“It seems counterintuitive, but color and pattern chaos in my office motivates me,” says Sonal, who designs textiles. That explains the eclectic combination of woven baskets on the wall and layered rugs on the floor. The desk, with pyramid legs and a sleek glass top, has big-time presence. Adding to the glam mishmash: orange poufs from Surya, a blue-and-white ikat chair from Anthropologie, and curtains made with indigo-dyed fabric by Lewis & Sheron Textiles.
At the far end of the dining room, Nikia has a small office from which to manage a collection of growing brands. A series of inspirational images presides over her desk proclaiming everything from the beauty of black women to the model’s love of architecture and interiors. The workspace is flanked by creative elements — a camera on one end, and a woven crown on the other.
Morgan has a ground floor art studio where she made the beautiful arabesque tiles found on the outdoor fireplace, in the family's kitchen and in the third-level guest bathroom. Many Serenbe residents use a room in their space to support a home-based business. Morgan teaches pottery classes in her studio but other Serenbe residents offer massage or skincare services from their homes in this vibrant live-work community.
In a home like this, even the designer has a hard time picking a favorite room. For now Olaniyi claims that the guest room runs a close race with the living room. “Those spaces more than any others in my home show the way I approach design in my home,” she says. “I like my spaces to be intentional but not pretentious; pretty but touchable.” Intentionality is on full display in the way that she uses color to divide the guest room into a multi-functional space. The part of the room dedicated to work has been designed with black walls, furnishings and accessories, while the areas for sleeping are decorated primarily in white for a relaxing retreat.
Anyone who needs a quiet spot — whether Miranda’s preparing homeschool lessons or one of the kids is playing a computer game — can find it in here. Normally the wire shelves are filled with books and plants, but they got cleared out for an Advent calendar made of gift boxes, with a treat in each one. Ever the retro furniture fan, Luke found the military desk at a thrift store and the chair at a garage sale, then had it reupholstered.
Atlanta designer Jason Mitchell created a global, elegant feel in his upstairs office with large panels depicting herons that really announces the importance of nature in this space. Roman shades in a material that resembles wood bark and a tree stump table continue that organic mood.
In Rumaan’s study, where he brings his literary creations to life, classic furnishings have been mixed with the family’s enduring love of art. Above his desk, a piece by local artist Jas Knight casts a glow. And on the desk, a work by artist Kehinde Wiley and vintage Princess Diana doll are sculptural elements. The Princess Diana piece was discovered while traveling and became an inspiring element for Rumaan’s latest book.
In the main office space, designers continued the stately cabinets in their design, but lightened the small space with neutral, chevron wallpaper. On either side of the desk, they installed shelves to help keep the space organized. They finished the design with fun artwork to bring the design to life.