CHI Good Questions: Design Ideas for Residential Office?

CHI Good Questions: Design Ideas for Residential Office?

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Janel Laban
Apr 2, 2008

Sommer sent in a good question: "Our small real estate firm recently took up residence in...well, a residence. We've updated a bit, but working with a space that wasn't built as an office has sometimes been challenging. Our current challenges are as follows:

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-Our "coffee" area is of course mandatory, but we only had room for it in the room that serves as a meeting space...mostly with each other, but sometimes with clients. We'd love any suggestions for that room that would help us make it better looking!

-The room with two desks in it needs...something. We think some kind of cool room divider would be neat also need the room to still feel open.

-Our fax/printer/storage area looks awful! Plus, some guests use our back entrance, and so this is the first thing they see. I'd love to tear it out, but we need the storage space.

-The room and in particular the walls by the stairway need some oomph! I was thinking plat maps decoupaged on the walls? Black and whites of clients?

I know all the savvy AT readers out there will have good ideas for us! Help!

More photos of the office can be seen here.

Please share your decor ideas and suggestions with Sommer in the comments below...

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