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Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

We’ve glimpsed some of Kay Sidahmed’s 1940s renovated bungalow when we featured her unique, stylish, and clever use of wallpaper in her home.  Today, we’re touring Kay’s cheerful home office. A set of French doors in the living room leads into the bright, welcoming space just off the main living room.


Kay runs her interior holistic design business, Oikasa, from her home office and the space embodies what Kay would bring to her clients — simplicity, uplifting colors, handmade and natural elements, and an organized and efficient use of space.



In her office, we see several examples of Kay’s creative handiwork.


As an elegant solution for keeping a clunky printer and other office appliances and cords out of plain sight, Kay hung these screen panels from The Container Store. In the bright afternoon sunlight, the pattern echoes on the walls.


She painted this chair with chalk paint and reupholstered the seat with a bright, graphic print from IKEA.


And in one corner, she covered two cork “mood boards” with a cable knit she made, and two with burlap and a mix of white and silver paint. She also hung a simple and pleasing montage of  white frames. “Whenever I see a pretty white frame, I add it to the wall,” she says.

The paint color is Benjamin Moore Teal Tone, “evoking the cool, serene waters of the Caribbean.” If a client wants advice on painting a room, she can help with shopping for supplies and can provide hands-on instruction. For some clients, she does exclusive color consultations. And, as we already know, she’s also quite knowledgable about wallpapering.


The room is small — about 10×10 feet — but there are two floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases which provide ample storage. We love how she uses a variety of storage containers (sizes and patterns) and doesn’t worry about it appearing matchy-matchy. It’s functional, casual, and real. The bright white paint on the built-ins and moldings add to the fresh, clean and peaceful feeling in the room.



We’ll be back to show you how Kay has decorated her home to encourage creativity, togetherness, and playful family time with her husband and two young children.

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