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June 28 2012 |

Hi Guys! I’m super excited to have a guest post today from Becky over at Houzz. If you don’t know it, you should check it out — especially if you’re in the midst of restyling your home in any way. I asked the good folks at Houzz if they had any inspiration for a functional but super-chic home office, and they came back with some major goodness.  Check it out.  xoxo

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Chelsea for having me!

In a small home, a home office area can mean a corner of your bedroom, a nook off the kitchen or even a tight closet. When your workspace is so integrated into the rest of your home, it’s important to plan the space efficiently and also maintain a level of style. Here are three office spaces that can exist as a part of other rooms without looking like a pile of messy stress.

{Contemporary Home Office design by Other Metros Interior Designer
Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.}

This is the kind of home office that fits into a glamorous bedroom. If you replace the laptop with a table mirror, it instantly transforms into a dressing table fit for a fashion-forward diva.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • Use a desk with a light profile.
  • Keeping most of the lines rectilinear provides a uniform look that’s pleasing to the eye.
  • Using clear glass or lucite lamp bases keeps the desk from looking cluttered.

{Modern Home Office design by LA Photographer Erika Bierman Photography}

This office has lots of white, which makes the carefully edited colorful patterns stand out.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • The geometric accent wall is a strong backdrop and everything else needs to bow down to it.
  • Chic and simple white cabinets provide scads of storage space for messy paper clutter, files, supplies and equipment.
  • Symmetry provided by the two table lamps and magazine files adds a pleasing balance to the space.

{Home Office design by LA Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas}

Office storage doesn’t need to consist of old metal file cabinets.

Notes to take from this home office:

  • Your style does not need to be all business; use a Beverly Hills dream closet for inspiration if that’s what floats your boat.
  • You can outfit all sorts of storage pieces to suit your office. Scanners, printers, papers and files are all hidden in this chic, non-officey cabinet.

Thanks so much to Chelsea for giving me this topic; to be honest I’m writing from my dining room table as my home office is in a scary state right now. Writing this has inspired me to go attack it and make it a more inspiring space!

Find more inspiration from New York interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

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