Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tips & Ideas For Carving Out Room For You...Creating Space For A Home Office {Big or Small}


Lighting
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Well, as you know, I just completed my LOFT101.net Office Project and I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying my space and although this room is primarily designated as my office, it serves as my prayer room, craft room and my quiet place, when I need to "take a mental dump".  Remember, that post?  Taking a mental dump is needed sometimes...lol! 

What am I trying to say?  Well, just because I set out to create a room where I can work on my computer, do bills and blog, doesn't necessarily mean that's the only thing that room is good for! I guess a better name for it would have been,"multipurpose room" because it really is! I carved out a space for myself that I love and I want to show you how you can do the same thing too. 

Maybe you don't have an extra room in your home like I did, to create space for an office.  That's ok because you can work with what you have by being innovative and creative!  You have to think big, even though you may only have a small space to work with. 

I've shared some tips and photos from two of my favorite home décor sites, Home Goods and Wayfair. "You can find just what you need", as Wayfair says...lol and you really can save a ton of money shopping at their site as well as shopping at Home Goods.  Don't forget TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Target also, for grabbing some great buys.   It can be done, you can do it and once "your space" has been created, you will  absolutely love it!  This is a DIY weekend project for sure. So have fun, bargain shop and mix & match as much as you want...this is all about "carving out room for you"! ;-)



Candles
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3 Tips For Creating Space For A Home Office
 
1.  Rearrange furniture in your living room, preferably in a corner, away from high traffic.  Create enough space for your desk and chair, first, keeping it simple, so that it does not clash or take up too much space. The key is to make your office space functional and because you will include it within your living room area, make sure your the décor aesthetic of your "office corner", aligns with your overall living room décor.  Add accessories to your desk, that make your "corner space" pop!! 
2.  If you live in an apartment, check this out...wherever you have a window, if you have window, that's the area you want to work with creating your space.  If you do not have a window, that's fine too.  I say this because, having a window near your office space, immediately opens up that space and provides natural lighting.  Secondly, how lovely is it to have a window you can stare out of, while you are working!  Also, having a window will allow you to define that area more as your "office space" by adding window treatments that match the décor of the overall room.  It doesn't matter if the window is in your living room or bedroom, this will work well as long as you blend the color pallet in with the colors that are in the existing room.
3.  Here's an idea I did in the past and I loved it!  Using the largest closet space you have in your house or apartment, remove the doors and start creating!  Paint, wallpaper or decal the primary wall of the closet since this the wall you will more likely have your desk facing towards.  You want something nice to look at...lol!  Depending on the space you have to work with, you could possibly create additional storage by adding cabinets open face, with doors an/or cubby holes, for storage.  Also, if you did not want to paint or add cabinets, a mirror would be great, since mirrors give the illusion that a small space is larger than what it is.  Using a closet for an office is no secret and if you are creative in your thinking, you can really make this transformation look great!
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Furniture
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Accessories
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Lighting
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Mid-Back Task Chair
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Hull Crisp White Two Drawer Writing Desk
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Naples Writing Desk with File Drawers
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Randol Desk
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Network Office Chair
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Shaker One Drawer Cottage Writing Desk
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