I'm excited to share with you some photos of the completed office at my Collegeville project.
As a refresher, my client had a great handle on how she wanted the rooms to function. The switcharoo plan would be this: the current playroom would become the office and the unused living room (who else has one that doesn't get used or needs to function differently?) would become a room for her growing boys to be able to play, spread out the Legos, lounge on the sofa, just hang out and be comfortable. And I'm happy to report that they are thrilled with the new rooms.
I should also add that this was a true collaborative effort which is such a fun way to work. What my client needed was a coach to her quarterback role. She had a true grasp on what needed to happen, but she needed a plan and she needed someone to guide her with the plan and keep her focused. And that's where I came in to play.
Here is where we started....
And here is the same room today converted to the office...
One of my biggest goals when we first met and chatted about the room was really brightening up the space with a new color palette. Brighten and lighten up the walls - make it a room that you are excited to sit in and work, pay bills, or fiddle around on the computer. The wall color is Benjamin Moore CC-700 Smoky Green and it looks amazing in the room.
I also wanted to soften up the large bay window by adding some stationary drapery panels to bring in some pattern and color (these were a starting point for my design plan).
I also wanted to balance everything out by floating the desk and chair and having two tall shelving components on that back wall as a focal point. Mission accomplished! (By the way - my client did ALL of the styling on the shelves. Pretty awesome, huh?)
I devised the plan and my client executed the plan perfectly. The two items that probably took the longest to decide on were the desk and the chair. The function of the desk was always going to be very simple (they didn't need a lot of storage) and the chair needed to be comfortable. I love the nailhead details on the chair.
The acrylic console is everything I dreamed it would be and more. I love how sleek yet simple it is. I wanted it to just blend into that wall and I love how it turned out. The stools below the console can be pulled over to the desk if one (or both) of the boys want to join in at the desk area - love that! And as the holidays approach, if they end up having friends or family over this becomes a great area to plop some snacks down as well.
My clients really embrace the notion of making a home special by bringing in photos and art that is personal. The black and white prints above the console have great significance to them and who doesn't love a nice clock?!
Because this office is shared by both parents, we wanted to make sure there was some balance of masculine and feminine which I think we also accomplished quite nicely.
I love the details and elements that brought this room together...
A bright and functional office space to be enjoyed for a long time.
We all agree that one of the best parts about this project is that everyone wins. The office that was needed is now in full swing and the boys have a new/larger room to hang out in for many years to come - and a great view from the office into the playroom. Win/Win.
**A huge thanks to my friend Chris Pulini for taking all of these photos for me. I love being able to tell my design story through proper photos. And a big thank you to my clients for bringing me into your home and allowing me to share my vision with you - you rock!