Inspiration: Heather’s Office

Heather is one of Simon’s realtor friends and she shares a home office with her husband in the prettiest little cabana-turned-workhorse that you ever did see. She asked if I would come over to chitchat about updating the space to make it more of a great his-and-hers space that’s not only functional but beautiful too.

The first thing I noticed was the absolutely stunning onyx countertops that they have on their custom-made work table and cabinets. The color is unreal. But the rest of the space is a little bit blah, not very cohesive.  Here’s what we’re working with:


The main goal of this space is to give husband and wife separate work areas while still maintaining the original shape of the room and the custom cabinetry that they had built for the space a few years ago. The onyx is definitely the showstopper of the room, and I’m kind of in love with all that exposed brick too. But beyond that, there’s a lot of BUSY happening visually in this space. And that is never very helpful when you yourself are working.  I want to give them something visually that will bring the focal point to one thing – and that’s the onyx workspace. And then let’s make everything else recede. Cool, calm, collected.

I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at the mood boards I pulled together for our meeting last week.


Here’s the second concept —

Which one would you pick?


  • Be sure to work in a space for that kitty I see up on a … dvd player (?)… on the bookcases! The onyx is, as you said, gorgeous.

    • RachelShingleton

      Isn’t that kitty so cute! I love that he was hiding up there while I was shooting photos.

  • I’m loving that second choice. Seems to fit with the onyx a little more.

  • I vote the second option! Such a fun project. 🙂

  • I like the second choice as well! While I love a good shot of chartreuse, I think that the more muted green might blend better with the onyx! Although I really like the airiness of some of the first mood board, especially with the dark wood they have and the exposed brick…maybe a combo of both could work:) Can’t wait to see the progress, good luck!

    • RachelShingleton

      Good thoughts! I’m partial too to the gold accents and the muted green.

  • essie

    Love option 1! Would love to know where the 3 white cabinets can be found?