Samantha Pynn is the talented host of the hit TV series, Summer Home, where Sam and her team transformed ordinary country homes into sensational retreats away from the city. I learned a lot of tips and advice from the show, and may just have to bring a couple of special touches to cottage rental.
Speaking about tips, Sam has teamed up with Brother Canada to provide us all with the best tips on how to create a stylish yet functional home office. You all know Chris has proposed to make the dining room more "home office friendly" when he works from home, so I jumped to the chance to chat with Sam on my dining room/ home office transformation challenge. Before we have a closer look at my "issues" at hand, let's check out Sam's bright, stylish, and inspiring home office.
|image via Samantha Pynn Inc. / Brother Canada|
|image via Samantha Pynn Inc.|
Back to my dining room + home office situation. Sam and I had a great time at West Elm chatting over smart solutions unique to my home office transformation, and we also had a fun tour of what's new at West Elm thisbseason. Thanks Neil for a great walk-through!
|home office image via West Elm|
Now this is my dining room (+ holiday decor from Christmas 2012). I love the space as-is with the dramatic Osborne & Little wallpaper, a display wall with my pure white collection, a one-of-a-kind pine sideboard with loads of refined rustic charm, a sexy dining table inspired by the Saarinen round dining table, and a set of original Cherner side chairs from the 1950s.
Here comes the challenge: as a home office, there is no storage for paper work, office essentials, and the pedestal style table is not as "solidly stable" when compares to a table with four legs. I initially thought perhaps I could keep the dining table and switch out the sideboard for a "desk" with storage.
Sam's tip: Chris will never work at the "desk" if the dining table offers a much larger work surface (Chris is a "spreader" after all), so my focus should be a sideboard with storage and a more firmly structured dining table.
While I am supposed to stay away from pedestal tables, I just can't resist this incredible Petal Dining Table by Knoll. Love the intricate design on the table base!
|image via Design Within Reach|
Back to business. Taking Sam's advice to heart and while I am picking new dining table and sideboard, I thought why not give my dining room a brand new look. Here is my dream room with the classic Cherner round table and Saarinen Executive side/ arm chairs as jumping off points. To up the glam factor and to introduce warm metal to the space, I fell in love with this beautiful three-tiered Brielle console from 219. It is pleasing to the eye and it also provides me lots of practical surfaces for displays or storage. For this idea board, I have also accessorized the console with classic navy & white jars, a decadent Pagoda mirror, flirty pretty pink lacquer boxes (all from 219), and of course the sleek printer/scanner from Brother Canada.
I also love this Muriel chandelier from Oly Studio. It is light, airy, and definitely dramatic. The Bernhardt Dynasty screen in creamy white speaks luxury and elegance, while providing an attractive visual barrier to hide all the "office" items components. For additional layering fun and to ground the space, this sophisticated ink & cream rug from ELTE is exactly what I need for my transformed space. I love it at Christine's home and this super fun wallpaper from Cole & Son just makes me happy!
|images via 219/ Brother Canada/ Design Within Reach/ elte/ West Elm|
So what do you think? Fingers crossed Chris likes it!