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Get inspired by these beautiful home offices created in all kinds of spaces.
Under the stairs, in the solarium, tucked in nooks and along spare walls—designers have gotten pretty creative when it comes to tackling the home work space. Here are eight of our favourites. (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)
Is it the striped West Elm chair, the cheeky patterned horns or the slick organizational accessories amidst chic colour blocking that we’re crushing on most? Very hard to tell. Designer Jamie Deck and the team at Shift Interiors worked together on this home office for a geologist, packed with modern charm. (Find out how to get the look here.) (Photo: Janis Nicolay.)
It’s harder to see in the photo, but this accent wall is decked out in a gold-flecked wallpaper, which brings a simple workstation to the next level. It also serves as the perfect textured backdrop to make the white-framed gallery wall pop! (This home office is from designer Stephanie Brown’s own home in Vancouver.) (Photo: Janis Nicolay.)
A jog in the wall gave designer Anna Dhillon an opportunity to design a standout home office space. She outfitted the niche—already lined with gorgeous stone tiles—with a custom stained oak to create a modern secretary’s desk, complete with floating shelves. The designer says custom millwork is key for that “wow factor.” (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)
A view so good it might be hard to get any real work done. This serene spot benefits from oversized windows and strategically placed skylights that fill the whole room with light, even on those rainy Vancouver days. (This is just one inspiring space of many in the Fairview home of fashion designer Lorraine Kitsos.) (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)
In this Port Coquitlam condo, Fox Design Studio carved a nook into a workspace and decorated with a watercolour of the family members’ names—it’s just packed with personal touches. (Photo: Ema Peter.)
A work area away from the TV was a priority for the Vancouver condo owners in this New York-inspired space. We love this sleek Homework desk from Bensen, and the Danish rail shelves are actually the same ones the Falken Reynolds designers have in their own office—treasured for their industrial look and how easily they can be taken down and installed elsewhere. (Photo: David Strongman.)
Storage was high on the homeowner’s wish list, so designer Sophie Burke and her team built a custom desk area surrounded by cabinets. A stack of wooden boxes from Ikea tucks beneath the built-in desk, creating even more space to stash odds and ends. (See the full brick loft reno here.) (Photo: Janis Nicolay.)
Designer Ami McKay made fast work of this unused stairwell area by installing a desktop and plenty of cabinets to store supplies and files. And we love how this new workspace is right in the centre of the action—perfect for keeping an eye on the young ones.