Name: Kerstin Santa
Location: Black Rock, Connecticut
Your Home Office Organization or Tech Tip: Lighting is critical. Luckily, the southwestern exposure of this corner office gives me oodles of gorgeous golden natural light. I am a big fan of putting multiple lamps (such as the globe pendants) on a single dimmer switch, and locating that device on my desk for easy access. (You can see the dimmer under the left side of the files in the detail shot.) I blend ambient, overhead and task lighting depending on the work at hand. While the pendants provide surprisingly good light and add a touch of drama to the room, their primary function is to bring the 8'6" ceilings down at the workstations, creating a cozy, cubby-like environment in each one.
The "luxury length" desk is a 12' long piece of relatively inexpensive medium-density fiberboard (MDF), finished with an Ogee edge profile and painted in the semi-gloss trim paint. This board was cut to follow the indents at the windows, giving me extra depth at each workstation. I set the top on adjustable Ikea desk horses and a tag-sale dresser.
My apartment was built in 1919, so it is important to me to blend the existing classic design elements with modern ones in my office. My Construction Management and Home Staging business requires that I keep some drafting supplies at arm's length. Stark is not my style. In fact, I work best when I have an assemblage of inspiring, useful and colorful items around me.
I used the same embroidered linen fabric for the curtains as well as the cork board to provide continuity of color and pattern in the space. I was originally going to go with a very safe sage color for the walls, but at the last minute decided to paint them pink, which I find energizing and inspiring. As you can see, Feline Vice President PJ not only approves, but also coordinates beautifully with the palette!
I always put felt floor pads under all heavy items on the desktop (such as printers, lamps, flowerpots), for ease of movement and the protection of the work surface. I blast everything regularly with a canister of compressed air to keep dust from building up on tools, office supplies and decorations.
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