Masculine Midcentury Inspired Home Office

Time for another update on our Ada House on the Hill project! Next up? The home office!


Our clients' home was built in the early 2000s in what we call a transitional style. Not quite traditional, not quite modern...hence, transitional. That said, our client's personal preference is for more of a Midcentury Modern (MCM) style. In the upstairs, as you can see our recent project update, we layered in MCM elements, but without being over the top so as not to make the design feel out of line with the structure of the house. That said, our clients' plan for the lower level is to go all out with the MCM style. Super fun!


They wanted the home office, which is in the lower level, to feel warm, inviting, and homey, and to utilize lots of warm wood tones and bolder colors.


Furniture wise, we have a handsome teak and iron executive desk with a MCM inspired swivel chair, a long credenza that will sit below the window in the space, perpendicular to the desk, and the iconic Knoll womb chair to provide an alternate landing place to read or relax. The floors will be a wood-look luxury vinyl plank by Dechateau, layered with a dark, moody vintage-inspired rug. Finally, we'll utilize a sputnik style flush mount light to bring in the MCM flair, as well as additional recessed lighting.





For the cabinetry, I decided to mimic the style of vintage MCM office wall systems, like the one below from Galerie Mobler. Because the space is in the basement without much natural light, rather than do the entire room in a bold color, I decided to it only behind our open shelves on the cabinet wall and use a warm white on the others. This gives us the color pop without overwhelming the space and making it feel like a cave.



Below you can see our model of the office. I love the way the cabinetry worked out! And the symmetry of the room makes it feel grand and taller than it really is. We originally had planned to do built-in units on two or three walls, however, it ended up feeling too commercial, and we were really seeking to achieve that warm, homey feeling. I think we nailed it!






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