Home: Home Sweet Office

By Jennifer Wells
In Feature, Style

The new must-have for the modern dwelling.

 

Is the home office the new spare bedroom? For decades, if you had extra space, it would be dutifully filled with simple furnishings in anticipation of an unlikely overnight guest, but lately there’s been a shift in thought. Today, it’s all about creating a room for productivity—enter the home office, a space that “works” for you.

Whether you work from home full time, or just need a productive hideaway to retreat to after hours, the décor possibilities are endless. What’s more, they can be 100 percent you. Advances in digital technology are allowing more and more people to cash in on the home office trend, and why not? Sending emails in your PJs, morning coffee on the cheap and the freedom to personalize your workspace in ways you’d never get away with in a corporate cubicle are just a few of the perks.

Local interior designer Lula B., owner of Lula B. Designs, says the hottest overall trend for home offices is the ability to brand the space as your own. “Personalization comes in many forms from displaying photos of your family to being gender specific in your décor,” she explains.

One of the easiest ways to personalize a home office is with color. The use of a strategically placed bold signature color (like the one shown here) can do wonders for your space. Citrus tones are the season’s go to shades—think lemon, lime and orange, but really any fresh tone of your liking will do. Paired with a simple black and white background, the look is chic, yet cozy.

When it comes to warmth, it’s all about the details. Subtle weaving on upholstery, distinctive embellishments and soft lighting add to the inviting vibe. Pillows, plants and throws are all classic pieces to help make your home office feel more like, well…home. Add in a few sleek and shiny pieces for contrast, and voila! You have a work space that’s functional, inviting and most of all, yours.

  • Botanical spheres and metal cubes available at twigs & MOSS, 314.454.0447.
  • “Say It With Book Covers” available at twigs & MOSS.
  • Edge pencil cup available at The Container Store, 314.968.8480.
  • Clear memo block available at The Container Store.
  • Kikkerland Leaning Ladies Bookends available at Good Works, 314.726.2233.
  • Currey & Co. Lamp available at Design & Detail, 314.781.3336.
  • Bausman & Company side chair available at Design & Detail.
  • Laura Bergmann Textiles green organic pillow available at Design & Detail.
  • Mirror, stylist’s own.

 

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Home Sweet Office

 

Photo credit: Photo by Carmen Troesser

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