Home Office Design Ideas

Part of being a designer,  for me, is when a client calls me to help them dream up a vision, so they can build it.

So when my client Shirley called me to help her with her husband’s  home office design ideas, I was delighted.

The original office was in one bedroom, and she was now flip flopping the room with the guest bedroom.   Since her husband is at work in that office way more than guests are visiting, she decided to finally give him a decent view!

My client has a family member who is a cabinet maker of all things wood.  Talented and particular Mike Cresswell.  What a pleasure to work with him.

So we talked about what  was needed to turn this space into a gorgeous custom built office, including a custom desk.   When thinking about creating your home office design, function should be your first thought.

A clever way to be inspired into creating home office decor is to incorporate existing loved pieces, in this instance we knew my client’s husband’s  wanted to have his personal favorite collection of  Kachina Dolls, wood carvings and artwork.     The maple was chosen to ofset the collection.   Purple heart and Red heart wood  were used to create an accent that would be timeless & tie in to the colors of the ethnic art.

Many sketches,  drawings,  and much sawdust  and patient work by Mike done,  the final product is complete:

This is the original room with art  (we did a color consult on this room a couple years earlier & the client decided to keep the same color)

Original bedroom taken by Jennifer Duchene

After the last saw and screw is done, including beautiful new Brazilian wood floors, the shelves are filled with husband’s favorite pieces & his working tools:

Custom cabinetry, same paint after taken by Jennifer Duchene

This is the wall opposite, I am just enthralled with how wood can change the feel of a room:

Wall in office before taken by Jennifer Duchene

After the old cabinetry has been pulled out, and some panelling that blocked off extra space, was removed.  We decided to turn previously unused space into the printing and supply central.

This is the wall after.  I think I am in love!

office wall after the install of cabinetry and wall panel taken by Jennifer Duchene

What do you think? Would love to create an office that fills your working needs and gives you pleasure?

Sometimes clever planning is the springboard to a whole new look, even on a small budget.

If you want to create a Diva Den to indulge your inner Goddess, call me.  I would love to set you on the path to personal greatness.   Jennifer Duchene  650.644.8592

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Home Office Design Ideas — 45 Comments

  1. WOW, this is an amazing transformation! I need you to re-design my loft into a Diva Den. The wood look really changed things here…never would have imagined or thought of doing that…fantastic! When will you be on the east coast?!?!

    Rita Brennan Freay

  2. Beautiful space, with personality shining through very clearly! Mike’s work is clearly first class.

  3. What a beautiful place it has become. I love the wood and its shiny finish. Wood is such a calming material, perfect place to get some work done.
    Wonderful job, congratulations!

    Franziska San Pedro
    The Abstract Impressionist Artress

    • thanks so much Franziska. Wood indeed is a lovely material to have around us to counterbalance the hard cold surfaces and plastic

  4. Beautiful cabinetry and design Jen! I spend many lonely hours working away in my home offices and can appreciate how 9one’s productivity can really go up if the home office is well designed.

    Rachel Lavern
    Personal Transformation, Enlightenment and Development Coach
    “Live without limits because nothing is impossible to you.”

    • So true Rachel. A well designed office is the perfect tool to productivity. Yes the home office can be a lonely place. Thanks so much for your kind words

  5. Wow! Beautiful space and beautiful cabinetry. Thank you Jenn for sharing. Amazing!

    Alara K. Castell
    Your Sassy Spiritual Guide

  6. Absolutely love the wood and the clean feel. You have left part of your beautiful spirit in this room. I imagine a lot of wonderful work will get done in this new space. Thanks for showing us the other wall–allows us to really appreciate the transformation.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Balance, Boundaries, and New Life Directions Through Writing

  7. Jen,

    What a beautiful transformation! I love the “Diva Den” terminology! I have been trying to think of a name for women’s spaces! Muah!

    Carrie Hansen
    Snuggery Style

  8. Gorgeous! I am very jealous of your client! I so wish you lived here to give me some advice on my office, which is where I spend most of my time. I love the wood and wall work – and that rug is amazing. A wonderful project to share with us.

    • Thanks Laurie, it would be fun to live closer and give you pointers on creating a dream office. Who knows we might get to do that, sooner than we think 🙂

  9. Wow, perhaps you’ve found a new business partner in Mike Cresswell! Be-autiful wood. Nothing like a custom solution – great job Jen.

  10. I’d love you to come over and help me design a Diva Den any day Jen! We’d probably end up spending weeks on it having fun. I love what you do with energetically dead and sleep places. Keep up the good work.

    Fiona Stolze

    • Dearest Fiona, I would be so delighted to help you create your perfect Soul spot. We would spend weeks and have an incredible time. I am picturing in my mind’s eye and smiling!

  11. Jen, that office is gorgeous! The woodwork is amazing and the design is beautiful!

    Carrie Hansen
    Snuggery Style

  12. I would so LOVE that office! Ours is a gorgeous room but the furniture is Ikea cheap. I will be keeping an eye out for nice wooden pieces as my business grows. I do have a lovely view of the mountains all day though 🙂
    Louise Edington
    Finding YOUR Freedom

    • The view is so important. My office right now is a corner of the living room. Not a great set up but I love that I can turn my head and see trees. With your skills for finding good pieces at yard sales I am sure you will be splendidly outfitted in no time Louise.

  13. Oh my goodness, that is one of the most beautiful and inviting rooms I have ever seen! I wish my office looked like that! The gentleman that did the wood work is amazing, too. Some day…. : )

    • I agree with Donna – beautiful work! It’s important to have a beautiful and organized office – I mean, think about how much time we spend there? What do you think about wall coverings for office?

      • Thanks Alicia. You are absolutely right. A beautiful and organized office should definitely be top of the list for success 🙂 Wall coverings ? I love the idea. if it expresses the taste of the office occupant and is a good fit for the required activity. So no jarring patterns if you need a peaceful environment.

  14. All I can say is WOW! What a beautiful office. It’s a place anyone would be excited to jump out of bed and go to. You did an amazing job, Jen. I have to say it again. WOW!!

    • Susan you are fabulous. You make me feel 10 feet tall. I think the translation is really the key. Mike did an incredible job.

  15. Wow! So pretty and what a change – he must love it! Great job 🙂 I love seeing the before and after pix. I also have a home office and I think it is so important to have a space you feel good working in…
    Brandy Mychals
    Speaker, Author, Communications Coach
    Creator of Split Second Perceptions

    • Brandy thank you and yes I think he is thrilled to have his own space. His previous office was pretty bad. Too true that feeling good in the work space makes one produce better work!

  16. Thanks, Jen.

    What a lovely room, and your stunning transformation! So different from my own home office — another spare bedroom, but frankly so junked up I can focus only on the project at hand. Hmmmmm… maybe that’s a good thing after all.

    So I wonder: Does your client find his new gorgeous office a space for productivity? Me, I think I’d spend hours there just drifting along in reverie. Sure is beautiful, though. I’m so not used to a “decorator workshop”, but maybe I’d be even more productive in a room like that, without my customary clutter.


  17. The final product is absolutely wonderful! The colors and design flow well… and the woodwork… wow! I am married to a carpenter / woodworker and I can see so much talent and work went into that room. Congratulations on a job very well done!

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