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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obviously, I don’t take accessories too seriously, preferring pieces with a bit of quirk:
Photos by Suzi Q. Varin / Q Weddings.