Today I would love to share with you the office redesign I created for my client. This room is entered in three ways; From the living room, from the kitchen, and from a door that opens to the backyard. The room also has vantage points from these various areas of the home and I found it important to take this into consideration. As you can see in the before photo the desk and accompanying furniture didn’t quite fit the space, the rest of the room was completely open with a few toys on the floor. Rooms that are long and narrow can be intimidating, but leaving them bare actually make them look smaller.

Project Goals and Wants

Light, airy, with white and turquoise, blond wood

A place for paperwork

A sitting area

Storage for toys, blankets or paperwork

Area for 5 and 2 year old to play and create (this is not their main play area)

Updated design aesthetic

New paint

office-2From our discussion I devised two design plans to choose from. She originally mentioned a couch in the room, but I felt a couch was unnecessary since the living room with a large sectional was near. I presented two chair options and had loveseat choices on reserve, but we agreed that a sitting area would serve a much better purpose than a sofa.


The room was painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. This is a great neutral color that changes in the sun drenched room throughout the day. RP is a safe choice, that wont date quickly, and looks great with the other rooms that flow into the space.

HC_Radel_office      HC_Radel_Office
HC_Radel_Office    HC_Radel_Office

Furniture planning is essential, but rug size is just as important. I would rather see no rug at all than one that is too small. They are an expense, but they make a big impact. I tend to go two routes; a vintage wool or a natural fiber rug that doesn’t distract from the other elements of the room. Rugs are for warmth and to pull the space together.

Once the room was cleared of it’s previous furniture and purged of unwanted belongings I was able to being the install.


HC_Radel_Office   HC_Radel_Office

The rooms transformation was obvious as each piece of furniture was built and put into place. Choosing updated furniture in a light color palate achieved my clients goals. The room appears larger, with plenty of space to work, have a glass of wine, and for the girls to play while mom is in the kitchen. The shelves and paperwork are organized and the room is void of distractions.

Let me know in the comments if you would like information on any of the pieces. Sourcing the items for each project is often the most challenging, and enjoyable, part of the process for me.


Office redesign- A shared space

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  1. Stephanie@ Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes

    August 5th, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Sarah! You are amazing! What a transformation! I love how bright,airy and light that room looks!

  2. Anna burke

    August 15th, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Hi! I’m in love with that mirror. Please tell me more about it.

  3. KrIstin Kempson

    September 22nd, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Where is the little toY house from?

  4. Sarah Dobbs

    January 15th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    It’s vintage plan toys

  5. CM

    November 1st, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Lovely! Can you let me know WHERE THE MIRROR IS FROM? THANKS!

  6. Sarah Dobbs

    December 27th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Ikea! I use this one often. It’s the Stockholm

  7. Barbie

    January 1st, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Hello from mOntclair! Happy to have just found you on IG! Love thiS rOom! Where is the desk frOm?

  8. Sarah Dobbs

    January 15th, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Hey! It’s from IKEA 🙂

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