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Beautiful home office: why you deserve and should have one

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More and more we are all working from home at some time, so if we want to do it happily we should create a beautiful home office that suits our style and is pleasant to be in.

Perhaps I’ve seen too many Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and Meg Ryan movies to see the office area within a home as anything other than an inspiring nook of pure decorative bliss. Having worked from a home office for the past twenty-five years, I can assure you that any time or finance invested into the décor of my little place of work has paid dividends.

Even though I have a studio away from the family home, it is in my little home office where I do my best work. The beautiful bustle of family life is a sound that brings out the best in me, and this is why I see great value in making the home office blend seamlessly with the overall décor of the other rooms. It is a permanent fixture that has received the same level of thought as the kitchen or bathroom layout in its conception, and therefore doesn’t need to be packed away whenever guests arrive.

Whilst the office area has a door to close it off from the entertaining areas, it is very rarely (if ever) shut. Visually inspiring from every area of the home, this office offers more than simply being a place for my client to work. It has become the backdrop to the lounge, dining and kitchen areas, with its floor-to-ceiling bookcase full of desirable objects, a desk worthy of a duchess, and seating and artwork that beckon your attention from every vantage point within the open floorplan in adjoining areas.

  • Invest in creative, thoughtful and practical storage that looks custom-made for your nook, all while inspiring productivity.
  • Consider all technical requirements and invest time into deciding where these are best positioned in terms of both accessibility and concealment.
  • Find a comfortable office chair, and then have it upholstered to work with your décor. Long hours at the computer are made more pleasurable if you are well supported.
  • Lighting is essential. If your desk is positioned in the heart of the home, consider a pair of table lamps. If you have a smaller desk, perhaps a task light is the better option. The idea is to wash your desk in an even layer of light. Personally, I prefer to work under a warm glow rather than the traditional white-wash, so try a few bulbs to find your preference.
  • Remember, a desk doesn’t always need to be positioned against a wall. If you are worried about unsightly power leads, use rugs to cover them.

A deskscape that is pleasing to the eye invites productivity. Dress your nook well. I have a wicker paper basket with a lid, in which I place bills, statements and private correspondence. This allows me to entertain in the rest of the house with ease, knowing that these confidential items are tucked away. A pile of books, trinket tray or basket for the stationery, and a coaster for a cuppa means I am all set and looking pretty.

8 tips to create a beautiful home office

1. Determine your own style of work

Everyone works individually. While some keep themselves happy and motivated with music, others need absolute calm to work . Some, in turn, need a lot of space for creativity, others can also get by with a small desk. Does the look out of the window distract you or does it inspire you?

Before you can properly set up your beautiful home office, you should therefore determine your type of work. You can then design your workspace in such a way that it ideally suits you and your workflow.

2. Find the ideal place for your home office

If you want to work in the home office, a permanent workplace is the most important rule. So you shouldn’t wander back and forth between the couch and the kitchen table with your laptop. Your desk should have a permanent place – and if your apartment allows it, it should be spatially separated. This is the perfect way to separate professional from private. If you don’t have extra space for your beautiful home office, you can just as easily separate this area with a few tools. For example, thin standing walls, bookshelves, curtains or plants are ideally suited as room dividers

But regardless of whether a separate room or home office is integrated in the living room – once you have determined your type of work above , you can now choose the best place for your desk. Does the view out of the window distract you? Then you prefer to put your desk in front of the wall – you can of course embellish it a bit with pin boards, frosted glass or a magnetic board.

3. Minimize distraction factors

If you want to set up your beautiful home office properly, it is important to avoid potential distraction factors. If you have your own office, you can hang a “Do not disturb” sign on the door so that your partner, parents or flatmates don’t keep rushing into the room. In addition, you shouldn’t necessarily place too many pictures, frills or even a couch in your study . Many pictures are more likely to attract glances and invite you to wander than one or two beautiful photos. The couch is also more inviting for a short relaxation than for you to concentrate on your work .

4. Set up a beautiful home office: create a good basis

In order to design your beautiful home office perfectly, the basis should above all be right. These include desk chairs and desks . This means that your table should have the ideal height and sufficient storage space. In order to work several hours a day here, you shouldn’t quickly steal the chair from the kitchen table, but get an ergonomic desk chair that you can sit comfortably on. If you would like to find out more about ergonomic work and your healthy, ergonomic workplace, please continue browsing through our magazine and read the blog post “Ergonomics at the workplace» With simple tricks for an ergonomic and healthy office workplace “.

5. Perfectly organized in the home office

Creative chaos or meticulous order? To be honest: Hardly anyone can concentrate well in chaos. The most effective way you work, if you can find important documents back quickly and your bits of paper are not already distributed over half the keyboard – we’re talking about probably from experience. It is therefore important that you have storage boxes or even a small filing cabinet available where you can put everything you need to work. Wherever there is toil, there is of course also rubbish. Therefore, you should also prevent chaos here and put a waste paper basket right next to your desk.

Of course, if you are more of the digital worker type, you can also use apps and computer programs to organize your tasks and appointments without chaos. This is the more environmentally friendly variant and the chance of chaos on the desk or in the study is lower than with the well-known paper system.

Good organization is important for good work in your beautiful home office. This is not only the case in the company, but above all in the home office at your home. Therefore, you should create a structure for yourself and clearly define your work processes. Organization through routines is the key word here. So you not only work faster but also more efficiently and you can enjoy your free time more quickly.

6. The ideal lighting

A good desk lamp or even proper lighting in the beautiful home office is often underestimated. Because with the right light, you can increase your concentration and boost your motivation! While warm, slightly dim light invites you to rest and relax, cooler, bluish tones in the light have an activating effect! If you want to set up your home office properly, daylight lamps are ideal and true little helpers.

Our tip: A dimmable desk lamp with daylight function is perfect for illuminating your home office well. If you have an extra office space, you should of course also take care of a good ceiling light that completely illuminates your room.

7. Decorative elements for a beautiful home office

So that you really feel comfortable in your study , it is important that you make sure to include a few cozy highlights when setting up your home office. For example, a nice photo of your loved ones on your desk, plants, a chic flower vase or a large, cool mural! The more personal your office becomes, the more comfortable you will feel. But be careful! It should n’t be too cluttered either , so that it doesn’t distract from the essentials.

8. Keep an eye on your most important tasks and deadlines

If you want to design your beautiful home office perfectly, you should definitely put it on a pin board. Pinboards or magnetic boards help you to keep an eye on all to-dos and deadlines and thus work more consistently. In this way you avoid procrastination and work as structured as possible. You also need sticky notes and pens for your pin board. But you can also use a whiteboard, here you just have to empty the whiteboard again and again when it is full. However, the most environmentally friendly thing here is also if you use digital to-do lists and apps or programs to avoid paper. The best thing to do here is to find what gives you the most inspiration and enjoyment while working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an extract from Bronnie Masefau’s book The Meaning of Home – A Place to Belong.

 

About Bronnie Masefau

Bronnie Masefau is a working mum, business owner and best-selling author. Her design portfolio includes projects throughout Australia, as well as internationally. Her commercial interiors have featured in the prestigious ‘Andrew Martin Interior Design Review’ (UK) and her residential work is regularly featured in both local and international design magazines. Bronnie lectures at the Design Academy. Throughout the past 15yrs Bronnie has been a mentor to those in the industry, bringing clarity and purpose both to Design and the Business of Design. Bronnie Masefau’s philosophy focusses on the ability to create a backdrop for life’s events. It’s this enthusiasm that has led her to produce the beautiful books Australian Vintage Living - putting the heart back into home, Australian Vintage Living - making anywhere home, Inspiring Through Creative Design and her New Release The Meaning of Home – A Place to Belong, with pages full of inspiring images and practical advice on how you can turn your house into a Home that is embraced by all. Find out more about Bronnie by visiting her website: www.bronniemasefau.com.au

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