Room Envy: A stunning home office in Grant Park

An interior designer shares how this room came together

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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.

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