Revamp and Revive: The Home Office Evolution

Home office

The home office. A once mythical place where old printers went to die, boxes full of nastalgia were stacked, and “miscellaneous” cords multiplied like rabbits. Growing up, our home office was where you could find once coveted exercise equipment, that eventually existed solely to collect dust and hang winter coats. We all experienced our own version of a home office growing up, each different, and yet, all the same. Until the year 2020.

Suddenly this forgotten room became the epicenter of our lives. Kids needed a place for schoolwork, parents needed a dedicated space for zoom meetings. A new era of “Work from home” had entered the scene. As a designer, and a mom, I have witnessed (and experienced) the transformation of chaotic clutter dens to fully functional, zoom worthy backdrops. For me, our home office needed to serve a variety of purposes. As a business owner, organization and file strorage are crucial, while my husband, a software company VP, absolutely hates paper clutter. He requires only a clear workspace, and a vibe that promotes productivity. The pandemic may have introduced an inherent amount of mayhem into our lives, but it also provided the perfect opportunity to refine the way we collectively utilize our home work spaces.

Personally, I wanted a space that works for all our different moods and moments. Somewhere my creativity can run wild like the Seine, but also a quiet spot to sip coffee in the morning while doing some meditation and reading my devotional. Designing spaces within spaces is often overlooked but can be one of the most underestimated aspects of space design. Having dedicated cabinets and receptacles for the kids school memorabilia, photos, and home files was also vital for my home office. The Container Store is a great place to find the perfect organizational solutions, without compromising your aesthetic. Introducing a beautiful textile by way of linen wrapped storage solutions is one of my favorite ways to elevate a home office.

Having a long tenure as a real estate professional, and background in construction operations, I lean heavily on my knowledge and experience when it comes to achieving maximum output with minimum input. One example of this would be upgrading your light fixture to a chandelier or pendant light, giving your space a more sophisticated look and feel. Discovering creative ways to showcase cherished photos and meaningful objects adds a personal touch to your space. For us, it was the flag from my husband’s grandfather’s funeral. This flag had been tucked away in a box for years, lacking a proper home. Now, it proudly graces our office, serving as a daily reminder not only of the sacrifices he made for his country but also of the cherished memories my husband shared with him throughout his childhood. At the end of the day, your space should reflect the beauty of your life, in the most functional way possible.

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