(The Washington Post)

Working from home sounds fun, but the reality can be far from it. So we asked New York designer Taylor Spellman, co-host of the Bravo reality show “Yours, Mine or Ours,” for ideas on designing a functional and stylish home office.

Spellman likes to work with a mix of materials, including wood, metal and cashmere. “The different textures add dimension to the design and, when combined correctly, lay the groundwork for a beautiful and unique environment full of personality and character,” Spellman wrote in an email. “I particularly like this collection of items, as they are bold enough to make a statement while remaining neutral enough that your mind has room to think, grow and create.”

Here are Spellman’s suggestions.


(Horchow; Ballard Designs)

SPLURGE: Dana acrylic writing desk ( horchow.com ), left. SAVE: Alissa acrylic console ( ballarddesigns.com ).


(Anthropologie; CB2)

SPLURGE: Winding Course table lamp ( anthropologie.com ), left. SAVE: Arc copper table lamp ( cb2.com ).


(CB2; Target)

SPLURGE: Infinity 36-inch round brass wall mirror in brass ( cb2.com ), left. SAVE: Round decorative wall mirror in brass ( target.com ).


(Anthropologie; AllModern)

SPLURGE: Elowen swivel office chair in marine ( anthropologie.com ), left. SAVE: Amezcua mid-back desk chair in sky ( allmodern.com ).


(Williams Sonoma; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Solid cashmere throw in navy ( williams-sonoma.com ), left. SAVE: Coziest throw in solid nightshade ( westelm.com ).


Designer Taylor Spellman (Fran Parente )