New Year, New Home: Creating a Comfortable and Efficient Home Office

January 24, 2011

With so many of us working from home, either full-time or part-time, creating a designated space for all of our work related materials is vital for ourselves and our home environment.  A private area to call ‘mine’ is crucial to provide privacy and efficiency.  Many of us use laptops and wireless connections, so the flexibility of our ‘office’ can be anywhere throughout the house, but the downside is that our work space often ends up being right smack in the ‘heart of the home’.

Wherever your ‘office’ may be, why not make it beautiful?
How do you have an office area amidst your living room or kitchen?
How do you create a dual office and playroom?
Surround yourself with eye-popping color, inspirational pictures, and efficient storage.  This room is quite appealing to me with the apple green walls, amongst the crisp white furnishings.  Lots of cubbies, drawer space, and shelving provides ample space to keep your paperwork organized. 
A place for everything and everything in it’s place.
Living rooms are often a dual {work and live} space.  When your living area is a place to relax  as well as to earn your bread & butter, make it inviting, comfortable, and playful.  I love how the built-in shelving holds magazines and paperwork for storage, but still displays interesting and personal accessories.  To achieve a space that incorporates two functions can often be a challenge ~ think about using a mix of shelving, partition walls, screens, cabinets, and/or a curtain.

Whether your desk is used for a quick check of your email or a full day’s workload, comfortable and efficient space, with {good lighting} is key.

Find a spot that is inviting and that you enjoy working in ~ Using textures and prints, sure make the space pretty.
Many spaces in modern homes have more than one purpose, so creating a room that functions as a playroom for the kids, and a home office for you, makes complete sense.  You can be with your kids, but do work at the same time.  Create a fun and inviting environment that fits both of your needs.  Incorporate bins, baskets, and/or storage for their toys and as well as a separate area for your work needs.  Introduce comfortable seating, artwork, and rugs.
This pull down hutch would fit perfectly in your living room or kitchen.  Write out some note cards and your grocery list, or check your email.  Easily close the door and all the papers and junk ‘stuff’ are out of sight!
An alcove like this can be perfect to work!
Do you have a nook in your home that you just don’t know what to do with?  Add a desk or built-ins and make it your own!  I love this adorable  U-shaped desk…it’s super cozy and with drawers and shelving, it fits quite a lot of storage. The white on white look with the chocolate stained floors is so fresh and contemporary.

Have fun with your office space! Create an environment (however small it may be) that you ENJOY WORKING IN.  Again, the key is to surround yourself with inspirational pictures, words, and artwork.
Whether you work at a desk, the dining room table, or on the sofa, create a comfortable environment that works for you and your family.  When working from home, it is very difficult to separate yourself from all the things that need to be done.  But at the end of the day, you have to walk away, and let your mind rest.  It’s a MUST for your body to recharge (I should take my own advice)! Kick back and RELAX
{Here} are some more ideas to design a functional, yet beautiful environment to work at home?
I do most of my work at my desk.  It’s small, but it’s centrally located in my home, and is a perfect spot for me!

Do you work from home?  Do you have a space or area in your home that is designated as your office? Or is your preference to work on the sofa or at the kitchen table?

Images Courtesy of: Benjamin Moore, pinterest, the inspired occasion, House and Home, House to Home


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  1. Marcus Design says:

    Hi Jenna! So glad that you popped by and said hello, and I am happy to have found your lovely blog!! I am your latest follower :) It will be fun to see how the 'Blog off' will turn out! I haven't done anything like it before, have you?
    Nancy xo

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