“Creating Thymeless Luxury for Kitchens, Bath & Home.” That is the motto at Thyme & Place Design, based in Wyckoff, NJ, and run by their extraordinary principal designer, Sharon L Sherman. One of Sharon’s first steps in her design process is looking at what her clients would like to achieve by having them create a wishlist of what they imagine, which she uses to draw inspiration for designing the space. Moving away from cookie-cutter designs and toward unique, never-before-seen layouts is one of Sharon’s goals. A top priority of Thyme & Place is functionality. Sharon said, “Form follows function,” and went on to explain how you can have an efficient room that is not beautiful, but if a beautiful room is not functional, it loses its intrinsic beauty.
For the home office in Ho-Ho-Kus that Sharon designed, she centralized her ideas around utilitarian styles, discreteness and built-in details. This office feels more like a secret hideaway with its intimate decor and bits of comfort grasping every inch of the space. The space was added on to the house and has a carefully laid out staircase that leads into this impressive office. The space features a full office set-up, including a hospitality center which consists of a television and refrigerator, along with a striking, tiled, wood-burning fireplace.
The office was built for a couple that wanted to work together, yet separately in the comfort of their own home. The layout of this office provided them with multiple areas set-up for them to be able to work together without getting in the way of one another. Functionality was key with this project, but keeping that sense of the coziness of being at home was still necessary. Having both a computer area, couch area and separate desk for non-computer related projects made it possible for this couple to get not only a practical home office, but a private, sanctuary-like space, right in their home.
The office has a modern approach with angled ceilings and hints of red grandis. There is a wall that lays underneath the angled ceiling that has what looks like a stack of cubes, but is actually a discreetly placed filing cabinet that uses the ceiling lines to appear hidden. This office has a prominent, vertical line pattern throughout, so an oval desk was used to soften the lines and create a focal point. Elegant, veined walnut cabinets encompass the space and create uniformed movement through minimalistic detail which complements the simplicity of the window treatments. The windows are covered with Roman shades which efficiently eliminates the glare from the room by filtering the light without blocking it. Incorporating sconces on the walls allowed for overhead and over-the-shoulder lighting, while omitting the need for floor lamps, conserving space and preventing clutter in this office.
Comfort and versatility are two big aspects that this office circulates around. The implementation of a window box inside of the gorgeous bay window allowed for an additional work space, while also filling the space with light. The seating area is completely custom and includes patchwork carpets, a luxurious custom sofa and unique leather chairs. Components of brass and worn leather can be found on the sconces, frames and other small details to contrast the depth of the colors that the room holds. This office is all tied together with accessories of warm hues, creating the lavish, yet relaxed sense that the homeowner’s were looking for.
This home office provides a greater deal of workspace and lighting than most typical offices, while also doubling as a secluded getaway room. Working from home in this space sounds like a dream, and embodies the “thymeless luxury” that Sharon believes in. To see more spaces that Sharon has designed, or to set-up a consultation of your own, visit https://thymeandplacedesign.com/ or call 201-847-1400.