As a burgeoning designer, one of the dearest nods of support is when my friends + colleagues want and trust me to design spaces in their own homes. Earlier this year, my good friends Sunny and Stephen bought a beautiful 4-bedroom house in Potrero Hill SF, and they moved in with only a bed, a 30-year-old couch, and an IKEA desk. It was such a treat and an honor to help them outfit their new home!
While Sunny and Stephen’s styles were compatible for their living-dining-kitchen shared space, I had a ton of fun decorating their respective “his” and “hers” offices, which occupy 2 of the 4 bedrooms.
Stephen works primarily from his home office, so he knew what he needed functionally for the space to work. He had just a few requests for his office: a really big desk for his dual-monitor computer system (which we set back up after the photo shoot), another desk surface for non-computers, and a warm industrial-chic feel.
For the floors, we layered two rugs: a large-weave jute rug, with a faux cowhide rug on top. Another benefit of the jute rug: the wide weave made it easy to thread cords and cables under the rug to the wall outlets.
Pro tip: if you find yourself with more shelf space than you feel you have things to display, try lying thick books on their sides, and remember that objects that might not seem “designery” may still look great as part of a showcase – for instance, the board games in the previous photo.
Sunny’s objective for her office was to have a bright (I almost said “sunny”, which is just too punny!), feminine, open-feeling space to do work. To achieve maximum light around the clock, we used Hunter Douglas honeycomb shades to diffuse the direct sunshine and provide privacy (her office faces the street), and we installed a warm nickel pendant that drops into the room. We also chose an open, glass-top desk so that light could pass through to the rug.
We kept the decor on her shelves minimal for now, so that Sunny can add new items over time as she finds objects that she loves. For now, the color palette is a warm, modern, femmy magenta, café latte, white, and mixed metals.
Thanks again to my fabulous friends-now-clients for asking me to make their house into a home!
All photos in this post are by Colin Price Photography!