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10 small workspaces that work

so you saw where I work from in my home office post yesterday. I’m super fortunate to have a dedicated room for a home office but sometimes that is just not possible. But that doesn’t mean that you have to share your bed with your laptop – although that’s kind of a nice place to work when it’s cold! There is sure to be a little nook in your home that could become a custom created workspace just for you.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite small workspaces to give you some inspiration for a mini home office, along with some of my own tips to keep things in working order.

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I love the fresh white of this workspace with it’s minimal shelving system. It keeps the floor free from table legs, giving the work area an uncluttered sense of space.

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The clever transformation of a living room cupboard into a mini workspace is brilliant. And how easy to tidy up? Just close the door!

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This small recess makes the ideal spot for a simple and economical work shelf, while this dual work area under the window gives just the right amount of space for a laptop and a sewing machine with drawers on either side for storage. Not to mention the great natural lighting!

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I’m mad about the Scandinavian String system – I only wish it was available locally – it’s stylish, minimal and customisable to suit your space.

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The dark wall behind this workspace creates the perfect backdrop for an inspiring set-up. With below and above desktop storage space, computer, lighting and a moodboard all at your finger tips, this work area is uber-efficient.

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Choosing a neutral colour palette for your work furniture keeps the space simple and harmonious, especially if your workspace is part of your living area. You can tie in the colour scheme from the rest of the home with the addition of books, patterned storage boxes and accessories.

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Deciding on a colour scheme – like this pretty mint, white and wood workspace – is a simple way of keeping things pulled together and attractive. By the way, this space is the same room in the first image…it just shows that well-crafted and cleverly designed furniture can be given a totally different look by changing the colour scheme. Always invest in quality pieces. They will keep their value as the years go on because they won’t date or fall apart with time.

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Where you might just have book shelves on a short living room wall, why not add a narrow desk below? You can make the most use of your space by creating a functional work area big enough for a laptop and a quiet spot where the kids can do their homework.

Do you have any favourite tips for functional workspaces in small homes? I’d love to hear them!

studio tour & budget makeover tips – Rue Magazine

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The latest issue of Rue magazine is out and it’s full of stylish Spring inspiration. One article in particular caught my interest. Interior designer Kriste Michelini takes us on a studio tour of her striking open plan office that radiates thoughtful style. When is came to the studio makeover, a clear simplicity was the main focus. Kriste notes, “I wanted to create a fresh clean envelope since we look at colour all day long.”

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The open studio is broken up into several zones, creating a sense of space which complements the functionality of the office. Areas for collaboration with large white desks sit comfortably alongside a living room vignette with bookshelves and accessories are  where clients are entertained.

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Kriste leaves us with some valuable interior tips for a budget makeover:

Bust a move – make sure you have the correct layout for your room. Pull furniture off the wall to create a room that is conducive to conversation.

Layer in a print – purchase pillows for colour or texture to add to your sofa or chairs. Another option to make a bold statement without breaking the bank is a great graphic rug.

Lighting can make or break a room – add a pair of great table lamps or a beautiful floor lamp to add a glow or sparkle to your room.

Freshen up the walls – a coat of fresh paint can do wonders for a room. Don’t forget artwork – it’s the final layer in finishing a room. You can blow up a photograph you took, or find art at a flea market, online or at your local college.

Declutter the room – edit your accessories and items so each piece that is in your room are items that you really love. Be ruthless about what comes into your home. You have to love it or don’t do it.

Great tips and I love that final piece of sage advice!

photography by Angie Silvy