Home office overlooking Northport Bay wins Interior Design Society award

A home office for an architect in his new waterfront home in Northport Bay in Asharoken won Christine Conte, of Christine Conte Interiors of Huntington, first place in Interior Design’s ‘Designer of the Year’ award Society in the home office category.

Part of a comprehensive home design and construction project, the 15ft by 25ft office was placed at the end of the house, away from the kitchen and family room, to ensure noise would be reduced to a minimum.

“Flow and fun were at the forefront in the design of this house and the rooms connect in series with both a common hallway and open passageways, so you can see the whole house from room to room. ‘other,” explains Conte.

Area rugs delineate the work space on the left from the leisure space on the right (Photo by Nicole Larson)

Although planned as a home office, the room was designed to function as a haven for work and relaxation.

“One side of the room was designed for the husband to work; the other side was designed for the wife, where she could quietly spend time reading, watching television or conversing with her husband while he worked,” explains Conte.

Step by step

Before any plans were developed, Conte spoke with clients about their vision for the space, how it would work, and who would use it.

“It was designed in a transitional style: clean lines, with a masculine nod,” says Conte.

Conte proceeded to plan the space, choosing finishes and furnishings, and creating design drawings that included a detailed ceiling plan, marble fireplace, and custom cabinetry.

Construction began with the marble fireplace, followed by custom millwork, ceiling installation and commissioned furniture. Next, wallpaper was installed, followed by furniture, then styling the space, which included personal items the couple wanted to display.

Lightweight and textured with a view of the water

For continuity, Conte kept a mix of soft gray hues with a touch of green accents, covering the walls in Phillip Jefferies Greige Tweed fabric upholstery. She used the same custom gray-tinted finish for the ceilings and beams as she did for the custom cabinetry, which featured raised diamond-shaped doors with concealed push-button latches.

Made from woven natural wood, the blinds were chosen to dress the windows, let in light and provide privacy at night.

In keeping with the design of the house, Conte selected doors and windows that would maximize both natural light and water views.

“The side windows flanking the fireplace are non-functional doors,” she says.

Furniture for utility and aesthetics

To delineate the two distinct areas of the room, Conte added a pair of matching textured white woven rugs.

In the workspace, Conte opted for a glass desk to keep the room light and bright.

“It’s actually a glass dining table, custom sized,” she says.

Behind the desk is a built-in unit with concealed drawers and pull-out shelves for a printer, storage space and a high-lift TV.

On the other side of the room, Conte added a custom chair and a half, designed for maximum comfort without obstructing the view, as well as a masculine/transitional style faux snakeskin bench and leather-wrapped floor lamp.

Complementing the style of the room, Conte finished the design with art and period pieces, including an authentic vintage poster for the fireplace and vintage umbrella stands from 1stDibs for the architect’s drawings and plans.

“The art deco martini table was chosen for its reference to the Chrysler Building as an architectural feature for an architect’s office,” she says.

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