Room Envy: Part home office, part library, and all function and style

Interior designer Trish Roe explains how the space came together

Room Envy

Photograph by Jaclyn Rey

Part home office, part library, this multi-purpose room in an Oak Grove house serves the whole family from morning to night. Thanks to interior designer Trish Roe with the Georgian Goose, it’s both functional and stylish.

Bring on the built-ins
Roe wrapped the room in shelving to house the family’s ever-growing book collection, but also added lower cabinets to hide work documents. Homeowner and attorney Brittany Summers works here during the day; but the room becomes a reading nook after hours. The designer painted the cabinets in Sherwin-Williams’ “Mountain Fig,” a perfect shade between purple and blue, she says.

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“Since the room doubles as a library and because of the family’s love of reading, we knew a ladder would be the perfect touch to access books on all shelves,” says Roe. Architectural firm Jones-Pierce came up with this ladder system that also brought in natural wood to contrast with the painted cabinetry.

Roe chose a curvy desk to offset all the room’s straight lines. It’s from Four Hands, which also made the bouclé-upholstered desk chair.

Room EnvyPattern play
“The window seat, bolsters, and Roman shade are all custom-made, adding a cozy space where the kids can read and a pop of pattern in the room,” says Roe. Fabric is from Greenhouse Fabrics.

Designer Tip: Mix in antiques, artwork, and greenery to balance shelves of books, advises the designer, particularly items with history and meaning. Just like a good book, this room intends to tell a story.