My Home Office

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by Sharon Maher on August 13, 2013

in Home & Garden, Home Office

Working from home is not a new phenomenon. Going back over time it is the original working environment of many scholars,


from artists to writers and with today’s technology and the traditional nine to five approach being outdated it means that millions of people are now looking to work from home or are working from home.

With many workers making this lifestyle choice of home working a home office is now becoming an important part of every one's home it can be anything from a kitchen table to a spare room or even a space in the garden for an outside office.

For me I decided to change a garden living room, which was converted from an old stable block and toilet many years ago into my home office. The space needed to be attractive and welcoming.  The room had a perfect view of the garden and was far enough away from the hub of the house to give peace and quiet for concentration.  I believe with the correct design the area would meet every one's needs, from reading, writing, studying to contacting clients.  The office design needed to consider the existing colour palette, decor and light. The finished space must ensure it stimulated the correct mood and creativity.

I did not want to incur too much cost so had to work around what was already there, an original exposed brick wall, a stone floor, with under floor heating and a low dividing wall. The patio doors were already positioned to frame the view of the garden and on a warm day allowed the breeze to drift in when open, making a great working environment and the area a pleasure to be in throughout the day.

office detail

The office style needed to be comfortable and yet suit all working patterns.  A simple glass desk with a comfy chair and a corner sofa to layout on to read and get inspiration were selected, with the kitchen being close by for refreshments there was no need for an additional area for drinks.

Office furniture

For lighting low voltage dual spotlights angled directly at the desk were chosen. The interior walls and woodwork were painted in Farrow and Ball all white, and the full length wall cupboard designed to store everything was painted in Farrow and Ball light grey. Simple curtains with a light grey background and a red flower pattern picking up the colours from the bricks and a dark grey and black rug for the floor complete the look.

Filing Cabinet

An old junk store find makes the perfect storage for work files and a large pine bookcase provides shelves for my extensive collection of design books. To keep office stationery and avoid clutter various boxes are stacked on shelves their contents labelled.

The whole space is personalised with my family pictures, paintings and meaningful objects.

Finally we boosted the Wi-Fi signal with a powerful hub.

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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