An underutilized kitchen nook becomes a cozy command centre.

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Centrally located at the side of the kitchen, the airy office nook of this mid-century Shaughnessy home gives the family a space to work and to keep an eye on their three boys—without cluttering up useful counter space. “It’s a nice thing for every family home to have a bit of office space tucked away so it’s not right in the middle of the action, but it’s close by,” says lead designer Sophie Burke. “It’s the command centre of the house.” Hidden neatly behind the cabinet doors is a shelf for each of the boys that acts as a landing pad for the inevitable school projects and paperwork, while the drawers give easy access to everyday items. To keep the look unified without feeling matchy-matchy, Burke’s team opted to use the same soft grey millwork throughout, while mixing metallic elements (like the vintage Tolix chair and silver desk lamp—both European flea-market finds) alongside the brass hardware.

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  1. Upgrade your message centre with a chic linen pinboard (from $166).
  2. These Adelaide cabinet and drawer handles (from $17) are well suited for both kitchen and office storage.
  3. The handwoven Pappelina rug ($223) mimics the look of lined paper.