My business partner, Reena Sotropa, and I love to collaborate. We enjoy brainstorming together when we are conceptualizing the interior design for our projects. We bounce ideas off of each other and offer constructive criticism when the other is stuck in a rut. Our design philosophies are the same and our aesthetic is very similar, but it always amazes me how different our ideas can be. It’s the fresh perspective that each of us brings to the table that keeps our Calgary interior design projects interesting and inspired. I thought it would be fun to periodically show you the different concepts each of us has for a space in a new blog series called Double Vision. With a few parameters we will each come up with our own design and you will be able to see our differing (or similar) thoughts side by side!
First up (in honor of getting organized for September) is a home office. The parameters included the essentials – a desk, chair and lamp. We also both needed to include something for the wall, something to write with, and a couple of accessories. Here we go!
Reena went for a handsome look with a vintage vibe. The desk, by Jonathan Adler, and Hickory Chair cabinet and dining chair are clean-lined and classic. The Arteriors lamp adds some funky texture. The whimsical shape of the tackboards and sparkle of the diamond paper weight provide a feminine touch. Reena selected preppy monogrammed Kate Spade note cards and clear glass boxes to keep her office organized. Lovely job, Reena – I adore it!
I’d call my concept glamorous but strong. I selected a classic Eames task chair, a Ralph Lauren glass trestle desk and a Kindel console from the Dorothy Draper collection as my basic pieces. A yellow onyx lamp from the Jan Showers collection is the epitome of glamour. A couple of silver julep cups are perfect for pens and fresh flowers while a glass tray keeps loose papers in order. The walls are papered in a metallic damask from Osborne & Little. The Greta Garbo pen, from MontBlanc is the perfect thing to write thank you notes with.
Which office is more like your style? Are you a modern glamour girl who gravitates toward my feminine office or do you prefer the tailored sophistication of Reena’s scheme?