My Perfect Workspace

So here it is – my perfect workspace.  Lots of natural sunlight, large work area, ample storage, bright white walls (which are necessary when working with color all day), everything within arm’s reach, a wall for pictures, a comfortable task chair, and most importantly, a door.
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     The last few weeks I have been spending a LOT of time at my desk, finishing up my last few projects designing clothing before I make the big switch over to interior design full time in a month’s time.  As I sit at my desk for hours on end, I can’t help imagine what I’ll do with my current workspace once I make the transition.
     I would like more than anything to have my own office with a door – my own little sanctuary, if you will, where I can close the door and forget about all the other worries in the household.  However, with two young boys who are constantly getting into trouble, I  have my desk situated out in the open where I can keep an eye on them both – in a corner of my family room, where I can also see what is going on  and can play referee from across the room, if need be.
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Above is a picture of my workspace – Command Central, I like to call it.  A Mac Pro, two Wacom tablets (one being a Cintiq tablet monitor, enables me to make sure my 13 year old is actually doing his homework and not checking sports scores or playing Minecraft on his computer in his bedroom)  Gotta LOVE Apple Screen Share. (Parents – let me know if you would like more info on this – it’s easy to set up and my child feels like he has some independence, yet I can watch his screen from another room without having to hover over him)

At the moment my desk isn’t glamorous – but it’s practical.   The picture above was taken right after the cleaning lady left a couple of days ago.  As I write this, it resembles a disaster zone – paperwork on one side, fabric swatches on another, thread books, bead samples, Pantone color chips, and I swear I don’t know how this happens, but all 5 cordless phone handsets always manage to end up on my desk.    I promise when I get my desk the way I want it, I’ll post a new picture.  But for now, I’m not perfect, so I’m fessing up.

Unfortunately working from home and having my desk out in the open comes with a price tag – my kids can see me too, which means that they are constantly interrupting me and my concentration is not what it should be.  For example, my 7 year old is currently obsessed with apples and is constantly asking me to cut them up for him.   I know – I should make him bite into it and eat it whole, but  he has no front teeth.  So I cut them up for him every time – call me a softie…  Another thing, he loves Spongebob, whose voice makes me absolutely cringe.  Luckily, I always have my  Bose noise canceling headphones  nearby to maintain my sanity while working.  My Bose headphones – hands down, the most invaluable piece of equipment in my house!

     Enough about me – let’s take a look at some awesome home offices…

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Lots of natural sunlight, plenty of storage both underneath and behind the workspace, a nice size desktop, a bulletin board to pin inspiration.  The wood desktop, natural bulletin board and wood floors provide the room with warmth against the white cabinetry. And love those white Eames chairs

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I love that this home office adds a touch of glam with the chandelier above and the cozy little chairs.  I would, however, change the desk chairs.  A comfortable desk chair is SOOO important.  My favorite is the Herman Miller Aeron chair, which is what I have at my own desk.

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I love the open shelving and how the magazines are organized above the desk so that they are aesthetically pleasing. How fun are the pops of chartreuse green throughout? Ok, I think I need to run out and buy myself one of the apple green Eames chairs.  Gorgeous, aren’t they?  They come in a huge selection of pretty colors, so click on the link and take a look for yourself…

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A perfectly stylish office in the kitchen.  The four panels of artwork in the center make a statement  on the wall and the bookcase with woven baskets on either side makes for a nicely balanced composition.

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Last but not least,  a cute and cozy office.  The colors are so warm and inviting! I love the custom cabinetry in dove grey and the way the aqua and coral objects are juxtaposed to create visual interest around the framed artwork in the center, the focal point of the room.  Very clever!

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For more pictures of home offices and workspaces, visit my Pinterest page

I hope you enjoyed my selection of workspaces.  Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear from you! Cheers! Jeanne

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