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Texas’ Best Home Offices — Stunning Spots That Will Be the Envy of Every Social Distancing Home Worker

When the Home Office is a Virtual Palace

BY // 04.02.20

While churning out financial reports, marketing strategies, and the like from our kitchen tables and even our beds during the coronavirus pandemic — i.e., working at home — we take pause to meander through sophisticated, well-planned home offices. Rooms in which desks are desks, lighting is carefully orchestrated, and designers have had a hand in the creativity.

This visual walk through home office focuses primarily on the contemporary but includes more traditional while inspiring options for the pre-planned work space. These do not represent the current dining-room-table makeshift-home-office trend, but rather home offices with serious design elements.

One of the most dramatic and certainly the most expensive is the vast two-story home office in a dwelling designed by Sullivan Henry Oggero & Associates on Sandringham in Houston. Beyond the expected home office, this sophisticated space includes a spiral staircase that leads to a second-floor cigar loft. It’s one of many interestingly planned spaces in the 21,700-square-foot home that is listed with Compass agents Mike Mahlstedt and Katie Forney for $24.5 million.

In the opposite design direction, we take a look at the “home” office of attorney Bryan Aldridge in Trophy Club, Texas, an affluent northern suburb in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.  His wife, Atlantis Home blogger Judy Aldridge, decorated it in her expected whimsical style.

Located in a guest house near their home, this home office is a masterful mix of periods and styles. For example,  centerpiece of the highly accessorized office is an antique sofa upholstered in vintage embroidered fabric from Guatemala.

Office from Living (Photo by Kerry Kirk)
Frankel Building Group created this contemporary home with an interesting stair landing that serves as a home office. (Photo by Kerry Kirk)

The famed mid-century modern Round House in Dallas features an office that fits perfectly with today’s penchant for that era as well as for contemporary living. Think Mad Men meets The Flintstones. Even 60 years ago, the home office — perhaps at that time called a library — was a reality.

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Houston interior designer Ginger Barber has created her share of home offices following a more traditional look.

“The home offices I design are all different,” she says. “Some are dedicated spaces like a library in the home; others are just a desk setup within a bedroom. It’s really all over the map.”

We look at several of her designs in the photos here. Scroll through the gallery of Texas’ best home offices:

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