Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Elements for a Client worthy home office

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Working from home for over a decade has given me some insight as to what is needed when creating my new barn studio/home office. The number one priority to me would be:

1)   Allow for privacy and separation

Being able to have clients in but not in my personal home. This also allows me to have a separation between work and family and not feeling like I always have to be working because it’s right under my nose. Now I can walk away from work and close the door.  

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When designing my space I knew I would have a lot of fabrics/textiles and pillows about because I’m an antique textile dealer, which led me to number two:

2)   Create a space to reflect what your business is all about.

Bunny Williams interior design studio

Because I’m in a more creative work field and one where I sew and need to spread textiles out for a client to fully see I needed a work table and shelves to keep things neat leading me to:

3)  Provide a work area away from your desk where you can spread out if need be.
4)  Provide enough storage to organize things.

Roman and Williams interior designers

Because I have clients in my studio I can’t expect them to stand so make sure:

5)   To provide comfortable seating

Clients don’t need to move in but when taking an hour long meeting they aren’t going to want to stand either.

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(OK I really only include this home office because I thought it was WAY COOL!)

Suzanne Kasler's design studio

Remember no matter how big or small your home office is make it inviting for YOU. After all it’s a place of work where you’ll be spending 40+ hours a week and who doesn’t want to go to work to a place that makes them smile?

Up next the reveal of my barn studio, let’s see if I hit all my points.


Completely Classic said...

Great tips, Deb. You are so fortunate to work from home in such a beautiful environment. I'm so looking forward to your big reveal.

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful home offices; I am in love with the neutral tones in the first room. know yours will be terrific...can't wait...donna

The enchanted home said...

So agree with all you said and if I can achieve even half of those goals, I will be a happy camper!! I look forward to creating my own home office too but keep changing my mind! I want to do something different than the rest of the house but nothing too different that I tire of it...cannot wait to see your home office!

lvroftiques said...

I can't wait! I know it's going to be amazing! Vanna

designchic said...

Such great tips...love Suzanne Kasler's design studio...can hardly wait to see yours!!

quintessence said...

Great pointers and beautiful images all!! My little office is due for a tiny tune up sometime soon!! I'd be thrilled to have any of these!!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

These are all so different but all great. I love the industrial look of the first one and the feminine look of the second. I'm looking forward to seeing yours! x Sharon

Mélanie A. said...

Thank you for your fantastic tips . Very inspiring post

under spanish moss said...

You just described all the things we need. We are in desperate need of a redesigned office space. You provided us with so much inspiration. We can't wait to see your reveal.
Angela and Renee

Heather Robinson said...

Oooh, I agree, this just made me want to see your studio even more!!

Although, I am not a designer and do not need anything more than a desk, as a journalist I know how important it is to have space that works for us--otherwise we can't work!


Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

These are all fabulous. I love Bunny Williams design studio...but what I'm really looking forward to seeing is yours. I can hardly wait. I know your just tickled pink. You and Mr. Man have worked sooooo hard and all you've shown so far is just fabulous. Hope we don't have to wait much longer. Mona

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I am so looking forward to seeing your home office! It has been so much fun following all the steps leading up to the reveal.
I think all the images of home offices you just showed us are wonderful but I must say I absolutely adore Bunny Williams office.
I had my little home office half painted when they decided to do surgery on my knee so I am very frustrated...Which makes me even more excited to see your office!!!

French-Kissed said...

Absolutely cannot wait to see your studio reveal!!!


michele said...

oooooh i can't wait! i love these images you've shared, some are new to me, and the organization soooo inspires me.

getting caught up on my blog reading after being swamped.



Ispirato Design said...

All great points and I'm very excited about the big reveal! The office with the window encased library just makes my heart flutter:)

Divine Theatre said...

Ironically, it's probably difficult to design a home office without having a home office in the first place! LOL!


Every time I see someone revamping an office I hang my head in shame.....mine sucks and really needs an overhaul.

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Debra- How exciting! I can't wait to see the big "reveal"!


sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Oh I long for an organised working space, actually I long just to be organised, but I fear it's too late for that. I'd jump at any of your photos but especially 1,3 and 5. - can't wait to see what you come up with in your office

Lelanie Slater said...

These studios are amazing!!! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the design of my future studio.

No wonder they do such great work.

Thanks for these.

Matthew Wells said...

Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas. The examples of workspace solutions you put together are impressive. This can inspire anyone to redecorate their own spaces!

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