Do you work from home? If so, do you have a dedicated area where you get stuff done? For me, it’s really important to have a dedicated workspace that is tidy, calm and feels like me.
As my desk faces the wall, I chose a peacock-themed wallpaper (provided by Graham and Brown). The room is otherwise very white, with lots of straight lines, which I love, but the feature wall warms it up.
I love sparse, Scandi interior design, but I have SO. MUCH. STUFF and I share the office with my husband, Mark, who also has masses of records and other items that make up his portfolio, so our office was never going to be a minimalist space, but it is pretty well organised.
The fitted shelves make the best use of the recesses either side of the chimney breast. That’s my shelves on the right and his on the left. As you can see, mine are groaning with cookbooks as they’re so fundamental to what I do. Meanwhile, those file boxes at the bottom are packed with samples awaiting experimentation. I keep meaning to purchase something a little more aesthetically pleasing.
I got the little script covered boxes to keep paperwork out of sight, but still organised enough for me to keep on top of before they eventually migrate to this filling cabinet on the other side of the room. They offer a finite amount of space, so ensure I sort through my paperwork with reasonable regularity.
A space to relax and focus
I love the sofa on the back wall of our office. It gives me somewhere to retreat to with a cuppa and my notepad when I need a break from the computer but still want to remain work-focused.
The cushions have slowly multiplied over the years and tend to switch at random with the ones in the living room. As you can see, I love a good peacock print.
My workspace and my personality
I knew as soon as we started planning the office space that I wanted a white, bright canvas covered with lots of pictures, and that I wanted the style to be eclectic. There are vintage pieces, models, family photos, keepsakes and pieces of Mark’s art.
The mannequin was a gift from my mum, which Miss J and I painted white shortly after we moved into this house. It’s unusual, I know, but I love it and it’s stands guard over our growing collection of DSLR lenses.
Our office really is a reflection of my personality, Mark’s and that of our family as a whole. It makes me feel really comfortable, ‘at home’ and safe.
Creating a workspace that works for you
If I had one piece of advice for any homeworker dreaming of the perfect home office, it would be: don’t emulate anyone else, find a style that works for you.
Remember, you’re going to be sitting in this space for many, many hours every single week, so if you’re a naturally messy person, you’ll never be able to maintain an empty desk and things will quickly get cluttered and demotivating.
I’ve embraced my organised chaos with a box, drawer or notepad for every occasion. Sure, it’s not quite Instagram-worthy expanses of untouched space, but it’s characterful, manageable and I always know where I am. Most importantly, it’s exactly what I need it to be.
This is a commissioned post for Simply Business