Jean Kee's Painted Room

Jean Kee's Painted Room

Anthony Nguyen
Jul 7, 2010

Some of us like computing underneath the stairs. Others enjoy an office away from the home - situated down a flight of patio stairs into a private getaway area that enables complete focus and concentration. The Painted Room, where architectural color consultant Jean Kee works, falls into the later category.

When asked about what inspired Jean Kee to build the backyard studio, she answered:

"Inspiration? Simple- the architect Michael Graves! In need of more space for a home office, I was contemplating yet another addition to my 1937 house, when I spotted an article in the New York Times about Michael Graves and his collaboration with Lindal Cedar Homes and Target to mass produce modular "pavilions".

She added:

I usually retreat to my studio in late afternoon. The light is just beautiful this time of day and it's a bit of quiet time before the dinner rush. I have a great reading chair in the office and can even out my feet up and sink into a book now and then."

For us, there's nothing more stunning than to see a functional and aesthetically pleasing studio pulled off in a backyard that doesn't seem out of place or tacked on for extra property worth. The balance between her own personal style with a well-intended look inspired by one of her favorite architects definitely shows in the end product.

[Via The Office Stylist]

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