Working on laptops from beds, sofas and kitchen tables might have been okay when ‘working from home’ became a household term two years ago – but these kinds of office setups aren’t a long term solution.
Kristin Pawlak, owner and interior designer at KP Designs / Decorating Den Interiors, knows the importance of having a dedicated workspace that is not only functional but aesthetic and personalized. Here, she shares three office spaces she designed to help homeowners do their best work from the comfort of their own homes.
A Hunter’s Refuge
When the owners of this beech spring farm unsure how to turn a dark office space into a functional workstation, they turned to Pawlak for help.
“They had done a lot of faux work around the house, so they were looking at using a multi-layered faux finish to kind of lighten that room up,” she told the Courier Journal. “They were kind of stuck on what to do to lighten it. We have (finally) decided, let’s paint it.
Pawlak retained some of the dark wooden elements, but with the help of RK Renovations, brightened up and brightened up the office for him with a few fresh coats of paint. She also made sure to incorporate design elements from both parties that would utilize the space.
“The husband is an amateur hunter…and he wanted to exhibit his taxidermy animals,” she said. “(The woman) liked the look of the skin on (the) rug, and she wanted nice finishes.”
Pawlak combined their design requests with an Italian desk and antique mirror card art, then styled the shelves with things they both love.
“He’s a car lover, they love their dogs, (and) they have a certain history with horses, so (we) really personalized it,” Pawlak said.
The result is a space that is both personalized and practical.
Contemporary computer corner
The husband and wife of this house longed for a versatile office space in the attic of their Buechel home.
“(They prefer) lots of white and light gray, and contemporary looks,” Pawlak said of the final design.
She removed everything from the old space, installing a home office with a closet system, which includes a large surface, shelves and drawers for additional storage. The space provides ample room for the multiple screens required in their industry, with the wife’s workspace on the left and the husband’s office on the right. Pawlak also incorporated a small area with a banker’s lamp so the couple’s preschooler had his own space.
There’s also a large, sleek dry-erase board along one wall, plus padded accent chairs with a side table at one end for a little resting space.
“And those walls are completely wallcovered,” Pawlak said. “It’s a textured silver gray wallcovering. …(While) painted walls can get scratched and dented and you have to repaint every now and then, wallcovering really protects the walls.
White Roman shades and a glossy synthetic rug complete the clean, contemporary look, while a few indoor plants add warmth to the space.
Sunny lounge area
After completing the kitchen renovation, the owners of this Cape Cod-style home were looking to redevelop a space adjacent to the dining room.
“(It was) almost like (an) old bar built into the kitchen family room,” Pawlak said. “It was (dated and)…it just didn’t work.”
The owner wanted a space where she could have a little space to use a laptop, some storage, and a nice place to sit, read, and relax. Pawlak replaced the old bar’s built-in shelves with a shelf (a piece of furniture made up of a set of open shelves) and added a console table for additional storage. A small desk provides just enough space for the owner’s laptop tasks, and a chair with a matching ottoman provides a comfortable place to sit.
There has also been talk of an accent wall with strapping or something similar.
“It was a great idea,” Pawlak said, “but I convinced her that we could achieve a more unique look with textured, patterned wallpaper throughout.”
The homeowner loves green, so Pawlak added green ceramic flower plaques as wall accents, along with a wool rug with hints of sage green.
“(And) we love llama art,” Pawlak said. “It was a bit (medium) to add some fun whimsy. It’s a light and happy place, and she really likes it.
nuts and bolts
Interior decorator: Kristen Pawlak, DDCD, owner/interior designer at KP Designs/Decoration of den interiors
“A Hunter’s Refuge”
House: This is a traditional style 6 bed, 3 1/2 bath two story home in the Beech Spring Farm subdivision of East Louisville
Distinctive elements: Italian Office; taxidermy animals; hide on a carpet; antique mirror map art.
‘Contemporary computer corner’
House: This is a traditional style 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house in Buechel
Distinctive elements: Custom wardrobe system for built-in desks and shelves; low weave gray geometric rug; light gray vinyl wallpaper; clear glass whiteboard; extended desk/counter area; displays; upholstered side chairs and side tables.
‘A sunny seating area’
House: This is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath Cape Cod style home in the Holly Springs neighborhood of East Louisville
Distinctive elements: Textured and patterned wallpaper; green ceramic flower plates; wool rugs; small office; llama art.