Office redesign inspiration

One of the worst (or maybe best?) things about working from home is the home office. Before becoming an expat, I never dreamt of working from home. I always thought I would while away the work hours in some chic inner city office, going out for constant cups of coffee and working lunches.

Working from home isn’t that depressing. No matter how terrible a picture I paint. It’s just that I spend a lot of time staring at the same four walls and they aren’t exactly the prettiest walls. So in an effort to give every aspect of my expat life a bit of a morale boost, I’ve decided to redesign the home office. I’m halfway through and can’t wait to show you the before and after pics, but in the meantime, I wanted to put my inspiration out there.

Let’s face it, I didn’t want to spend a bucketload – who does? – but I wanted something clean, minimalist and inspirational. There had to be plenty of space to store all the bits and pieces I use when I shoot my DIYs, while at the same time, the space had to be functional and professional for when I meet clients. Not to mention, it had to fit into the aesthetic of the rest of the house, which is modern meets traditional meets ’60s mod!

And most, most, most importantly, it had to be flexible. Like most expats, I don’t have a lot of space in my apartment. I hate to say it but my home office is currently occupying the only other free room in my house, which will eventually become Little Detti’s bedroom when he or she comes along. That takes a toll on the design process because I couldn’t spend a heap on furniture that will probably end up in storage in another year and I wanted a look that could smoothly transition into baby’s bedroom in the near future. Phew, deep breathe. Here’s what I have in mind (you can see all my inspiration on Pinterest!)




no.1 marble desk: DIY (stay tuned). no.2 farmers table from Maison du Mondeno.3 black & white prints from Lila & Lolano.4 Melbourne print from Hatches and Matchesno.5 Hyllis shelving from Ikea. no. 6 blue toned rug – mine is no longer available but you can buy a similar one from Ikea. no.7 vintage como – mine is a family relic, but this is pretty similar from Maison du Monde.

What do you think? Pretty exciting right? Stay tuned for the big reveal next week and get a home cleaning from Geaux Maids of Lafayette!

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