Get their look: Shop owner’s home office

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We don’t really have a dedicated work space here at H is for Home – the whole house gets used for various activities! The photo above shows another shop owner’s home office… they seem to keep things a little more contained. It’s the domain of Estela, a Spanish homewares blogger and owner of deco and living.

It is furnished with numerous items available for sale in her shop, all set out in a tidy and uncluttered fashion. There’s ample storage to neatly conceal those mundane requisites of day-to-day business such as paperwork and packaging materials.

The white String modular shelving and cupboards appears to merge into the wall behind it. Keeping the colour palette to white & wood gives the space a simplicity and calmness. The utilitarian trestle table triples up for working, packaging and dining.

With more and more people setting up their own cottage industries and working from home, this space is a real lesson in how a chosen area of your house can not only be multi-functional, but very attractive too.

  1. String shelving
  2. Orla Kiely Scribble pear scrapbook
  3. Bloomingville natural seagrass basket with handles
  4. Recycled demijohn bottle
  5. FLUNS magazine files – 4 pack
  6. KNUFF set of 2 plywood magazine files
  7. GERTON beech table top
  8. FINNVARD trestle table
  9. Wood storage baskets
  10. Hübsch grey chair

Get their look: Shop owner's home office | H is for Home

Essential items to include when designing your home office

All white home office

With the invention of internet and portable computers, working from home is becoming an ever more accessible and popular lifestyle choice. Whether you have decided to run your own business, having a baby or enjoy home comforts far too much, when deciding to work at home it is a good idea to set up a home office which will be your work zone. Below is a list of essential items which should be included when designing your home office.

Laptop, notebook & pen, mobile phone and coffee


Virtually all jobs which require an office environment will require a computer to write documents, access the internet and send emails to clients. A laptop is a good choice, because it will allow you to take the computer out with you if you need to meet clients etc. If you like working on a big screen but are short on cash, instead of splashing out on an expensive desktop computer, why not by a monitor screen which you can link to your laptop, doubling it up as a desktop computer.

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High speed internet connection

There is nothing worse than spending hours waiting for web pages to load or media to buffer. Not only can this be frustrating but it is also a huge waste of time which could be put to more effective use. When looking for an internet connection ideal for a home office, wireless, fiberoptik internet is a wise choice for that high speed connection which will allow you to use multiple devices simultaneously. This is ever more important if you have a large family with many people connected at once. Virgin media boasts being one of the fastest internet providers currently.

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Ergonomic office chair and desk

If you are taking working from home seriously, it is likely you will be doing a good 9-5 or similar shift in the home office. Therefore, it is important that you have comfortable, ergonomic working conditions to work in, to increase comfort and reduce physical damage to your body through excessive straining over time. A good place to start is spending some cash on a good quality ergonomic office chair. This will prevent back strain and aches which develop from excessive straining. A large desk, tailored to your height will also prevent hunching which can be bad for posture over time and prevent the development of back problems as you age.

Storing office papers and pens

Organisation equipment

One of the most important tips when running a home office is to ensure it is tidy and organised. A messy environment can be both mentally and physically stressful. Not only will you waste precious time finding important documents and files in a heap of items, but a cluttered work place often leads to a cluttered mindset and therefore you may become less efficient in your job. It is therefore important to install lots of storage units within the office for different items. A few simple, cheap storage units you can buy are filing trays for all your important letters. Ring binders for all your important documents and an online storage account for all your important virtual documents. Dropbox is an online storage provider with a good reputation.


Get their look: Shared office nursery

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We all have multi-function rooms in our houses. Perhaps it’s a kitchen-diner, kitchen-laundry room or bedroom-study. The room pictured above probably isn’t one that at first you’d think is a good combination, but this shared office nursery works for its owner – and it looks great too.

It’s bright and welcoming; there’s a skilfully achieved, unified look despite the two functions being very different. The colour scheme is calm and natural with subtle flashes of brighter colour for added interest. We love the child-friendly twist on the current trend for taxidermy with the wall-mounted soft toy animal heads. It looks like a very comfortable space for all concerned.

  1. Giant 1 Light Shell pendant
  2. Decorative animal heads
  3. STUVA changing table with 4 drawers
  4. Vintage Kay Bojesen wooden monkey figure
  5. Premium quality New Zealand sheepskin
  6. 3-piece basket set
  7. John Lewis Luke chrome task lamp
  8. Vercoly – Windsor-replica Ercol-style white wooden chair
  9. Baby & Jr. bed, white
  10. Merina glazed white plant pot (H)18cm (Dia)19cm

Get their look: Shared office nursery | H is for Home

Want a home office but have no space? No problem!

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Whether you work from home full time or you’re simply trying to get some extra work done after-hours, a home office can be a perfect solution to balancing your laptop in your knees in front of the TV. But with a severe lack of space in many of our homes, just where can you put one?

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Maximise the space

If you can’t stretch to occupying one room in your home to transform into your office then keep an eye out for any nooks and crannies that can be the perfect place to get your work done.

Simplicity is key so look for a spot where you can fit a table, your laptop and a couple of drawers. Consider the natural light in a room too – you want to have plenty of natural light whilst you’re at work so look for a space where this is possible.

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Build up

Once you’ve identified a spot, build up starting from the walls. Hanging shelves to keep files and folders can help to keep your room from getting cluttered whilst also drawing the eye’s attention towards the walls. Mix it up and hang some decorative objects too, to create a pretty and inviting atmosphere.

To try and use the space effectively think about what you’ll need. If you need a printer and scanner – consider buying a two-in-one to save on space. If you need a filing cabinet – consider wall storage such as magazine racks or display shelving. Do you need a bookcase? Again, consider an attractive bookshelf and only keep the books that you’ve used in the last few months. Any others should be placed in storage, sold or donated to a charity shop. Do you need a table and drawers? Why not consider getting a desk with built in drawer space?

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Get comfy

Every home office needs a comfy spot – no matter how small. If space allows, try and invest in a super-comfortable, statement armchair to step away from your workload. Having a small space where you can take yourself to is great for concentration and productivity levels.

Plus, it gives you an excuse to take 10 minutes to kick back with a coffee, a book or even a light snooze!

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Personalise it

Whether you’ve found a space under the stairs, a spot in your bedroom or even an underused corner of the kitchen add some personalisation to your office by hanging a noticeboard on the wall surrounding it to keep any important clippings, events or even your favourite drawing done by your little ones.

If this is your permanent spot, paint the wall in front of your home office with a bright colour. Shades of green, for example, are good for people who work long hours as the colour does not cause fatigue and can help you to remain calm whilst yellow can help to stimulate creativity and encourages optimism.

Don’t forget to add a plant or two. Plants help to increase the air quality around you and can even help to boost your productivity levels. Choose a low maintenance plant such as a spider plant or philodendron as they require less care and attention than others (perfect if you’re too busy!).

How have you incorporated an office into your home? Be sure to let us know and get in touch!


Get their look: Compact home office corner

Compact home office corner

We just love this home office corner. It’s compact, but completely functional. There are shelves for storage and pin board for notes or small pieces of equipment… and the all important horizontal surface for the computer or writing.

The lower half of a Victorian style table is painted a contemporary chalky grey which works really well with the blond wood found elsewhere in the room. It’s paired with an Eames-style chair. A bit of warmth underfoot is provided by natural jute flooring. There’s a bit of greenery dotted about which is not only attractive, but purifies the air with the negative ions they produce.

It has a bright, airy feel with its creamy white paintwork and natural light streaming in. What a lovely place to work, think or relax.

  1. Large white pegboard with wooden pegs
  2. Pair of white LILL net curtains
  3. Cohen table lamp, white and natural oak
  4. KNUFF plywood magazine files
  5. White birch EKBY ÖSTEN / EKBY VALTER wall shelf
  6. Natural jute rug
  7. White Eames-inspired DSW chair

Get their look: Compact home office corner | H is for Home

Get their look: Minimalist home office

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We’ve chosen a minimalist home office for this week’s Get their look post. It’s the best environment to think, plan and concentrate. A bright window with an interesting, ever-changing outlook to give the brain a rest when required – or perhaps provide inspiration if you’re lucky enough to have a great view. It’s got a cool, vintage industrial feel. It’s not over cluttered – a mixture of functional electrics and storage – along with decorative touches such as the big letter A and a jug of fresh flowers.

  1. Trestle table
  2. Ruark Audio DAB radio
  3. Case Robin Day 675 Chair
  4. Vintage metal ‘A’
  5. Yellow retro dial telephone
  6. Grey metal box file

How to get the minimalist home office look | H is for Home