Hello design lovers!

Today on the LYR blog, we are bringing in mouth watering color to a home office! Our client in Allentown Pennsylvania, who works from home as an accountant, had a simple request:

“Transform my office into a work area that inspires me, and also include a lounging area that fills me with colorful joy.”

She deserves this! She works hard in this room every day and it’s vital to feel invigorated to get work done and stay energized. She showed us a lot of photos cut out from magazines that she was drawn to. This gave us a great starting point for determining her style and desired color palette. Yes, they included a lot of pink and teal!




  • Add bold color

  • Install a television over the fireplace

  • Lots of bookcase storage for the avid book collector

  • Cozy seating for chilling out and reading

  • Keep with a modern charm yet feminine

  • Find a place to hang her awards from running marathons and her kids artwork

  • Plenty of file storage and room for her computer monitors


– The room’s fireplace wall was not balanced. We wanted to redesign the fireplace to include a built-in bookcase on the right side to anchor that side of the wall. We then would add bold pink drapery on the window to he left of the fireplace, almost to the ceiling so it appeared taller and gave a sense of balance.

– The seating had to change to give a more relaxed vibe.

– The fireplace had to be shortened in height to make the walls feel taller and allow for a television. New millwork (upper and lower mantel legs) would transform the fireplace into a focal point.


We started playing around with the look until we had it figured out.



For this project, we had the honor of working with the talented contractor Ed Williams, owner of The Deck Guy. He brought our design to life! This was a major undertaking because we were refacing not only the fireplace, but the hearth, and all new woodwork. We used beautiful gray porcelain tile and a slate hearth stone.


Our client is very active in participating in marathons. It is motivation to see the awards so we displayed them using framed mesh chicken wire boards. This allows her to keep adding more ribbons, and any other mementoes like her children’s artwork, and change them up as she feels like it.



An L-shaped desk gives our client plenty of counter space for the multiple computer screens, and all the other work items she wants at her finger tips. Plus she has a ton of file drawers and cabinet space below.


The bookcase was able to hold all her books and the juicy teal blue color on the back makes it so fun!

Just a little bling placed on her new coffee table but not too much so it does not feel cluttered.


Back of bookcase paint color:

Benjamin Moore’s Peacock Blue (2049-40)

Office wall paint color:

Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray (HC-170)

Check out more from our North Project here.