One room that we did not have in our old house, that we are very happy to have now, is a small office. While neither Andrew nor I are working from home right now, a New England winter amidst a pandemic means we do occasionally WFH. Beyond that, it’s just nice to have a space for the printer, files, household paperwork and other stuff we never had a place for before. Ballard Designs offered to partner up with me on outfitting the space when they launched their Hutton Home Office Collection, which is pretty darn amazing. You can choose between natural rattan or antique mirror panels and with various modular pieces, you can create a unique layout for your exact space and needs, which is exactly what I did! We have a nice long desk, and then filing cabinets with a hutch above that’ll hold the printer! It’s nice and tall too, so it really fills the space perfectly. I also am putting a gorgeous chaise in here, because I envision myself sneaking away to this spot to read a magazine and have coffee… someday, maybe when the kids are older :)
Here is the room painted with the new light installed from Circa.
Here is what it was like when we bought the house – this built in was eating up so much space and made the room feel WAY smaller.
I’m just waiting on the chaise and the custom items for the space and then I’ll be able to share with you the final product!
Can you tell me the color of your hardwood stain? I’m looking at refinishing in the next 6 months and currently have a dark (jacobean) stain –
I cannot tell you how excited I am to see your post about the Ballard Hutton collection. I’ve been planning to purchase the 48″ credenza to use as my kitchen desk just as soon as it’s offered at 20% off. Since you’ve already seen it in person, how would you describe the shade of white? Really white? Antique white? Thanks so much!
It’s going to be beautiful! I hope at some point you’ll be able to share a floor plan and show us how to plan to lay it out. Lucky you!
I’m sure you’ll scotchgard the hell out of your lounge. Not that your littles would ever spill anything…
I do not have a cabinet. Any suggestions how to hide a printer. It is now on a bookcase but I want to hide it. Thank you
My “maproom” is this deep, rich color; and I love it.
May I just reflect on your earlier comments about parenting in a pandemic? My grandchild is almost 15 months old, and, like you, we all worry about her having never seen anyone but her family and her dog. We laugh that her best friend is a sweet-tempered mongrel who drools on her and follows her around the house. Will she inevitably look for those same characteristics in her first human friend (and would that be such a bad thing?)?
But she has also spent her entire baby life at home in the immediate company of her mom and dad, which has meant that they participated in every milestone, coped with every challenging moment, nurtured and celebrated every development. They are all bonded so closely and deeply that their odds of successfully navigating whatever the future brings are orders of magnitude greater than they might have been if everyone had already decamped to their own spheres of work and daycare. I have high hopes for them, even if their lives become more social and outwardly-focused once this infernal pandemic has passed.
I have high hopes for you too, Erin. You are honest and stronger than you imagine. Wine and hugs will get you through! Best wishes.
Thank you so much, what a lovely perspective.
This sweet comment made me tear up!
And I cried writing it. My family is the center of my world.
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