When I knew we were moving, I couldn’t wait to create my own little office space. We’ve moved from a small two bed cottage to a three bed extended house, which has created a lot more space for our little family. Not only does it have 3 bedrooms it has a larger living space downstairs, so at first I thought about creating a small space downstairs in the middle room and then using the third small bedroom as a guest room. Then we decided that I will be working more often than we will be hosting, that way we gain more use out of the box room upstairs. I say box room, it is actually quite a good size although squeezing in a double bed for guests would have made it much smaller. The people that lived here before also had it as an office but had quite large, dark furniture in the room and green walls.
The room has a lot of natural light being at the front of the house so I thought just plain white walls would be best to keep it feeling as light as possible. The paint and the white blind was the only money we spent on the room, as I utilised a lot of the other stuff from my last work space. I’ve downsized desks to this beautiful wooden one which belonged to my in-laws (similar here) and they now have the larger white Ikea one that I bought originally. I love having the desk next to the window, it really feels bright and airy.
Keeping my desk clear, especially now that it’s smaller is vital as I know I would get easily distracted tidying it up and rearranging things! My desk essentials include a weekly planner so I can set myself a schedule, my diary and notebook so I can scribble ideas and make to do lists, along with having hand cream and lip balm in easy reach.
Chair Ebay, similar here, sheepskin rug in blush £34.99 Dunelm, lamp Homesense, similar here, blinds start from £43 John Lewis, rose paper clips and bulldog clips £2 each at Sainsbury’s, planner £3.50, Sainsbury’s, Neal’s Yard hand cream £10 Waitrose, Lanolips multi-balm £7.99 Lookfantastic
I’ve also created a small gallery wall above the desk, and used wall velcro to stick the frames up so that I can change it easily later. I stuck to a rule of three here as I didn’t want to add too many pics to a small wall, but these three different sized pieces all fit nicely above my desk.
I also have the white ladder shelf that used to be in our living room which I use to keep all my books and paperwork etc. I’ve spread the books out across the shelves and have stacked and organised them in similar colours so they are all look neat. Mixing in objects and ornaments adds interest to your shelves as well as being practical.
I really believe that having a space to work from home that is separate to the rest of the house is important in allowing you to be productive. Even if you’re working area is not in a separate room then it’s still important to try and shut off in order to keep you’re home life and work life separate, if you feel like the lines are blurred then you will feel as if you never switch off. Whatever job it is that you do from home try creating an area with some inspiring artwork, maybe your favourite scented candle or even having some fresh flowers on a desk will make it a space that you enjoy being in. I would love to hear about your home office space or current interior make overs? You can find my home office inspiration here.