You guys! What a crazy last couple of weeks this has been. If you are like me, you went from working at your office or studio to staying at home and homeschooling your kids and trying to figure out this new normal schedule that is really not a schedule. It has not been an easy transition. I haven’t worked from home with my kids at home for a few years now and I forgot how easy it was to not get anything done. Someone always needs something or they’re fighting over a game (or a remote if you aren’t worrying about screen time…no judgements here)! Or you are trying to work from the couch, but you keep getting distracted by binge watching The Great British Baking Show (I mean, not me…just kidding! Totally me!). If you need to designate a space or revamp your current home office, then this is totally for you! We are sharing 5 steps for creating an inspiring at-home work space.
Here is the deal…you didn’t plan for this situation and you might be struggling to find the right space for a home office. You need a space that inspires you, invites you to work and makes you happy to be there! This can be a designated space, like a literal room used as an office. Or maybe you are snagging space at your dining table or kitchen counter or a corner of your bedroom. We have ways for you to make this space a place that you can get work done!
This might not seem important for your home office space since this is only a temporary situation, but we don’t really know how long this stay at home thing is going to last. This is a place that you may have to spend some time in over the next few weeks, so why not make it a place that you want to be.
So how do you do that? How do you figure out if you prefer cozy minimalist or farmhouse chic? Start pinning images of offices that you love and that you think you might want to have. Look at what what the common elements are in those rooms and incorporate those things. How do you want to feel when you are in there – focused, relaxed, happy?Do you want the style match your home and feel cohesive. If you are choosing to make an office in a corner of your bedroom or living room, then you probably want to make sure that it feels like an extension of that current space.
Find a rug, art piece or pillow that expresses the type of feel, brand colors, etc that you want in your space and use that as a jumping off point for your color scheme, design style, etc. This could be something you purchase (support small business if you can!) or something you already have in your home.
Once you have a piece that inspires your color scheme you can choose the other elements in the room that will work that piece. For instance in my office, I have an art piece with dark blue, terra-cotta, green and gold hanging on my wall that I used as my color scheme jumping off point and the accessories and pillows I chose for my office work with that art piece.
Decide on what you need in your office for it to be stylish and functional for you. How you use your space will determine the furniture that you need.
Here are some basic items that you might want to consider. Obviously if you are starting from scratch then you will need a lot of these items, but if you are taking up a part of the dining room, then you won’t need to work about a desk or adding a comfy chair.
I tend to choose furniture pieces that are more natural, so that I can change around art, pillows and accessories to give my office a new look if I want to.
What sort of accessories should you choose?
Brittany Krupnik is a real estate investor, designer and home stager. She creates spaces where life can be enjoyed - whether that is reimagining a space and bringing it back to life through flipping, helping someone envision themselves and the life they can have in a new home through staging or designing a vacation rental that serves as the backdrop for families and friends to create memories.
Brittany has staged over 500 homes and designed over 250 homes. When she is not designing, you can find her reading, traveling or trying out a new restaurant. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband and 3 kids.
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