Home Office Computer RoomTraditional Home Office, Seattle

Command Central: This room is the renovated home office that was once a small guest room. It is right off the kitchen on the main floor, so it made a great location for the family home office. The cabinetry is the same style and color as the kitchen so one room flows nicely with the next. The countertop is a warm grey limestone with shells and fossils appearing in the stone. The wall behind the desk and in between the wall cabinets is covered with a tack board that is then covered with a burlap material. The deep drawers to the left make a perfect location for long rolls of wrapping paper.
Photography by Northlight Photography.

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amyberryhill wrote:Apr 27, 2012
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Cork can usually be found at an office supply store or amazon.com.
  • Denes Toth

    Can you please tell me how did you attach the burlap fabric to the cork board? Did you use some kind of glue? Thank you.

lalalucky wrote:Jun 17, 2014
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Thank you christad5225! The message board is certainly fun and when you want to change it up, the fabric could be easily changed. The solution for the cord management was simply a "L" shape wood piece, matching cabinetry that is tucked up under the desk back toward the wall. Just a little creative planning and a good installer to work with the cabinet parts is all it takes! :)
  • Julie
    What is the layout of each cabinet(inside: )For the cork board bulletin board, was that bought or made?
gundogmolly wrote:Feb 10, 2014
Julie Hawks wrote:Dec 28, 2015
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B

    Hello Sheilamoreydesign, those handles were from a manufacturer that closed up back in 2008'ish. A similar manufacturer would be Rock Mountain Hardware.

  • hewillneverforsakeyou

    Kayron, I think this is a lovely office and you obviously have some happy clients from your 5 stars. I am appalled at the wire and chair comments. People be NICE for goodness sake! Houzz is a wonderful design outlet and has no room for rude, unsolicited comments. Kayron, you handled them with grace. You others should be ashamed of yourselves.

ddaniel337 wrote:Nov 4, 2015
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    Build a false panel to match the cabinetry at the back of the desk area leaving enough room for the wires to reside in the back next to the wall. Pretty simple

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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B

    Thank you for the lovely comment. The wires were later hidden. The photos were taken on the day of move in so not everything was complete. Be kind.

Noel Trujillo wrote:Feb 7, 2012
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Thanks for the suggestion. This photo wasn't going to be taken when the house was photographed. The family was in the process of moving in....so the little things like cord management wasn't done yet.
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    If you would like to try Cordini it's a great product, just let me know. I invented it and a master electrician so I made sure it works. It's tough too, I ran over it w/my truck it did not crack!
cindyboettcher wrote:Feb 9, 2011
kristalord wrote:Feb 8, 2011
  • Becky Goulart
    What are the details on this chair? I am looking for this very thing! My dad has one from the 1970's.
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Hi Becky, the chair was an antique piece that the client already had.
vedalouise wrote:Jan 19, 2015
Amy Zappen wrote:Dec 27, 2012
amy graetz wrote:Oct 20, 2013
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Hi Amy, that question has been asked before. Right off hand, I don't have a chart to compare with that cabinet color. If you have a little time, browse through the other photos from this Tacoma project. I know that same question was answered on one of the master bath photos or could have been one of the kitchen photos.
  • amy graetz
    Thank you Kayron. I got the info I needed.
Teresa Stevens wrote:Sep 11, 2013
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Yes, of course you could paint it a different color. It would all depend on the relation of location of kitchen to living room and lighting, etc. It could be a lighter or darker version of what you have in the kitchen...or a totally different color.
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    PaintColorHelp.com Dallas
    Yes, wherever the wall "stops" occur is an opportunity for a color change. If you can post larger-angle photos that show both spaces, I'm sure someone can even recommend potential colors to try.
leoleah wrote:Sep 11, 2013
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    We specified this stone through Pental Granite & Marble in Seattle.....but that was about 5 years ago. Their stock changes often as well as some stones change over time.
  • rissalee06
    I love, love, love the desk top. I have been looking for the same idea for a bar top.
slindmark wrote:May 8, 2013
Jane Grosvenor wrote:Apr 29, 2013
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Thanks for your comment. This was just a couple days after the homeowner had moved in, and I had not planned on photographing this room. Otherwise, the cords would have been contained.
  • Eva Kuo
    Would love to know how you contained the cords... I built a sort of trough under my built in desk. Contained but still a tangle.
Monica Manning wrote:Dec 20, 2012
jenres wrote:Sep 30, 2012
Luis Mevhayo wrote:Mar 1, 2012
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Ah! good one. Well, this photo was taken right when the client moved into the house and the computer was quickly put together and little details like hiding the cable was not done yet. I was not actually planning on photographing this room, but decided to at last minute, which is why you see the lovely shot of all those cords!
    Well, I would either use a cable organizer or build an "L" shape channel out of cabinetry solid stock under the desk area, up against the wall. That channel could also be designed so it creates a cleat for countertop support.
robertsicc wrote:Aug 3, 2011
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    Carolina V. Gentry, RID
    These are simple shaker style cabinets. It appears the long upper cabinet doors might be custom since they have an off center break. The shaker style cabinet is available at most cabinet manufacture or home improvement stores. Its simple and can go more contemporary or traditional, depending on the door hardware, counter top and backsplash you choose.
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    These cabinets were made by Woodharbor Cabinetry & Doors. Some pieces were modified, or considered custom. The door style is one that most manufacturers carry (or something similar).
catsova wrote:May 24, 2011
bjlundy wrote:Jan 4, 2017
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    It's called taking photos the same day as move-in day for the client. Wire management was done later. Thank you for your comment.
khsheridan1 wrote:Jun 17, 2015
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B

    Hi, the picture was purchased by the homeowner so unfortunately I do not have the artist's information.

melpfef wrote:Sep 19, 2014
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Amy Bouchillon wrote:Oct 13, 2013
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    Hello, Amy, you started a discussion regarding porches on this photo. You may want to direct your question to an architect or design build firm.
ceege wrote:Nov 27, 2012
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    The company, Sun Valley, I believe, was bought by another company....so I am not sure of new numbers or if still available.
orlandosueb wrote:Jun 14, 2012
legoblock wrote:Mar 25, 2012
jabx2 wrote:Feb 29, 2012
Cambria McCulloch wrote:Jan 24, 2012
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    Kayron Brewer, CMKBD / Studio K B
    I would need to check records on exact style number, but I do know they are a Sun Valley Bronze item. They are shown here with a backplate, which is optional.
    Kayron Brewer, CKD
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            What Houzz contributors are saying:

            Shawn Gauthier added this to 9 Ways to Enjoy Your Home Office MoreJan 11, 2012

            If sunlight isn’t a possibility, make sure you have ample lighting otherwise. Of course, large picture windows aren’t available in every home office. Make sure to have a mix of ambient, overhead light and adequate task lighting directly above the desk.

            Vanessa Brunner added this to Readers' Choice: The Top 20 Home Offices of 2011Dec 31, 2011

            2. While this home office was built into an old guest room, many Houzz users saved it as an idea for a great kitchen desk. The built-in shelving and limestone countertops would look great in any room.

            Becky Harris added this to 13 Inspiring Ways To Style Your Inspiration BoardAug 4, 2011

            Coordinate your board with the rest of your room. This board fits in well with the neutral color scheme of the room, and its darker color punctuates the depth between the two cabinets. More: Shop Inspiration Boards Craft Rooms 15 Ways To Be More Inspired by Your Studio A Room of Her Own

            What Houzzers are commenting on:

            wilmon added this to Desk/officeSep 20, 2019

            Cabinets sitting atop desk, recessed. One on either end of the desk “L”

            evvy2222 added this to desk ideasAug 22, 2019

            don't like things sitting on the desk top

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