When interior designer Leanne Ford moved her husband, Buck Mason cofounder and CEO Erik Allen Ford, from Los Angeles to the suburbs of Pittsburgh to establish a family headquarters, she knew exactly how to make the cross-country transition easier for him. She dramatically transformed the well-worn third floor of their 1900 abode into a cozy home office, complete with a dreamy Zoom background and guest suite for out-of-town visitors.
First, Leanne ripped out one of the level's three bedrooms to form a big, open-concept space that now includes Erik’s work zone and a snuggly living section. Knocking down multiple walls meant she needed to patch the original wood floors, which she did using scraps from the demolition. She had also wanted to vault the low ceiling, but structural restraints like giant beams foiled that idea.