Interior Design - Home Office | Harrisonburg, VA

J. Brooke Chao Designs


Interior Design - Home Office

Harrisonburg, VA

Working from home, it’s important to have a place that’s conducive to productivity.  This space started as our children’s play room, but I was able to transform the room into a beautiful workspace that allows me to focus on my work in an environment that is calm, but also reflects my personality.  The biggest challenge was in choosing pieces that would make the most of the rather small space, offering lots of storage and functionality, without being too cramped, or making to great a sacrifice aesthetically.

I opted to keep the bright, cheery lime green wall color, as well as the balloon wall-hanging that I’ve always loved.  I centered my design around thoselements, adding some word art I designed as well as some fun framed pieces that I felt were in keeping with the color scheme and existing wall hangings.

I removed the window treatments and worn out hardware, replacing the blinds with energy efficient, light filtering cordless honeycomb blinds that would keep the room cool in summer and warm in winter without sacrificing light, in what is an otherwise rather dark room.  The curtains are a peacock teal faux silk that brings the lime walls from garish to stylish. I swapped the old, dated ceiling fan for something a little more elegant, which also helps to keep the room cool in the warmer months.  The old cow-boy faux raw-hide sconce lampshade was updated with a custom half shade that is more neutral and, well, frankly, grown up.

I found some inexpensive but stylish office furniture pieces in the mission style.  I was also fortunate in finding an antique oak desk with glass top at a business auction that serves as a workspace for framing, assembling projects as well as working with and meeting with clients. On the surfaces of the desk hutch, file cabinet and printer stand I have placed beautiful bamboo placemats, which not only serve as an inexpensive decorating element, but also function as protection for the wood surfaces.

I paired a funky/fun floral chair from Pier1 with a vibrant rug that both beautifully tie in the lime, teal and burnt orange of the walls, curtains and furniture. I also added some small decorative touches like a bamboo/pottery tabletop fountain, wall decor above the door, faux verdigris hooks for the back of the door, and a slate for the front of the door.

Finally, I needed to partition off the remaining children’s items in the corner of the room, so I found a simple, affordable asian themed folding screen that can easily be opened, closed, or removed entirely.

All of the elements of the room have come together nicely to result in a space that is as inviting as it is functional.  I am very happy with the results and absolutely love working in the space.

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Office - After Entry
Office - After - Desk Wall/Decor
Office - After - Desk
Office - After - Word Art (my design) and Framed Art
Office - After - Balloons and Hand wall hanging
Office - After - Word Art (my design) and Framed Art
Office After - File Area
Office - Tabletop Fountain in hand made pottery
Office - After - Additional Desk
Office - After - Bookcase, Chair and Folding Screen
Office - Folding Partition
Office - After - Peacock Art (my original art)
Office - Faux Silk curtains, blinds, and hardware
Office - Faux Silk curtains, blinds, and hardware (closeup)
Office - After - Rug
Office - After - Storage Pots
Office - After - Decorative Door Hooks and Wall Decor
Office - After - Lamp
Office - After Slate
Office - Ceiling Fan
Play Room - Before
Play Room - Before
Play Room - Before
Play Room - Before