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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.29.2008

Working In Style





Suzanne Karotkin, Dallas-bred Senior Design Editor at InStyle, often finds herself in the offices and homes of some of the world's most style-savvy people. For her own office, she tweaked a few simple things to create the ambiance of a fashion-forward "European bureau." Little details that bring flair to the workplace include: a faux snake skin tray, (I've heard Suzanne's is a $36 version from Two's Company that is identical to one in the office of this chic woman) glass bottles rather than plastic, a red drinking glass from Charlotte Moss, stationery from Mrs. Strong, and the blowout item -- a glamorous brass lamp from lum in New Orleans.

I love how Suzanne's personal stamp comes through in this vignette. Whatever your own style is, I hope this editor's tastemaker tip inspires you to choose utilitarian objects that speak "you," and bring a daily smile to your face. Or to paraphrase Billy Baldwin, create a space that looks like it was a joy in the making.

The tray image I've used here is from Jayson.

6 comments:

sterin said...

That lamp is A-MA-ZING!

kelly said...

i love this post! i wish my office were that chic...

Style Court said...

I like how Suzanne juxtaposed the pattern of the tray with the scale-like (dragon scales?) texture of the lamp -- and the black-and-white of the tray with the warm golden brass. Also she's got a great mix of pricey and not-so-pricey pieces.

pve design said...

A chic and stylish office always makes one feel smart and brings order to creative chaos.

Mélanie said...

I'm totally in love with that lamp !! so glamour

Mélanie said...

I'm totally in love with that lamp !! so glamour