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15 Home Offices Sure to Inspire Creativity

by Kevin O'Gara

When it comes to working at home, creating an environment that will ensure productivity is key, and the solution definitely varies based on your type of work and where you live. While some enjoy the luxury of a whole room for their home office, many of the workspaces in this slideshow have been mixed into a living space, kitchen, or bedroom. It’s amazing to see how even the smallest space (like the converted closet in the first photo) can become an easy and efficient workstation, while others have integrated systems of organization for props and supplies for design work. These offices differ in style, but there are several key features I noticed throughout these spaces. The first would be to keep a flexible surface (like a bulletin board) for organizing inspiration or key notes and documents that can be switched out periodically. The second would be to pick a color palette that either energizes you (include brighter colors)Β or keeps you focused (try a cooler, minimal design).

Whether you work at home or often find yourself finishing up work at home, there are many offices here that represent a range of homes and lifestyles. Consider your office as an extension of your state of mind and you are bound to create a space that inspires!Β Kevin

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In this inspiring Before & After, a tiny closet becomes the chicest home office. With a fabulous wallpaper to boot, this space shows how easily you can squeeze an office space into your home.
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This desk area in the kitchen of a New York City townhouse combines both a chalkboard and magnetic board to make room for the family's notes, lists, and drawings.
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Makini Regal Brereton sure knows how to design a cheerful workspace! Her tips on creating the perfect home office are a great place to start if you're considering designing (or redesigning) your own.
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When the former Design*Sponge offices got their own makeover, a bold wallpaper brought a lot of energy to the new workspace. Color and pattern -- whether on the furniture or wall -- are key to personalizing your own home office.
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The floating shelves above Nicole Hill Gerulat's desk show off her latest photography, while the pale blue on the wall and simple styling creates a serene setting for the bright chair to pop against.
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The glamorous mirrored desk in Samantha Reitmayer's home office reflects the interior of Samantha's closet -- the perfect inspiration for her work with large fashion retailers.
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The bold and lively "After" pictures of the previously-dismal office for food stylist and writer Sharlene Tan show how pops of color and distinct workspaces can transform a plain space.
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This contemporary glass-topped desk and stool make a stunning pair and prove just how stylish a studio-apartment workspace can be. Art director Lotta Nieminen keeps a clean, curated collection on the desk to make it clear for working and to keep her apartment feeling open.
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An L-shaped desk, built from IKEA parts, makes full use of the space in this Los Angeles treehouse. The clean workspace allows branding and web designer Eva Goicochea to fully focus on her design work.
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The organized bulletin board in Sarah Rupert's workspace shows her inspiration for upcoming event designs and fabrics for a product collection. The workspace easily fits under the shelves in her studio for a cozy setting.
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A wire clothesline makes it easy for interior designer Lauren Nelson to mix-and-match fabrics in her office. She uses all the wall space to organize samples and inspiration for her current projects.
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In a Nashville home with lots of DIY (check out how to make the shelves and clipboards), black, white, and gold form a chic palette in this craft room. After eight years in a D.C. apartment, this craft room was just what Mandy Pellegrin dreamed of!
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All of the details on Paige Morse's desk in her mud room have a story, and she is always adding and re-curating the vignette as more pieces find their way into her home. She keeps a global outlook with a variety of foreign currencies taped to the wall!
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Although not a home, this Brooklyn prop studio mixed workspaces with living room vignettes using their array of furniture and accessories. The combination of orange and green in this office makes a dynamic duo.
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Interior stylist Milly Goodwin saved the chalkboard calendar sticker in her home office from a photo shoot she worked on, and ended up loving it in her office. It allows her to see the big picture as she plans her schedule.

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Comments

  • Beautiful spaces! I would have to say #7 is my favorite with all the built-in bookshelves and it’s so bright and colorful. Maybe someday I’ll have a better office space than my current one under a basement window.

  • I’ve always been curious how some people sit comfortably in those wire Bertoia chairs without a chair pad? They crop up as desk chairs in a lot of home-office tours…

    Also in awe of anyone who can work for long stretches on a backless stool!

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