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The Inspiring Home Office

If you work from home like I do, you know this to be true: there is nothing more demotivating than the prospect of working in a disorganized, uncomfortable, and artless home office. We can forgive the mess from time to time (just for you Steve), but not a workspace that inspires nothing. Devoid of character, or any sense of style. Take a hint from these lovely (and organized) home offices and get to work on yours, with a little effort, some imagination, and these six basic rules…

#1 LET THERE BE LIGHT

Decide on where you want to set up your workspace. Pick a spot in your house with lots of bright, indirect, natural light. As long as the light isn’t glaring, near a window would be ideal, and bonus points if it’s got a view. Though a low-light environment is said to spark creativity, I’m arguing that it is not the only thing that can help to inspire those brilliant ideas. On the other hand, bright light improves mood and productivity. You’ll work better, feel better, and it’s good for the planet.

#2 MIND THE DESK

Whether you’re buying a brand new desk, upcycling an old one, or building one from scratch, consider the following: the space it’s going to be in, your surface space and storage needs, and the style you have in mind. And don’t forget ergonomics. Here’s A Quick Tip to Find Your Ideal Desk Height.

Photo from Tess Guinery

#3 DON’T FORGET THE CHAIR

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from working in bed, or the kitchen counter, so don’t take that chair for granted. Choose one that weighs light but provides good back support. Soften a not so comfy chair with a cushion or throw. And here’s a simple idea if you’re stuck with that officey office chair.

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Sarah Lis Smith via West Elm

#4 ORGANIZE, BUT FIRST…

There are a million tips on how to get organized, but the first and most important one is: to purge. Get rid of all the things you don’t need or rarely use. Those ten pads of post-its, or that growing inspiration file of magazine pages that are inspiring nothing but dust. Purge before you decide on wall shelves or other organizing supplies. Trust me it will be simpler. Some mess might still happen, but not in an insane way again. We’re not going for immaculate, but for a realistic balance that is sustainable.

Photo from Homedit via Brit + Co

#5 LET THERE BE PLANTS

If you’re not into gardening, at least consider the idea of a few plants on your desk or in your home office. Two or three (ok, or ten) are wonderful as decor and will bring in that green for creativity and some good vibes. The benefits of having them will far outweigh the care they’ll need from you. Don’t know which plant? Here’s a quick guide to picking the perfect office plant.

Photo by Riika Kantinkoski via My Domaine

Photo from Front + Main

#6 A LAST WORD: INSPIRATION

Don’t forget to liven up your workspace with some inspiring art and objects that you love. Curate them well and let them remind you of why you do what you do. This is especially true when your work is your life, and because sometimes, even the work you love can feel like work.

“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Love the tips! I want an Eames chair to go with my home-office!

    March 10, 2016

  2. Such gorgeous spaces! And great work tips 🙂

    October 7, 2016

  3. I just love this aesthetic, it's very Danish and minimalist. A style of house which I aspire to have!
    Kate || http://www.katerattley.com

    March 7, 2017

  4. Beautiful! Thanks for these tips. I didn't know my workspace was so dull until I stumbled upon this.

    April 9, 2017

    • Thank you! Wishing you a workspace after your own heart 🙂

      May 6, 2017

  5. Such Good Ideas! So beautiful!

    May 3, 2017

  6. am so pleased with these photos, inspirational masterpiece

    May 16, 2017

  7. woow i like all of your picture its so so nice

    May 18, 2017

  8. Thank you for this! I'm redoing my entire apartment and have been battling on colour scheme and layout of my office space. So helpful!

    http://www.thealmachronicle.com

    June 8, 2017

  9. awesome idea.. feel comfortable for work 🙂

    June 14, 2017

  10. Beautiful….Its amazing.

    http://www.joeotoole.net/

    July 28, 2017

  11. Nice post.. I like it very much

    August 12, 2017

  12. Such pretty spaces!! I love all of them! <3 Thanks for the inspiration!
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com

    September 8, 2017

  13. wow it's amazing

    September 17, 2017

  14. These look great!

    October 9, 2017

  15. hey i love your tips :*
    Thanks for sharing

    October 11, 2017

  16. These designs look super beautiful

    October 12, 2017

  17. I love those ideas!! The offices are absolutely stunning!

    STYLEQUEEN101
    stylequeen101.com
    Instagram– @stylequeen101xo

    October 29, 2017

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