A while back in our in-box we got an email from SDCO Partners, a Charleston, South Carolina–based creative company. The team, wrote partner and creative director Courtney Rowson, had moved from a “old, one-room shotgun building on Cannon Street” to a 100-year-old historic house that “had been retrofitted with drop ceilings, cubicles, carpeted floors, and other office efficiencies” while (ironically) inhabited by an architecture firm. “We restored many of the rooms back to their original state, while adding touches of modernity throughout. An iron-framed wall and art installation contrast the historic properties of the space, which include original inlay wood flooring, high ceilings, and detailed molding,” Rowson wrote. (She and her business partner, Amy Pastre, made all of the design decisions.) The finished product: a creative office with historic bones, plus “elements of surprise and texture.” Here are 13 ideas to steal for a low-key, high-style office.
Photography courtesy of SDCO Partners.
1. Preserve happy accidents.
2. Mix historic with modern.
3. Use wood as sculpture.
4. Keep a neutral palette.
5. Forgo office lights.
6. Create an architectural element with steel-framed doors.
7. Don’t forget a space to lounge.
8. Add something unexpected.
9. Enlist Ikea.
10. Keep something artful in sight.
11. Treat the office as a living space.
12. Evoke exotica in the bath.
13. Consider curb appeal.
More Carolina design on our minds:
- East Fork Pottery: A North Carolina Studio from a Matisse Heir
- Steal This Look: Fuzzco in Charleston, SC
- A Surf-Inspired House in Charleston, SC, for Barefoot Living
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 8, 2017.