See Two Women Turn An Empty Box Into A Stunning Home Office For Charity

Have you ever wondered what you could create given an empty cube, 36 hours and a charitable mission? Every year, a handful of NYC's top design talents are given just that challenge for Housing Works' annual Design On A Dime benefit. We tapped the intrepid design duo behind J+G Design, Jennifer Beek Hunter and Georgie Hambright, to give us some insight into their process, from ideation to installation. With a little bit of elbow grease and donations from a host of charitable vendors, including Canvas Home, Circa Lighting and Bungalow 5, the duo crafted a stylish home office that makes the most of pattern, color and texture. Click through for an exclusive look at how the gorgeous space came together.
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"When we went into the space it was essentially a 10 x 12 blank box," says Beek Hunter. "We wanted to make the largest impact with a limited budget. Therefore we decided to install moldings — base board, chair rail, and picture moldings — as well as wallpaper to really jazz the space up."
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"We did a quick sketch to map out our plan and figure out the amount and number of cuts needed. Most lumber yards have a really great online catalog to help you visualize. We were able to place our order over the phone and have it delivered directly to our future office space."
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"Once in the space, we remeasured the walls before making any cuts. This is an important step, as walls, especially in New York City, are often very uneven. Then we used a level to mark where we wanted the chair rail to go. This is really dependent upon the furniture you have going into the space; you want the back of the chair or table to fit right below the chair rail."
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"Once the chair rail was up, it was time to install the picture moldings. Decoratively, these made such an impact and added so much interest to the space."
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"After all moldings were installed, we painted everything Ralph Lauren Cloud Blue," she adds.
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"The final step was to install our wallpaper. We only needed half the amount since we were doing it above the chair rail. We used an amazing abstract pattern from Cuff Home for Black Crow Studios called Brushstrokes in Blue. Due to the abstract nature of the repeat it was ideal for a DIY, as we did not have to match up any sort of pattern; we literally cut and pasted to the wall. You can use any wallpaper paste from your local hardware store."
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"Keeping all of the moldings and the wall a monochromatic scheme was definitely a modern take on a traditional idea."
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"The end result was incredible! It's really amazing what a little creativity, [along with] moldings, paint, and wallpaper can do to completely transform a space. This is something you can easily do as a weekend project," Beek Hunter says. Patterned pillows by Madeline Weinrib soften the angular forms of a pair of rose gold-legged Tom Dixon chairs from Lumens. The glass-topped desk is by The New Traditionalists, from Viyet.
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"We really took the scale of the room into consideration and wanted each wall to be balanced. We love over-sized photographs, which we balanced with a grid of smaller photos on the opposite wall." This gallery wall displays photos by Nicole Cohen.
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A large-scale photograph by Rebecca Litchfield, available at TheseFineWalls, takes pride of place above a Parsons-style console table.
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"While we love a monochromatic look, [we suggest using] a variety of textures to create interest and add dimensionality. Even adding a small pop of color through books, art, or fresh flowers will give that 'wow' factor," she says.
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Floral photography by Ashley Woodson Bailey makes a sophisticated statement behind a pair of stone urns.
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