There are a lot of upgrades you can make to your rental so it feels less hasn’t-been-touched-since-the-’80s, but replacing the scuffed, dented side door? Yeah, probably never going to happen. Painting said door? Also likely not allowed. That leaves giving up…or stealing a genius idea from blogger Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel.
The solution to all your ugly door woes lies in Joy’s new office. Can you spot it?
Photo: Tessa Neustadt for Oh Joy
Sarah recently designed Joy’s new executive office, transforming a white box into one of the cheeriest work spaces we’ve ever seen. This is not your average cubicle-ridden office, folks. You don’t even notice the fact that there’s an industrial door lurking in a corner. “My executive office was previously the entrance and reception area of the building,” Joy explains. “Since I wanted to use it as a private office, we had to figure out a way to close off the ‘entrance’ door so that it would visually redirect visitors to an alternate entrance and hide the door from the inside as well.” The solution is so simple it’s kind of mind-boggling: curtains.