House Calls – Creating a Home Office
By Kathleen Hom
Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lynn McGonigle



“We’ve recently reclaimed our dining room, which used to serve as the kids’ playroom,” McGonigle writes. “Now we’d like to have it function as our home office.”

The 11-by-15-foot space is visible from the front door and adjacent to the living room, so McGonigle needs “storage that can hide the papers and clutter that an office seems to attract.”


Sherry Galvydis of Impressive Interiors in Warrenton, 540-341-7077 and


Set up two work stations with shelving and organizing accessories for McGonigle and her husband. A rug establishes the color palette.

Fabrics soften the room and create a comfortable retreat. Add architectural details, such as a custom window seat with built-in drawers, picture frame molding below the chair rail and recessed ceiling lights.

Paint: Henderson Buff for walls and ceiling. Linen White for trim. Both colors from Benjamin Moore.

Desks and chairs. Cherry finish flip-top desk against one wall ($579, Young Classics credenza desk and hutch against the opposite wall ($1,285 each), Chateau de Vin rolling desk chair with arm cushion ($599) and Young Classics office chair with nailhead detailing ($699), all by Aspenhome (

Organization. Sawhorse 72-inch bookshelves in rubbed chestnut ($199 each), Madison corkboard with black frame ($149 for large), desk organizer in rubbed black ($69, Woven storage bins and boxes on bookshelves (from $19 each,

Lighting. Casablanca Panama ceiling fan in oil-rubbed bronze with dark cherry 21-inch blades ($335, Architect’s table lamp in bronze finish ($149,

Art. Personalized framed cat portraits ($285 each for 16 by 20 inches, plus $450 portrait session, Hang family photos in Apparenza photo gallery frame collection ($755 for item No. 325841,

Fabric accents. Diana Scrolls rug ($2,929 for 8 by 10 feet, Radford curtain panels in paisley ($403 each for 20 by 108 inches), window seat cushion custom-made from Lucerne velvet in Ocean ($29 per yard), Julien wheat squares tufted pillows ($59 each), Radford diamond pillows with ruched welt ($75 each) and Lucerne Ocean pillow with custom monogram by Eastern Accents ($107 for 21 by 37 inches, all above at

Window shades and plantation shutters. Provenance woven wood shades with top-down, bottom-up feature (priced according to size, Custom by-fold plantation shutters painted the same color as the trim to close off the space from the adjoining living room (priced according to size,


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