Ready for a home office tour? Today I’m sharing where I work! And I’m also sharing tips for making our workspaces pretty and still professional. And professional and personal! Many of us are working from home and want our home workspaces to work for us!
Let’s tour my office! Yay!
The office in our home is where I work and spend most of my day! It, like the rest of my home is very sunny and bright!
The morning sun pours in through a big window so no wonder my favorite time to work is first thing in the morning!!!! I usually work in my office in my pj’s with lots of coffee until mid-morning! This gives me a big start on my work and satisfies my love of being in my pj’s!
Come see what I’ve done to this office space and how it looked when we first moved in!
My office is still a work in progress! But so far I feel happy and cozy in this bright spot in our home!
A LITTLE HISTORY ABOUT THIS SPACE
If you have been a StoneGable reader you will maybe remember this desk from our upstairs sitting area.
When we moved to the Tanglewood house I knew this desk would work perfectly in this space. Let’s see, as I show you around the office, what else you might see from our StoneGable home.
When we first moved here our office was a blank space!
Yup, just a very basic room with a nice size window on one side and a big opening to the foyer on another!
The image below was on move-in day!
There were certain things I made sure Bobby was clear on before we bought the house. We were really both on the same page with what needed to be done to our new home.
One. The whole, entire, every speck of the house had to be repainted! (done)
Two. The fireplace had to be rebuilt. (done)
Three. The carpeting in the bedrooms had to be removed and replaced with hardwood to match the existing flooring before I moved in. (done)
Four. The kitchen needed a total update although it was new. It really did not work with the rest of the house. And since our home is so open it needed a makeover! In less than 2 weeks demo begins! Yay and YIKES!
Five. French doors needed to be added to the opening of the office. (done)
Six. Bookshelves had to be built across the back wall in the office. (done)
Seven. We had to address all the railing and spindles in oak on the stairs. We are still working on a solution to this issue!
Eight. The upstairs bathroom needed a mini makeover. Hopefully, in the spring!
LET’S START OUR HOME OFFICE TOUR HERE
The french doors really help to define the office space. And they don’t make me feel closed off from the rest of the house when I am working!
It is so important to carve a quiet space out for yourself if you are working at home! I do a lot of writing and editing all day and I need quiet.
The built-in bookshelf was a huge project! I didn’t really realize just how much goes into building custom bookshelves and cabinets!
The whole unit houses my business and more! And it gives me a place to rotate my favorite photos of Bobby, my kids, and babies!
I often get asked where I put family pictures. Well, now you know! We keep them in our bedroom too!
They are my favorite part of the home office tour, for sure!
MY WORKSPACE MINDSET
Even though I don’t share my workspace I try to keep my office looking welcoming and professional. For me, it is a balance. I want to send myself the message… YOU ARE AT WORK! And I want it to have a style all my own.
When I went from blogging as a hobby to making a living, my mindset changed. I set up office hours and kept them. I cared more about my workspace and kept things in order!
Not wading through the mess I can make really made a difference!
The side and bottom cabinets in the office are filled with books, and crafting supplies, and important papers. Behind the center bottom cabinet doors hides my printer!
This is my best advice about all the “stuff” we can collect that is job-related… put it in baskets, pretty cardboard containers (like the white magazine holders that house my favorite decorating magazines), or organize it behind closed doors if you can!
And here’s my very best advice when it come to office-related paraphernalia… EDIT! Get rid of what you can and go as paperless as possible! This has so helped my business and the overall look of my office space!
Next stop on the home office tour…
This is my inbox! I tidied it up for you! And I must admit it usually does not look this empty!!!
I would love to know how the bloggers with super clean desks keep them that way! We all need to learn from them! I have way too much paperwork even after editing! And mail, don’t get me started on mail!!!! But most of the snail mail we get is personal. Yet it gets filtered in here!
One way to keep my inbox under control is to make sure I can see the bottom of it three times a day! This is a tip that helps me to feel under control! But it is way easier to aspire to this goal than actually do it!
Did you notice I opted for a woven basket as my inbox? I love baskets and one of my vignette baskets was a perfect fit for the desk! I love it when something pretty can also be professional!
I do love flower and in the summer keep a vase of flowers from our garden and containers.
They sit in my inbox and that really helps to keep the clutter down. I just don’t have the space with a pretty vase of flowers sharing the inbox!
Flowers and a mix of herbs are my favorite combination. Can you see the parsley and curly mint in the casual arrangement?
Flowers make me feel happy!
For me, flowers are an important part of my office! I count them as pretty and professional and personal! Win, win, win!
Next stop on the home office tour is…
THE OFFICE SITTING AREA
Across the room from the desk is a little place to sit!
The mirror that used to be in the foyer at the StoneGable house was turned portrait style and hung above the chair.
On the wall perpendicular to the mirror is a little wall gallery made up of my favorite “I AM HIS” sign that was in the StoneGable dining room. Also, an original piece of artwork done by my grandsons Anderson and Alexander. And a sweet little sheep, another original piece of art. I’m going to add something from my granddaughter Emma Kate to the wall as well.
I love looking over and seeing things that make my heart sing! I think it is good for us to display things in our office that we truly love!
These things feed my soul!
The chair, side table, and floor lamp all came from the StoneGable family room.
Although my home might look neutral there is really a lot of muted color going on!
One brighter color I just love is a saturated burnt yellow or gold. I’ve always loved this color!
So this summer I have used a bit of this warm color around the entire house!
There is still lots to change out like the rug and maybe the little chair. And I’m still looking for a fashionable and comfortable desk chair! And I need to get the big clock fixed on the wall because it broke in the move.
The office is a place I love to work! It feels like it was made for me!
I hope you are creating a workspace that is pretty, professional and personal too! I like to say our spaces should be both functional and fabulous!
Here’s my view when I sit behind my desk.
When you see this image know that this is my view when I’m thinking about YOU!
You might like to see more of the Tanglewood House below…