Over the summer I had an opportunity to tackle the renovation of my home office/design studio. I haven’t had a proper space to work from home in many, many years, even though this is the space I used when I launched my interior design firm in 2001. Once we moved the studio out of our home and into a design studio in Dallas, I never really used the room for work. It has been a catch-all for childrens projects, a video gaming room for my son and his friends and basically a dumping ground for old papers, gift-wrapping supplies and the room where the cat box (and the kitty) reside. It is located over our garage and accessed through our gameroom (also known as the TEEN LOUNGE) and had SO much potential. When I decided to partner with BDI Furniture on the “reclaiming” of the space, I wanted function, style and display. They offered it all in spades and I am so proud and excited to share with you this great space!!
I was able to use many of the great pieces of furniture and objects I have collected over the years in this room to truly reflect my design aesthetic. This includes collections, color and original artwork. I am so excited to be able to hang sketches by P. Allen Smith and also street art sketches of my children on a trip to New York many years ago.
Of course, I needed a spot to hang my favorite inspirations and I made sure they were front and center in the space. I love the joy they bring me and you will also find these inspiration boards in our main design studio in Dallas too. I love what they do for the life of a room and I cannot wait to change them out in December for our next round of projects. They help me corral my ideas into a cohesive vision and are so fun to put together.
The glass top desk from BDI is a motorized standing height desk which has been a lifesaver. It helps me maintain my healthy commitments to myself to continue to move when working long hours on project presentations or Skyping with my team and collaborating on new product designs. I also have a great desk chair from BDI as well that keeps me comfortable on long work days and has so many great ergonomic features.
This view is probably my favorite and includes the small area under desk drawers on the built-in credenza. It houses the litter box for Angel the cat and keeps the room tidy and also softens the space acoustically. The artwork is a collection of pieces from vintage fashion ads and also a wonderful tapestry that was a gift from a client. I always have fresh flowers and greenery in my office and these ferns are surprisingly easy to care for and happy with the natural daylight that floods the room. The lamps have been with me over 20 years and I changed the shades years ago. I still love them so they got to stay when we re-imagined the space.
Here is the desk and standing height….as well as a view of the wonderful wall units behind me. These great storage boxes hide and store a multitude of collections, children’s artwork and the shelving units give me a space to display our books which I swear continue to multiply.
And here is the desk and desk chair at the seated height. I love the cord tray and cord control hidden underneath the desk and how I feel inspired every time I walk into my home office. I have a 30-45 minute commute to my Dallas Design Studio and having a home workspace on those days when I don’t need to travel has made me so much more productive and I am actually excited to walk upstairs and get to work.
I hope you love this space and are inspired to create a special space for yourself to work and be productive. I can speak from experience that it is truly life changing to have an office that operates so well and is also so incredibly beautiful to me.
All photography by Nathan Schroder.
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*This post is sponsored and the items listed from BDI were a gift as part of this sponsorship.