I once read a profound quote: “Disorganization breeds creativity.” With that one sentence I realized why, for all of these years, my office was a wreck—stacks of papers, files and interesting objects, all in complete disarray. The mess comforted me. It was a form of therapy. And as you can see from these old photos of my office, I was wallowing in comfort.
Comfort and creativity aside, there was only one problem with my office the way it was: I never could find anything. And to complicate matters further, it is located right off my living room. Unlike so many home offices that are tucked away or adjacent to the laundry room, at my house visitors get a full view the minute they walk in the front door. The owners of the home during the Great Depression bricked in the wrap-around porch for their college-age son who decided to move back home. Their creative problem solving gave him a teeny tiny bedroom and full bath, which was great then, but is quite challenging in terms of setting up a working office.
As a New Year’s resolution of sorts, I employed the capable services of Ann Shipp of R. Higgins Interiors to redo the space. I had some stipulations: It needed to be comfortable, affordable and efficient. She had her work cut out for her for sure. Not only is the room tiny, it’s filled with odd angles, a large window and French doors. I found it nearly impossible to find a desk to fit the space, but as you’ll see in the following “after” photos, the redesigned space works beautifully:
- Wallpaper: William Morris Design
- Modular office desk: West Elm
- Herman Miller Setu Chair: Pottery Barn
- Hayes round tufted ottoman: Ballard Designs
- Amherst sisal rug: Home Decorators Collection
- Belgian sheer linen drapes: Restoration Hardware
- Antique bronze finish curtain rods: Pottery Barn
- Morris lantern in antique zinc: Visual Comfort
- French library double wall lamp in bronze: Visual Comfort, French Library Double Wall Lamp in Bronze
- Reproduction bookcases (based on antique version from Paris Flea Market): KaLaLou (Note: This source is to the trade only.)
If you are interested in seeing more of R. Higgins Interiors’ work, visit the website: rhigginsinteriors.com.
Thank you Ashley Hylbert for the beautiful photography! www.ashleyhylbert.com.