Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home Offices style

Cheery green walls create an inspiring backdrop in this efficient crafts room. A 5-foot-long desk surface offers plenty of room for spreading out projects. An adjustable shelf system organizes supplies, which are corralled in glass jars, wicker baskets, and metal bins.

There's no sense in closing the kitchen off from adjoining rooms, especially when they complement each other in style and function. This home office sits at one end of a large kitchen. Using the same countertops on the desk as on the sinks helps tie the spaces together.

Taking up one wall of a living room, this hardworking home office is filled with smart space-saving solutions. The design began with simple shelves and a wall-to-wall desktop. The look is softened by a white skirt attached to the desk with strips of hook-and-loop tape.

Though tiny memory boards can be found ready-made, this large 54 x 48-inch version was custom created for this elegant showhouse space.

Country containers like lidded baskets and vintage luggage can be stacked, allowing you to make the most of corners and dead space under tables. They also hide papers and supplies, keeping them organized and portable.

This rough-and-tumble basement office gets its fresh style from walls covered with squares of plywood, exposed pipes, open ceiling rafters, and painted concrete floors. To keep the look affordable, many of the materials were purchased at a home center.

This home office features a fabulous river view that stays in center focus out a large window. The desk was custom-designed to fit the space below the window and meet the homeowner's storage needs.

Vintage pieces mix with industrial elements in this home office. Galvanized tin holds trash, buckets house computer paper, and tin containers crate file folders. On the desk a collection of vintage enamelware is filled with pens and other small items.

Crisp, light walls form a background that recedes, allowing the office's furnishings to make a bolder statement. A French farm table fits in because it shares the room's simple lines and nothing else in the corner visually fights with its deep color.

This family kitchen space includes an adjoining seating area with a handy computer workstation and desk. Kids can play while Mom cooks or works. In later years the kids can do homework in this space.

A handy U-shaped desktop fits perfectly into a corner, creating a small but functional home office. Open shelves and basket files hold lots of supplies. At the window, a pleated Roman shade draws up in a perfect line of black checks.

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