Sarah Cihat, ceramist and home designer in Brooklyn, NY emailed us the following:
“I wanted to pass along the work of my sister, Suzanna Ivey. She is an interior designer in my home state of Tennessee. One of her photographer friends took some images of her latest work and I wanted to send it along for consideration. I’m very proud of her and love that we both are creative women from the same family working in the home design field.”
Now how sweet is that? I was more than happy to plug Suzanna’s work on Sarah’s behalf. They are both very talented women (Sarah’s Rehabilitated Dishware line rocks!). While the home below is a bit more traditional than I tend to gravitate towards, there are so many elements to note, like the green walls in the first photo (my boyfriend and my twin sister have both used a similar shade in their homes), the beautiful window treatments throughout and WOW, that glamourous bedroom (LOVE). Thanks Sarah, and Suzanna! (These gorgeous photos were taken by Sarah Dobbins – check out her site, and her blog).
Over a year ago artist, stylist and designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design emailed us with some photos of her home that her and her husband were renovating. We were happy to post them, and to my delight, she emailed photos yesterday of the completed renovation! To quote ABCD: “now that the renovation is complete, we are moving on to a new project”. HUH??? When you see the photos below of this phenomenal NYC apartment, you too will be asking how she could possibly leave this. There’s nothing I don’t love about her home. It’s an eclectic mix of styles that works so well together, bold use of colour throughout that stands out against the white walls, the dramatic artwork, those to-die-for hardwood floors, and don’t get me started on that kitchen and bathroom (I’m pretty sure I had a dream recently about that exact bathroom). Thanks for sharing these with us ABCD!
This is the great room (*sigh*…a great room would be really great) where ABCD works, and she and her husband Scott live in the back section.
I love her home so much that I wanted to include more photos that she took over the holidays that show other angles of the spaces. Just more eye candy. DELISH.
Jeff of ChiefHomeOfficer wrote us on Christmas Eve with a story and photo of one of the most thought-out and organized home offices I’ve ever seen. I have to post it along with his detailed email because I am quite
jealous baffled that someone can be that organized and have such attention to detail. Thanks Jeff!
Greetings and salutations from South Florida. I’m Jeff Zbar, a two-decade veteran of the work-at-home experience. I thought I would forward you an image of the home office from which I work as a freelance writer and business expert.
Trust me, this office is NOT the stuff of some Ikea Winter 2007 catalog. My current home office – my fourth since I started working from home in 1989 – is the result of every other space from which I’ve worked, including loft condos, townhomes and our former quaint, starter home. The desk itself it was borne of my own designs and years of experience. No Home Depot kitchen-counter-turned-office-desk here, as was the case in one of my first offices. This baby was designed by me and custom built with attention to a variety of otherwise “little” detains. At 10 feet long, it has plenty of room for both working at the PC or writing on and reading paper materials. At the left side, the corner angles away from the wall, so my monitor can rest the requisite 18 inches from my face (ergonomists everywhere would appreciate that). Among the other features any work-at-home dad would appreciate are locking cabinets and drawers to keep my then-toddler and preschooler fingers out (today, I’m not as concerned about where my 10-, 13- and 16-year old kids’ fingers go; the less they bug me for office supplies or use of my printer, the better). The desk includes an under-desk CPU cabinet with doors that close and latch (originally designed to keep our then-little kids’ fingers from pushing those enticing green buttons or pulling on all those wires and cables in the back). The doors both have cut-aways at the top to ensure sufficient air from an under-desk fan blows through to cool the CPU. It also features grommets leading to a wirechase that runs the entire 10-foot length from the CPU cabinet all the way to the enclosure at the other end that houses my color printer and other supplies. A task lamp has been fashioned as part of the desk itself, and my phone is mounted to the wall to clear additional space – including two inches for the four-port USB hub so I can stop reaching under the desk to plug in accessories. The Broadband fax machine [a VERY cool device, if you haven’t written about it in the past] actually sits on a pedestal, designed just wide enough to slip two plastic inbox trays under it for even more storage).
In my closet, I have a scratched-and-dent discounted Hon four-drawer file cabinet, and built shelving to add additional storage. I also installed two shelves above my desk to get other accessories, knicknacks and momentos off my workspace. The walls also are like a quilt made of my kids’ art, pictures of family life, and a few lithographs of distinction in my feeble attempt at culture. To my left while seated is a large window, providing a view of the front yard, my kids at play, and passersby all (after all, home officers should be the workday eyes and ears of the neighborhood, no?). To might right is what I consider the power tool of any home office: My doors leading to the home itself (“power tool” because when I’m working and the house is haywire, I can close them in a feeble attempt to stifle the ruckus, and when my day’s done or the weekend’s come, I can close them again, in a feeble attempt to keep myself from reading just one more email or filing just one more article).
A black leather loveseat sits behind me for when my kids return from school and want to chat – assuming, of course, the terrier has vacated his space and agreed to the intrusion. And, of course, my drum kit rests mere feet away. Some execs have their treadmill. I have my kit. Hey, if you’re gonna work from home, you might as well work from a space that’s efficient, comfortable – and fun.
Mariana is a graphic artist/designer, currently studying interior decoration and design. This is her family home on Flickr. I first laid eyes on this fabulous house when Mariana commented on some of my Flickr photos. I’m so glad I clicked on over. Great mid century furniture, funky found objects, fifties sensibilities and amazing twig lamp shades fashioned by Mariana herself. Secretly I’m coveting her West German vases! Thanks for letting me share your home Mariana. I’d love to move in myself. I’m sure I’d feel right at home!
Xingheng Wang wanted to share her fabulously decorated home with our readers….so here is a tour.