Sunday, June 26

Home Office, a Quick Summer Renovation to Help A Burgeoning Home Textile Company

  Please note--Fracture gifted us art and sponsored this post
After Renovating Our NYC Kitchen,
We Zhush Up The Home Office To
Accommodate Our Home Textile Company, Root Cellar Designs
I enjoyed working with Fracture
who took my vivid images and printed them right onto glass
to give us signs for the home office.  An added bonus, these beauties can go on the road with us to trade shows as well. 
our recent kitchen renovation

Thankfully with modern technology, laptop computers and the Internet, many of us now work remotely.  The home office has become portable, and we simply take our electronics from room to room.  Working from home has advantages, and since launching a home textile fabric company last year, I have made space in my New York City apartment to accommodate the workings for Root Cellar Designs.  My business partner and friend Susan Young works from our expansive design studio in Connecticut while I work from home in the City.  We create bespoke patterns and sell our fabrics by the yard to the industry trade through showrooms around the country, and also fabricate pillows and tabletop linens then sell them in specialty stores.  There are some challenges working from two different locations, but like many entrepreneurs, we make it work.  Our company is expanding, so it no longer suffices to keep the home office around the kitchen table.  I transformed our former guest nook (yes, New Yorkers have guest nooks rather than guest rooms) into a home office.  We live in what New Yorkers call a pre-war apartment, and the configuration and layout harkens to lifestyles over one hundred years ago.  The ceilings are high, the rooms are large, but the historic apartment has a railroad design (long and skinny).  The one room at the end and off the kitchen is quite small and what people call the  "Maid's Rooms".  These small rooms are typical in these apartments, with a window and adjoining bathroom.  After finalizing a complete renovation of our once outdated kitchen with brand new floors, appliances, cabinetry and subway tile, we now focused on fixing up the home office with a new paint job in a vivid blue, new art, curtains, shelves and upholstering the seat of a newly painted chair to make a cozy office.  
Come take a look...
the home office (nook) is just off the kitchen
the office is a good location and place to keep a few extra linens and products, and just large enough to keep our promotional literature, press kits and swatch samples.
I created a photo inspiration board over my desk which I change daily with 
home photographs and torn pages from shelter magazines. 
New Art
a gift from Huntington House (top) is a cartoon likeness of me;
And, three new glass signs--a gift from new framing company, Fracture.  These three beauties hang on the office wall!

Fracture installs a built-in mount hook and hardware which allows 
easy hanging.   Other cool things about Fracture--As many as 1000 or more glass panes are processed through their grinder to soften edges, making them as safe as possible to handle.  Each image they process on glass is glued tight onto a black Styrofoam cut out for added weight and protection from cracking.
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara