Dining Room Home Office and Storage Solution

The Space: A dining room in a large modern home in Portola Valley, California.

Dining Room Before

The Need: The Client, a physician, often works from home. She enjoys working in her light and airy dining room and wanted to continue to do so but she also wanted her new home office to “disappear” when she was not working. The challenge was to create a functional, ergonomic home office that could close up and look “at home” in the dining room. Ample file storage (“that did not look like files”) was requested as well as drawers for misc. items which were needed when entertaining guests.

Photo H64 New Home Office Cabinet Closed

Photo H-64: New Home Office, Cabinet Closed

Photo H65: Office Cabinet Open

Photo H-65: Office Cabinet, Open

Photo H66: Printer Cabinet

Photo H-66: Printer Cabinet

Photo H67: Files Drawers in Cabinet

Photo H-67: Files Drawers in Cabinet


The Solution: InHouse wrapped two walls in rift oak cabinetry. A tall cabinet, which complements the verticality of the 16’ H. angled ceilings, houses the home office. In order to reduce the “mass” of this large cabinet and create additional visual interest, the design plays with the direction of the oak veneer of the cabinet doors. When folded back, these doors reveal an internally lit, completely functional home office with articulating keyboard tray, wire management and data/electrical connectivity. The adjacent lower cabinets wrap around and define the dining area, providing both storage for office equipment and much needed serving space for entertaining family and friends. In addition to the cabinetry design, InHouse provided assistance with the lighting and the selection of colors.