homeowner sits in a newly remodeled home office, with a laptop open on the desk. a warm-toned area rug covers much of the hardwood floor, with it's colors echoed in the window treatments and furniture. The book cases and walls are painted a deep teal
Photo: Helen Norman

Inviting, Productive Office: After

Home offices, like their occupants, thrive on order. When Coleen and Randy Gallagher moved into their 1987 Federal-style brick home, in Oakton, Virginia, they were pleased it had a ready-made home office. The space's built-in cabinetry, abundant natural light, and handsome wainscoting would serve Randy, a self-employed systems engineer and a captain in the Navy Reserve, well. But its lackluster decor and mess of wires cried out for attention.

Shown: Concealed cables, a desk with a built-in power strip, and a blue-and-brown color scheme tidy—and brighten—the space.
Designer: Rachel Bauer
Paint: Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Teal (woodwork)
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