Working retreat

The Old House Web

This room is designed to be more than a home office -- it has a fireplace, desk, window seat and two hidden doors. One door leads to the clients master bedroom suite and the other is a passageway to his private bar and smoking room.

door detail

One objective of the design was to hide as much of the office equipment as possible. The desk is integrated with controls for a television, VCR and computer. Cabinetry behind the desk houses a computer, printer and fax machine. The fireplace is a focal point with a green marble surround, a heavy crowned mantel and extra-large carved corbel supports. A flat-screen television hangs above the mantel facing the desk.

A small bar area behind the first hidden door is equipped with a wine refrigerator, a humidor and an exhaust system that vents cigar smoke directly outside. A heavy beamed coffered ceiling and paneled walls give this room a masculine feel. The ceiling also complements large paned mullions on the windows and French door.


This room earned a first-place award in the other rooms category of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition.

Designers: Peter Ross Salerno CKD, CBD; Peter Salerno, Inc.; Wyckoff, NJ. Joyce Dixion; Joyce Dixion Interiors, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Photography: Peter Rymwid

Products Used
Cabinets Salerno Kitchens



Just sink


Four-drawer refrigerator and humi-drawer

About the Author
The Old House Web

Search Improvement Project