In most offices, aesthetics play second fiddle to function, and this busy live-work space was no exception. Pam Hughes, of Pam Hughes Design, was called upon to create a warm but industrial feel to a home office with three large bays. Hughes saw potential in the soaring ceilings and interesting architectural features. Solid design principals and an eye for whimsy allowed her to infuse the space with style and bring form and function into balance.

The angled walls, large windows and insufficient lighting and storage had to be considered. Hughes’ design plan included bringing in lots of storage and unifying the space with one all-over paint color. Cord-hung pendant task lighting replaced ceiling can lights, and a second desk and large credenza made of recycled lumber and iron were brought in. Window coverings, wall art and large area rugs soften the look and add warmth, with bright orange and yellow accents for pops of color. The leaf pattern on the drapes brings the outside in, along with a large Fiddle Leaf Fig and two small succulent gardens. Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure?