July 9, 2009 |
"I spend all my days in here. It's functional but doesn't fit with the rest of the house, and I want a more pulled-together look. " Homeowner: Elizabeth Staehle of Laytonsville, on her home office "Home-office pieces should look more 'home' and less 'office.' " Designer: Lori Ludwick of InDesign in Alexandria, 703-582-7281, http://www.indesignllc.net Add British colonial-style furnishings, as the homeowner requested, by...
May 30, 2012 |
THE CHALLENGE Priti Brahma, of the District, has wanted to turn her attic into a home office for years but never got around to it. "Now, we're turning 40 and still using our college furniture," she wrote. She's ready to invest in a new work space but is stuck on the room's strange shape and lone window. THE SOLUTION By adding a TV, a wall of filing cabinets and a reading nook, designer Erin Paige Pitts outfits the attic with all the amenities of a luxury office. Add a row of cabinets to the back wall for...
October 24, 2012 |
THE CHALLENGE Regina Haney of Alexandria has started teaching online courses and wants to make over her 10-by-11-foot home office. She tried to design around a drop-leaf desk that belonged to her dad but can't get it to work. THE SOLUTION Rather than force the heirloom, designer Jennifer Schweikert suggests a large dining table and modern cabinets to maximize space. Try moving the desk to "a place of honor" like the foyer, she wrote. Schweikert, of Just My Style (703-321-6155)
February 13, 2013 |
THE CHALLENGE Martha Romans wants her Alexandria living room to include a home office. "I'm thinking of the proverbial outfit that goes from a day at the office to a night out, with just a tweak here or there," she said. It should be simple and clean, no cluttered bulletin boards allowed. THE SOLUTION By updating the window treatments and selecting furniture that can pull double duty, designer Sarah Wessel creates a fresh space for work and play. Wessel (202-337-1910)
January 7, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS — When Ford wants to try out a new transmission part, an engineer sends a digital blueprint of the component to a computer, and what happens next once seemed like the stuff of science fiction. Inside a device about the size of a microwave oven, a plastic, three-dimensional version of the component begins to take shape before your eyes . After scanning the design blueprint, the gadget fuses together a paper-thin layer of plastic powder. It repeats, putting another...
April 11, 2009 |
Q: I work from home a lot and have heard that there are tax deductions that I can take. What are the rules? A: You may be entitled to a home-office deduction, but before you take it, talk the decision through with your own tax adviser. When you sell the property, you may have to recapture some of your deductions -- that is, pay back the government. More important, I suspect that the Internal Revenue Service carefully reviews all home-office deductions. Are you self-employed or do you work...