Design Spotlight: Home Offices by K. Tyler

A home office for her, a home office for him, and then there's the historical renovation with lacquered walls

September 18, 2019


K. Tyler

Morgante Wilson Architects, Evanston, Ill.

Two factors almost entirely drive home office design: the personal aesthetic of the user and the specific functions the user needs their work space to accommodate. One example of our individualized approach is a recently completed custom home with his-and-hers home offices. 

Her_home_office(Photo: Werner Straube Photography)

For her office, she wanted a light, airy feel and a configuration that would provide an individual work space, desks for the children to do homework, a family scheduling center, and a combination of closed filing and open-shelf storage. The room’s octagonal shape is perfect for a flexible center table, with extensive counter space around the perimeter and wall space left over for built-in bookcases, file cabinets, and dry-erase boards.

His_home_office(Photo: Werner Straube Photography)

His office, located in a dramatic double-height space with a cylindrical shape, has a sophisticated yet minimalist feel. Extra-long drapery and an eye-catching fan/light ceiling fixture enhance the soaring feel of the space. Stately in their simplicity, a wood-and-iron desk, leather saddle chairs, a horn-leg side table, and a cowhide patchwork rug highlight the rural ranch-like setting of the equestrian-loving family’s home.

Home_office_with_lacquered_walls(Photo: Michael Robinson)

We also like highlighting architectural details in home offices, such as the original molding in this space, which was part of a historical renovation. In keeping with the rest of the remodel, lacquered walls, molding, and built-ins in a saturated shade of navy help instill a modern feel.

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