Great Spaces: This designer’s retro home office is punctuated by pops of colour
“The 1960s office is the only room in the house I didn’t touch”
Who: Shirley Meisels, a designer
Where: near Eglinton and Allen Road
Shirley Meisels likes being in the thick of things, so she plunked her home office just off the entrance to the Forest Hill home she shares with her husband, Mitch Altman; their three grown kids; and Penny, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. From her desk, Shirley has a view of her leafy street through large windows that fill the interior with light.
She runs the design firm Mhouse Inc. while Mitch takes care of back-of-house details, like accounting and updating the website. Pre-Covid, the couple shared the space, and Shirley was out of the office so much that they didn’t get in each other’s way. But, during the pandemic, they were on top of each other and outgrew the space—so Mitch migrated to the basement.
“The office is the only room in the house I didn’t touch,” Shirley says. She respected its 1960s provenance and kept the dark panelling and matching shelves as well as the flagstone fireplace. “I used to meet every client here in person,” Shirley says. “I still visit showrooms and see some clients, but now a lot of those meetings can be virtual. It’s cut down on my travel by 50 per cent.”