Drapes inspire design for Dover home office

Elephants are thought to bring the feng shui energies of protection, good luck, wisdom, and more, but their placement in the home office of this young Dover Colonial has more to do with the homeowner’s love for them.

The room was designed around draperies dappled with them, treatments the homeowner had purchased long before the tone and tenor of this room had been decided.

“It was the last room we did in the house,” said designer Elizabeth Benedict of Chestnut Hill-based Elizabeth Home Decor & Design Inc. The husband was considering a very masculine, paneled office, but “we achieved both his and her in this room,” Benedict said.

Her mantra for design? Spaces should be cohesive. The palette — of burnt sienna, chocolate brown, olive-like green, and khaki — runs throughout the house.

“It feels like it’s just one big, breathable space,” Benedict said. “It kind of lessens the barrier from room to room. There aren’t so many stops and starts.”

With elephants on the pillow, drapes, bookshelves, and desk keeping watch in this room, it’s a space to get down to business.

For more information about this room, scroll down beneath the photo.

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Designer Elizabeth Benedict said the ceiling fixture, from Currey & Co., was chosen because the room “needed a light that would make a nice statement but wouldn’t interfere with the painting.”


Not wanting to “box in” the room, the designer had this bookcase built in and painted Benjamin Moore “Crisp Khaki” to match the orientalOriental rug. The back of the bookcase and the cabinet door details are in Benjamin Moore “Providence Olive,” to match the walls. The X’s in the cabinet doors mimickmimic the legs of the desk.


This piece by artist Sabre Esler was commissioned. The artist is one of the homeowner’s favorites, Benedict said, and the square painting is the right scale for the room.


These window treatments, made with fabric chosen by the owner, needed a little bit more sophistication, so Benedict had them banded in a Schumacher stripe set on the bias for more interest.


This rolling seat, from Fairfield Chair Co., was covered in a Pindler & Pindler velvet.


“We didn’t want a heavy desk to weigh down the room or hide the carpet,” Benedict said, “so we went with a glass-top campaign-style desk from Williams-Sonoma Home.”


The leather chair is from one of the owner’s previous apartments.


This decorative element was a gift from the designer, who purchased it from the Jim Thompson House in Thailand. James H.W. Thompson was an American entrepreurentrepreneur and founder of a Thai silk company.

- Eileen McEleney Woods

Eileen McEleney Woods is the editor of Address. E-mail her at eileen.woods@globe.com. Follow Address on Twitter at @GlobeHomes.