How I Created a Comfortable and Inviting Work Space at Home

Home Office Decor Inspiration

Longtime readers of the blog will have been following my home decor journey for a while. And I recently finished working on my home office (which is essentially just a corner of my living room).

When I moved in I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about what I wanted to do with this space. And, because it’s such a small area, it took me a while to figure things out. But it now feels “complete”, and I’m so happy with the results. Here’s a look at how my home office decor has shaped up…

FILLING THE EMPTY SPACE ABOVE MY DESK

I didn’t rush to hang anything on the walls, when I first moved into my apartment. Because I thought it was important to live in the space for a while, before making any styling decisions.

But as the walls slowly began to fill up, I still had no idea what to do with the empty space above my desk. None of the obvious choices (floating shelves, noticeboards, framed prints) appealed to me. But it looked wrong to leave that space empty.

After more than a year, I finally received a wave of inspiration whilst flicking through Emily Henderson’s brilliant book, Styled. There’s an image in the book of a bamboo mirror sitting above a chic vanity table, and I instantly knew that was what my office space needed.

I already had a bamboo mirror from Maisons Du Monde hanging in my hallway, and I liked that there would be a sense of continuity running throughout the flat. And, as luck would have it, Next had just released their spring 2019 home collection, and kindly offered to send me a piece from the lookbook. Their 60cm bamboo mirror is exactly what this space needed!

Elevated Laptop Stand


Style Credits: Desk by West Elm | Chair by Sofa.com (gift) | Mirror by Next (gift) | Laptop stand via Amazon | Dalmatian stapler by Anthropologie | Queen art print by Desenio (gift) | Desk lamp by John Lewis (gift) | Succulent by John Lewis (gift) | The Productivity Planner


Home Office Decor

MAKING MY WORKSPACE MORE COMFORTABLE

Ordering a laptop stand had been on my to-do list for years. But, because I hate purchasing technology of any kind, I kept relegating the task to “some other day”.

Eventually I drove myself crazy with these delaying tactics. And I’m happy to report that “some day” finally became “today”. And for the past month I’ve been using the Griffin Elevator Stand (along with Apple’s magic keyboard, and this wireless mouse).

I can’t stress how satisfying this change has been! My laptop screen now sits at eye-level, which is much more comfortable. I used to have a sore, tight neck at the end of every workday, because I was constantly looking down rather than straight ahead, and this simple change in set-up has honestly made a huge difference.

If you work on a laptop, rather than a desktop screen, invest in an elevated stand ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it!

The Productivity Planner

MY PRODUCTIVITY TIPS AND TRICKS

I won’t dive into details, because you can find all of my favourite productivity hacks in this blog post. But, as it’s pictured on my desk, I did want to give The Productivity Planner a quick shoutout.

I’ve used The Productivity Planner to manage my time for a number of years. And it really is so useful. It helps you keep track of weekly workflow. And it makes it easy to prioritise your time, so that you finish the most important/pressing tasks first.

If you’re susceptible to distractions, and always find yourself procrastinating, I recommend working with The Productivity Planner by your side…

Do you work from home? If so, how did you make your workspace comfortable, calm and inviting? Share your stories in the comments section below…

P.S. Everything I got wrong when decorating my apartment

Photos by Kylie Eyra

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  1. Flic says:

    What a gorgeous space! It’s the perfect balance between creative/inspiring and minimalist enough not to be distracting. I love that Queen Elizabeth II print too 😉

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