An HGTV Magazine Makeover Completely Transformed This Office

A New York City office went from corporate-blah to colorfully homey, thanks to the editors at HGTV Magazine.

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March 28, 2019

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Alison Gootee/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

The Makeover

Last summer, Kate Lewis was named chief content officer of Hearst Magazines, and a big promotion (with a new office) calls for a major office makeover. Kate wanted her space to be comfortable and stylish, not stark or super corporate. Her inspiration: living rooms on Pinterest with homey, mid-century-modern vibes and layers of colors and textures in the form of velvet sofas and Moroccan rugs.

Armed with ideas, the editors at HGTV Magazine swooped in to bring her favorite looks to life. Now it’s a space where her team loves to gather, and everyone, including Kate, tends to linger longer than expected. “Honestly, I don’t even want to go home at night,” she says. “This office makes people feel at ease, like they truly are in my living room—though it’s much nicer than my actual living room! They’re happy here, and so am I.”


Pre-makeover, Kate’s office looked bare and uninviting.


The HGTV Magazine editors warmed things up with navy swivel chairs, a green sofa (all from Article), and a coffee table from France & Son. Visitors can easily circle around to face Kate’s wall-mounted TV to watch presentations. The Moroccan rug from West Elm sets the gathering space apart from the desk area. “Sometimes I’ll come back from a meeting and find my team just hanging out here because it’s such a welcoming space,” says Kate.

Pops of Color

The solid-back velvet sofa (no loose cushions to constantly readjust) is deep and extra comfy, but thanks to high squared-off arms and modern tufting, it feels formal enough for an office. The HGTV Magazine editors added a contrasting pop of color with a pink pillow from Bunglo. A pair of soft cream-color pillows from Serena & Lily bring texture to the mix.

A Touch of Blue

What looks great with a green sofa? Blue chairs for the win! A graphic pillow from The Citizenry adds a cool touch. The side table is by Oly Studio.

A Chic Workspace With a View

For Kate’s work space, team HGTV Magazine chose a nontraditional marble-top desk from Room & Board that doesn’t detract from the awesome New York City view, with a rolling chair, also by Room & Board. The tan leather chairs, from Interior Define, are light enough to move around the office. The blue task lamp is by Bungalow 5. A West Elm cabinet provides chic storage.

Simple Symmetry

Kate needed a TV in her office, but she didn’t want it to be the focal point of the room. In came an 82-inch-wide console from Blu Dot topped with two brass lamps by Bungalow 5. To keep the symmetry going, it’s flanked by two smoky ghost chairs from LexMod.

Meet the Editors

Kate Lewis, center, with HGTV Magazine editors, from left, Rachel Barker, deputy photo director; Jami Supsic, home director; Jodi Kahn, lifestyle director; Kate Doherty, market director; and Sara Peterson, editor in chief.