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Client Project Reveal: Home Office for Two

Last week we completed a fun office project for a Charlotte couple looking to convert their new home's formal dining room in to an office for two.  The two young professionals often find themselves working from home and needed a functional workspace that would accommodate them both at the same time.  Additionally, they host a podcast and were looking for a place to record the show. 

After meeting for our initial consult a couple of months ago, we got to work building a design plan for the space.

We decided to keep the existing wall color as it was a great gender neutral color to serve as a jumping off point for the design.

Benjamin Moore - Mountain Laurel
The design stemmed from this bold stripe, that coincidentally neither of them loved. 

Thankfully they trusted me in spite of their doubts. The rich navy, plums, golden yellow and avocado created a modern color scheme that I knew in the end would work perfectly with their somewhat traditional home yet more modern personal style.

We went with this bold geometric rug in a rich golden color to serve as the foundation for the space.
Rugs USA

Hints of modern elements were added throughout, including this square drapery rod by Ballard Designs.  The brushed nickel finish and clean lines struck just the right note. 

Ballard Designs
Here's a look at the space before we started.


The clients moved into the space earlier this year and had yet to get unpacked and settled when I arrived.  I actually prefer it when the clients don't make any decisions prior to our consultation.  It allows for us to ensure we're selecting the right pieces (especially furniture) for the space. 

...and here's a look at it after.

It didn't take long to figure out that we likely needed a peninsula design to accommodate the surface space they needed for the desktop.  We went with Ikea pieces and created our own design using the KLIMPEN collection.


Unfortunately, the drawer bases were back ordered, so we used the black legs as a stand-in until they are back in stock. 

The art is a game changer in the space.  I'm a sucker for a good abstract and this large canvas print by Sydney Edmunds worked perfectly with our color scheme. 

You guys know I love a good bargain.  These desk lamps are from Wal-Mart's Better Homes and Gardens collection and work perfectly in the space.

FUN FACT:  My inspiration was the client's skirt in this photo!

And just to prove you can successfully mix high and low, this gourd lamp is from Robert Abbey and the scale and high gloss finish were perfection!

After a lot of discussion and debate, we decided on this black diamond sputnik fixture.  There were some concerns that it might be too masculine, but I promised that I'd counterbalance that with other pieces. 

Shades of Light

With the accessories, I intentionally kept things pretty....well, pretty.  The pink bowls and Miami coffee table book were my favorites. 

The client's loved it and I couldn't have been more pleased that they did.  Looks like I'll be returning soon to tackling another space in their home.  Yay!  Another project, another satisfied client!

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Mel said... Reply To This Comment

I always admire your use of colour and your use of this space to accommodate two people is marvelous!

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