Sonja's Savvy Sophistication Home Office

Sonja's Savvy Sophistication Home Office

Gregory Han
Nov 12, 2010

Name: Sonja Teri
Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA
Size: 700 square feet

Working from home has its definite benefits: setting your own hours, working in comfortable clothes, making meals from your own kitchen, working according to your own rhythms. But working from home also often means decorating and organizing around your personal life, with sections of a home or apartment often needing to fill double duty. One moment, a table serves as a desk for your computer, then later in the evening, it needs to be cleared for dining purposes. Work and life often overlap and blur into one another. Such is the case of today's sneak peek tech tour, a Silver Lake apartment that serves as both a personal and professional home base for online art gallery owner, Sonja Teri. Her modest sized apartment fills the role of living space and home office stylishly, but there's nothing modest about the captivating amount of artwork and fun tchotchkes that define a workspace as inspiring as the artwork she represents.

Unplggd Tour Survey:

My/our style: "Colorful, Cozy, Chic" with a touch of Savvy Sophistication

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: My approach for utilizing the space came about because I work from home doing freelance PR, Marketing running my online art gallery, Poster Child Prints (PCP). The challenge was creating balance between a workspace and living space and definitively separating the two. It was very important to me that it felt like a home and not an office but at the same time I needed the environment to be completely functional. I like having definitive space separations and enjoy giving each room their own identity; a loft space wouldn't have worked for me.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: All of my Jonathan Adler furnishings were an indulgence and my TV Credenza from Room & Board too! I bought them knowing that these pieces would be with me for some time.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: As far as organization, I recommend a functional system that you can stick to. Make sure it works for. Of course try to make everything wireless but if that's not possible then the less wires the better. If your electric wiring is limited then seriously take that into consideration when laying out your space. No one wants to see messy wires all over the place.

Wait to get the right thing so you only have to buy it once. What I mean is, I don't believe its worth getting a quick fix. If you can live without a desk for a while, then do. Its not worth getting one that you sort of like because you will end up replacing it sooner rather then later. If you get it right the first time, you will have it for the long run.

Everyone should put a little more effort into incorporating artwork into their living or work space. It drives me nuts to see IKEA artwork on walls because there are so many other options available now and you can purchase really cool artwork inexpensively. It pays to put a little effort into it. Every aspect is beneficial; you won't have the same artwork as millions of other people, you will be supporting artists and you will have a collector's piece that is worth more.

I'm not saying you have to spend a lot of money either. On my website for example, you can get limited edition screen prints for as low as $25 and they even come signed and numbered by the artist! That's why I started PCP actually, the website makes art accessible to collectors of all stripes from novice art enthusiasts to established connoisseurs. We sell high-quality prints at modest prices so that art is within reach to all. The quality is also extremely important and we use the finest materials ensuring the prints to withstand time. It's a win-win situation so go by your self some art!

Dream source for stuff: A coast-to-coast Estate Sale Tour. From Palm Springs for some mid-century modern to Miami for some vintage glamour, up to New England for some traditional classics and ending the tour in Midwest for some inexpensive flea market finds. That would be a dream road trip.


Home Tech Hardware:

  • Mac Desktop 24"
  • Mac Wireless Keyboard
  • Mac Wireless Mouse
  • MacBook Pro 15"
  • Epson Professional Large Format Printer
  • iHome ipod/iphone dock and radio
  • Vers 1.5 R ipod/iphone dock and radio
  • HP Photosmart Printer
  • Canon All-In-One Printer
  • Canon G11 Camera
  • iPod

Organizing Tools/Accessories:

  • Clear Lucite Tray to hold everyday office supplies is from CB2
  • Large black and white planter holds more office goodies
  • Lots of Archival safe boxes to hold smaller artwork and photographs
  • Boxes and Bins and File Holders are from the Container Store, Crate & Barell and Ikea
  • TV Credenza in Living Room doubles as a file cabinet
  • Ottoman in Dining Room hold various office supplies
  • Flat Files in Print Storage Room hold inventory

Artwork in Dining Room-Office
Banksy, Kime Buzzelli, Richard Colman, Btoy, Eine, Saber, Amanda Visell, Dalek, Matt Goldman, Deedee Cheriel. Large pink print is over the desk is FriendsWithYou.

Print Storage Room
All prints on the wall are exclusive limited-edition prints from Poster Child Prints.

Thanks Sonja! If you like Sonja's home office, be sure to keep an eye out for even more. We'll be following up soon with a full house tour of Sonja's apartment over at Apartment Therapy!

Photos by Gregory Han

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