Located in an alcove just off the master suite, the workspace shown also serves as a family gathering spot and home library. Along one side, window walls wrap around a long banquette that invites the owners and their two daughters to kick off their shoes, stretch out, and savor a good book or catch a quick nap.
Although designed as a household-management office, this work/sitting space could serve a home-based business that focuses more on creative thinking than on paperwork. This office serves another purpose: It's a classroom where the owners homeschool their youngsters.
On the office side of the room, maple shelving and a drop-front desk keep everything organized and within easy reach. The shelving, filled with books and memorabilia, resembles stacks of cubes, in keeping with the home's California contemporary styling. Interior designer Brindan Byrne incorporated a desk that offers minimal workspace -- just enough room for a laptop computer and a few other items -- but includes drawers and cubbies where bills can be stashed.
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