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Turn part of the master suite into a stylish work space, like this cute command station in a Minnesota home. Janet Gridley found the vintage elephant desk at and painted it 's White Dove for the bedroom corner.
Let pattern invigorate, not distract, your workflow. Nick Olsen upholstered an with wool felt and Passementerie trim for a Manhattan home office.
Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Colema designed this study to look like a garden shed. Like the millwork throughout the Alabama house, it was painted in Farrow & Ball's Arsenic — a fresh green hue — to contrast with the more traditional architecture. The client's desk chair was re-covered in Lee Jofa's Althea Linen.
A vintage aluminum desk and stool from Wyeth hit a midcentury-modern note in a Colorado cabin's study. The Blanket Zig Zag wallcovering by David Rockwell is for Maya Romanoff. Chicken-wire bookcases are from Lucca Antiques and the vintage garden ball hails from Balsamo Antiques.
Designer Wesley Moon covered a set of Italian shield-back chairs in a glazed linen by Ralph Lauren Home; the antique secretary was updated with a white leather writing surface.
The library in designer Garrow Kedigian's Manhattan apartment sheds fresh light on the classics he collects, both literary and decorative. A bergère in Pierre Frey's Dune partners with a mid-20th-century inlaid desk. A custom Stark rug bears the designer's hallmark Greek key pattern.
A vintage beaded wall hanging picks up the tropical hues of a San Francisco home office. Walls covered in Schumacher's Andalus, a desk by Kindel Furniture and an Artistic Frame chair upholstered in Kravet's Versailles velvet create "a glamorous bird's nest," says designer Julie Kleiner. Kravet's Kanekopa on the window-seat cushion is trimmed in a Samuel & Sons leather cord. The ceiling is covered in Phillip Jeffries's Glam Grass.
In a downstairs office, the walls are upholstered in three hues of Larsen's Houston linen, which are echoed in the Roman shades of Raoul Textiles' Riviera Stripe. Designer Frank Roop had the metal Art Deco desk, which was originally black, repainted in high-gloss azure at an auto-body shop. The Eames desk chair is from Design Within Reach.
In this home office in Manhattan, lacquered pocket doors help hide the bedroom during parties, and brass-trimmed shelves corral stationery in fabric-covered boxes. "Call me old-fashioned, but I handwrite thank-you notes and letters," says decorator Amir Khamneipur.
The black-and-white motif of a Charleston home by Jill Sharp Weeks extends into the office. The zebra-print chairs are flea-market finds from France.
Designer Ryland Witt put together this cozy workspace awash in layers of cream and ivory.
Artist Rajiv Surendra embellished the writing room of a Montreal townhouse with architectural elements drawn with chalk. The chalkboard paint is by .
There's nothing like a great view to inspire creativity. A simple Swedish desk was placed by a window with a view of the Baltic Sea in a Scandinavian home. The Gustavian side chair is upholstered in a Schumacher check.
Miles Redd turned an underused library into an office for his mother. The designer skirted a dining table in Lee Jofa's Althea chintz, with Samuel & Sons fringe. "A table skirt hides a multitude of sins: correspondence and shopping bags," he says. "We snaked the lamp cords through the table leaves and under the rug."
In his first apartment, Connecticut-based Sam Allen turned an alcove into an office with IKEA's Kallax shelves. The white chair and West Elm desk complete the setup — and the wall-mounted TV can be viewed from the sofa.
A Frank Gehry chair is paired with a 1790s Swedish desk in the living room of this home layered with color and texture.
This 950-square-foot Venetian apartment is dressed up with some lovely antiques, like this Italian marquetry desk in a transformed corner of the living room.
In designer Nina Farmer's Boston brownstone, the kitchen pantry also houses her office. To the right of the Waterworks Fireclay Farmhouse sink, open shelves hold plates from Hermès and Match, above cabinets with polished nickel Bistro pulls from Restoration Hardware. Urban Archaeology's Savoy globe fixtures illuminate the built-in desk, B & B Italia chair and antique Oushak rug.
The study in this 1930s home walls were painted lavender, then streaked with gray for a more subdued effect. An ornate Baguès chandelier pairs with a streamlined 1960s desk. The cadman carpet is in Stark, and the ceiling is painted in Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Gray.
Designer Daniel Sachs gave a classic Park Avenue apartment an antique and global appeal, even in the young boy's bedroom. The wallpaper behind the desk is a blown up version of an antique world map.
In this California beach cottage by designer Peter Dunham and architect Scott Laidlaw, the library's sleek white leather desk is stylishly paired with a sculptural oak Craftsman-style chair.
In the wife's office in a Greenwich, Connecticut, house designed by Ashley Whittaker, pink lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller stand out against brown grass cloth by Winfield Thybony.
In the office of this whimsical Greenwich Village apartment, designer Fawn Galli chose a Ligne Roset desk to sit on a Madeline Weinrib rug.
A Danish sofa, Moroccan tables, Swedish desk chair and antique alpaca rug create an artful global mix in the study of this masculine southern California home designed by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas.
In a Beverly Hills house designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a sea grass rug and woven blinds keep the office casual, even with Louis XVI chairs.
French Empire meets the space age in this eclectic San Francisco row house office: a Pictopia photo of the moon is a stark contrast to the antique fauteuil that Dhong paired with an Aviator Wing desk from Restoration Hardware.
In their country Vermont cottage, design couple and homeowners Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber pin inspiring images on linen pinboards from Pottery Barn. "Our home office is in our bedroom, so we made the wall about dreaming," Heekin says.
In a Los Angeles home, designer Windsor Smith designed this room to double as a home office and a cozy spot for the family to hang out upstairs.
In Stan Topol's Atlanta office, an all-glass 1980s desk from Pace Collection floats between a Yale Burge bergère and an artfully layered antique farm kitchen worktable.