Steal This Look: A Pocket Home Office with Scandi Influence

Chilmark Cottage Office Nook Barn Door

In the recent past, many households have prioritized the home office, converting odd spaces into something semi-quiet and functional enough to work in. A great example? The closet-sized office designed by Ellen Hamilton as part of a 1970s beach cottage renovation in Chilmark, Massachusetts. An entry hall gives way to a clean, Scandinavian-style office through a sliding barn door. To adopt and adapt the look to your own space, we’ve listed the key elements of Hamilton’s design from paint to shelving and classic furniture.

Chilmark Cottage Office Nook Barn Door
Above: The pocket-sized office. Photograph by Max Kim Bee, courtesy of Ellen Hamilton from A Modest Beach Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard Goes from “Bad Seventies” to “Good Seventies.”

Paint & Flooring

Farrow & Ball All White No. 2005 Paint
Above: The entire house interior, including the home office, is painted in Farrow & Ball All White No. 2005.
PID Floors Millville White Oak Flooring
Above: The floors are a whitewashed, refinished wood from PID Floors in Brooklyn. For something similar, the Millville White Oak Flooring is $10.64 per square foot.


IKEA Nymane Ceiling Lights Track Lighting
Above: For similar track lighting, IKEA’s Nymåne Ceiling Light with 4 Spotlights in White are $39.99.
Fritz Hansen Kaiser Idell Light
Above: The table lamp is the Fritz Hansen Kaiser Idell Table Lamp in White is €665 at Fritz Hansen.


String Furniture Living Room L
Above: A custom shelf is from String Furniture in Sweden. Shown here is the Living Room L set up in white, available at String Furniture.
Risom Desk Oak
Above: Designed by Jens Risom in 1968, the Risom Desk comes in Ebonized Oak, Oak, and Walnut for $1,995 at Design Within Reach. Shown here in Oak, the choice Hamilton for the home office space.
Hans Wegner Swivel Chair PP Mobler
Above: In the office, Hamilton sourced a vintage version of the Hans Wegner Swivel Chair. It’s available new through PP Møbler at the Danish Design Store. Contact for price and ordering information.
Areaware Plant Pedestals Pete Oyler
Above: Designed by Pete Oyler, the Areaware Plant Pedestals are $60 for a set of 2 at Design Public.
Margarida Fabrica Edicao Limitada Blue Vases
Above: For a blue ceramic vessel similar to the plant pot seen in this home office, Portuguese designer Margarida Fabrica makes the Limited Edition Blue Vase. Contact for price and ordering information. For more on her work see our post Charming, Rustic Ceramics from Margarida Melo Fernandes in Portugal.

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