Killy & Oliver's Hidden Home Office

Killy & Oliver's Hidden Home Office

Janel Laban
Sep 10, 2010

Killy and Oliver shared their DIY headboard project with us earlier this summer and they've been busy again. This time, they sent in photos and info on their latest project — a super streamlined home office (for two!) hidden away in their South Harlem apartment.

Here is the scoop from Killy:

As self-employed designers, we both work from home most of the time, and carving out an organized, fairly contained work space was very important to us - we make a real effort to keep work and life separate, which is quite a challenge when you live and work in less than 400 square feet! Using a little nook in our living room, we carved out a tiny shared work space that can be closed off with curtains when we have company, or when we just need some distance from our jobs.

We painted the yellow stripes ourselves, and, with the help of Oliver's brother, mounted the desk (a plank from IKEA) to the three walls. We painted the desk and the two overhead shelves with Benjamin Moore Black Satin, which is more of a dark charcoal gray.

The shelves contain our collection of vintage milk glass vases and bowls, which we used for centerpieces at our wedding a couple of years ago. I thought I'd just sell off the collection, but I got so attached and just couldn't let them go. I'm thrilled that we get to display them — and some of the pieces contain office-related things, so they function, too!

We mounted computer speakers to the underside of the lowest shelf, and all the rest of our wiring is neatly mounted to the underside of the desk. Oliver has had some experience with network architecture and is incredibly handy with setting up neat and streamlined work areas.

We covered a plain cork board with fun fabric for me to use as a pin-up board for my projects (I wrote about it here) and rigged up a trace paper roll holder for me, since I do a lot of sketching for my work. The lamp is from Target, the curtain track is from IKEA, and the curtain panels, from West Elm, also conceal an awkward bit of wall that contains the "Sprinkler Control Valve," complete with ugly sign (see "before" image). The clock above the shelves is a Syroco that belonged to my Grandmother and the snippets of artwork you see were done by Oliver and me.

Thanks, Killy and Oliver!

Killy is an interior designer and her husband is a graphic designer/artist who run a small company together - Frisson - and blog about it at The Studiolo. Check out both of their links:
The Studiolo

Killy & Oliver's Handmade Tufted Headboard

Images: Killy Sheer Paradis/Frisson

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