How To Create a Chic Home Office

The spare bedroom in the Toronto home of Marija Main and her family had, over the years, become a catch-all for random furniture and unpacked moving boxes. Main, a graphic designer and art director, wanted a home office that would provide inspiration when working from home and also be a kid-friendly space for doing homework and accommodating impromptu jam sessions with family and friends.

Cue design expert Arren Williams, who worked with the mom of two to create this stylish space that blends the heritage home’s original details with mid-century vintage finds and functional, modern-day requisites. The result is an unexpected “study” that reflects the family’s artsy leanings and adds a good does of cheeky irony. (The white washed vintage cake tins play off traditional ceiling medallion; disco balls replace logs in the no-linger-functioning fireplace and nod to the Mains’ love of music; and painted silhouettes around original wall sconces give some proportion and context to the otherwise-awkwardly-positioned lights.)

“At about 2 p.m. the sun streams into the office, causing the disco balls to cover the walls with a pretty pattern of light.”

The floor was kitted out with practical and affordable carpet tiles that can easily pop out for cleaning and allow for creative placement. A dated brick finish on the fireplace wasn’t doing the room any favours, says Williams, so it was painted out, and floor-to-ceiling window treatments help disguise an off kilter radiator. “With an older

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