November 9, 2012 |
Is a home library a quaint relic of the past, more often encountered in a novel than in real life? Not according to a number of architects in recent interviews. Although their clients read e-books on Kindles and Nooks, they still own substantial numbers of books. When they can afford it, a special place in the house or a bona fide library is not an unusual request. If the budget does not stretch that far, homeowners still want bookcases incorporated into their living spaces. The desirability of a library, however,...
July 9, 2009
Jo Heinz is president of Dallas interior architecture and design firm Staffelbach. Entrepreneur.com asked Heinz for advice on designing a home office for maximum efficiency. Here's what she had to say: How does designing an effective home office differ from designing a commercial office? And what considerations do you need to keep in mind even before you get started? Working from home is exciting because it offers an opportunity for real comfort and efficiency, but if the office is too casual, or isn't effectively separated from...
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)
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...
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)
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...