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Remember, the luxury of a home office is that you are at home. Don't be afraid to forgo typical office furniture in favor of a style that blends with the rest of your home. A Chippendale-style chair with armrests and a thick cushion is incredibly chic and almost as comfortable as a traditional desk chair. And unless you like the look of a bent-arm task lamp, no one is stopping you from choosing a glam table lamp with a silk shade instead. Do what makes you happy!
Style notes: In this home office space, floral shades dripping with lush trim set a warm, romantic tone, echoed by the portrait, the floral painting and the bright orange armchair. Glossy black accents ground the arrangement and take the room in an elegant direction.
Consider adding a pouf. More than just a fun accessory, a pouf of the appropriate size can be tucked beneath your desk to use as a footrest. When not needed, you can pull it out and use it as a mini side table for stacks of books and magazines.
Add a special zone to keep kids occupied. If you have little ones at home, it's worth it to make an extra effort to make the office kid-friendly. Sure, in an ideal world, we would just close the door and everyone would not bother us — but as any parent knows, that's just not how it works.
Consider adding these kid-friendly features to your office:
Plan office storage with efficiency in mind. The storage areas directly around your desk — drawers, shelves, cabinets and surfaces — should be reserved for frequently used essential items. If you purchase some office supplies in bulk or have equipment that is very seldom used, store it on the highest shelves or in a different room altogether if you are short on space.
Commit to keeping a clean and clear desktop. For ultimate productivity and peace of mind, make a habit of completely clearing off your desk before ending the day.
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