Friday, September 27, 2013

The Socialites of the Office... we're taking a walk over to Abby and Harrison's stomping grounds.  Let's dive right in.

ABBY:  The Girl Has Personality and So Does Her Office

Abby's office is full of Abby spiciness...(is that a word? it is.)  A great shade of orange...bright, hot, but comfortable.  She has a large commanding desk area.  The desk, credenza and side chairs have a danish modern flavor.  In fact, her office is the only space in OPA with light wood furniture...everyone else has heavier, darker pieces.  Her walls are textured plaster with a lovely rusty orange patch directly behind her desk for some depth.

The lively patterned rug adds some pale green/blue and continues more shades of orange.   The art adds some small doses of blues, greens and bright yellow to the mix. 

Can we talk about the chairs please?

That's all I needed to say.  A great retro pattern gives these all the character they need to anchor this side of the room.   Some gold accents in the desk and table lamp and a little bronze in the bookshelf keeps the metals warm along with the fabrics.  Her bookshelf is full of secret fun reading material and just a few nic nacs to keep a clean, uncluttered look.  Secret sidenote:  Anyone notice the amazing pattern at the top of all the OPA windows?  That, my friends, is peel and stick magic.  This is special tv magic stuff but you too could have a similiar look just by cruising your large home improvement store and finding the same thing.  I added some of this to my bathroom windows for privacy!  Don't everyone go crazy now...use in moderation.  Ok...that's all for Miss Abby.

Now let's cross the threshold into her neighbor's office...

HARRISON:  In the Big Office

There hasn't been a huge push to make this office completely different from the Stephen days.  Yet, there have been some subtle Harrison nuances added in to convey the changing of the guard.
Why?  Well no one is dissing Stephen's departure.  And really, this space was kind of a perfect move for Harrison.

Harrison sits behind a stately dark wood executive desk with matching chunky credenzas behind.  To break up the wood there's a little bit of shine with the metal and leather guest chairs and a green glass bankers lamp.  Added is a patina metal shelving unit with some great accessories, books and storage containers.  He's not a guy with a lot of papers stacked around him.  He's got it all clean and pulled together - kinda like his wardrobe.  Hello.

Pause.  Let's all have a moment of silence on that.

 Ok.  Carry on.   Carry on.
The other side of this room has the clean lines of the red leather sofa and armchair that he's kept from Stephen's days.  And really, it's hard to think of it as not being Harrison.  It's so much like his slick, pop of color shirts and expensive leather shoes kinda furniture that he needed to keep it.  The black smoked glass coffee and end table are devoid of clutter and sharp against the neutral rug.  All of the associates have those amazing frosted glass pendant lights overhead add to the character of the office. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Huckleberry Quinn Headquarters

Well...let's see if we can snag a little time this week to get caught up on our OPA tour!   The scripts are revving up in intensity and the department is challenged each day to stay on their toes.  Our fearless leader Madame Set Decorator does an excellent job of keeping it all flowing...but we are busy!   We can't WAIT til you can see what we have in store for you this season!!!

OK...While I have some time today, let's do a power walk so we can cover a lot of ground at once.

HUCK:  Up first - Huck's humble offerings 

Huck's a simple man...just needs a few hundred pieces of computing equipment to be able to hack into any sort of situation that arises.  Steel tanker desks and steel racks full of electronics match the "cold" and all business, all the time dude we've come to know and love.  (Ok, I never use the word dude...but I couldn't figure out what to say instead of saying Huck again)

On the far wall against the windows, Huck has a little green thumb project going on.  Only he doesn't grow things like normal people grow things.  He has made an elaborate system that self waters by drawing moisture up tubes into individual hanging planters.  Way to recycle those plastic water bottles Huck!

Sometimes, he needs some tools.  These come and go as needed of course.

 And everyone needs their own server racks.  Duh.  (Mine are hidden in my hall closet...I've had problems with my house guests fiddling with my special settings)

No art, pretty much just an electronic cave with blinking lights and machine whirring magic.  Next to the server racks is Huck's - and Baby Huck's - super spy computer setup.  Dual screens, speakers, know, your average stuff is all there.  (Because one computer on your desk in the corner just isn't enough for a B613 alum).  I'm realizing that none of this looks all that magical here without the lights and screen shimmer going on.  But here's another little secret for you...the little wall piece directly behind those monitors...spends more time out than in.  It's one of those wildable walls I showed you (back in Liv's office).  It might be a little extra work for the crew, but it makes for some amazing shots of Huck working on his computer.   THAT's where the magic comes in.  

QUINN:  The Girl Next Door...literally

In sharp contrast to her office neighbor Huck, Quinn is in a nice, wood furnished, warmer and decidely more homey office.  Like her personality, we get a pop of color with the guest chairs (Anyone know who these are a reproduction of?) and even from the stained glass window panel hanging behind her Knoll desk as art.  You know, sometimes those online resale sites can really work out when you're searching for odd items. On either side of her window Quinn has weighty, tall bookcases filled with law books and her paperwork.  She's in a smart, but casual space with just a little more personality to it than her mentor next door.

She gained some space when Harrison moved over to The Big Office so there's the comfy couch she was excited to add...but other than that...still pretty neutral and functional.   Antique frosted glass sconces, large round pendant lights and some DC art finish off her space.