Home Office or Inspired Sanctuary?

A lot of us have had to create ad hoc home offices on the fly during the pandemic. If you’re looking at a long-term home office, it’s worth thinking about how to take it from basic to beautiful. 

Take a minute. What kind of home workspace do you want to spend time in? Is it a serene creativity retreat? A power center that energizes you for high productivity? A home office with its own door is really helpful in separating work life from home life, but I’ve noticed that many home offices are kind of drab and overly focused on function. They don’t feel inviting. And when you spend so much of your time and energy there, why shouldn’t it? 

Any of my tips on room design, making rooms feel larger or painting a room are important for a home office, but here are a few more things to think about: 

  1. If you do a lot of reading, consider adding a comfy lounge or reading chair with good lighting.
  2. If you have clients, staff or family come to your office, add a small conference table or upholstered side chairs for relaxed conversation.
  3. An area rug, artwork, a plant and a few decor items will feel inviting as you start your day.

If (like me!) you don’t have a dedicated room for your office, check out my two other work-from-home posts: The Best Way To Carve an Office Out of Your Living Room and Working Well When Your “Home Office” Is Your Laptop. 

I’m working with clients virtually on how to improve their work and home spaces through better organization and redesign. Find out how working virtually with me can help you feel 100 times better about all the time you spend there now!

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