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Home-Office Overhaul

See how a shabby home office was made chic.


Jeffrey Martini of Wilmington, Del., is a child counselor and motivator. It seems he needs some help motivating himself, though — his home office is a wreck. At 15 x 15 feet, the room is filled with files, luggage and mounds of clothes. Jeffrey could barely even walk in, let alone think.


Professional organizer Liz Witts answers his call for help and agrees to help him turn this room into the ultimate office space. Now, with organizational tools in place, every possession has a home. This new space is inviting and inspires productivity.

Products from Smith & Noble:

grommet shade color, City Blocks, nickel 2213, 71"W, 59"H, inside mount, cord option loop control, standard lining

Products from Russell and Hazel:

Signature three-ring binder, Red-orange
Signature three-ring binder, Charcoal
composition book, Red-orange
composition book, Charcoal

Products from Pendaflex:

100 letter-size hanging folders and sheet protectors

Products from Hangers Direct:

half case hangers

Products from Chocolate Fish:

rectangular shelf set, Dark Wood
metro wall unit with legs, Dard Wood

Products from Solutions Catalog:

executive chair, black
printer stand
Tidy Tower desk organizer, black

Products from Home Decorators:

two-drawer file cabinet, black
Diamond Side board, standard, black
Opex floor lamp

Products from The Container Store:

two 13-pocket hanging expanding file
12 plastic file folders, Smoke
file folder with erasable labels
two erasable labels refills
10 sweater bins with matching lids, clear
10 bamboo lattice sweater bins with matching lids
10 boot boxes
two shantung photo boxes in red
glass shelf with cable brackets
four 9" display shelves, nickel
storage trunk with handles (24.5)

Products from Chiasso:

Charisma table lamp
window vase, tall

Products from Organize Everything:

24-pair over-the-door wooden shoe rack

Products from Design Ideas:

12 small tack tile boards, four each in black, red and silver
short hourglass vase in red
red cabana vase
Chinese takeout container
six Hue Garnet
six Hue Moss
three key magnets (set of three)
Ditto pencil cup

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

two gallons Rolling Smoke, eggshell finish (used on three walls)
one gallon Extra White, semigloss Finish (for the trim)
one gallon Ladybug, eggshell finish (for the focal wall)
one gallon Extra white, eggshell finish (for the ceiling)

Products from Art in Motion:

two Study in Black FD (featured framing)
Gin Martini FD (featured framing)


    • Clothes hangers from Hangers Direct
    • Artwork from Art in Motion
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