More and more of my clients are working from home or are able to do a hybrid of work from home and show their face at the office. My client reached out to me from a state away because she wanted to update an unused space in her home to not only use as an office part time but also to create a designated space where she could focus on writing both her blog and her book. This is the space that she wanted to transform into her home office.
This is a mid-century ranch home with the most unique green concrete flooring, brick wall and large windows.....great bones! Things you want to ask yourself if you are a DIY'er is:
What will you be doing in the space?
What type of work needs to be done?
Will external clients be visiting the space?
Will colleagues visit for collaborative work?
What type of materials will be referenced and/or stored?
What type of equipment is required?
When will I be doing the bulk of my work?
Will I be making conference calls?
Will I be video conferencing?
Note: The last 2 questions are super important these days. If you are going to be video conferencing, recording webinars are live-streaming from you desk, you want to make sure to curate the wall behind you to represent you, your brand and expertise.
The next step is to plan out your space. We nicknamed this project "La Muse Writers Retreat", since her intention was to focus and finish her book once this space was pulled together. I space planned the entire room into zones for her because it was a large multi-functional space.
The next step is setting up your space. Once you decide on a concept it's much easier to go shopping. When you use my Online Design and Decorating Service, I come up with the concept, create the space plan and create a shopping list for you with clickable links for you convenience.
Some of the most common mistakes that I often see when someone is setting up a home office is lack of planning, inadequate storage and lack of space for essential equipment like printers and cord management.
When I do an online design and decorating project I rarely get "after" photos, so when I received these in my inbox, I squealed with joy! I just LOVE how it turned out! Every project has it's own set of challenges and this one was not different. This house has green concrete flooring throughout. I neutralized the wall color then layered on navy blues and natural wood tones because I love how that color combination works with those unique floors. I added a campaign desk, a comfortable upholstered desk chair and FLOR carpet tiles pull the whole color scheme together.
The most important thing to remember is to make the space your own! Your office should be a connection to yourself, your spirit and your productivity. It should afford focus rather than distraction and be a place you want to be and want to spend time in. That will positively influence you in the space and enhance the work you do there.
If you need help pulling together your office space and you live outside of the San Diego footprint, I can help you via my Online Design and Decorating Service. You can find more information on that service HERE.