WINNING DESIGNER: Colby Kern Obelisk Home
PROJECT GOAL: The master closet in this downtown loft was too large for Kern's needs. The closet was reimagined as a combined dressing room and home office using shelving and statement accessories to add purpose to a once impractical space.
There are many rules of interior design, but one of the most important things to consider when changing a room is how a homeowner plans to use it. For Colby Kern, function always supersedes form, which is why he was able to brainstorm a way to have a home office without sacrificing one of the two bedrooms in his 1,200-square-foot apartment.
“I didn’t want the office in the guest room, but I did want a designated work space I could get away from and not see every day,” he says. “The closet is almost the size of our guest room, so when I was toying around with where to put my desk, adding it in there seemed like a no-brainer.”
In order for Kern’s plan to work, he first tackled practicality. With 18-foot ceilings, vertical wall space was plentiful, so he kept the previously installed floor-to-ceiling shelving unit. Kern removed all his shoes from their boxes and presented them like a high-end retail display. He also color coordinated his shirts, pants and jackets on matching hangers.