They say you shouldn’t work where you sleep but since I’ve created my own little home office in a corner of our bedroom, I’d argue against that statement. It’s about the feelings that work gives you and having inspiring, comfortable and beautiful surroundings would never disturb anyone’s sleep. Agree? I actually love waking up and seeing my work space just the way I like it all ready for me whenever I need to use it. I keep it tidy (ish) without “post it” notes or any other urgent neon reminders – only the things I love stay on that desk as everything is on my laptop is already in dedicated folders and lists where all the work stuff belongs. It’s also important that my desk is child friendly and can be used for leisurely browsing or online shopping at weekends. Nothing alarming, uncomfortable, stressful or unpleasant will be found in that bedroom (or anywhere in our flat now) as there’s enough of that in the world right?
MAKING THE BEST OF THE SPACE
I’ve been working from home (sometimes in cafes) for the last 3 years now and have used many rooms, desks, tables, beds and even floors of the flat, but nothing felt right until we redecorated the flat completely a couple of months ago. Decluttered, got rid of old furniture, painted our walls black and white in some rooms and it’s so refreshing now… Naturally, our bedroom appeared even bigger and a little corner for my home office was created – a space dedicated only to me and it’s the best thing we’ve done. No more “hot desking” between the dining room table or my daughter’s desk, but it’s also nice when she uses my desk now for homework or drawing.
Our bedroom is probably the biggest room in our flat after the living room. It’s definitely not just for sleeping and working in as our entire family often hangs out there playing with Sasha, reading books, watching movies or having breakfast in bed at weekends. I’ve been looking for something inspiring and unusual to hang above the bed and fell in love with this “Dream Big Canvas” from Next. Some think it’s marble effect while others think that the circle is the Moon or Universe. I like to see all three in that canvas and love having it above our bed.
MAKE IT WORK AND ENJOY
Of course, a lot depends on tastes and preferences as well as space availability of course. We are currently quite limited in terms of dedicated office space area in our flat, so creating a little office in our bedroom was the best option. I fell in love with our flat all over again. All of my favourite things are all around me while I work including my clothes, beauty products and even an empty clothes rack where I put my outfits together in prep for collaborations with brands before shooting. To utilise the space and make the room look even bigger, we hanged a large mirror on a cupboard door beside the window and it’s just perfect. The room had never served us so well.
If you’re thinking of creating an office space within your bedroom, remember to surround yourself with only the things you love like pictures, inspiring quotes, candles (love my luxury concrete candle from Next), flowers and anything else you love seeing every day. Things like drinking water, coffee or mint tea from pretty cups and glasses can make such a difference. I realise that all of those things can be considered material, it’s similar to updating your wardrobe. I’m a very visual person so pretty things around me are like food for my soul and that’s the beauty of working for myself – I’m free to surround myself with whatever I want wherever I want.
PS! Who likes the picture in the grey frame behind the copper table light? Sasha’s chalk art from when she was three and it’s so special having it hang there in front of me.
Do you work from home? What makes your working space more inspiring?
SHOP MY BEDROOM / OFFICE ACCESSORIES:
Dream Big Canvas – Next*
Charcoal Bed Linen – Next*
Palm Leaf Mugs – Next*
Metallic Glass Tumblers – Next*
The Chilten Concrete Candle – Next*
Plant – Next*
Throw – TK Maxx (or this)
Side Table – Maisons Du Monde
Picture Frames – Maisons Du Monde
Copper Shelf – Maisons Du Monde
Copper Wire Storage Trays – MADE.com*
Copper Desk Light – TK Maxx (or this)
Basket Bag – ZARA
Special thanks to Next for supporting this post.