Tiny BarnCountry Home Office & Library, New York
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Fashion a wonder wallPegboard’s incorporated into the storage wall in this home office, where it keeps architectural tools neat and readily available. It matches MDF shelves painted in the same shade as the walls and filing cabinets, so everything can be stashed in one unobtrusive but capacious combo. As well as extra storage, the pegboard’s contents function as a decorative display, as does the calendar clock on the top shelf, and both introduce a chic accent of black to the white and wood scheme. Tell us…Have you used pegboard in your home? Tell us how in the Comments section.
Build a wallNeed to store many years of paperwork? This office combines filing cabinets, boxes and box files in one capacious package from floor to roof level. Opting for white throughout makes the effect less imposing and the objects on the pegboard and clock break up the ranks of filing. If you find your filing system is full to bursting, bear in mind that you can throw away documents once the required number of years has passed, even if you’re self-employed – follow HMRC guidance.
Mennes’ office sits off the hallway and next to the work den of her husband, David Minkin. On any given day, depending on the project and whether there’s a meeting, two to four people might be working in her office. Like the bathroom, the office walls and ceiling are white panelled wood. Mennes looked to East Coast farmhouses and Scandinavian style for design inspiration. “The office is simple and utilitarian,” she says. The wood, though it looks like V-groove panelling, is in fact planks of knotty pine. Mennes used the underside of the planking to form the visible joints, similar to those of V-groove. She primed the knots so they wouldn’t show through, then painted everything white. “We got a lot of mileage out of this inexpensive material,” she says. She estimates the wood probably cost about 80p per square foot.Built-ins and organised storage contribute to the clean, functional look. A local builder designed and installed the 12ft-long floating pine desk. The wall unit came from Custom Floating Shelves, a mail-order company. These are MDF shelves they painted to match the room. Plain white binders and boxes store materials and office supplies for the firm. A pegboard wall holds architectural tools, and white Bisley filing cabinets store more. “The idea was to hide everything in the white storage wall,” Mennes says. A leaning ladder with wire trays holds the materials and paperwork for the firm’s current project. Walls painted in Cloud White, Benjamin Moore. Ladder magazine rack, eBay.