Redesigning My Office Space


So, while relaxing at the beach this summer, I started thinking about my "back to school" plan.  I find if I don't do this during the calm of the second half of summer, the back to school transition completely rocks my world.  Then, I'll wake up sometime mid October and think, "What happened to September?"  So, I like to get a mental plan!  If I can visualize some order to our weeks, then it will be so.  One task on my "Fall Bucket List" is more organization of my work space.

Many of you will be surprised to hear this, but I don't have a dedicated office space for my business.  That is about to change!!  The busier I get, the more I find I'm craving this kind of space.  So, I'm thinking about where my office needs to be in our home including a proper desk.   And I thought a little inspiration was in order!

Just look at this stunning dedicated office by Traci Roads Interiors.  

I'm totally drawn to this one too - I think it's the Bengal fabric and that cowhide rug that's speaking to me.
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Location, Location, Location
When working from home, office space needs to be in a place you enjoy being - since you are not punching a clock, it needs to draw you in - call to you!  If the space feels depressing, you will NEVER spend any time there.  You will end up at the kitchen island (which has been my spot of choice for far too long!).  I think for office space to really work, it needs to be in a convenient, pleasant place in your home.

If you need peace and quiet in your office or you are a messy worker (smile!), consider a guest bedroom or your own bedroom for your office.

On the other hand, if you are a multi-tasker and like to have lots going on while you work, then a main living space office may be the perfect spot for you.  Do you see that stunning office space behind the sofa?
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Here's a closer look - it's actually two separate stations!
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Also, consider those transition spots in your home that may have some "dead space."  These are the perfect place to tuck a small office which will be very conveniently located.
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Function is Foremost
Once you've decided on the perfect spot in your home,  you need to evaluate your office needs.  What type of computer do you have (is there a large hard drive attached or is it simply a laptop), do you have a printer, what type of filing/storage do you anticipate needing, does your desk double as a charging station/catch all for keys and mail?  All these items need to be considered when selecting the perfect desk.

Also if you are a messy multi-tasker (smile here!) with an office area in your main living space - you may want to think about a desk that can work with your tendencies while still looking stylish in your space.  With an armoire style desk, you can simply close the doors on all that productivity at the end of the day.
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I love this more modern version of an armoire by Habitat Desk which can totally make a space.

Just look how amazing this desk could be in a space.

Materials To Consider
I adore the look of wooden desks because wood always adds warmth to a space.  Also, you need to think about the style of the desk and making sure it compliments the other pieces in your home.  I am totally in love with the idea of adding a hint of modern style to an otherwise traditional space, like this writing desk.
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To get this kind of look when paired with the more traditional desk chair and accessories.
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Like all organization, it only works if you use it.  I often tell clients that every day items need a home that is easily accessible.  You are more likely to put it away if it has a home, and the home is convenient.  My plan is to get my own office space established before school starts.  And of course, I'll share pictures of it with you when I'm done! M.



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9 comments:

  1. office space for rent in Bangalore is very coastly but be careful while choosing a office space

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  2. My 'office' is a spare bedroom -- no bed just 2 desks and lots, and lots, and lots of stuff. Magazines, design books, bulletin boards, tools, tapes, folders, stationary, pens, markers, etc. etc. etc. I SO ENVY the offices you have shown in this post! They are lovely. Oh to be so organized! Good luck on your dedicated work space!

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  3. Timely post, Mandi. I just had one leave the nest and I'm taking over her bedroom for my first ever dedicated workspace. Super excited, and I'll be referring to this post again!!

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  4. I do have my own office space but in need of bookcases and a new desk...great inspirations!

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  5. Currently, I am waiting for my new desk to arrive so I have been thinking a lot about designing my very own office space as well. Wonderful inspirations! Love that modern desk with the wooden legs!

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  6. I love the unique looking office chairs included in your posts! I think so many of the make the rooms. I actually recognized the Joplin European White Leather Chair by Woodstock as the chair in the first pic, but I also adore the armoire style desk you highlighted too! The wallpaper on its interior is fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I am working home based and I always wanted my workplace to be in our bedroom. I love the 3rd photograph, seems so relaxing to work on that position and whenever I feel tired and sleepy I will automatically lie down to my comfortable bed (how I wish to have my home office as beautiful as these pictures you have shared)

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  8. I usually spare a desk and chair, plus a file cabinet for my office. And of course, office supplies and equipment! Haha! As much as possible, I avoid having clutter because it can distract me from working.

    Clayton @MetrOffice.com

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  9. Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post. interior design

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Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.