{friday finds: how to create the perfect home office}

Home offices are certainly popular. After all, working from home is convenient and efficient. But creating the right kind of workspace can be tricky. So, if you’re looking to carve out some office space at home — or improve what you’re already using — here are our tips to create the perfect home office.

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Scribner Desk from Vanguard Furniture | Hirshfield’s Design Studio

  • First, find the perfect location. Repurpose an unused room in your home, but make sure you are aware of what’s nearby. If you know you need peace and quiet to work, then the guest room next to the playroom may not be the best spot. Be aware of your working style and go from there.
  • Don’t have an extra room? Try claiming the space under your stairs. A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and a cork board for pinning inspirational images are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.

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Friday Finds: Be Inspired by Color in Your Home Office

With telecommuting on the rise and more Americans working from home, either for their workday schedule or in addition to their office hours, it’s time to take another look at the home office.

Ideally, your home office should be a place where you can settle in, focus on the work at hand, but also have aesthetics that you enjoy. When it comes to home office décor, you have amazing paint options that can add pizzazz and visual interest.

Wall color is Electric Blue 2061-40 by Benjamin Moore | Emily Ruddo Interior Design

 

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What makes a good home office? More Minnesotans are asking this question as the Twin Cities has experienced the fifth-biggest rise among metro areas nationwide in the number of workers based at least partly at home, according to U.S. Census Bureau commuting surveys. Between 2000 and 2010, the number rose by almost 22,000 people, to about 82,500, according to estimates. If you are one of these thousands, turn your home into a work-friendly environment with these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you’ve ever tried the “work from home” approach, you know how easy it can be to become distracted by a phone call, or the kids, or that pile of laundry that’s staring you right in the face. While good design can’t stop the phone from ringing or the kids from calling out your name, it can help cut down on distractions.

Since productivity requires efficiency and organization, home offices should be well-lit, stocked with storage, organized, quiet and comfortable. Yet since your home office is in your home, you don’t want it to have a sterile, overly-corporate feel. The key is striking a balance between “homey” and “professional.”

Dedicating one wall to shelves and storage will free up the rest of the room for furniture. It will also (hopefully!) prevent piles of papers and folders from being started haphazardly around the space – a place for everything and everything in its place!

Apartment Therapy

Curtains can help soften the space and hide the storage shelves.

House Beautiful

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