6 Tips for Setting up an Inspiring Home Office

Creating a home office that inspires and enables you to work effectively is easier than you think.

1. Dedicate a Space:
Whether your work area is a room or a table within a room, you need to have a dedicated workspace that allows you to focus on your daily tasks. Shop your home for pieces that can double as a desk, like in this photo where a kitchen worktable and bar stools are playing new roles.

2. Use Task Lighting:
Natural light is best, as we all love to soak up the sun! When the sun goes down, make sure that you have both an overhead and a specific task light. A task lamp will keep your eyes healthy and look great too!

3. Create a Wall Board:
Chalk, cork, or dry erase, whichever you choose, a board can help you stay on track. Post your child’s virtual learning schedule or a reminder to join a Zoom workout session! A paper schedule is a terrific visual reminder to supplement your digital calendar.

4. Sit Right:
You may not have the perfect ergonomic chair at home, but pillows and cushions can go a long way to enhancing your posture and ensuring your comfort.

5. Organize:
Keep papers tidy in a mail organizer, a folder, or a binder. At the end of each day, make sure you take a few minutes to file away papers and mail. You’ll love how you feel starting your day at an inviting desk.

6. Make it lovely:
A vibrant vase filled with fresh flowers, a framed photo from a fabulous trip, or a beautiful piece of pottery to corral your pens, stylus, and letter opener–all of these items can help you stay revitalized, and even better, organized.

Tips and Tricks

Welcome! For nearly 10 years, I have had the pleasure of working with clients to design their homes and commercial spaces. Each project is a collaboration to create a space that is beautiful, functional, and tailored to the personality and style of the homeowner–or the vibe that the commercial space seeks to evoke. While working closely with clients, I’ve often been told that I am a great source of information. I share my knowledge freely as we work together on projects. Completing a project is often bittersweet, because as thrilled as I am to bring a vision to life for clients, it often means much less time spent with people that you’ve come to know, and love, over the course of a project. Recently, one such client asked me, “How am I going to get answers to all of my questions now?”. Immediately, I decided to do a monthly feature where I provide tips and tricks related to home design. As you read, please sit back, relax, and most importantly enjoy your space!

6 Tips for Setting up an Inspiring Home Office