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How To Create The Perfect Home Office

It’s becoming increasingly common to work from home. Whether you are a blogger, a graphic designer, or any other profession that doesn’t necessarily require you to sit in a cubicle all day, working from home can be great as it allows you flexibility.

It also means you have to be extra organised and take care of simple things like ordering stationery yourself. You don’t want your work to interfere with your home as a place of relaxation though, so having a proper workspace at home really helps to keep the two separate.

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Interiors expert Jen Bishop knows a thing or two about the perfect workspace as she not only writes about interior design for a living, but she also does so from her home office. Jen let us in on her top tips on how to create the perfect home office and also told us a bit about her own workspace:

Measure up

To get the most out of your office area, ensure the style and size of your furniture suits the room. Corner desks work well in small spaces, whereas a wall to wall desk may be better suited to a larger or narrow room. Make the most of under desk space with storage options like mobile filing drawers and pedestals.

Give yourself space

Maintain spatial awareness when setting up your desk space – you don’t want to be cramped up facing a wall day in day out. If possible, face a window that offers a long-distant view. This will give your eyes the opportunity to shift focus away from the screen, which is necessary at least every 30 minutes. You’ll find that this simple exercise will boost both your concentration and mood.

Kick it to the side

A sideboard can be a fantastic storage option, while looking great. They also provide benchtop space for desk lamps or the perfect spot for a wireless printer. These act as great ‘work stations’ which encourage intermittent exercise.

Lighten up

Have a variety of lighting sources available for your work space – we draw energy from our surroundings. A window offering natural light and fresh air is ideal however a desk lamp can be useful for task lighting, especially in the late afternoons or mornings (depending on which direction your window faces).

Remove tangled cords

Wireless tech will free up desk space, reduce messy cables and increase overall efficiency. Think cordless for your phone, keyboard, mouse – almost anything can be wireless these days!

Maintain a ‘to-do list’

Set up a white board in your office to create a visual and updateable to-do-list. Alternatively, make the most of the calendar app on your smartphone or tablet, by linking it to your mailbox diary – enabling you to receive deadline reminders and on-the-go notifications.

What does colour say about you?

Choose a colour scheme for your workspace that balances your mood and energy. Vibrant colours are known to invigorate and inspire, whereas pastels tend to be calming and encourage concentration. If you’re a minimalist, opt for monochrome – for you, less is probably more.

Layer the colour palette

It really comes down to the rule of three – pick two contrasting colours and one base neutral such as white, black and blonde timber, or white, aqua and pink. Only use small touches of the most prominent colour. For example, pair your white desk and chair with aqua and hot pink accessories – it will make the hot pink ‘pop’ without being overbearing.

Add some life

Greenery or flowers helps to create a fresh atmosphere in any space and can be particularly motivating in the workspace, which has a tendency of becoming stuffy and stale.

Don’t overdo it

While it’s important to have an inspiring workspace that speaks to your personal style, it’s just as important not to overdo it and create something that’s ‘too busy’ on the eye. Try applying the ‘Coco Chanel Decorating Mantra’ where you style your workspace, then remove one thing. This might help with any unnecessary clutter!

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Thanks, Jen! After reading all your amazing tips for creating a workspace I am curious to hear about your own! What does your workspace look like?

My home office is right at the end of the house with doors out onto the deck. I’ve tried to keep it really simple and feminine without being girly in a cliché way. The colour scheme is white and gold with gold confetti spots on the walls. I recently had to make this room work double duty as a spare bedroom which was challenging, but because of the colour scheme it seems to work quite well! One of the best things about working for myself and from home is having more control over the aesthetics of my work environment. I try to keep it tidy and sparse, because if I filled it full of too many things I loved, I’d get distracted!

How often do you redecorate or change the look of your workspace?

I haven’t redecorated my office since moving into our home a year ago, which is a good sign it’s working. Other rooms get changed a lot more often! I am constantly inspired and finding a new favourite focal piece or trend.

Is there anything that absolutely doesn’t belong on your work desk?

Clutter! I hate clutter and multi-coloured ‘stuff’ that doesn’t match, it makes me feel itchy! I like to have everything hidden away which is why storage is so crucial in an office space. I recently partnered with Officeworks to help others enjoy the benefits of having an organised workspace –create a place for everything, and then make sure everything is in place!

What are the trending colours for spring/summer 2015/16?

The latest Dulux colour forecast which is literally just out claims we will all be embracing earthy greens and, shock horror, browns! We shall see…

August 21, 2015

Spring Clean: Top 6 Home-Office Beauty Essentials

Spring is on its way, baby – hurrah – so it’s time to look to beauty land to get gorgeous and spruce-up your work space. After all, it’s not just important to surround yourself with positive people; your office space matters too – ambient, luxurious and beautiful objects of desire will help put you in a good mood, look and feel great and perform at your best. These are a few of my favourite things…

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1. Burn for you: Relax, and produce your best work, via an aromatic journey with this luxurious, limited-edition Glasshouse Fragrances Triple-Scented Candle in Arabian Nights – White Oud, $42.95. It’s a glorious sweet and woody fragrance combined with saffron, white rose and amber. Love! Find it online or at David Jones, Peter Alexander, Sephora and selected boutiques.

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2. Pucker up: One lip balm to rule them all: the Sara Happ The Nude Slip: One Luxe Balm, $33, at Lulu and Lipstick is a cult beauty favourite you need now for your home office beauty kit. It’s guaranteed to keep your pout smooth and luxurious, offering the richest, glossiest hydration imaginable. Wear stand-alone or over colour for high-gloss shine and intense hydration repair.

beauty essentials, beauty, interiors3. Hands-on help: Soothe rough, dry hands fast with Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream, $19.95. It’s all about feeding and nourishing your hard-working hands with this super rich, all-natural cream, made with sweet almond oil, vitamin E and beeswax.

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4. The perfect pout: Kiss winter goodbye with this pretty spring lippy: Arbonne Smoothed Over Lipstick in Peony, $41. This great, moisturising formula goes on smoothly for long-wearing, luxurious colour to help you look and feel glam. Infused with fruit extracts for lip-volumising effects, it has a smooth, satin-glossy finish.

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5. A messy situation: Did you eat pasta for lunch? No problem: Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes in Pink Grapefruit, $9.95, will clean up your act in no time.  They’re also great make-up removers, made with natural cloth and infused with natural ingredients to keep your skin looking and feeling great. You’ll go from greasy to breesy, lickety split.

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Blushing beauty: Ain’t nobody got time to spend hours on make-up touch-ups, so get glam fast with this new little beauty: Arbonne Blush in Ballet, $41. It’s incredibly lightweight, mineral-infused pigment creates a natural-looking blush sure to give you a rosy outlook. Suitable for all skin types, this pretty pink is a great pick-me-up for fair complexions like mine.

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Feature image via womanandhome.com

August 6, 2015

How To Style Your Workspace On A Budget

Do you work from home or simply need a re-vamp on your usual workspace? The best way to inject a little style into this area of the home is to purchase a few useful trinkets which not only look good, but also make life a lot easier.

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Shop some of our favourite products below, or let them give you a little extra inspiration if you’re in-store or browsing online.

Planner

A monthly or weekly planner is an essential for someone who needs a little organisation in their life. Magnetic planners, whiteboards and chalkboards are all inexpensive pieces which are easy to update when something new pops up.

Pencil holders

Keep all your pencils, pens, highlighters and markers looking neat and tidy with the help of a pencil holder. You could go down the traditional route and use a wooden tin, or go for something a little more modern. Either way, you’re bound to find something which fits into your design aesthetic.

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Storage

If your desk is equipped with a drawer, invest in storage which will neatly organise all of your belongings. Here you can store some additional stationery such as a stapler, eraser, paper-clips and sticky tape.

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Sticky notes

Who else is guilty of leaving a myriad of sticky notes around their entire desk? Well, they are an essential! Keep them handy (next to your computer) for easy access and then transfer them easily into your weekly or monthly planner.

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Mood board

Even if you aren’t in a creative field, a mood board is a wonderful way to gather all your thoughts into one central place. Add pictures, quotes, deadlines and even bills (eek!) into your mood board, and keep in a place which will always catch your eye.

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Desk lamp

For those who need a little more light, a desk lamp is crucial – especially if you’re in a creative field. Choose one which matches your design aesthetic, however white or black is standard if you can’t compromise on colour.

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Candle

Set a relaxing, zen mood by burning your favourite candle during the day. Not only is it perfect if for creating a homely mood to any room, but they can also be used as storage afterwards – perfect!

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Motivational quotes

Who else requires a little extra motivation to get through the working week? Simply print off one of your favourite quotes and keep it in a frame on top of your desk. Instant-motivation!

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Images via Stephanie Sterjovski, Etsy, BHG, The Every Girl, Casa and Company, Harpers Bazaar, The U Lifestyle 

April 22, 2015

Home Decorating Ideas: How To Create A Home Office Space

Having a home office can be beneficial in more ways then one. It could be a great place for you to get your work done, or it could be somewhere you go to escape and unwind.

We’ve got 8 tips on how to set up your  home office space including ideas on space-saving, decoration and overall use of space in an effective and efficient way.

 

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1. Create your own space

The tricky part of having a home office is finding the space for it. If you have a guest bedroom you may want to convert it into an office space and have a pull out couch that could easily make the room revert back to its original purpose when you have guests. Another way is to make your own space, even from the most unlikely areas! If you have a wide corridor or space underneath your stairs you can make use of the available space and create a little study nook.

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2. Make your home office a clutter-free zone

Having a space that is neat and clutter-free is essential to get your head in the zone and get through your work. It’s easy to procrastinate and get distracted by what is around you and end up not getting as much work as you had planned.

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3. Surround yourself with inspiring images

A great way to decorate your home office is to have a frame wall with pictures that inspire you or pictures that make you feel like it is still your home. It could be images of your family on holiday, artwork or photography, or a moodboard you’ve put together.

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4. Make it homey

The whole point of having a home office is to be in the comfort of your own house. Just like the above example, family photographs can be a great way to bring the ‘home’ into the ‘office’. Another great way could be to bring in other decorative pieces that tie in with the theme of the rest of your house so that it’s continuous and provides that sense of familiarity and homeliness.

Be careful of making the office too cozy though, as that would distract you from work and take away from your concentration and focus.

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5. Create an exciting space

Buy furniture you are passionate about, don’t just put in a desk you’ve had for years that you’ve been storing in the basement. Invest in some key pieces and create a working environment that you are truly excited to be in.

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6. Add some colour

This is a great trick to make the space livelier, however it’s one to be careful with. Keep the room fairly neutral; don’t have a monochromatic bright wall, but maybe instead go for a subtle wallpaper to bring in a different conversation into the space.

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7. Add some texture

If you don’t like to have colour in your working environment, you can try to add some texture with beautiful timber furniture, for example. There are some stunning spaces created with just adding timber elements in a black and white space, or even just a white space.

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8. Think vertically

When you have a tight space and have a lot to store, think of creative space saving ways to store your things vertically. Think of the walls as an extra surface to take advantage of. Try hanging shelves where you can display frames as well as keep your books and files.

Remember this is about creating a space to fit a purpose so think about what you will need it for when it comes to designing it.

Do you work from home? Tell us about your home office in the comments!

Sevan Manjikian is a Melbourne-based fashion blogger, interior and jewellery designer and writes for the blog Seven Autumn Leaves.

September 3, 2013