It’s hard to believe that another summer has almost passed us by, and while I’m certainly not trying to speed through the few remaining weeks of my favorite time of year, I simply can’t help but look ahead to Fall and be inspired by all the back to school inspirations. I may not be going back to school and nor do I have young kids that are heading in that direction, I do find that this time of year I am inspired to address my own ‘work’ spaces.
It’s time to spend a day or two overhauling the office or den space, or perhaps even creating one that you didn’t have before. A dedicated work space in the home is a must have, whether it’s as simple and as unobtrusive as a small corner of the kitchen, an antique secretary desk in the corner of the living room or a complete room onto itself, we all need an inspired, organized and creative work space.
The first step is to allocate space, this may already be established for you but if it isn’t then let’s decide where you will locate your work space. Secondly, we need to decide how this work space needs to function and perform. Will it simply be used to organize current house records and receipts? Will this space be running a major home business or simply exist as a getaway area for the kid’s to work on homework? I love wireless and how it can afford us the aesthetics of a clean work space. I have my fax machine and printer located in the mechanical room of the house so that I don’t have to visually pollute my work space with the heavy equipment. When we are creating a den-style space in an unused bedroom, printers and fax machines are located on shelving installed specifically for that purpose in the closet. Furniture for your work space needs to feel and function as good as it looks. Choose your desk and chair carefully and ensure that you will want to spend time sitting and working here. Ensure that there is adequate storage for all your work materials and files that you need within reach. Your work space may need to include a credenza (think creatively as this could be a custom built piece, an up-styled dining buffet, a vintage pie storage or a series of shelves and boxes hung on the wall adjacent to the desk). Now, design the storage to either tuck into the furniture piece or to be cleverly displayed in boxes and bins on the shelves- label everything so you know exactly where everything is. When all your stuff has a home, it’s easy to find and readily available to use. You will also need good working light, place an attractive floor or desk top lamp appropriately. We always love having a living plant or bouquet of flowers in our designed work spaces, stimulating fresh ideas and new life.
Finally, it’s time to add the important finishing touches; the mementoes, photographs and small touches that remind us of why we work so hard in the first place and inspire us to work passionately. That’s living fabulously!