One of the biggest transitions that I’ve had to make since giving my managers and my team more responsibility to run my business is that I’m now working from home the majority of the time. There’s no space for me to have an office at either of my studios and it’s almost impossible to get anything done that requires concentration with all the music and comings and goings of my employees and clients. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing everyone. But if it means that I have to then start working in the evening because I’ve been hanging out, talking and catching up all day, that’s not really ideal.
When I moved into my new house just over a month ago, I was so excited because I was finally going to have a dedicated room for my office. And I love this space because it’s at the front of the house, so it gets amazing light. There’s also a great view.
But … what I have is literally just a room. No furniture. No desk. No lamp. No file cabinet. Just some boxes and a bunch of books and papers that are in complete disarray. What? A cardboard box isn’t a file cabinet?
I’ve got to get some work done! Where to start?! Until I made a list of the things I need to get my office functioning, I was totally lost.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Office chair
- Desk lamp, other lighting
- Book shelf or shelves
- Cabinet or console for electronics and other storage
- Small couch or upholstered chair
- Office supplies
- Pictures, pillows and other decorations
Already I’m feeling a little better—basically, I just have to get 11 things and I should be good to go. Or if I just start with a desk and a chair, I’ll know where to go from there to complete the room. Um … have you been shopping for furniture lately? There are like a million choices!! In every price point. Online. In store. Everywhere.
Uh oh. I’m overwhelmed again.
Remember all those books on the floor? Fortunately for me, I came across two of my most favorite design books.
Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home that Makes You Happy ($20.30)
I love this book, and have spent a lot of time re-reading it since I bought my house, because it makes design easy. It teaches you how to find your own style and inspiration, budget, create a floor plan for each room, research, and make a decorating schedule. Each room in the home is given a chapter. The pictures are fabulous. It’s easy to take inspiration from the book and translate into your decorated space. What more could you want?!
Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home: Discovering Your Personal Style and Creating a Space You’ll Love ($21.75)
This book takes it one step further to help you define your personal style through art, accessories, texture, color and statement pieces. What I like about this book is that it really helps you put the room together in a personal way—not like you’re trying to recreate a magazine room.
There’s also a magazine you can subscribe to:
Domino Magazine ($47.99, print or $19.99, Kindle)
Domino used to be an incredible monthly magazine, but it went out of publication (and I was so sad). Then the editors published two books on home design and they brought the print magazine back for 4 issues a year. The theme of the books and magazine is that everyone can find their own style and create an amazing space—which is exactly what I need help with!
One of the things that the editors of Domino encourage is creating an inspiration board or keeping picture clippings of rooms, furniture, or colors that inspire you to design a room. I love this because it is incredibly helpful when shopping to take your inspirational pictures with you to stay focused on your style.
But lugging around pictures or magazine clippings can be a little much. Have you gone to Olioboard (https://olioboard.com)? It’s a website where you can make design inspiration boards or even design whole rooms or floor plans. I really liked it because there were pictures of current pieces available for sale—great for when I head out looking for a particular piece of office furniture. Here’s what I came up with for my home office inspiration board …
Stay tuned for Thursday’s post … I did a little shopping and got a few things to start my ideal home office design. Can’t wait to show you my new desk, lamp and rug.
Until then, stay on your toes!