Making a Home Office Divine

Candice Olson turned a room filled with workout equipment, rugby memorabilia and a desk into a fabulous, multi-functional family space.

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office-den-before After: It was important that this room speak to both sexes. Candice chose a neutral color palette, mixed hard and soft textures and incorporated both masculine and feminine touches including argyle and pinstripe pillows and mirrored accents.

I started by choosing a color palette. I wanted to keep a masculine vibe but add some feminine touches. The room’s plywood floor had a beautiful butterscotch shade, so I used that as my jumping off point and rounded out my palette with some deep browns, cool creams and inky charcoals.

I painted all of the walls in a light straw shade except a feature wall which I did up in a dramatic blue-black. I then mapped out the room into three areas – an office, a lounge and a gym.

I created the office area by the window, so Jaime could have a nice view. On the window, I put up simple linen drapes with a striped band and some textured woven blinds for light diffusion. I kept Jaime’s father’s old banker desk, but repainted it and flanked it with mirror-backed bookcases in a dark espresso finish. I gave Jaime a comfortable plush brown work chair, put an upholstered, button-detailed pin board above the desk, and added a family portrait gallery on the wall beside her desk

Across from the office area, at the dark feature wall, I started organizing the new lounge. On one side of the wall, I put in a long bar counter in beautiful white quartz, a sink, a bar fridge and a coffee maker. Next to the bar area, I put in a dark wood console for the television and tons of storage cabinets.

Across from the television, I installed a large, L-shaped sectional in a light grey and black tweed pattern, a coffee table, and lots of pillows in menswear-inspired fabrics such as argyle and pinstripes. I also put in two chairs in sleek, black leather, added a small console table and put up a funky 50’s-inspired light pendant. This whole furniture arrangement sits atop a big area rug in a brown checked pattern.

I still had to incorporate Kyle’s gym equipment into this space. So I lay down some rugged carpet tiles in one corner of the room, put in some lighting, arranged his workout gear – and then covered the area up with some sliding woven panels to keep it out of sight.

This room had finally made its transformation from locker room to multi-functional family space. By organizing the space into zones, mixing the masculine and feminine, and playing with colours and textures, I toned down the sports and turned up the style. Now it’s a perfect space to work in – or work out in. Now that’s divine!

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