Elizabeth Cooper creates cheerful home office inspired by iconic interior


Sometimes the universe has a fun way of giving you exactly what you need before you know you need it. This is what happened with the San Francisco-based interior designer Elizabeth cooper and his client. Shortly before the outbreak of the pandemic, Cooper’s friend and long-time client approached her. She needed an office renovation because her old space no longer cut it off. “She never wanted to spend time there,” says Cooper. So, they decided to make it a place she would never want to leave – just in time for orders to stay home.

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As a longtime friend of his client, Cooper knew exactly what the space needed. “She’s drawn to bright, cheerful colors and loves classic antiques,” says Cooper. “My main vision was feminine, floral and happy. I wanted it to have an English garden feel. She started looking for inspirational pictures to show her client. The iconic Parisian apartment of the 20th century socialite who became Baroness Pauline de Rothschild immediately came to mind. They both fell in love with the elegant grandeur of the space but wanted to create a modern version. Fortuitously, the walls of the chinoiserie reminded her of a certain Schumacher wallpaper she was eyeing. “I looked at it and had this light bulb moment,” she says. Madame de Pompadour by Miles Redd for Schumacher was the key to the English garden-style room Cooper envisioned.

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His vision of an English garden-style desk came together. Cooper installed wainscoting halfway up the wall to give the wallpaper some leeway, then layered small antique elements on top of each other to show the client’s love for those design eras. The safe next to the desk has been in the client’s family for generations. “The interior was already this green, which doesn’t quite match up, but I love that it’s slightly offbeat,” Cooper says. Touches of darker green throughout the office anchored the color scheme in a more elegant tone. She recovered the existing furniture, soft blues and cheerful pinks to accentuate the whimsy of the wallpaper.

The real test of the space took place weeks after the installation date. Over the past year or so, the office has gone from being a nice escape to a necessary part of the home. The client’s daughter quickly started using it as a virtual classroom, while she was also working from home. Cooper could never have imagined that their goal of creating “a space where she would actually spend time” would be so appropriate.


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