Get Organized! How To Create A Home Office You’ll Love

When we moved into our apartment almost three years ago, there was an odd bonus room just off the dining room. It was too small to be a lounge or family room, and with no door to close, just a large opening, the open concept space needed to look nice at all times since anyone could see it! I deemed it my new office and set out to make it look great, on a budget.014_ClaireHomeTourWhether you’ve got a corner, a closet, a nook or an entire room to create your home office I hope these tips will give you new ideas on how to arrange your furniture, and what elements you might consider purchasing to stay organized and keep your space looking pretty!
White-Loft-Kashuk-ConstantineOne of the first things to consider in the space is where you have access to power outlets, and how that affects where you can arrange your furniture. I had only one outlet and quite far from where I wanted to place my desk. My solution, an attractive and colorful extension cord that allowed me to place my desk where I wanted, and allowed the necessary wall space for added shelving above. You can find a similar one at Conway Electric015_ClaireHomeTour 018_ClaireHomeTour


The next most important element to consider is storage. How can you achieve maximum storage and minimal mess? Do you purchase a desk with lots of storage? You’ll notice mine had none! Do you have access to a closet to hide your mess, or can you install shelving on the walls? Do you need to purchase freestanding shelving? I had access to a closet (with no door or frame) so I created a fabric curtain to hide the mess and add a big does of color. I also wanted this sleek standing desk (made and designed by my husband), so I needed to maximize desk storage by adding shelving above. The white shelves above the desk are from IKEA. You can find similar ones HERE.
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Pretty Design Solutions:

Now you’ll want to start thinking about your particular storage challenges. For instance, as a designer I hoard magazines and fabric! I needed a way to keep my magazine collection looking good, and attractive storage with easy access to fabric samples. My solutions became a magazine rack installed on the wall with a pretty chair and side table added to create a small “reading area” and lots of baskets for all my fabrics.016_ClaireHomeTour 026_ClaireHomeTour

Make It Personal:

Perhaps the most important design element is, what inspires you?! How can you make your new office area reflect your sense of style, and feel like an inspirational place to work? I suggest jotting down a list of things that uplift your spirit. For me, that list looked like color, natural light, plants, personal mementos and space to create. My design solutions took shape in the form of an old art easel (found at a garage sale) that I use as a real life pin board, and shallow wall shelves to mix and match artwork that I find inspiring (shelving from IKEA). Plus, utilizing the natural light in the space by adding a light filtering natural woven shade and adding plants to the windowsill. 017_ClaireHomeTour 018_ClaireHomeTourWhat are your design challenges to create a functional and beautiful office area at home? I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for having me Wandeleur! XO – Claire

Photos courtesy of TheEverygirl from (Claire Staszak) Centered by Design’s home tour

About The Author: Claire Staszak is the emerging interior designer and blogger behind Centered By Design. Claire shares her work, DIY projects, interviews with creative entrepreneurs, and all things interior design on her blog.

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