This serene guest room also doubles as a workspace for Brian Patrick Flynn

The HGTV star refers to this space as his “idea room"

Brian Patrick Flynn Guest room office

Photograph by Rustic White

Yes, technically it’s a guest bedroom, but interior designer and HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn refers to it as his “idea room,” for working from home or just listening to music.

Nod to nostalgia
Flynn made the string art of a tree for one of his first HGTV projects.

Wood work
To lighten up the basement in this midcentury-modern house, Flynn installed three-inch V-groove boards painted Sherwin-Williams “Extra White.” 

No frills
Lamps were rendered unnecessary with all the indirect sunlight pouring in. Eventually, Flynn and husband Hollis Smith will make this room a full-fledged guest suite, but for now, it’s a daytime retreat, with just the vintage chair from City Issue as seat and table.

Step on it
No-nonsense FLOR carpet tiles warm things up. “It’s a texture called ‘house pet,’ which kind of looks and feels like a scruffy dog in a moody gray tone,” he says. 

Green dream
“Since my house is surrounded by lush trees, I liked the idea of layering all sorts of green in here to bridge the gap between the indoors and the outdoors,” says the designer. A vintage circle quilt and Op Art by Nashville artist Gina Julian mix olive, chartreuse, and emerald shades.

Designer Tip: For an industrial look, Flynn ripped out the old ceiling tiles to expose joists and the floorboards above, saying, “I wanted it to have an unfinished vibe.”

See more of Flynn’s Buckhead home in our HOME summer 2020 cover story.

This article appears in our July 2020 issue.