Double Duty: Designing A Hybrid Office/Entertainment Center

My client, a woman who loves design, art, and contemporary style, found herself dealing with a challenging space in her home.

She wanted something beautiful, but very functional, that incorporated an entertainment center and a home office that could be shared by her and her husband. In spite of the fact that the room was tall with a slanted ceiling, the customer preferred a more horizontal design.

Laura Ochoa - Media Center: Before


It was a tall order, but there were options.

I took advantage of her two main walls and designed the system so that the media center would be the first thing people saw when they went upstairs. With that building block in place, I could place the home office abutting the wall with the two tall windows. I felt this would take advantage of the nice views and natural light.

Now that we had the structure in place, we needed to choose finishes that would also work with the space. We chose Roman Walnuts for the main structure to give it weight. As a contrast, we decided on glossy white door and drawer fronts. The desktop would be Corsican Weave to blend the dark and light together.

We played with the colors and shapes in the overall design in order to achieve the horizontal and cozy feeling the customer wanted. The wide lower drawers and the long counter top worked very well and created a very contemporary look.

With so much closed storage space, the customer was able to keep the visible areas tidy. All the wires and cables for the electronic components were hidden from view and all the office supplies lived behind closed doors.

My customer was very satisfied with the design and functionality of her space.

Laura Ochoa - Media Center

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Laura Ochoa Design Consultant


Laura Ochoa holds an Architect Bachelor’s degree from the Tec de Monterrey University in Mexico and joined the California Closets San Diego team in 2012 after designing the new San Diego showroom . She has more than five years of architectural, industrial, retail and interior design experience.

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