How We Turned an Empty Nook Into a Stylish Workspace

Turns out you DO have room for a home office!

Despite its name, Edgewood Hall isn’t exactly a sprawling manse, so when we started drawing up floor plans with our archi­tect, we wanted to make sure that every bit of square footage had a use.

On the second floor, we decided to tear out a cramped bathroom so we could move the door to the master bedroom, which didn’t have a wall long enough for a king-size bed. That left us with some extra room in the upstairs landing—just right for an office.

BEFORE: We removed the small second-floor bathroom in order to move the door to the bedroom.
Rachel McGinn

Anchoring the area is a reproduction Baker secretary, which serves double duty as a desk and storage cabinet. (I love how the mirrored doors reflect light from the window and make the space look even bigger.) Le Manach curtains, a Round Top Antiques Fair score, incorporate colors from the bed­- room and guest rooms. And a consignment store chair, which I painted white and reupholstered, can be tucked into a corner when not in use.

The finishing touch: a giant ceramic foo dog, because sometimes fun is function enough!

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AFTER: A bright, cozy space to organize my day!
TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY

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