Emma’s editor-in-chief shares her bright and airy home office.
My desk used to be tucked into a dark shadowy corner of our guest room with a Jurassic-era desktop, and I dreaded ever having to actually work at it. Creating a home office I actually want to work in has done wonders for my productivity. Plus, I joined the 21st century and got a tablet, making my desk free of wires and clutter. Here’s how I pulled together a space that is fresh and functional in four steps.
1. Gallery Wall:
I like switching up my mini-gallery wall with the change of seasons, so I tape prints up with cute washi tape for easy hanging and removing. The print on the right is a DIY potato print from our summer issue!
Studies show that bringing plants into the workplace aids in concentration and memory, and I have to agree. Even though I sit right next to a wall of windows, I love pulling the outdoors in. I picked up this fiddle leaf fig from Ikea, and with a weekly watering, it’s still going strong. The peony, my favorite bloom, makes an appearance as well!
I have yet to find a chic way to conceal piles of cords, so my home office is wireless. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has everything I need from a heavy duty machine with the convenience of a tablet. Whether running out for a meeting, a coffee date, or an off-site photo-shoot, I can quickly grab it and head on my way. Oh and the cute blue cover is not just an accessory, it doubles as a super slim and functional keyboard!
4. Color Scheme:
Clearing the clutter helps clear my mental clutter, so I stuck with an all-white color scheme, and pulling in colorful accents keeps it from feeling sterile. Blue is another great color to consider when decorating a home office, as it promotes peace and tranquility. While a quiet moment alone is rare with a two-year-old toddling around here, my home office always feels like an escape.