GINA HARRELL | NYC How do you maximize your small space? By keeping it as uncluttered as possible, which means having places to tuck things away. I’m a magazine nut, so I always have a bin close by to keep the stack organized. And my kitchen cabinets hold more office supplies, DVDs, scripts and video treatments than pots and pans!
Any workday pleasures? I work best with a lot of things going on, so an office facing the street is great for me: The constant distraction of little kids peeking in the window keeps thing interesting. When I’m stressed, I like to burn incense and candles.
KELLY RUTHERFORD | Los Angeles Why a home office that’s separate from the house? It’s so freeing to have a place that’s completely private and away from the distractions of my life—a little oasis where I can read a script or write a note to a friend. Rutherford converted a 300-square-foot garage into an office studio; a winding garden pathway connects it to the house. (P.S. Her son was born not long after this photo was taken.)
How do you stay organized? I love to make collages, so I had shelving built across the back, and put my materials in white IKEA storage boxes. Before, I’d keep things stacked in piles and get overwhelmed, but now I can just choose whatever project I want, take the box down and do it.
LARA SHRIFTMAN | Los Angeles How do you use your space? I have three corporate offices, so I like to use this one to just think and generally get inspired. I write all my personal notes here, usually late at night or early in the morning. I love stationery—I actually collect it—and it’s nice to have all my favorites at my fingertips.
Inspired by a photo of the Baccarat Crystal showroom in Paris, Shriftman hired designer Tim Andreas to turn the former maid’s room into a loungelike office.
How do you avoid clutter? For me to be inspired, everything has to be organized, so I converted a closet into my desk area and added built-ins for my stuff. When the tufted custom-finished doors are shut, it looks like a decorative wall—no mess! Plus, I hide not-so-glam things like the stapler and paper clips in mirrored boxes.