We all love a great renovation of a charming old home — yet, sometimes the space necessary for modern life can’t be achieved with the existing footprint of an older house. When Meghan and her family moved into their Tudor, they were eager to transform and preserve what this century-old home could offer. What it was lacking though was an office space for Meghan and a mudroom for the back entry.
To solve this problem, Meghan designed two additional rooms at the back of the kitchen to give her and her family the extra space and function they need; Meghan’s office and the mudroom.
In true Meghan Blum style, the spaces look like they’ve always existed in this home. The attention to detail with the lighting, flooring, carpentry and windows fit perfectly in this 1920s Tudor. The addition doesn’t detract from the character of the original home. In fact, it was a fun space for Meghan to design because it could carry all of the era-specific details while being able to punch up the maximalism of color and pattern to the design-aesthetic.
While the rest of the main floor has a more neutral color palette with accenting color, these two spaces are full-on colorful, complementing the rest of the house.
Bold wallpaper on the walls and ceiling make these spaces stunning. The built-in desk, custom cabinetry, coat closet, and a set of entry lockers create function in a home that was built without our modern lifestyle in mind. The layers of pattern on the window treatments, desk chair (this is the most fun Schumacher fabric called Jokhang Tiger Velvet - so good), the hexagonal tile floor in the mudroom, wallpaper in both spaces and the striped styling elements on the desk play so beautifully together.
As a designer, decorating a space can feel intimidating — not because you aren’t sure if it will look good but because there are so many options and ideas to try, it’s hard to narrow it down to the best selection for the space. Every print, pattern, light fixture and finish was a thoughtful, daring decision that turned out to be a winning combination altogether.
A gorgeous, inspiring office creates more inspiring designs. Meghan’s home office and adjoining mudroom are a designer’s haven and a work of art.