One of my all time favorite movies ever is 9 to 5. How can you not just love Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin? I could seriously watch this movie every week!
I’ve been thinking about how these stellar heroines transform their working atmosphere by the end of the film. They’ve been on my mind a lot lately, as we’ve been workin’ 9 to 5 (and then some), on tons of home offices for clients these past few months. I’ve always believed that people work more efficiently in an environment that they’re comfortable in, so for me, an office full of personal touches and some glam elements makes me work that much harder!
Our clients must be thinking the same thing because, they also want colorful inspiring environments to work in and we are having a blast designing them.
So without further ado…. meet our seven most recent office designs (including our own!). All of these designs rock a different color scheme and have their own unique personality.
We knew from the start that we wanted deep rich navy walls in this home office and so when we found Oscar de la Renta’s amazing grosgrain ribbon fabric at Lee Jofa, it was love at first sight. This gorgeous silk fabric comprised of slate blue, navy and white was the perfect fabric to pull everything together. We added splashes of orange through her vintage butterfly chairs and abstract artwork while incorporating a gorgeous carrarra marble countertop desk and custom metallic snakeskin swivel chairs. The big gold sconces from Global Views and stone lamps from Currey and Company were a no brainer in this room!
This client wanted a calming color palette that would flow with the rest of her house so gray, putty, white, black and gold immediately came to mind. She had an existing black and white zebra rug that we were to incorporate over a sisal rug as well as beautiful white built-ins. We found a scrolly Lee Jofa fabric that screamed perfect (there is that Lee Jofa fabric saving the day once again!) and we decided to do this fabric on the backs of two rounded French Louis desk chairs. When you walk in, the patterned backs are the first thing you see which makes for a really dramatic entrance. We paired the French chairs with a modern lacquered lucite desk (love the juxtaposition here) as well as custom greek key pillows, mirrored twig tables, and a gray tufted settee. This one will be installed soon- I cannot wait!
This office was also a lot of fun to work on because it was for a client’s commercial office. This was his personal office and as a home builder, we wanted him to have a very aesthetically pleasing space with lots of cool pieces to reflect his taste as a builder. We used items that had a slightly masculine mid century modern feel to them. Most pieces were neutral and then we added a pop of color in the large scale artwork. We made sure all of his neutral pieces had a lot of texture to them- zebra wood, cowhide, rippled leather, etc so it would keep your eye wandering from one piece to the next! How fabulous are those cowhide arm chairs from Palecek?
This office couldn’t be more of a focal point in this client’s home..it is the first thing you see when you walk up the stairs so of course, it had to be eye catching and fabulous! We love this office because it’s traditional and classic, but with a contemporary twist! I’m obsessed with the moroccan drapery fabric at top left and the tufted velvet gray sitting chairs. Of course no office is complete without a wall mounted set of horns (for those UT longhorn grads)! We picked up on the deep purple through the abstract landscapes from W King Ambler and were over the moon when we found this gold and black funky sunburst from Cyan. It’s a perfect marriage of masculine and feminine pieces- an office space that works for both hubbie and wife!
DEEP TEAL GREEN/CREAM/CHARTREUSE/CHOCOLATE BROWN/GOLD-
This office was a more of a library/sitting room area (not your typical desk/desk chair set up). We painted the walls a deep green and incorporated four small cozy wingback chairs for curling up with a good book. I could stare at those Russian landscape art all day- they are some of my favorite prints! This office was super calming but also really cozy.
This office was definitely on the more dramatic and glammy side! We incorporated a dark manly desk with modern artwork behind it. The mirrored credenza was my favorite piece (actually, it’s a toss up between that and the herringbone patterned cowhide rug) And take a look at those lamps with the black shades from Arteriors- love!! We need those for our own office. The sea urchin wall art from Global Views completes the look.
TEAL/BLACK/WHITE/WARM WOODS/DEEP PINK/GOLD/EMERALD GREEN-
And last but not least…I’ve also been working on my own office! I bought some new wall art while I was in Roundtop this week and I can’t wait to get it framed and up on the wall! We also just had wall to wall seagrass put on the stairs, as well as the second floor! I had the pink terracotta tiles downstairs painted white, (thanks Kelly Wearstler for the inspiration) Now we’re just waiting for our deep teal morroccan style rug to come in! We bought the gold Indian “hand” to hold our business cards (thanks Scout!) and will eventually do a gallery wall up the stairs. I randomly found some gorgeous acrylic and glass lamps from Home Goods for $49 each (who would have thought?) and am now just waiting on a black Dorothy Draper chest to magically appear at my local consignment shop so we can snatch it up and have a pretty place to hold our printer paper (who are we kidding?)
Hope you enjoyed our office design tour. And now off to utilize our own office design some more…with some late night work!