Apartment Therapy

And finally, here is my favorite image of a desk incorporated into a cabinetry build-out. The plug-in sconces make it a memorable design.

Office Closetvia New York Times

 

Show Me 3 // X-Base White Desks

An desk with an x-base is classic, yet unusual enough to feel special. The glossy white finish on these ones makes them feel a bit luxe – this is a table that can be more than a mere desk! I can imagine one looking great as a sleek dressing table. Or in a spacious Living Room, one of these could go against the back of a sofa in a floating arrangement.

HIGH // Jonathan Adler – Channing Desk // Wayfair // $1950

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MID // Jett Desk // Z Gallerie // $600

 

LOW // Safavieh Paley Desk // Overstock // $280

 

Past Work // From Goth to Traditional

No matter what your style is, you have to work with the given architecture of your space. Here are Before and After pictures of 4 rooms of a large home I did this year. The architectural style of the house my clients had just bought is what I would call Contemporary Mediterranean. The previous owners had applied a very specific aesthetic to it, one that involved deep, dark paint colors, medieval-looking light fixtures and heavy drapery.

L I B R A R Y // B E F O R E

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While this Baronial style actually worked well with the architecture, it didn’t suit my clients’ tastes (or the furniture they were bringing with them) at all. So we decided to lighten everything up and give the house a warm but pared-down Traditional style instead. Let’s call it California Traditional! It’s more modern than an East-coast Traditional style, and it has understated exotic flourishes.

L I B R A R Y // A F T E R

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No remodeling was required on this project, but we seriously needed to strip back the Goth elements! Paint, window coverings and lighting were the key to the transformations here. We kept the new design cohesive with the Contemporary Mediterranean architecture by sticking to clean lines (those simple, tailored shades) and aged bronze finishes.

L I V I N G  R O O M // B E F O R E

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One of the challenges of the architecture of this house was that the Living & Dining Room windows lacked privacy from the street. This meant that window coverings would need to be closed most of the time, and would be an especially important element of the design. We used this as an opportunity to set the overall tone for the rooms through the introduction of texture and pattern. We chose a few exotic prints in organic motifs, which in turn lent themselves to some other Global touches in the furnishing and styling. An eclectic yet tailored mix was the result.

L I V I N G  R O O M // A F T E R

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D I N I N G  R O O M // B E F O R E

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Well-made custom window coverings can be shockingly expensive (and there were something like 40 naked windows and French doors in this house that needed something) but for these “showier” rooms of the house, they were well worth it.

D I N I N G  R O O M // A F T E R

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This is not a sponsored post, but I’m a big believer in outsourcing for window coverings. We enlisted 3-Day Blinds to do the Roman shades on this project. They have a huge selection of fabrics and materials to choose from (you can also send your own material to their workroom), so once we nailed down design specifics, we were able to turn every step from measuring to installation over to our rep. Everything was then covered by a comprehensive warranty that put my clients with a cat, a large puppy and a baby at ease about the durability of the shades.

B R E A K F A S T  N O O K // B E F O R E

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Photography: Ilse Helgen

This project was a lot of fun, and I’ll be posting about a couple of other rooms I completed in the house when we talk styling!

Show Me 3 // Woven Lounge Chairs

I am in love with this kind of occasional chair. It is light-weight and a bit organic, with woven details and a Mid-Century Scandinavian vibe. Here is the chair at 3 price points.

HIGH // Easy Chair // DWR // $3500Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.05.34 AM

MID // Knoll Risom Lounge Chair // AllModern // $1015

 

LOW // Moda Chair // Urban Outfitters // $559

The graceful lines and eye-catching texture of these pieces make them perfect on their own, but I’d definitely want to try a lumbar pillow with each, to lend it more comfort and warmth. I would use one chair to fill out a corner of a Bedroom or Office, or a pair to balance a tailored but comfy sofa in a Living Room seating arrangement.

Catch Natasha Jansz on HGTV's "HOUSE HUNTER'S RENOVATION" October 28th 10pm/9c