Today I want to share a project I'm working on for a busy family in Signal Mountain. They recently purchased their home, which was built in 1972, and it has kind of a lodge-y rustic meets Brady Bunch feel to it. If you know me at all, you know that I love unique, quirky spaces and this home definitely fits those categories. I love the house, and the surrounding property is just gorgeous!
The first room they selected to undergo a transformation is their home office. As far as the interior spaces go, the office is quite simple. It's basically a rectangle with a window and a few doors, so the layout is pretty straightforward. From a functionality standpoint, there are 4 children who will use the space as well as the parents, so there needed to be at least two separate workstations. Aesthetically speaking, we agreed that the office should have a casual, classic feel that takes the surrounding landscape into consideration.
The layout allows for 2 separate workstations with some separation in between. Have you ever had a few kids working in the same space at the same time on different things? We felt the separation was key in allowing the children to work harmoniously at the same time and also to provide a little display space for meaningful keepsakes.
And the direction:
We decided to go with the Original Home Office from Ballard Designs for the cabinetry. It's a modular system that allows you to order individual pieces to fit your space and suit your style. We chose to create a mix of painted and stained finishes, because we wanted to keep a light feel (white cabinetry), but my clients are also drawn to the warmth of wood, and the stained wood relates back to other wood elements throughout the home - mainly the kitchen, which is just off of the home office.
I selected Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray for the walls. It's such a great, warm neutral gray. The room has been painted and we love the color!
We considered tucking an additional desk across the room to add one more workstation, but ultimately my clients decided to go with a comfortable chair that could be used for reading or just hanging out while the kids are working.
Did you notice the art above the desks? I was so happy to find these prints. My clients are originally from Louisiana and the wife mentioned early on that the Brown Pelican was a favorite of hers. It just made sense to incorporate Louisiana's Brown Pelican with Tennessee's state Mockingbird. It's really these personal touches that make a space meaningful, isn't it?
Last week I brought them to my favorite frame shop and we nailed down the mat and frame selections.
Side note: Even though these prints are going in the same space, we are going with different color bottom mats. I think each piece of art should stand on its own and you should use whatever matting brings out the best of the individual piece. The subject matter, frames and black top mat will provide the continuity.
And, upon closer look you can see that the bird designs are made from state maps. I can't wait to see these installed in the office.
And speaking of installation, the cabinetry has arrived, but unfortunately one of the stained pieces was damaged and the stain color was much different than the other stained pieces, so it had to be returned and the replacement piece shipped. The custom drapery is in progress and we should be ready to install the rest of the office within a week!
Thanks for stopping by - I'll post updates for the office installation and the pending kitchen updates soon!
If you're in the Chattanooga, TN area and need some help turning your house into your haven, I'd love to hear from you! Call Kim ator email firstname.lastname@example.org