“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.
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.
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 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.
A much-needed home office was created by revamping a dusty garage. Retro furnishings, canned lighting and Rat Pack artwork put the office into the swing of things. Check out Sammy Davis Jr. on the walls.
Some people telecommute, others finish work projects or emails after hours at home, while still others simply enjoy having a dedicated home office for paying bills and taking care of other personal business. An extra bedroom is a perfect option for a home office because the door can be closed for solitude and focus or to hide clutter.