Room We Love: An Office in Montibello

Designer Brooke Adler installs a functional, gender-neutral workstation
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Photo by Erin Comerford Miller; Styled by Kendra Surface

Designer Brooke Alder, owner of Brooke Adler Interiors, renovated a number of rooms in her clients’ home before she refreshed their office. The homeowners, both of whom work full-time, have three school-aged children and wanted a workspace separate from home-school chaos. “Our worlds have been turned upside-down,” Adler says, “so we’re making spaces smarter because they’re being used by multiple family members.” —Taylor Bowler

The couple wanted an office that was “moody with accents of wood.” They chose a blue- and-gray, gender-neutral color scheme and had Jason Angledorf of Jason’s Custom Woodworks install built-in office shelves and make a custom wood desk. Adler added gold library lighting from Visual Comfort to the top of the shelves, which she painted in Blue Note by Benjamin Moore. “The classic blue feels updated with the shiplap,” she says. “Without the wood accent, it wouldn’t be such a statement.”

The homeowner wanted uncluttered surfaces and a desk free of drawers, so the lower cabinets provide plenty of storage. In place of bulky books, binders, and folders, Adler dotted the shelves with delicate accents like tribal- inspired boxes, bowls, and trays—and a one- of-a-kind agate piece. The abstract painting by Charlotte-based artist Julie Barnett came from Art House Charlotte.

Adler got the two lounge chairs from Gabby and the swivel chair from Hooker. She found the patterned rug at Loloi and chose gold Myoh pulls for the cabinet doors to match the kitchen hardware. “Since this office was for both of them, we didn’t want it to feel too masculine or feminine,” she says. “We’re having to find multiple purposes for a room right now; the theme is making it function for everyone.”

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