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Home Offices 118 Stories

“Cozy" might not seem like the first word you'd use to describe your ideal office; it may make you think of quilts and clutter that don't inspire efficiency. However, "cozy" can mean a room that's inviting, warm, layered and, yes, even organized. For instance, personal objects, a comfortable seat and a rich blend of...
Key Measurements to Help You Design the Perfect Home Office
Even if you don’t work at home, your partner or your best friend probably does. The shift in communications and information technology has created a new work lifestyle that demands a home office. At minimum a home office should have a personal computer,...
Stand-Up Desks Rise to Health Challenges
Trends in work, leisure and technology have conspired to turn us all into sitters. We sit at work. We sit at school. We sit while at home. And we sit in the car while conveying our expanding bodies from one sitting location to another. All this...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Home Office
Why spend time getting your home office in order just as summer is about to begin, and the last thing you want to think of is work? Because a messy home office only gets in the way of summer plans, that’s why!
Meet Your Desk: How to Create a Workspace That Works
Working with clients in their home offices all over Los Angeles, I see a lot of good working habits and some not-so-good working habits. And while it's fairly obvious to me when I'm looking at a workspace why an individual may not be performing efficiently,...
Quiet, Please! How to Cut Noise Pollution at Home
I work from home, and apparently I am in good, and growing, company. There are 3.1 million of us in the United States who now work from home, and this number is increasing. Do you know what we do for at least a part of our day?...
Budget Decorator: 10 Tips for a Stylish and Personal Home Office
Home offices can be neglected when it comes to decorating, but it doesn't take much to freshen an outdated workspace, and the rewards of doing so are plenty. One of the joys of working from home, whether you do it occasionally or full time, is the freedom...
7 Ways to Make Your Home Office Work Better for You
Oodles of time and research go into designing corporate workspaces, but home offices are different. People creating office spaces for themselves usually don't have access to all of the studies that have been done to determine what design aspects allow...
Decorate With Intention: Get Your Home Office Right
It's so easy to let a home office slide off the bottom of the decorating to-do list — after all, many visitors will never even see it. But the way this space is arranged and decorated can greatly impact productivity (and happiness) at home. From finding...
Double Take: The Disappearing Home Office
“Every mother needs a cockpit," says architect Elizabeth Emerson of E/L Studio. In this case the cockpit includes her client's long and linear office, extensive craft and wrapping paper storage, and a...
Why Your Home Office Should Be in the Backyard
We all need an office — a workspace where we can concentrate, think and have all the tools we need. Let’s face it: Even if you don’t work from home, you work from home. Taking work home has become pandemic, with people routinely now working...
You Can Kick That Ugly Filing Cabinet to the Curb
It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you spend getting the look of your home office just right; if you have an ugly filing cabinet, the whole room tends to sag in disappointment. But it needn’t. Rather than being a bulky eyesore, a filing cabinet...
A Family Steps Up to a Cheerful New Attic
A vibrant floral wallpaper in deep blue, bright turquoise and camo green beckons people up these stairs to the attic. Since moving from Holland to Portland, Oregon, interior designer Lynne...
Room of the Day: A Room With a View and Books
Two years ago a couple found their perfect lake house retreat, a home built in the footprint of an old camp on Lake Champlain, Vermont. They were drawn to the simple, well-executed architecture of this house in the trees. So when they...
Room of the Day: Easing Into a Home Office Update
When it comes to coaxing her husband, Adam, into accepting change, decorator Cathy Zaeske knows what she’s doing. In the case of his home office, she was “so over”...
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