Your Home Office. A Gallery of Ideas

As we continue to inform and inspire with details about home offices and Real Time Collaborative design we thought it would be a good time to show you another set of examples for home office design.

Remember, this is your workspace and your living space. Chances are you’ll be the only person who is occupying this office, so make it your own. Use the color pallets you love. Add your favorite art and furniture. Make it as bright or as dark as you like.

This is a dedicated workspace in your home designed to set aside household distractions and focus on…work. Won’t it be nice however to look up occasionally and love what you see!

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Minimalist Work Space. For her radical redesign of a Park Avenue apartment, Jennifer Post carved six distinct areas out of the 900-square-foot space. The home office occupies an entire bedroom wall. Its decor is in line with the rest of the place, which has a minimalist feel with a strictly white palette and strategically placed accents of color throughout. “Color is used to increase the length of the apartment. You have to go look for it,” she says.

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Space-Saving Study. We’re digging the minimalism in this beach-chic Malibu home office area. The Ellwood-Lomax drop-front desk saves space and highlights all the sculptural accoutrements. That poof takes on many jobs: bookshelf, footstool, and extra chair for a study buddy.

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Clean and Bright. This bright, light home office is the perfect place to think and create. When architects Lee F. Mindel and his partner, Peter L. Shelton, redid a couple’s apartment in a 1910 building in Manhattan, they wanted to take advantage of the natural light that streamed into the corner unit. This bright office doubles as the guest room. The chairs are by Jean Prouvé, left, and Hans Wegner. The Orrefors bowls on the low table are by Shelton, Mindel & Associates.

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Fresh and Clean. A little color goes a long way in an all-white space. The study in this New York apartment designed by Desai/Chia features aluminum shelving by Rakks and just enough color and shapes for oomph.

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Sleek and Unique. Some super sleek curves—architect Charles Gwathmey’s signature—distinguish his St. Barts home office and its sucupira-wood desk, designed by Kang Chang and fabricated on the island. The swivel chairs are by Hans Wegner from DK Vogue, and the ceiling fan is by Boffi. The rainbow display of books is a nice touch, too.

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Midcentury Loft Office. For all your midcentury-modern motivations, look to Stephen Harvey’s mezzanine office of his Sagaponack, New York, retreat. A great combo of sleekness and color, the Arne Jacobsen pendant light paired with the golden Moroccan kilim and Navajo rug, decorate the space.

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  • Sometimes light and bright is best—as seen in the Manhattan penthouse designed by David Mann and Brett McMullen of MR Architecture + Decor. The office is anchored by the vintage Bodil Kjær rosewood desk and a few key pieces of art.
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Dallas Home Office. Many of the design elements of Sarah and H. Ross Perot Jr.’s Dallas penthouse, including the pocket doors throughout and the African teak cabinetry in Sarah’s study, were created by Emily Summers’s architectural team. The painting One More Day 4 is by Hungarian artist Zsolt Bodoni-Dombi and adds pizzazz.

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Pops of Color. A color combo to covet: bright green and gold. Gather some office inspiration from this Bridgehampton home designed by Steven Gambrel. All the vintage brass-and-leather accents and the silk rug created by Gambrel make a splash against the white cabinets.

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Alexandra von Furstenberg’s Sunny Work Space. This cheerful space is full of sharp angles while also maintaining a lot of fun. Alexandra von Furstenberg created the acrylic desk, side table, and (in collaboration with Dax Design) shelving for her Los Angeles home office, which is also outfitted with two Milo Baughman lounge chairs, an Eames desk chair by Herman Miller, a Dax Design cabinet, and a Philippe Starck floor lamp by Flos; the large photograph is by Kim Keever, and the easel displays an issue of Interview magazine signed by Andy Warhol to Von Furstenberg.

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Kourtney Kardashian’s Playful Home Office. Batman, Frank Sinatra, and Mia Farrow line the back wall in Kourtney Kardashian’s Los Angeles home office—designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard and furnished with a vintage Jules Leleu desk and Pierre Jeanneret chairs. The vibrant work on paper by Bridget Riley and the arrangement of flowers add playfulness.

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Brooke Shields’s Neoclassical Nook. Brooke Shields’s Manhattan study is furnished with an Italian neoclassical secretary. The green chair and art are easy adds for pop energy.

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Parisian Maison Bureau. Painter’s canvas is used as paneling in the office of fashion designer Stefano Pilati’s Paris apartment, which was renovated by architect Bruno Caron. The repetitive crisscrossing elements on the Moroccan rug and yellow chest of drawers definitely make the room captivating.

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Bold, Blue Bookshelves. Another moment for loving blue. Here, the bookshelves are brightened with Blue Koto veneer from UltraWood in the office of a yacht belonging to designer Joanne de Guardiola and her husband, Roberto. Yes, you can even have an office on your boat. Other details include Sapele mahogany panels, a vellum-top iron desk by Julian Chichester, and door handles original to the boat.

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Creative Work Loft. Jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno’s home office occupies the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone; the pendant lamps are by RH, the custom-made oak cabinetry has pulls by Rocky Mountain Hardware, and the tables display an array of Ippolita jewelry and accessories. What was once a kitchen is now a fabulous office with skylights.

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Idyllic Home Office Design on Display in New York Penthouse. In a Nicholas Kilner–designed New York penthouse, an 18th-century bust overlooks the office’s Ralph Lauren Home desk and 19th-century Russian armchair. The pop of yellow encasing the room adds a moment of delight.

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Green and Navy Work space. Grids and lines galore in the library/office of a French home by Jean-Louis Deniot. The side table by Hervé Van der Straeten rests on a Moroccan rug and makes us want to decorate a room exclusively with green and navy accents.

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Burst of Color. Inspire yourself with primary colors, where they provide the perfect burst of shape and structure in this office space. The mirrored trestle desk from Liz O’Brien and Artemide’s Tizio lamp brighten the library in the Manhattan apartment, too.

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Monochromatic Moves. If you’re looking for a way to decorate your bare walls but don’t want to do the typical gallery wall, a tapestry can be the missing element for visual interest and texture. In this Beverly Hills home by Waldo Fernandez, the office features a 17th-century Belgian tapestry from Mansour, an English mahogany desk, and, in the corner, a Wolfgang Roth sculpture from JF Chen.

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Decadent Blues. We’ll always love a very blue design idea, and that goes for the high-gloss office at Alex Rodriguez’s Florida estate—Briggs Edward Solomon handled the decoration—a Florence Knoll pedestal table is grouped with Saarinen armchairs, all by Knoll, and a carpet by Diane von Furstenberg for the Rug Company; sconces from Flos flank Marco Ovando photographs.

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Heavenly Office Nook. Another case for getting into monochrome, this office goes all in on shades of blue. In the study of Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst’s New York penthouse, a color photograph by Elliott Erwitt overlooks a Jansen desk and an Eames chair by Herman Miller. The linen upholstered daybed and Orley Shabahang carpet add an extra layer of coziness.

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All About the Art. The prominent gallery wall in this office pays tribute to one of the owner’s background in fashion merchandising. Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Trip Haenisch created a European villa-style interior for a couple’s Los Angeles house designed by Harold Levitt in the early 1990s. Trip loves collections and photography, so he used the space to display classic fashion photographs by Steichen, Horst, and Avedon. And all that green, we love it.

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Mediterranean Home Office. Thomas Pheasant renovated a couple’s Mediterranean-style house outside Las Vegas, creating an understated and sophisticated environment in a place famous for being glitzy and over-the-top. Pictured: The husband’s study has an Art Deco feel with anigre paneling, muted tones, and elegant fabrics.

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Bel Air Office Where More Is MoreA good case for more is more in this Bel Air, California, home. Raspberry leather chairs by designer Kelly Wearstler bring color to the office, where a collection of photos is displayed; the tube sculpture on the desk is also by Wearstler, and the carpet was custom made by the Rug Company.

We encourage you to research, ask your friends and family and noodle a bit over how you would enhance your home to truly make it “Your Home For Life”. Then call Glickman/Design Remodel Build. We’ve been helping homeowners just like yourself in the DMV for over 40 years with creative design and premium quality construction.

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