Home Offices That Work
Working these days, more than it ever has, often means working from home. And if we do have to work from home, let make it both glamorous and efficient! So here are a few “home rules” for your at-home office:
First Rule: Make it glamorous
Remember, the office is your home, so even if it’s a work space, it should reflect your home’s design and your personal aesthetic. If that means a 6-foot chandelier, graffiti covered walls, and an antique desk, so be it! You should love working from home, not dread it.
Second Rule: Keep it organized!
That means plenty of storage, cabinets to keep ugly printers out of sight, deep drawers to hide the scads of paperwork that computers were supposed to free us from, and plenty of shelves for everything that doesn’t fit in the drawers and cabinets!
Third Rule: Keep it real
I love designer Betsy Burnham’s home office because not only is it pretty as can be, but you can tell work is really done here. It’s organized, but not just for show. All those storage boxes reflect the way a designer really works - samples, samples, samples, and every client gets a box (or two) of their own!
PS- The boxes are all from Ikea. Style needn’t always cost a fortune!
Fourth Rule: Anyplace can serve as your office
I’d imagine the below photo is merely one wall of a larger room, but for all we know the rest of the room could be a bedroom, or kitchen! If you look closely, the desks fold up and the shelves fold down, meaning this home office turns into a sleek storage wall when not in use. Take another look at the 2nd picture in this post - it’s tucked into a stair landing or small loft space. And Burnham Design’s office (pic 3) is on top of her garage! A home office can literally fit anywhere in your home, and doesn’t need to take it over!
Alas, It’s a beautiful day outside, and here I sit at my computer typing. I’d better wrap it up so I can enjoy my summer week!
For more home office inspiration, please visit my Working From Home Pinterest board.