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Home office makeover in an attic


Priti Brahma, of the District, has wanted to turn her attic into a home office for years but never got around to it. “Now, we’re turning 40 and still using our college furniture,” she wrote. She’s ready to invest in a new work space but is stuck on the room’s strange shape and lone window.


By adding a TV, a wall of filing cabinets and a reading nook, designer Erin Paige Pitts outfits the attic with all the amenities of a luxury office.

Add a row of cabinets to the back wall for storage.

A large yet light desk makes a bold statement. Because of the cabinets, the desk doesn’t need any drawers.

Prita Brahma, who wants to turn her attic into a home office. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Incorporate color through accessories. A gray-and-blue ikat rug and a Suzani throw pillow tie the color scheme together.

Improve lighting with table lamps and a ceiling light.

Create a reading nook by placing a lounge chair and ottoman near the window.

Paint the ceiling in a semi-gloss to reflect light from the window. The ceiling is Muskoka Trail and walls are Palladian Blue, both by Benjamin Moore.

Erin Paige Pitts Interiors (443-392-5036, is based in Gibson Island.


Furniture: Four-cabinet credenzas ($950 each) and Elle desk chair in Danish linen oatmeal ($615), both from; Marie ottoman in natural herringbone ($90), Ingrid side chair ($170) side table ($100) and TV stand ($500), all in almond from

Lighting: Capital Lighting loft ceiling mount ($100,; bull nose cylinder table lamp ($420 ) and Kenton desk lamp with paper shade ($525), both from

Accessories: Suzani embroidered pillow cover in Cool ($80,; Vintage by the Shore sea shell prints ($15 each,; Suzanne Kasler ikat indoor-outdoor rug ($600 for 7-by-9 feet,; Nathan magazine rack in espresso ($90,


Whitley desk in ivory ($700,

Oly Studio Hanna chair ($2,230,

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Ingrid desk ($390,

Marie armchair ($380,

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