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September 9, 2014
Photo by Your Home Only Better
Do you feel like you spend more of your awake time at your office than you do at home? Why not give your home-away-from-home workspace the same love you give your home!
When the editorial group for Fine Gardening Magazine moved from one building to another, it was a perfect opportunity to raise the bar and really make the new space feel like home — a little double-dog-dare from my end didn’t hurt either.
There were challenging design parameters that we could not change, such as: 1. Plain cubical walls and floor; 2. Outdated oak and brass trim; and 3. The design ideas had to be conducive to productivity!
It was fun watching everyone express their varying style and personality. Here are 10 easy ways to feel at home in your office. (Note: Full office views are at the end of this post.)
Scarves, swatches of fabric or napkins are fun, easy ways to add interest to a boring cubicle wall.
No window needed for pretty curtains — just pin them onto the wall and add a favorite landscape piece of art! Instant room-with-a-view!
Area rugs add softness, texture and can hide less-than-current office carpeting. Don’t be afraid to layer them and have some fun!
If you have the room, bring in homey furniture, like chairs and end tables. It’s great for interoffice networking!
Overhead florescent lighting is not flattering! Bring in some ambient lighting with a lamp that fits your style.
String lights are always a plus, whether retro, mini-LED’s or classic bulbs.
Whether you prefer fine art, postcards, photos or your child’s art, make your walls personal to you!
6. Bookcase Vignettes
If you have room in a bookcase, it’s a great place to sneak in little vignettes that make you happy.
Don’t forget the vertical — create interest on top of bookcases and shelves.
It goes without saying that the Fine Gardening group would have stunning containers in their offices!
9. Workspace: Form Meets Function
While it’s nice to have a pretty place to work, it needs to be functional as well. Display clipboards mixed with accessories to keep projects organized, elevate your monitor on a box for better posture, use a mini mason jar as a card holder, use beautiful wooden book stands to display frequently-used items, etc.
10. Add a Little Fun!
All work and no play can be dull. Bring in some aquatic pets, have fun with a silly chair, or hide a garden gnome outside the window and see who notices it first!
Here are some of the final office designs. You’ll notice in these photos that I kept it real and did not hide necessary cords or utility trash cans –- this is how we live and work!
I love that each one has it’s own style. Can you guess which office is mine?
Susan Jensen Smith is a Web Producer for Fine Gardening Magazine and a blogger at ‘Your Home Only Better‘. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.)
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