Hello my lovelies! Happy Memorial day!
I remember about 17 years ago when my daughter (who is now 19) was just a toddler, I had a really strong desire to work from home. I hated the thought of having to drop her off at daycare everyday and I just wanted an opportunity to be able to work from home and take care of my baby. I searched high and low, but there were just not that many options out there. I tried unsuccessfully for a while to sell Avon products, but that wasn’t paying the bills. I eventually found a company that after buying some expensive equipment, allowed me to take their customer service calls from home. That didn’t work very well with a needy toddler, so that was very short-lived.
Fast forward to today, and most of my colleagues and friends work from home. Most people I know either have home-based businesses or telecommute for larger corporations. A large percentage of my clientele does. Great opportunities are out there to plan world domination right from the comfort of your home office, or spare bedroom closet in some cases 🙂 Working from home has almost become the norm.
So with so many people working from home, how do they stay motivated and inspired to be creative? How do they separate the home life from the work life? How do they block out distractions to be able to get some work done? How can they feel confident having those video conference calls with the boss without worrying about clutter?
Today, I will show you a few inspiring work spaces that we created, and offer some tips on how you can achieve the same look and feel in your home office
This space had to function as an office, a sitting room and a library. It was created as a “she-cave” to indulge in a well loved hobby, and having a few people over. This space would be ideal for someone who works from home occasionally from a laptop and not necessarily for someone running a major business operation. The key to this space is that it is multi-functional.
This space was created for an oil executive who works outside of the home, but wanted a dedicated space in his home to get some extra work done. He wanted to be able to close it off at the end of the night and so we created this dedicated study for him
This space was created as a dedicated home work area for two siblings. The layout allows each child to have their own space and the pops of color will hopefully motivate them to do the work 🙂
This work space was actually squeezed out of a small studio apartment. You can see that it’s just one room that had to include a sleeping area and a sitting area. A lot of storage was not necessarily required at this point but could be added later. The color palette was kept light and airy to make the space feel larger
This space was completed for a client who runs a utilities company, but only works from home occasionally. He still wanted to have lots of storage and a space that is well pulled together.
Even an 800 square foot apartment can manage to incorporate an inspired work space. This space was created for a nursing student who needed an area to get studies and homework done. We carved out this tiny area off the kitchen to be her dedicated work space.
This space was created for a stay at home mom who does the accounting for her husband’s company. She needed a dedicated office that she can lock away when the kids get home from school. We even included a separate area off the kitchen where she does homework with the kids (not shown)
If you work from home, hopefully you have been inspired to create a space that will work for you. Whether it is a dedicated room, or just a small closet, here are some things to keep in mind
Avoid clutter. Bring in only things that will be used or decorative items to make the space beautiful
Include tons of storage and items to keep you organized
Invest in a comfortable office chair
Incorporate a white board or cork board
Incorporate good lighting
Don’t allow work to spill into your home life and vice versa
Have a spot to sort mail – include a trash can for junk mail
If you need professional guidance with creating an inspiring work space in your home, please give us a call
Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!