Inspiration: Warmth in the Workplace

Inspiration: Warmth in the Workplace

Susie Nadler
Oct 26, 2009

Offices, even those belonging to designers, can often have a sterile, generic feel that fails to convey the spirit and creativity of their occupants. But the San Francisco studios of the Jeffers Design Group, like Jay Jeffers' consistently lovely interiors, are warm, inviting, and chic. Perfect inspiration for those trying to create a welcoming workspace at home...

Located in a former auto shop in an industrial neighborhood, the Jeffers studios are an exercise in successful contrast. The rich oranges, pinks, and creams used to decorate the space do a brilliant job of adding softness to the gorgeous, sharp-edged bones of the warehouse. Warm colors are great in a home office, too, especially if you're integrating an office area into a family room.

Enormous floor-to-ceiling drapes give workers privacy in an open office space without creating that lab-rat feel of a cubicle maze. This is another trick you can use in your home office; focus on draperies to add coziness, but also pay close attention to your lighting. A room with thoughtful window treatments and ample lighting is a place you'll actually want to sit for hours with your work!

Jeffers' signature ability to mix vintage with modern comes through beautifully in the studio design as well. Salvage items like tall antique doors lean casually against long, otherwise bare warehouse walls. Seating vignettes are focused around pedestal tables made from crumbling architectural bits and pieces. This is another idea you can try at home... remember your office when deciding where to put your beloved flea market and salvage finds.

For more photos of the Jeffers Design Group studios, check out Jeffers' website, which also features more home offices designed by Jeffers.

(Images: Jeffers Design Group)

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