Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Interior Styling Wednesdays: The Home Office

Today I'm kicking off a new weekly series called "Interior Styling Wednesdays," where I'll be highlighting different areas of the home and the best ways to accessorize and style them. One of my favorite parts of working on a design project is at the very end, where I get to accessorize my client's space - it's what gives the overall design personality and style. Like I always say, accessories are like jewelry for an outfit - they're the finishing touch can really make or break the overall look! I've rounded up several inspiring home office spaces to get your creative juices flowing. Most of these tips can be applied to a home office, craft room, or sewing room. Let me know your thoughts and if you have any ideas to add!

1. If you have bookcases or shelving in your home office, fill the shelves with books that you'll be using and style them with interesting objects and small art prints or framed photos.

2. A tray can work wonders in keeping a desk organized, especially if has a narrow top. This bright yellow tray adds a pop of color, which holds a box, task lamp and cup of pens. And of course, a vase of fresh flowers always adds a fresh touch!

3. Make the most of a small desk and work space by adding a corkboard or something similar to pin notes, photos, reminders, etc. The desk lamp is small scale and there are minimal items on the surface to keep things clean and uncluttered. I love the Lucite tray - it practically disappears!

4. What a fabulous workspace! Again, the use of trays for organization is a must, as are cork boards for keeping projects, tasks, etc. organized.

5. A neatly organized bookcase is filled with magazine holders, textured baskets, stacks of books and larger lidded baskets on the top of the bookcase (don't forget about the top - it's a great opportunity for more storage and / or accessories). The desktop is kept clean with a tray white lamp.

6. Surround yourself with things that inspire you! Especially if your desk is against a wall, hang your favorite paintings, encouraging words, or anything else that makes you smile when you look up from your desk.

7. This office space looks almost too pretty to actually work in it! It's important to surround yourself with beautiful things, especially if you spend several hours a day in your home office. I love the gold leaf screen in this space, along with the layered area rugs and mercury glass accessories.

8. This eclectic office space is small but very organized. The trunks under the desk provide extra storage without leaving things looking cluttered. Additional magazines are neatly stacked on an extra side chair. Instead of taking up space on the desk top with a table lamp, they've hung a small task light from the ceiling!

9. This small office space creatively uses the window sill for a place to hold boxes, binders, etc.



  1. Some beautiful home offices I'd definately love to work at home in one of these! Looking forward to your weekly style tips :)

  2. I love these! I'm moving to a new apartment soon and can't wait to put some of these tips to use!

    Cheers, Elizabeth

  3. i use a lot of lucite in my tiny home office. i LOVE the tray idea, thanks!

  4. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    its so true that accessories truly develop the feel of a room :) i love that office space with the gold screen... i would never want to leave (meaning i would get plenty of work done!) xx,
    The Golden Girls

  5. Thanks so much for this, Julie! These are great styling tips!

  6. Great tips.. gorgeous inspirational rooms

  7. Great posts! So much helpful information!!

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