Elegant Home Office E-Design

This project was a "hybrid e-design."  Since my client, Ad is local, I could go over and see the space first.  Then I let her "run with the ball" with a design board, sources and floor plan.

Ad works from home and needed a pretty home office/den.  
Below is the 'before" photo.

Ad knew she liked this handsome desk below, 
so I designed the room around it.
Sometimes, her daughter and a friend play 
on the computer in this room.
An ottoman pulls up for occasional seating at the desk 
when not in use in the cosy reading corner.
 The chair in the striped fabric was discontinued so Ad bought it in a solid and cleverly added the striped pillow.
You can see the rug better here.  Since this is really Ad's work space, I thought a soft rug would be nice to sit on the floor for wrapping presents or sorting files (that's what I like to do).
I knew Ad liked blue from seeing other parts of her home in photos and then in person.
This pastel landscape was her grandmother's.  
It looks like early southern California.

We had my carpenter, Adrian, custom build the wooden 
shelves in an ebony stain for contrast.
Ad styled the shelves herself.  Love it!
 The desk from Restoration Hardware is very well made with a working key hole and dovetail joinery.
I was able to extend my professional discount to her.
The lidded basket hides electrical cords.
I saw that Ad collected prints and added them to the design.  
She did a fine job with the composition, didn't she?

Please check out My Services page if you could 
benefit from an e-design.

Participating in
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Party Time @ It's So Very Cheri
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple  


  1. Both of you did a great job!! That desk is beautiful!!

  2. Very nice design, Mary Ann! Love how everything came together.

  3. Great job. I'm impressed with the drastic change.

  4. It is so cool to see a design board come to life. I LOVE the way this room turned out!

  5. Wow. It's so interesting to see how e-design can work. Beautiful job -- I know she must be thrilled with her work space!

  6. You designed such a pretty work space! I love that striped PB chair. I saw it at the PB outlet and did not buy it... I am so mad at myself!
    YOur friend interpreted your design beautifully! LOVE the rug!!!

  7. You are so talented Mary Ann! This is a beautiful space...crisp and classic and definitely elegant without going too formal. Well done!

  8. Well done!! Love that desk, what a beautiful starting point. You are good Mary Ann! Love the inviting feel of the room, cozy and beautiful.

  9. The chair and ottoman are my favorites! I could sit for hours... And I agree, a nice soft rug is essential: I love to work on the floor at times.

  10. Mary Ann-You did a great job pulling that all together. It is a professional, yet comfortable, looking room!

  11. It looks fabulous. What a transformation. She must be very happy!

  12. Great job Mary Ann! I know she is thrilled!

  13. Mary Ann I would say you have a very happy client. Gorgeous job, I especially love the wall grouping you did above the desk. The chair in the corner is on my someday list for my family. I love that chair!! Happy weekend,

  14. Wonderful job Mary Ann! That RH desk is gorgeous and I love the color and texture of the rug. I'm sure she's very pleased!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  15. Looks fabulous Mary Ann and i love that blue rug! Makes the room!

  16. This turned out fabulous. I'd love for you to link up at my party...it just opened.

    XO, Aimee

  17. What an elegant and inviting space. Well done to you and your client! x Sharon

  18. great job! now i have some idea for the transformation look of my
    office table. thanks for the share,

  19. You and "Ad" did a great job! Very sophisticated space!

  20. Such a great job on this one, Mary Ann! Love the new peaceful wall color. I think it feels so much more conducive to focusing on a project. Also adore the asymmetrical artwork grouping - totally working for me! M.

  21. Every detail looks great. It's a practical and beautiful.

  22. I am drooling! I had to pull my teenage son's away from the Dew Tour they are watching to come check out this gorgeous den! After all, I look at their incredible video clips and insane tricks all the time, so pay mama back, sons....Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. What a wonderful work/relax space! I truly love that rug and chair/ottoman. Ad did a great job putting it all together too!

  24. so cute!!! love the new office!! i can't wait to use my bobbin chairs for my client!

  25. I juts love the entire way wherein the apartment has been designed it loooks pretty awesome to get in such apartments.

  26. Wonderful job Mary Ann! What a difference and now such a great space to work and relax in. Love the desk and the bobbin chair and ottoman and the custom shelves are perfect.

  27. Mary Ann, you are so talented. Beautiful work! Inspiration here for sure.
    Happy Monday.

  28. Mary Ann,
    Beautiful work! I'm sure your clients love to work with you...especially with your results. I love the rug!

  29. It looks amazing, Mary Ann and love the bobbin chair added in the office!!

  30. Hi Mary Ann,
    What a wonderful room plan, everything turned out splendidly! I love the desk.
    I also keep my cords in a basket under my home office desk. The rug is beautiful I adore the shades of blue.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  31. That desk is a great piece! Very nice workspace Mary Ann!

  32. Beautiful! I love how spacious the desk is and how you styled the details. I just love everything you do! :-)

  33. This space is perfect! I'm featuring you on Saturday. Can't wait to see what you share at It's Overflowing's next party! XO, Aimee

  34. I love her gorgeous office space! There are so many pieces to love, the shelves and the blue rug especially are my favorites! Well done!


  35. Gorgeous room!!! Everything fits just perfectly in the space!

  36. Love this room. The desk and side chair with ottoman is wonderful!


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