In Plain Sight: Offices that Blend In at Home

In Plain Sight: Offices that Blend In at Home

Kim Lucian
Apr 20, 2012

For some of us a designated office that isn't open to the living space is not an option. Whether you've sacrificed a portion of your living room, dining room, entry or even bedroom, choosing the right pieces and adding smart storage can help it all blend in when your workday is over.

1. The Sloane leaning desk from Crate and Barrel is cleverly worked into a bookcase. It can be placed in the living room or repurposed as open storage in the dining room. The lowest shelf on the bookcase is perfectly sized to hold a couple of baskets for document storage. The Sloane is what I'm currently using in my own workspace (pictured). Image via Kim Lucian.

2.The Parsons desk for West Elm has gained mass appeal for a reason. When it isn't being put to work, it can stand in for a console or even a vanity in the bedroom. The sliding drawer will cleverly conceal current paperwork and supplies when the day is done. Image via Apartment Therapy of Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere's office

3. Go vintage. An up-cycled vintage find can double as both a desk and vanity in the bedroom. Plenty of drawers mean it's easy to keep things out of sight until you need them. Image via PaperBlog

4. A wall of shelves staggered to provide both ample storage space and a broad work surface is a clean, simple solution that is at home in the living room. Image via Apartment Therapy

5. A wall-mounted desk is ideal when you need something without a real footprint; suspended from the wall, it is essentially the Murphy bed of workspaces. You can cover the underside with graphic pattern for added interest, or leave it alone and let it blend in. Image via Country Living

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