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The Design Journal: Home Office Essentials

We hope everyone is staying safe & sane right now settled in at home. We’re sending positive vibes to those of you who may work in health and service industries that require you to continue work outside home.

For those of you who have the ability to work from home these next few weeks, we wanted to take a moment and share a few of our favorite home office designs. Our own team is working remotely these next few weeks so we've all been busy giving our own home offices a little refresh.

The days of practical, uninspiring office spaces are a thing of the past. There are so many easy ways to make your home office FABULOUS by incorporating color, wallpaper, art, framed photos and a few of your favorite things. Surround yourself with things that make you feel good about being in that space. Avoid stacks of paperwork, unorganized piles - anything that may cause stress at first glance.

First on our list of favorites, this luxurious, feminine home office - one of our favorite projects of all time. We were grateful for the client’s adventurous spirit allowing this room to have a different look and feel from the rest of the home. What’s not to love about the Schumacher Iconic Leopard Wallpaper, a bold yet subtle statement that became the perfect backdrop for a room full of many other vibrant, colorful pieces such as the Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture Writing Desk. Our Designer was drawn to the use of bold green colors as green signifies “growth” as well as using pink to provide bright pops of color against the black and white wallpaper and rug. The intention was to embrace the natural light of the room while incorporating luxury pieces such as this Lotus Chandelier. The overall theme is energetic & playful - especially with the mixing of patterns including the layering of the Kyle Bunting Custom Pink Dyed Hide Rug under the zebra rug. Photo Credit: Al Rendon

Don’t let small spaces deter you! A Client almost overlooked this small space in her home that she was going to make her personal work space. Wallpaper is an easy way to make a big statement in a small space. We installed this gorgeous Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Wallpaper which completely transformed the space into her favorite nook of the house. The Parisian Bistro Woven Side Chairs were a fun, playful accent for the room. Photo Credit: Al Rendon

Another essential for any home office…natural light. Avoid setting up your home office in a room without windows if you can! In this custom Hill Country home, designing the study to have several large windows overlooking beautiful landscaping and the backyard pool was essential. Large art, tall plants and this statement desk from Noir Furniture were necessary to match the large scale of the room. Plants are such an easy way to add instant color to any space so I always try to include as many as possible in a room like this. Desk & Hand Chair: Noir Furniture Photo Credit: Matthew Neiman

Builder: Jim Boles Custom Homes

Lastly, every home office needs a brand, new notebook and your favorite pen - pieces that will inspire you to journal about that next big project you've been dreaming about.

Wishing everyone peace & health during this crazy time,

Carla H. Royder

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