Crazy in Love with a Hot Pink Home Office

Crazy in Love with a Hot Pink Home Office 2017-09-21T16:26:15+00:00

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Confession time. This is no ordinary home office. You can call this Room Fu’s World Headquarters. The space belongs to Room Fu designer, Robin Callan, and this is her completely biased commentary…

I have to say, I just adore my office. It is not the only room in the house that is totally “me,” but it’s the only room I didn’t have to take anyone else’s opinion into consideration when creating the space. Consequently, it is my favorite part of the house and a room I thoroughly enjoy being in. If you’re looking for a way to be more productive professionally, I urge you to create the same “you” type of atmosphere in your own workspace. It’s amazing incentive to spend time in the room if you feel good in it. That’s especially important for a home working environment, where household distractions abound.

It all started with this fabulous, mid-century swivel chair I got off Craigslist for $40. I knew it had fabulous lines, but after getting it home, I discovered it was fairly “important.” It was on a poster, even.

This is it–top row, far right:

Mid-century modern chairs designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates.

I had it reupholstered pronto, in hot pink fabric with orange woven through it. You won’t find a desk chair that screams girl power better than this!

A hot pink upholstered mid-century swivel chair features tufting on its high seat back. Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates.

The last time we moved, we hauled 60 boxes of books from the old house to the new. Mine live in my office, arranged by color on simple, white shelves.

Room Fu Design Guru Robin Callan's home office features teal walls and a hot pink, tufted, mid-century swivel chair.

With only one window in the room, and an awkwardly-shoved-into-the-corner one at that, natural light is at a premium. So I snagged a full-length mirror for $50 in the “as-is” room at IKEA and hung it on the wall adjacent to the window, creating the illusion of two windows in the corner of the room. It makes a huge difference in the space.

A full length mirror hung next to a corner window creates the illusion of more windows in a cramped office in Austin, TX.

Two filing cabinets from IKEA looked too bulky when positioned with the drawers facing forward, so I turned one left and the other right, placing them back to back along one wall. I didn’t love the “seam” showing, so I draped supercool fuschia and orange honeycomb fabric over it. Super Amigos, by Paco Felici, hangs above.

Super Amigos, by Paco, hangs above a hot pink fabric covered filing cabinet styled like a credenza in the teal office of Room Fu Design Guru, Robin Callan.

My orange S chair has made the rounds in the house and now lives in my office, coordinating with the fabric on the roman shade on the window.

An orange S chair and round yellow side table sit beneath silkscreened concert poster in the home office of Robin Callan, design guru for Room Fu in Austin, TX.

Obviously, I don’t take accessories too seriously, preferring pieces with a bit of quirk:

A vintage bowling pin and mannequin head hang out in a teal blue office on white shelves.

A hula girl perched on a shelf in a home office.

Photos by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings.