For our September 2020 issue, Good Housekeeping has teamed up with Chatbooks, an app-based photo book company, to scour the United States and Canada for the smartest and most beautiful home office setups. . What we found, achieved by both apartment dwellers and owners alike, may inspire you to take your own home workspace to the next level.
Add a comfortable sofa
Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom from Southern Jordan, UT, decided to think beyond the hard, uncomfortable chairs in her home office. Instead, she outfitted the space with a plush emerald green sofa that pairs well with her beloved animal prints and world-inspired pottery. The sofa is also suitable for her lifestyle: she is a mother of eight children, aged 4 to 20, and uses her office space to read and organize her many family photos. “My overall approach to home office decorating is to showcase an eclectic mix of things that I love and make sure it functions as a multi-purpose space,” she says.
Hang a desk on the wall
Rachel Mae Smith, whose blog is Craft life, created their low-profile office in New York City with a two-person wall-mounted desk supported by a rail shelving system. Pops of color, including spray painted backings in bright hues and dyed fabric swatches, bring the fun look together.
Consider the tall shelves
Graphic designer and new mom Ashley Smith transformed a cedar-lined closet with white paint and tall shelves for books and decorative storage. Ashley upgraded the look with DIY poster boards made from wood waste. “I added stain, wire, and clips, and they became the perfect place to hang up everything important, like bills, invitations, and children’s artwork,” says -she. Plus, she made a simple built-in desk for her large office. “We used inexpensive 1” x 2 “common planks as the supports underneath, then added a nice 3/4” plywood top made from maple and a 1 “x 3” trim panel to the top. before, ”she says of the office design in her Pittsburg, KS, home.
Enjoy a chic corner
Kaitlyn Fast from Birmingham, AL, let a large mirror lay the foundation for her minimalist office nook. “It reflects all the natural light we have in this room and makes it easy to change the decor and flowers with each new season,” she says.
Put your office up the stairs
With the help of her husband, Russel, Lindi Vanderschaaf transformed an empty wall next to the stairs on the first floor of their home in Grande Prairie, Canada, into a functional workspace. Russel made the desk and shelves out of stained plywood, which balances the black and white color scheme of the design. “The white of the drawers and the walls in the office really helps define the space,” says Lindi. “It almost feels like you’re in your own room now.”
Painting a brick wall
Megan Leonard of lifestyle brand Our City Nest lives in Baltimore, a city known for its row houses with exposed brick walls. So it made sense to showcase this detail in his office space. “It provides instant texture throughout my home that I love to pair with wood accents,” she says.
Make a desk with two basic dressers
After Sara Johnston’s 5-year-old son began to feel left out with her and her husband working from their home in Ontario, Canada, they decided to set up an office for him right in the living room. “We painted two old IKEA dressers with remnants of white paint and asked a local lumber supplier for the top, which happened to be shelves cut to that specific size,” she says.
Turn your closet into an office
Party stylist Kelsey Klos, who lives in Petaluma, Calif., With her husband and three daughters under 5, has transformed a closet into a simple yet vibrant workstation. She used see-through storage bins to store supplies, cake stands to stack work projects, and playful accessories, like a rainbow garland, to show off her style.
Set up a workspace in your kitchen
Heather Keeling and her family of five decided to transform a corner of the kitchen in their Portland, OR home into a bright and comfortable workspace. They opted for contemporary touches to achieve contrast. “The sky blue penny tile is the perfect bridge between the 1960s and modern times,” says Heather. Custom shelving, inspired by a mid-century modern credenza, completes the look.
Capture your home office and more!
To find the most notable home offices featured in this feature, Good Housekeeping has partnered with Chatbooks, a company that makes affordable, high-quality photo books. These albums are great for displaying your favorite family photos or even before and after photos from a recent home project – think of them as personalized coffee table books. Just download the Chatbooks app and create a running photo book series, then for every 60 photos uploaded from your Instagram or Camera Roll, it automatically creates a new book (starting at $ 10).