I now work in a specially developed corner of our kitchen, in our tiny Victorian cottage. Whilst planning a kitchen makeover, my husband and I thought long and carefully over how best to make use of the available space, in order to fit a home office area in too.
The home office and kitchen area are both traditionally styled to suit our cottage home, and painted in a natural deep green, with cream and taupe woodwork and cabinets, and a real wood worksurface and desk. It has a nice calming feel, which is great for helping me concentrate on my work.
Of course, I do have a few nice ‘designer’ touches – glitter glass mosaic tiles in a beautiful lime green, low-level color changing lighting in the base of the units (including in my office area!) and unusual cupboard door handles of resin-encased wood.
I’m very pleased I have lots of storage in my new home office, in the roomy kitchen cabinets. This area is where I do all my computer-based admin and marketing, and also the computer-based side of my design work, so it’s important I feel inspired here.
When I get painty, I can also do it here, although I prefer, when the weather allows, to take the mess into the garden!
My work from home is always overseen by my dog, Noah, who is a young rough collie – he likes to keep an eye on what I’m doing, loves to try and answer the door and phone, ‘helps’ me out with everything, and yes, I do live in constant terror of somehow getting his lovely fur dyed a vibrant color with inks or paints!