Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Office Space

 

Home offices should be a place unlike any other space in your home.  The office should speak to your personal style, but it should also offer order, the opportunity for productivity and the feeling of calm (or excitement?) so that work can be accomplished.  There should be ample storage and counter space, good lighting and proper seating. 

What makes an office special to you?  Is it the design of the space?  Is it the fact that it is away from the rest of your family and a place where you can get work done?  Is it the wall color?  Below are some examples of some great office spaces that, for one reason or another, made me chose them for this post. 

Let me know if any of them are on your favorites list and what you have done to make your office special!

The New Vintage

California Home and Design Magazine, Designer Laura Rombauer, Photographer Mathew Millman.

This office space for multiple people has two features in it that I think are critical… a hard floor and lots of counter space.  The color scheme of lime and tangerine give this space life.  The only thing missing for me is natural lighting.

 

Eclectic Company

 California Home and Design Magazine, Designer Barbara Scavullo, Photographer Mathew Millman.

You have to like wood to like this office design!  This cozy space, even though it is wall to wall (and desk!) wood, is tempered by wonderful task and recessed lighting, as well as light accents brought in with the guest sofa, the artwork and the chair seat.

 

French Quarters

  California Home and Design Magazine, Designer Steven Volpe, Photographer Mathew Millman.

More on the traditional side, this office offers elegance with it’s skirted sofa, bergere chairs and floor to ceiling drapery.  This was most definitely designed for a woman in mind.  I love the touch of pink in the abstract painting to coordinate with the sofa.

 

Petite Maison

California Home and Design Magazine, Designer Georgina Rice, Photographer David
Duncan Livingston

Tucked into the smallest niche, this desk found a place to be an office.  Boudoir chair and balloon drapery ramp up the romance!

 

2010 CH+D Award for Commerical Design

California Home and Design Magazine, Designer Jay Jeffers, Photographer Mathew Millman.

What a fun space with the concrete walls juxtaposed with the leopard print chairs!  If you are going to go original, then go all the way! 

 

Architectural Digest, Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux.

There is a lot going on in this office space, but that is pretty indicative of Molyneux’s style.  He carries the design over the top with the busy rug, the blue leopard print fabric on the chair and that embellished astrology ceiling!

 

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Designer Thomas Pheasant

One of my favorite designers, Pheasant keeps things neutral in this office space when he could have easily designed in much more color to add to the blond wood.  Clean lines and simplicity give this space elegance and refinement.

 

Live while you are alive…

Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit

Learn to free yourself from all things that have molded you

And which limit your secret and undiscovered road…

Never forget that love

Requires that you be

The greatest person you are capable of being,

Self-generating and strong and gentle-

Your own hero and star…

Be grateful for life as you live it,

And may a wonderful light

Always guide you along the unfolding road.

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