An Ohio investor has discovered the key to successfully working from home, and it will only set you back $210,000.
The owner of a gorgeous lakeside estate in Akron, Ohio, teamed up with a pair of brilliant interior designers to bring his vision of a 1920s Mad Men-era home to life.
Now in his 60s, the investor bought the house in 2006 for $450,000 as a weekend getaway.
The Ohio resident didn’t want to spend too much money on renovating the place at the time, but in 2019 he decided it was time to spruce up the property and make it his primary residence.
One room in the house that needed special attention was the library, which he described as having outdated wall-to-wall carpeting and dirty plaster walls. Together with his team of interior designers, they spent a total of PLN 210,000. dollars to furnish the premises to make it “inviting and comfortable.”
An investor from Ohio perfected his work-from-home design, and it cost him $210,000 to build. Highlights from the “jewel box” library include a $47,000 chandelier, a $68,000 desk and $72,000 walnut wainscoting made especially for this room
His library renovations were inspired by a “1920s meets Mad Men” aesthetic, and the interior designers he worked with focused on “making the interior feel inviting and comfortable.”
The property is a gorgeous lakefront home in Akron, Ohio that the homeowner purchased in 2006 for $450,000 as a weekend getaway
Interior designers Tanner Morgan and Jennifer Laouari of Morgan Madison Design told The Wall Street Journal, “The goal for the room, like the entire house, was to create an environment that felt like it was originally constructed.”
Experts completely gutted the library and played with proportions and angles to create a new look for the space, reminiscent of a “jewelry box.”
“Even though there are a lot of important elements in this room, we wanted it to feel cozy and comfortable,” Morgan said.
One of the elements specially selected by the interior designers together with the house owner was a wonderful chandelier by Bella Figura – a London-based lighting company inspired by Italian influences.
The chandelier – a custom, flush-mount Villanova fixture – cost $46,900 and was chosen to add a touch of old-world glamor and realize the room’s 1920s vision.
The owner, now in his 60s, initially didn’t want to spend too much money on his weekend home, but in 2019 he decided to spruce it up and make it his main residence. The stunning kitchen we see here uniquely combines marble surfaces with matching walls and contrasts the white material with gold and wood finishes
The color palette and patterns in the kitchen were inspired by the same 1920s Mad Men mix that sparked creativity in office renovations. Designers say cabinets, appliances and ceiling tiles with plumbing all feature the same custom color, giving the space a “airy” feel.
The owner worked with interior designers Tanner Morgan and Jennifer Laouari of Morgan Madison Design, who said the goal for the entire home was to create an environment that felt like the original structure. The photo shows the living room of the house, which exudes elegance and is at the same time comfortable and cozy
A new rug was placed on the wooden floors, replacing the old rug that had been in disrepair in the library since at least 2006.
A jute rug – a natural, renewable resource, eco-friendly and sustainable – by Patterson Flynn, acted as a soft overlay on the hard floor.
The rug, which cost $18,000, contrasted with the jeweled antique rug that was placed on top of it.
There is a wonderful desk in the center of the room. Charles Paris’s Pieds Palme writing table is worth a whopping $68,000.
The elegant piece is made of bronze and glass – with breathtaking details on the curved legs and velvet-lined glass drawers under the beautiful glass table.
Behind the exquisite table sits a plush vintage chair worth $10,500. Up for auction is a Dunbar “In Clover” 932 Executive circa 1960 Wormley chair.
The fancy seat has a rich gray padded frame on a solid walnut base.
“We needed something tactile to soften the vignette on the desk. The chair had to have its own character to withstand the visual weight of the desk,” Laouari said.
The interior designers specifically selected elements to add touches of old-money glamor to the lakeside property, which is reflected in individual elements such as the painting hanging here
Bold patterns were added throughout the home – in the wallpaper, curtains, pillows and flooring, as seen in this room. The designers decided to balance the severity of the black and white patterned floor with a naturally shaped animal skin rug in the same color palette. Designer Laouari said: “We wanted to create the timeless feel of a more historic home.”
According to the designers, the bold green structure was inspired by their client’s first car – a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass in its original color – Pinehurst Green – which he still has
In the master bedroom, a curved Donghia sofa in saffron velvet offers an “energizing burst of color” that designers say is reminiscent of “bold red lipstick”
In the corner of the modern office there is an ottoman – the “A Lana” ottoman by the Donghia textile company, upholstered in Pierre-Frey velvet fabric.
The whimsical stool reflects the earthy and vintage tones of the room, and its pattern adds a surprising but not inappropriate element to the room. It is worth $5,250.
Custom walnut wood paneling was installed throughout the library – brand new and made specifically for this room at a cost of $72,000.
The owner of the house wished to remain anonymous.