4 Takeaway Tips for a Home Office {My Home Office}

The Inspired Room - Hale Navy Home Office

This weekend I shared quite a few inspiration images for functional and livable spaces (if you missed that post, you can find it here)! Today I thought I would share one of my own favorite functional spaces, my home office. Now, for those of you old timers here, you know this office is from my old house. While I have not yet beautified my new home office, I will be using my old office as inspiration for the new in many ways. My decor might change, but the lessons learned will still inspire me for my new home.

I featured this room and many photos in The Inspired Room book, of course, but today I wanted to give you a little peek at my office and offer a few of my own takeaway tips that you could use if you’re setting up your own creative space or home office.

The Inspired Room Office - Secretary Desk - Hale Navy Home Office

1. Designate a special space to be inspired, organized and creative.

Being self-employed, I realized years ago that I needed to have a home office to keep me sane, organized and creative. If you are serious about a home business or just want to keep the family organized, make it your mission to set up designated space somewhere in your home (even if it is just a small corner of a bedroom).

Hale Navy Home Office The Inspired Room

2. Surround yourself with inspiration.

I need to be inspired by my own working environment so I can focus on the new tasks at hand. When I was setting up my office, I thought about the colors, the textures and the items I wanted to see around me. I hung inspiration boards above my desk. It all mattered to my productivity and sense of well-being!

The Inspired Room Office - Rifle Paper Company Notebook

3. Find organizational systems you can live with.

Having organizational systems that I actually use makes all the difference in how organized I feel! If I buy all the pretty bins and boxes but never use them, my office really isn’t functional at all. When I find I have systems that I don’t use, it is worth the effort to try something else until I find what does work for me.

The Inspired Room Office - White Hutch - Hale Navy

4. Create a homey environment.

While I run a real business from my office, I still want the office space to feel comfortable, as it is still a part of my home. I found furniture pieces and accessories for my office that brought in my style and personality but served double duty for organization of necessities, such as my second hand store rattan shelving unit and my antique secretary desk. I put a large lamp on my desk for ambience and a comfortable chair for working. The homey and creative environment made me want to spend time in my office, so I’d say it was a WIN for PRODUCTIVITY!

Do you have an office space of your own? 

Sources:

Wall paint color – Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

Desk – Pottery Barn

Botanical prints – Poppy Talk

Blue swirl lamps – Target

Linen chair – Restoration Hardware

Linen pin boards – HomeGoods

More sources from this room and others can be found in my shop!

Get more simple ideas for decorating a home you love in my books, The Inspired Room and Love the Home You Have.

10 Livable & Functional Spaces {Organizational Style}

Beautiful and Functional OfficeNew England Home

N

ow that the holidays are behind us, I think many of us crave a renewed sense of order in our home. We feel like we can finally get back to our routines, but with that comes a need for functional spaces that make sense for our family.

I love finding inspiration for livable rooms that offer storage for our everyday needs. Whether a room offers open or closed shelving or storage, or free standing or built-in cabinetry, how we choose to organize our home also offers an opportunity to create our own unique and charming design style.

Adding storage to a home can be an expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! If you make clever use of what you already have and find creative solutions to solve your own storage dilemmas, you can make room for what you need in every room of your home.

Happy organizing!

Simply Organized Open Shelves - Emily HendersonEmily Henderson

Gray and White Functional Entryway - House to Home
House to Home UK

Built-In Bookshelves and Loft - House and Garden UK
House and Garden UK

Functional Office Workspace with Built In Cabinets
BHG

Pretty Organized Entryway
House to Home UK

Kitchen Jar Organization - My Name Is Yeh
My Name Is Yeh

Linen Closet Storage - Freestanding Cabinet - Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet from Ikea
House and Garden UK // HEMNES Cabinet from IKEA or similar from Wayfair

Modular Storage for Fabric - Functional Craft Space
Atlanta Homes Mag

Pretty Organized Office - Around the Watts House
Around the Watts House

More Posts:

Inspiration for Craft Closet Organization

7 Ideas for Creative Master Closet Storage

6 Double-Duty Ideas for Attractive & Functional Organization & Display

How to Get Organized In A Small House

10 Great Mudrooms

Pretty Office Inspiration Boards

Get Organized: Create a Family Command Center

My Ebay Guides:

6 Quick Clean Ups to Restore Order

8 Tips for an Organized Bedroom Closet

9 Ways to Transform Your Small Space

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