Not as simple as it sounds, is it?
Especially in the city. Square footage is a hot commodity, here, and usually it’s swallowed up by the more important things – like the biggest bed you can possibly cram in your room (LOL).
But, priorities can change.
As many of you know, I’ve recently began my real estate career. Last weekend it hit me.
Pacing the little 3 by four open space in my bedroom, phone to my ear with the door closed against the Saturday night dining room din, I set my laptop down at the edge of my bed to work standing up. Suddenly I found myself glaring at the tiny little chaise lounge in the corner by the window wishing it would just morph into a desk and chair if I blinked hard enough.
I never really liked the idea of working too close to where I lay my head. I always felt that those spaces should remain separate. After all, how could one relax in the same space you strain your brain and inevitably stress in?
Well, for those of you with small square footage like me, sometimes you don’t have a choice. And although I’m a religious consumer of Architectural Digest and appreciate quality (I would have loved to shop solely Restoration Hardware LOL), I needed to be a bit more conscious and creative.
You just have to work around it. How, you might ask?
- Make your work space blend into your living quarters without totally sticking out as “the office corner”.
- Be creative with your pieces.
- Incorporate items that could both embody focus as well as relaxation.
- Buy quality at a fraction of the cost (HOMEGOODS!!!!!)
Here’s what I came up with:
I was absolutely against an actual desk, and set out to find something that could function as one without the stereotypical office-aesthetic. I stumbled across this gorgeous polished wooden table with curved iron legs crafted in India. The contrast in materials projected strength, as a work space should, but also warmth.
I paired it with a soft grey, suede high-backed chair studded with silver accents. The shape was imposing, but the fabric and color really served to up the cozy factor against the powerful table. Plus, it’s really one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in. (Which some might say is really all that matters…)
Pens and miscellaneous office supplies were stored in decorative little boxes. They are easily accessible, but camouflage the typical items generally associated with office space. Without the usual stapler, pencil holder, file rack, and box of paperclips, the space looks clean, fresh, and uncluttered at first glance. Your eye should gloss right over it moving about your room on your downtime. Even further, it keeps you focused while at work!
I chose a calming Himalayan sea salt lamp and a self-made wildflower arrangement in a Winston grey glass vase. The lamp adds some soft light, purity, and a definite zen quality to the space. The flowers, although not unusual on a work desk, add a touch of femininity that blends the space with the rest of the room. Having the arrangement be high-end but a bit on the wild side makes the space feel a little less stiff. The more casual it appears, the less the office space sticks out in your home. And sometimes it can even make you more productive!