Working at home can mean sitting on your sofa with a pile of papers and a notebook computer keeping your lap warm, or, if you're seriously into style and substance, it can be both green and efficient. So it goes for Kelly Brown, California transplant and owner of an interior design firm located in her Museum District home, where a 9-foot-by-15-foot space is all business. "My main goal was to get as much storage as possible out of the space without it feeling closed in," she says.
Bits of Brown's trademark bright orange — Ikea storage containers and a comfortable wing chair — are a lively foil to the overall modern monochromatic palette. Intriguing objects like an antique printing block serving as a bookend, white porcelain bowls and ceramic giraffe lamp, available on jonathanadler.com, add details to a well-planned space.
Brown has been happy to find green materials in town. Her West Coast roots are finding space to grow here, too. "A lot of what builders and architects out there are doing is shaped by California building codes that demand green practices. I've been very surprised that, for the size of Richmond, there are places to find what I need." So, for an organized space that is environmentally friendly, mission accomplished.