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Photo by Claire Boeshaar
Photo by Claire Boeshaar

See how a coat of paint and a few stylish updates helped brighten a Fairway office

When Claire Boeshaar and her husband, Brad, moved into their Fairway home two years ago, they were drawn to the unique details of their 1942 Cape Cod, as well as the neighborhood that surrounded it.

But when it came time to combine their styles, they faced a bit of a roadblock—especially in the office.

Once a three-season room, the space the couple wanted to use as an office had become a hodgepodge of items the two owned before they got married, with no cohesive look. While Claire’s taste was more modern, Brad’s leaned toward traditional, and a balance needed to be found.

“It was a little rough when we got into it,” Claire Boeshaar says. “I wanted to blend our unique styles in a way that we would both enjoy and feel comfortable in.”

The office before. The office before.

One of the first changes the homeowners made was to the existing flooring, which consisted of carpet tile over linoleum. Out went the dated carpet, and in went wide-plank wood laminate. Another change that made a noticeable difference: the paint color.

“I just really wanted it to be light and bright,” Boeshaar says. “It was crazy because it had so many windows and yet it felt so dark.”

Claire and her husband slapped on a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, and suddenly the bright and airy vision they had imagined was brought to life.

The office after. The office after.

“The simple step of lightening up the space was really what felt like the biggest transformation,” Boeshaar says.

A set of vintage rattan chairs that Boeshaar found on Craigslist brought warmth to the space, as did the vintage rug that added a pop of bold color. An old-school oil painting from Reused Furniture in Overland Park is a nod to Brad’s traditional style, while the Ikea desk and tulip table from CB2 give the space hints of modern, clean lines.




“I love the mix of modern and traditional,” Boeshaar says. “The light that comes in in the morning is really nice. Although it’s mainly an office, it’s now also a great place to sit down and have breakfast.”

To see more of Boeshaar’s design inspiration, check out her blog.