with a modern home office filled with retro-inspired elements, from textured area rugs to statement lighting. The idea for this minimal, yet impactful space was sparked by a 1978 story from Sunset's archive. Bring this sophisticated look home with our tips and product picks.
Erin Hiemstra, design blogger, consultant, and commercial stylist, flawlessly adds unique character to this simple space.
Photos: Thomas J. Story
Easy tips from our editor
Create a Stylish Work Space
"Lift" the ceiling. Paint the bottom half of a wall to give the illusion of higher ceilings. A little paint never hurt anyone!
Shine a spotlight. For a room that lacks unique architecture, try a show-stopping overhead light fixture to fill the style gap.
Work your corners. Create better flow in a narrow space by positioning a desk and chair at an angle in the corner of the room.
Keep it simple. Design a calm space with clean lines, a subtle color palette, and natural elements; blending together effortlessly.
Mix materials. Swap out a traditional desk set with your own combination, such as a wood and brass table with a white upholstered chair (see above).
Use this contemporary table as an oversized desk for more work space.