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Rethinking How to Use Your Space + My Home Office

15th April 2016

Rethinking How to Use Your Space

OFFICE SPACE

When it comes to your home it’s good to think about the life you lead and how best to utilise the rooms. If you’re limited on space it’s great to take advantage of what you have. For example, it would be a shame to have an unused dining room when you’re relaxing, eating and working in the living room.

I would always recommend balancing out the spaces and activities to suit your lifestyle. In my previous home, I knocked down a wall removing a large downstairs bathroom and creating an office and toilet room. So I’m all for switching things around and enjoying every inch of your home!

Rethinking How to Use Your Space
Rethinking How to Use Your Space

RETHINKING HOW TO USE YOUR SPACE

Before I left my job to work freelance I gave my working set up a good deal of consideration. My desk was formerly in the living room because my blog was a hobby and I liked to update it in the evenings while sharing the space with my man. I realised that when this became a job I wouldn’t want to see my work when I was relaxing, so after trying a few ideas I decided to turn the second bedroom into a home office. Here are a few things I considered before taking the plunge.

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1. Think about the possible uses of the room and how many days of the year these activities take place. When I counted how many times we had visitors to stay during a calendar year I realised it made no sense to keep the second bedroom solely as a guest room.

2. Is it possible for the room to have more than one use? For example, could your dining room double up as a children’s playroom? Or could your guest room also be a home office? Multi-use rooms work well and there are lots of clever storage ideas to enable you to make the best use of the space.

3. Plan how the room will look. A useful tip is to use string or masking tape to mark the floor where the furniture will go. I did this when planning which desks to buy to ensure there was space for the bed.

4. Look at what you have and what you need and try to let go of any unused or unloved items. I soldย a large cabinet to make room for the desks and in doing so I realised I only needed to keep roughlyย 25% of what was inside!ย It’s amazing how little we actually need when we take the time to evaluate. Further reading: my decluttering tips.

Rethinking How to Use Your Space
Rethinking How to Use Your Space
Rethinking How to Use Your Space
Rethinking How to Use Your Space

CREATING A CALM PLACE TO WORK

To create my home office I removed the floral curtains, added some sheer blinds, repainted the walls and bought two desks and a shelf. It’s an unusual room because my apartment is part of a crescent and so the room is narrow at one end and wide at the other. Hence my photographs looking a little distorted!

I like to work in calm uncluttered spaces because it helps me to focus. When I was at art college I was one of the few people withoutย a mood board styled workspace and things are very much the same today!

Rethinking How to Use Your Space

Links to items:

Desks – John Lewis | Vitra Eames chairs – John Lewis | String pocket shelf – Central | Black Anglepoise lamp – John Lewis | Chrome effect desk lamp – B&Q | Cushions – John Lewis + Hus & Hem

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10 Comments

  • Reply Adele 18th April 2016 at 11:04 am

    I love what you’ve done with that space. We currently have our office in our living room. We briefly moved everything upstairs because we were both finding it a nightmare trying to get things done in the evening with the other person around. But we had to move it back down when we realised we really do need our guest room. We have people to stay a lot, especially my parents who visit for weeks at a time since they’re coming from abroad. At the moment the office area is quite a jumbled space, though, and I need inspiration like this to give me the push to get it sorted.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th April 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thanks so much Adele. It sounds like you need your guest room especially with your parents visiting. We tend to visit mine because I love to get away from Oxford for the weekend! I hope you have a great week. x

  • Reply KatGotTheCream (@KatGotTheCream) 18th April 2016 at 11:38 am

    This makes a lot of sense to me. Our fourth bedroom is a little home office/study where I work during the day. It’s a place to store all of my blog/work related paraphernalia so it doesn’t start to clutter up the rest of the house and I can shut the door on it when I want to switch off and relax. I just wish it was as calm and ordered as your space! And so pretty too xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 18th April 2016 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Kat for your kind comment. It’s great to be able to shut the door on it all at the weekend isn’t it? I think the boundaries are so important when working from home. Have a lovely day! x

  • Reply Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 18th April 2016 at 3:29 pm

    That is SUCH a beautiful and inspiring space! Especially enamoured with your string shelving. Right now, there isn’t really an option for me to dedicate a room for my home office. Instead, I use the dining table, sometimes the bed (my poor back!) but at the moment my favourite place to work is an armchair in the bay window with the sun streaming in x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th April 2016 at 9:54 am

      Thanks so much Lottie. Working in an armchair in a sunny bay window sounds pretty perfect to me! I hope you have a great day. x

  • Reply daydreamingfoodie 18th April 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I am all kinds of jealous over your beautiful space! My ‘office’ is a small corner of the living room – but unfortunately its the only place I can sqidge it into. Its cosy all the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th April 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you for stopping by. A cosy corner of your living room sounds lovely, I hope you have a gorgeous day! x

  • Reply Eva 19th April 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Your space work is amazing and peaceful, you create a nice place to work, so inspiring ! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th April 2016 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Eva. I hope you’re having a great day. x

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