But as my business grew and I needed to give it more focus, I realized that I had to move out of the house. While I loved the “distractions”—my babies wandering into the room, shouting new words they had picked up, or telling me things they had seen while playing with the neighbors next door; or simply just hearing their little voices squealing or laughing in my immediate vicinity—I couldn’t put in as much work as I needed to do. This made it difficult for me to compartmentalize: Work hours would often stretch as long as I needed to, because work was just in the room above my bedroom anyway.
That said, I know how vital the home office is, especially when there really is no option to leave the kids with someone else, or you are just starting out and need to limit your business costs. Realistically speaking, all one needs is a comfortable table and chair, great internet connection, a good working laptop, and adequate lighting. But I speak from experience when I say that working in an environment that inspires you can greatly improve your productivity, and help you create quality output.
Check out these home offices that I’ve done or styled or shot through the years; see if you find inspiration in them to execute in your own home office.
My mom’s home office is a dream—She had a wall-hung desk and drawers custom-made, and shelves to display her books and a variety of tchotchkes. Photo by Toto Labrador.
Want more home office inspiration? Head over to my Pinterest board devoted solely for that. I realized lately that I’m drawn to transitional style rooms, and home offices with beautifully designed shelves. How about you? What kind of home office are you drawn to?