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Design at Work: Create a Home Office Sanctuary


For a soft, resort-like look in the home office, try the Sanctuary writing desk in Dune and Beach finishes. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Wonder what you have in common with Ellen DeGeneres and Michael J. Fox and Kelly Wearstler’s rich and famous clientele?

In addition to your charm and sparkling wit, it’s likely that your home office might be common ground. That’s the place where 30 million of us (Ellen and Michael, too) work at least once a week. Three million of us work in a home office full-time.


The home offices of Ellen DeGeneres, Michael J. Fox and Kelly Wearstler’s Bel Air client reveal the secret to home office style success–mastering the mix. Photo credit, l to r: Roger Davies, William Abranowicz, Roger Davies, architecturaldigest.com.

That’s why the style spotlight is now on how to create home offices that blend function with fashion in ways that inspire, and make going to work a joy. 

Whatever the room, designers know to start with foundation pieces. In a home office, that’s a desk and chair.


Large-scale desks can actually be space-savers because they have lots of built-in drawers which reduce the need for additional storage pieces. Photos: Hooker Furniture.


These swanky seats swivel with style. Photos, left to right: Sam Moore Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Sam Moore.

For a fresh and serene look, try the Sanctuary writing desk with the Surreal Simone Desk Chair.

Imagination takes flight with the Melange Bondurant Desk, a vintage steamer trunk look-alike with faux zinc finish and leather and nailhead trim. Pair it with the Imperial Regal Executive Swivel chair, a comfy retro chair covered in bomber jacket-inspired distressed leather.

Add a touch of mid-century industrial chic with the Wendover Utility Desk.


The Wendover Utility Desk has a chic mid-century look and is perfect for those who prefer to alternate between standing and sitting when working. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Break up the all-wood look with the Excalibur Desk Chair from Sam Moore Furniture, covered in a burnished gold leather.


The Excalibur Desk Chair is covered in a burnished gold leather. Photo: Sam Moore Furniture.

Got a home office sized more like Vermont than Texas? No worries. There are lots of desks and chairs scaled to fit everything from converted corners to tiny spare rooms. To create a designer look, mix styles, colors and finishes.


Small but mighty desks delivery lots of wow–and function. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Glam up with the Workwell Writing DeskIt has a gray shimmer finish and drawers lined in a dazzling blue wallpaper. Va-va-voom.

The Studio 7H Stiegs Desk rewrites Scandinavian style in a modern, organic way.


The Studio 7H writing desk is modern and organic and flows easily into your living areas. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The La Maison writing desk is not only fashionably French, it’s slender enough to tuck behind a sofa or along a hallway wall.

La Maison writing desk

The rustic elegance of the La Maison writing desk blends well in any living area of the home. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Don’t let the demure look of the curved apron writing desk  fool you. Behind its pretty face is function galore with a drop-front keyboard center drawer, two utility drawers with removable dividers and one removable writing slide and utility tray for use in either drawer.

Curved apron desk

A curved and scalloped apron and a two-tone finish add charming style to this computer-ready writing desk. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Willow Bend Writing Desk delivers one of the hottest trends of the season: rustic chic.


If you’ve got to work, you might as well sit pretty. Photos: Hooker Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture.

The Sanctuary Spindle Side Chair adds a calming touch of blue that’ll help you find your Zen again.


The Sanctuary Spindle Side Chair in Azure Blue finish is equally at home at a writing desk and dining table. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

Liven up with the Sanctuary Tall Spindle Arm Chair in Ultra Red Finish. It’s power red finish energizes and motivates.

Cool and composed? Even if you’re not, fake it ’til you make it in the Linosa Arm Chair, a classic look in luxe linen and an antique black finish.


Luxury linen + a classic antique black finish come together in the Linosa Arm Chair. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

With its bold navy and white safari print, the Cadence exposed wood chair roars with style.


Mid-Century modernists, take a seat in the Studio 7H Vibe Bentwood Chair, made of sleek acacia veneers and metal.

The Walden Chair is runway-ready in a gray menswear fabric and dressmaker details like button-tufting and decorative brass studs.

Once you’re picked your desk and chair, add accent pieces in contrasting colors, shapes and sizes. That’ll keep your room (and you) from falling asleep  while also providing additional function.


Dented metal file cabinets won’t deliver the look you want. These accent pieces will. Photos: Hooker Furniture, Bradington-Young Furniture and Sam Moore Furniture.

The Henri Ceramic Table Lamp provides illuminating textural contrast.

Power up with the E-Charge Center. It has five pull-out storage drawers, plus a built-in power bar with five electrical outlets.

The Triple- Drawer Mirrored Lateral File is so pretty, it’ll make even filing appealing. (ok, maybe).


Who said filing cabinets have to be mundane and forgettable? Style up with the Mirrored Lateral File. Photo: Hooker Furniture.

The Emerald Fretwork Storage Chest puts an Asian spin on storage.

Go Greek with the Melange Greek Key Console.

Even if you don’t have client stop by your home office often, an accent chair is a must because it adds softness and contrast. (Not to mention a comfortable place to take a break). The Liam Leather Swivel Chair is a luxe spin on the blues.


The Liam swivel chair is a comfy refuge for a work break or a welcoming seat for a guest to your office. Photo: Bradington-Young.

Then, pull the look together with finishing touches that personalize your office and make you smile.


Get creative for your home office finishing touches. (Even your kids can help). Photo: bhg.com

Transform cards into works of art, with twine and mini clothespins, as shown above.

Use wallpaper or scrapbook paper scraps to jazz up magazine files, and organize your desk with egg cups.

With a little imagination, your home office can become an inspiring sanctuary.

That’s how good design works.

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  • Chirag Dagli May 30, 2015, 1:13 am

    I Think the Liam swivel chair is a good one. And its really suits to my home-office work desk, with color blue. The royal blue color is eye-catching. And I wants to buy one chair for a relaxation, so please suggest me from where should i buy it?

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