Room Envy: A stunning home office in Grant Park

An interior designer shares how this room came together

Room Envy

Photograph by Jeff Herr

“I love living with different design eras,” says interior designer Laura Jenkins, whose circa-1905 Grant Park bungalow has 11-foot ceilings and original heart-pine floors to provide a great setting for her home office.

Touches of brass
Etageres from Anthropologie add a little “jewelry” to the room, says Jenkins. The RBW ceiling fixture’s brass-colored lining also adds a warm glow.

Chalkboard chic
Although she’s decided not to write on the walls, they’re covered in inexpensive Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint from a hardware store.

Chair envy #1
After spotting the tubular design by Moustache in a magazine, Jenkins knew this sculptural pink chair was a must-have. “I love the style tension it creates paired with the antique desk,” she says.

Chair envy #2
The Pollack desk chair by Knoll was an early find at City Issue, the vintage furnishings store now in Candler Park.

Dramatic desk
A Jacobean-style antique table—which has an impressive 86-inch span when all the leaves are in—anchors Jenkins’s home office.

Design Tip
To add interest to a space, include a surprise element. The ultra-thin Juniper Lighting task lamps on the desk are truly functional, says the designer, and they introduce an unexpected shape.

This article appears in our November 2022 issue.