Home Work

Renowned designer Carrie Long shares inspiration for a practical — and pretty — office // Photography by Carlson Productions
Photography by Carlson Productions

We’re starting to hear the acronym WFO quite a bit lately — in fact, we heard it often as we were putting this issue of Detroit Design together. All of us on the Detroit Design team were working from home during the pandemic. Many recognized that our home spaces weren’t exactly up to snuff in providing inspiration and a welcoming atmosphere.

As much of the world has been required to avoid close contact with office colleagues and work from home since the early days of March, more and more of us are looking for ways to carve out a perfectly efficient space. Some say they sense this past spring may not be the only time they’re required to skip the office commute and stay put.

For inspiration, we checked in with interior designer Carrie Long, of Royal Oak-based Carrie Long Interiors. Showcased here is one of her design projects — an office in a Birmingham home that was created for the woman of the house and her mother. Although the homeowners spend a lot of their career time in Florida and New York, they wanted a beautiful yet functional space in their Michigan home. For the office, Long and her client chose custom furniture and artwork for a “sleek retreat,” Long says. The space, which won in the Home Office category of our most recent Detroit Home Design Awards, features a parsons-style desk of marble and oak that was custom-designed by Long and executed by HM Homes. “(My client) and her mother like to work across from each other, so we designed it so they can comfortably work together,” Long says. As for the office location, Long explains, “The homeowners envisioned a beautiful room off the foyer that would be functional but also serve as a sitting room (the sofa and sitting area aren’t shown). There’s also a surprise: A secret door leads to the dining room/bar. In her own lower-level office at her Birmingham home, meanwhile, Long adores her Mid-century Modern glass desk.

More information: carrielonginteriors.com


Carrie Long Interiors won a 2020 Detroit Home Design Award for this home office, which features Bright Chair desk chairs. (“They’re some of my favorites!” Long says.) The desk’s marble is from Ciot, Troy, while the leather-wrapped polished nickel sconces are by Boyd Lighting.