I'm half-ashamed to admit this but as design-obsessed as I am, I have actually never carved out a space for a home office in any apartment I've lived in. The closest I came was when a few years ago, I bought this cute little desk from Crate and Barrel and shoved it against a wall in my bedroom. I meant to add a white Eames shell chair to it, but never got around to it. So the desk sat in the corner, with no chair, and with a pretty mug set atop it for two years until we found out we were moving to Spain and I had to sell it on craigslist. A sad end indeed for that little desk.
I found that I never actually used my desk as a primary workstation because I was constantly working somewhere else--the library, my local Starbucks, study group at a friends' house, the dining room table. However, now that I find myself on my computer for around five or six hours a day sitting on the same cushion of my living room couch, I really feel that I could use a separate workstation. Somewhere all mine. Somewhere surrounded by images that inspire me, task lighting, and of course, a comfy chair (how amazing is that blue, velvet wingback chair in the last picture?!)
If you too want to create a beautiful workstation for your home, follow these tips:
- NEVER EVER buy office furniture. I can almost guarantee you that anything you buy from Office Max, Office Depot or Staples will not only be ugly but will also be poorly crafted and NOT age well.
- Instead, think outside the box. Anything can be a desk. In the first picture, the homeowner used a lacquered, wooden slab affixed to the wall to create her desk. In the third picture, the brushed stainless steel almost looks like kitchen counter material.
- Office chairs are ugly. Instead use something unexpected. I love juxtaposing different styles and materials. Got a vintage desk? Pair it with a modern chair. Got a metal desk? Pair it with a wooden chair.
- Hang or pin images, quotes, or family photos above your desk. Not only do they make the space pretty and personal but they will inspire you as you work.
- Have something living on your desk. Plants or flowers not only cheer up the space but they add a bright pop of color and freshness to any space.
(Photos: The Marion House Book, French by Design, HGTV Canada, Style by Emily Henderson)