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If you spend any time at all browsing interiors on Pinterest, you probably are acquainted with the phenomenon that is "glamorous home office decor". No longer is a nook next to the kitchen counter an acceptable HQ for running a busy life. After all, we're blogging, styling, and curating. We need space, we need chic, we need glamour. The winter months are as good a time as any to spruce up your work space by adding light, sparkle, and shine.
These five home offices use wall mirrors and metallic accents, as well as bright whites and see-through materials to create rooms that are light and airy, feminine and chic, and yes, plenty glam, while still staying grounded.
Tiffany Eastman, a designer in Fairfield, Connecticut mixed subdued metallics with soft ivory and white tones (including ceramic table lamps with designer style) in this Darien residence to create a sumptuous, yet unfussy office space.
Shopping guide: 1. Contemporary Angles 30" Square Wall Art Mirror 2. Ceramic Sea Urchin White Table Lamp 3. Gabrielle Snow White 3-Drawer Desk 4. Sheepskin Rug
Canadian firm Atmosphere Interior Design takes inspiration from Old Hollywood with a bold, black and white wallpaper printed with oversize circles, juxtaposed with sharp lines from the lacquered desk and crystal block lamp. Chrome details, from the frame, to the legs of the desk and arms of the chair, to the sculptural piece, bring in plenty of sparkle.
Shopping guide: 1. Ceramic 47" High Faux Antelope Head 2. Baroque Style Clear Acrylic Table Lamp 3. Nancy Black Leather Armchair 4. Embassy Contemporary White Desk
Apartment 34 blogger Erin Hiemstra relocated from Seattle to San Francisco, where she set up a dedicated office photographed by Emily Anderson for Rue Magazine. A pair of smooth brass industrial pendant light fixtures add a bright spot to the airy space with a free-floating chrome desk and two cozy chairs. It's a pared down scheme, undisturbed by the simple mix of metals (not the chrome legs of the guest chair.)
Shopping guide: 1. Robert Abbey Axis Natural Brass Mini Pendant Light 2. Reed and Barton Dorsey 5x7" Hammered Copper Picture Frame 3. Gilbert Gloss White Lacquer and Chrome Desk 4. Gabrielle Snow White Cushioned Desk Chair
Designer, Furbish Studio boutique owner, and I Suwannee blogger, Jamie Meares, created this glamorous home office with mirrors and metallics in a teenager's bedroom. The turquoise stripes, mirrored desk, and acrylic chair keeps the look young, fresh, and bright.
Shopping guide: 1. Laney Set of 3 Blue Lacquer Storage Boxes 2. Feiss Ceramica Dover Grey Table Lamp (no longer available) 3. Thea Mirrored 3-Drawer Desk 4. HomeBelle Set of 2 Transparent Chairs
"Good Morning America" correspondent Lara Spencer hung a large brass mirror over a white lacquer desk with brass accents to open up the desk space in this master bedroom, photographed by Michael McNamara for Redbook. The funky Lucite chair has metallic accents that match the hardware of the lacquer desk.
Shopping guide: 1. Jonathan Adler Mayfair Brass Mirror 2. Robert Abbey Havana Polished Nickel Task Desk Lamp 3. Howard Miller Paramount 5 3/4" High Tabletop Alarm Clock 4. Zuo Diamond Clear Dining Chair 5. Embassy Contemporary White Desk
Image credits: Tiffany Eastman, Atmosphere Interior Design, Apartment 34 and Emily Anderson for Rue Magazine, I Suwannee, Michael McNamara for Redbook.
Marni Elyse Katz is a Boston-based writer and editor, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She began her career in the fashion closet of Rolling Stone before moving into the digital space, where she worked for both indie startups and biggies, like AOL. Today, Marni writes regularly for Boston Globe Magazine and other local publications, and is Features Editor at Design Milk. In addition to cultivating a serious Pinterest habit and Instagram addiction, Marni masquerades as an interior designer. She also collects art with her husband, including many nude drawings and paintings, to the dismay of their two easily embarrassed sons. Follow Marni on Google+