Last Look: Kitchen Office Nook by Jill Erwin

Jill Erwin, director of Jill Erwin Interiors, in Midlothian, VA, believes in pairing existing furniture with additional décor to create custom living spaces.

1. I’ve been given the task of bringing a sleepy corner to life…a little snippet from one of the designer houses I’ve worked on. This one was named Holly Lawn because of its beautiful gardens, and I chose to incorporate that name into my design. The owner is a chef and really needed a work/office space so I played with the home office trend. I’ve always said, try to keep things in a designated place. I like organization and that’s why I decided to design a bespoke multifunctional desk/sideboard. This area now meets the owner’s needs with a lower filing cabinet for her valuable recipes. I played with the gorgeous existing cabinetry in the kitchen with a still classic black base topped with coordinating quartz. It worked perfectly for the space and gave it a textured feel.

2. I’ve always had a fondness for antiques and mixing old and new. So I went to one of our tried and true local antique shops to bring in pieces to display the owner’s amazing flowers. These antique vases brought a timeless depth and they now accentuate her seasonal fall flowers, and even added a touch of music. I even infused some of the quirks I’m known for with pops of red to flow with this serene nook.

3. I also like local artwork. One of my favorite things to do is go to our local First Fridays and step into a world of imagination and design. I targeted certain artists that I know and that I follow. It’s always so fun to showcase their work or get parts ordered. I chose the large oil painting of a field of poppies because I loved the red that brought the other accessories and whimsical touches together. I also chose a beautiful stained glass treatment. The natural light was breathtaking and the stained glass windows echoed the vibrant colors of the owner’s secret garden.

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