Home Office Project Reveal

I am happy to present my newly finished project - a home office of Milwaukee-based photographer, Craig John Photography. As a wedding photographer, Craig is often on the road, but needs a space in his home that he is able to communicate with client and retouch shots. In order to create this space, JZID was hired to transform the client's dining room into a home office that would work for the photographer and his wife. The result is a design that incorporates functional office elements with bold color choices.

An L-shaped floating desk was installed to house the many computers and hard drives that the client needs. The desk was cut from birch plywood, stained with a walnut finish and hung using wall brackets. 

I cut down metal rebar and installed the grid underneath a floating wall shelf in order to give the client a more industrial memo board. This is super easy to do. All you need in order to recreate the look yourself is heavy-duty wire cutters, metallic spray paint (I like Rust-Oleum) and rebar/remesh that you can find from  your local hardware store. Cut your rebar down to size, spray paint it so it doesn't rust and then hang the grid on your wall with ceiling hooks. You can then attach papers to the grid with clips. 

A requirement for this project was to incorporate enough storage for the client's many supplies. The pantry cabinets and under-desk cabinets give the client ample storage to keep everything organized. Holes were drilled between cabinets shelves in order to feed cables and wires to the wall outlets. 

I created custom Roman shades from Robert Allen fabric to allow the client to mask out lighting when needed. Aside from being functional, the fabric adds great texture and pattern to the room. 

An important part of this office design was to create an area where any visiting clients could come and comfortably sit while have a photography consult. The velvet chairs and accent table were existing furniture in the client's house. I love when I'm able to re-purpose furniture - it's a good budget saver and allows the clients to keep pieces they love.


Any project isn't complete until the unexpected, unique elements are added that make a room exude the personality of the owner. In this project, I incorporated the client's extensive collection of collectible Disney Cars and Star Wars figurines into the design. By displaying the figurines on clean, white picture ledges against a dark blue wall, the toys are elevated into a graphic installation. 


Paint color: Benjamin Moore Silver Half Dollar and Wolf Gray
Desk: Birch plywood in a walnut stain
Cabinets: Ikea BESTÅ with doors painted in Benjamin Moore Limelight
Chairs: Avenue 6 Dorado Office Chair from Wayfair
Ceiling light fixture: Minka Lavery Downtown Edison 4 Light Semi-Flush Mount from Wayfair
Picture ledges: RIBBA picture ledges from IKEA

Need help with redesigning or setting up your home office? Contact me today to get your project started.