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

The Inspired Room - 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

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).

The Inspired Room Office

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

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? 


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


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

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

Organizing the Office {& BHG Top Ten Decorating Blogs!}

Navy Blue Home Office - The Inspired Room

I have some news at the end of this post, so don’t miss it! :)

Slowly but surely, I’ve been making progress on my office! Not too long ago, I added a flea market rattan bookshelf that I’m totally in love with! And then I also showed you my flat drawers, the Alex system, from IKEA. I finally got them all organized and I’ve been LOVING them!

Office Organization - Ikea Alex Drawers - The Inspired Room

They are SO handy for small crafts, paper, art prints, and office supplies. The only trouble I had was having was knowing what was in each drawer (you know, when you open every drawer and don’t find what you’re looking for until you check the last drawer). So this week I hand wrote a label for each drawer with Martha Stewart gold and white label stickers. EASY PEASY!

I kept putting off labeling them, thinking I should order some fancy labels. But finally I realized I was procrastinating far too long and it was hindering my progress of organizing, so I finally just used some stickers I already had. And you know what? Handwritten stickers work just as well as fancy ones! And better yet, NOW THAT TASK IS DONE!

Office Coffee Station - The Inspired Room - Love the Home You Have

I still enjoy having my Nespresso coffee station in the office. I’m kind of living off of coffee these days, trying to get ready for my book launch and all the other fun things I have going on which I’ll be sharing with you all soon. :). Thank you for all the kind words on my post about the book and the cute little print (seen above). I’ll have a download of that print and lots of others, including a special art print of the book cover, available for YOU soon! Pin it for later and I’ll share a link to get the downloads soon!

Navy Blue Office - Linen Tufted Chair - The Inspired Room

That little guy on the wall above my light? My husband loves deer heads and antlers, but he thinks my little deer head is the most ridiculous thing he’s ever seen. Ha! If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right. Quirky animals are the best. No shame. No regrets. Sometimes you just need a little laugh!

Navy Blue Office - The Inspired Room

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this lamp yet! I actually bought them in a set of two for my bedroom but accidentally ordered the wrong color. Before I sent them back, I decided to try them out in the office and they’ve been here ever since so I guess they are staying! They’re a great substantial size and I love the swirl/marble pattern, too. They seem to be out of stock now sadly, but we got the pair on a great sale at Overstock (the brand is Safavieh).

Ikea Alex Drawers - Navy Blue Office - The Inspired Room

So now for the news, I’m so excited to announce that The Inspired Room is again one of Better Homes & Gardens top ten decorating blogs for 2015!! I’m so honored!!! Thank you to those of you who nominated me. Last year you all voted in this contest and BLEW ME AWAY when I was voted as the top Reader Favorite Decorating Blog at BH&G. WHA? I still pinch myself. Thank you for that. From the bottom of my heart.

So this new announcement means the voting is open again for Reader’s Favorite, and you can vote as often as you’d like! There are some great blogs on the list in the Decorating category and all the other categories too so have fun looking through the lists and voting on your favorites! I love you no matter who you vote for. :) You are all my favorite. I adore blogging here and without you, it just wouldn’t be the same.

Click HERE to vote as often as you want! (voting ends on March 30th!)

Top Ten Best Decorating Blogs - Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards

**UPDATE!!!! Wow! Thank you all so much for voting me as the Readers’ Favorite Decorating Blog for 2015! You all have blown me away with your support. See my full post sharing the news here.

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