home owner working in the corner office she designed into the remodeled basement
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Cottage-Style Office

Homeowner Elizabeth Willett, an interior decorator, created a corner office with casual touches, such as a sawhorse desk and stools with pumpkin-orange slipcovers. Commercial-style shelves hold files in canvas bins—"one per client," she says. The redo benefited from existing windows; deep new sills offer impromptu storage and display space.

Working with a lighting pro, Elizabeth augmented natural light throughout the basement with task lamps, wall sconces, and recessed fixtures with halogen bulbs. Walls throughout are finished with painted rough-sawn plywood; battens create the look of paneling and hide any seams.

Canvas Bins: Bed Bath & Beyond
Lamp: West Elm
Slipcover fabric: IKEA
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