Our studio samples have a very active social life and tend to invite more and more swatches to the party. The piles are stacking up and the stacks are tipping over.
As a result, the less crucial instruments of this business, like mundane office space, take a backseat to the real drivers like fabric pieces and wood chips.
I am not complaining, but the office space squeezed into extinction is mine. Yep … I have been compelled to move from a spacious room complete with shelves and a view to a, dare I say it… a closet!
Don’t get me wrong … I am grateful for my closet. After all, it is a walk-in closet with a window overlooking the Arts District. Closets, however, tend to run a bit smaller than the typical room. My new office space boasts 15 square feet.
The walls of my tiny office are painted stark white with a few carefully-selected contrast elements. This is critical in a real room situation where too many elements make the space seem smaller and cluttered.
Sage advice for small rooms is typically to incorporate multifunction furnishings. One of my favorite tricks is to use a desk in lieu of a sofa table. It provides the same layering interest as a table, but serves as a workhorse when needed.
Even those who live in small spaces have guests … except for me in my closet office; there is only room for one body at a time. Extra seating in real, small rooms is critical if it can be achieved without taking floor space. Ottomans tucked under tables are the perfect alternative to inviting your guest to pull up a place on the floor and have a seat!
Every element and detail matters when space is lacking, but that does not mean you need to sacrifice drama and detail. A huge crystal chandelier or grand, ornate mirror in an airy, light, small room can make a fabulous statement. The first change to my closet office was a chandelier because even small rooms deserve to feel grand!
Yep … my new office is a closet. If you drive by the brownstone location and see a light on in a closet at 3a.m., it is just me hard at work in my office. Honk and I will wave a coat hanger!