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Turning an entryway into a chic home office

Off the kitchen of a Colonial in Hingham, a colorful place to do some work.

Jessica Delaney

Designer Allison Mattison, owner of design shop Trellis Home in Hingham, created her home office in an unexpected spot — the side entry. Although the Garrison Colonial has a mudroom off the garage, the family needed a spot for the shoes and garments they shed when they enter on foot. Since it’s on the perimeter of the kitchen — the heart of a home with two children in elementary school — positioning a home office here made sense. While tall cabinets provide storage for paper towels and the vacuum cleaner, drawers alongside the desk house business files and a charging station. Shelves hold design books that are frequently sources of inspiration. Mattison says, “It’s basically in the kitchen, but it’s my own space, and it works.”

1 The Addison Weeks malachite-and-brass drawer pulls and door handles are like jewelry. “I knew I’d use them before I even designed the built-ins,” Mattison says.


2 The oversize tassel is part of the collection Mattison designed last fall in India with Pyar&Co. “Bright colors make the traditional accent fresh and modern,” she says.

3 The brass-studded Don’t Fret pendant ceiling light by Taylor Burke Home echoes the fretwork detailing of the desk chair and the footed planters on the shelves.

4 The color scheme of the Goa wallpaper by Thibaut incorporates navy from the family room and Kelly green from the kitchen. “The pattern isn’t new, but I never tire of it,” says Mattison.

5 In the cubby, brass-and-acrylic hooks by LuxHoldups are another jewelry-inspired touch.

6 The hues in the China Seas fabric on the cushion are softer versions of the shades in the wallpaper. “We pulled the less obvious colors — light blue from the leaves and lime from the wing of the birds — so the room wouldn’t feel oversaturated,” Mattison says.


7 The lacquered faux-bamboo Bungalow 5 chair provides a fun pop of navy and nods to the chinoiserie-style accessories, including vintage ginger jars and white marble foo dogs.

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