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Designing a home office often involves finding ways to disguise the essential pieces of technology. But this new HP laptop changes things in ways that even my lovely sleek Apple MacBook Pro can’t. HP partnered with Vivienne Tam to create this masterpiece in Tam’s typical ‘China Chic’ style.

HP laptop

I love peonies. I love red lacquer. I love chinoiserie. I just never thought I’d see them all come together on a laptop! So it got me thinking, what if a home office were to be designed around this laptop? What would it look like?

Well, first there’s the literal interpretation, with red chinoiserie wallpapers and fabrics and Asian-inspired furnishings. This stunning room is from the Betsy Burnham Design web site (as are a couple of other pics in this post).

Home office

Or a lighter, airier, more modern version like this one from Livingetc.

Home office

Osborne & Little has a beautiful peony wallpaper that would be perfect.

Osborne & Little wallpaper

Or you could go with a much lighter look – floral patterns, ladylike furniture, splashes of peony pink and yellow.

Home office

Or this more neutral version of ladylike living.

Living room

Then there’s the other end of the scale – a dark, dramatic look with deep red, charcoal and metallics. This would work well for a work space incorporated into a living room, dining room or bedroom. This room is from The Rug Company’s web site which has an amazing picture gallery, full of inspiring roomsets.

Red and black room

Or, minus the red…

Dramatic dining room

But I think my favorite option is to go with a monochrome look and let the laptop really stand out on its own.

Home office

Home office

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