2017 has got me thinking about my own space. As a freelancer in my twenties I would hot-desk, work on the dining room table and then when we moved into our own home our guest room doubled as an office. Somehow renting an office space or a desk never appealed to me it never felt like the right time and a little too much commitment.
Now-days as I balance motherhood and work (I want to be able to pick my daughter up from playgroup at least half of the week and bake and play with her in the afternoons – but I also am 100% dedicated to this career that I have built and love) I need a workspace close to home – in my home in-fact – a space that is all mine and gives me the headspace I need to create – because the living room table amongst toddler antics these days just doesn’t cut it.
Ideally my room would look and smell like you have walked into Anthropologie. It would encompass a sitting area with a coffee table where I can meet clients – the past year I have begun work locally as an interior designer and I often have clients over to look at my own home for inspiration. I’d love some place with candles where I can serve coffee, have hour-long meetings and pore over books, magazines and samples. With that in mind I would also have a wall of shelves for books, magazines and filing.
A vintage style shelving unit would house all my surplus to use ceramics, decorative objects, textiles etc and built in storage for Napeansea stock. This space would also be more feminine than the rest of my home, like the above images of Rebecca Taylor’s NY Office with an injection of florals thrown in. (See the rest of rest of designer Rebecca Taylor’s New York office makeover here)
Here are some of the offices that stick in my mind over the years, filling me with equal parts envy and inspiration.
This home-office in Kensington by British interior designer Suzy Hoodless looks like it belongs in the Ace Hotel with it’s smart charcoal grey walls and rockstar chandelier. I love how achievable this look is especially in a small space – a ‘lick’ of charcoal grey paint, monochrome geometric floor tiles (check out these lovelies from Bert and May) and a show-stopping pendant light.
How inspiring is this nook to have a meeting? The contrast of industrial furniture and futuristic orb light perfectly sets off the flowery Ava wallpaper by Sandberg.
Part of an office makeover by Emily Henderson these large drawers house mood boards, materials and swatches for each client. A dream filing system for every interior designer.
Technically this is a kitchen – a beautiful kitchen in Portland by interior designer Jessica Helgerson, but I think all the elements would work really well as an office space that houses samples and materials in the vintage cabinets. The built in bookshelves surrounding the window and the yellow velvet sofa make a perfect brainstorming nook and the huge apothecary table would make you feel like a total BOSS every morning.
Also by the same designer this Gothic Office incorporates a glass sculpture beautifully made by Portland glass artist Andy Paiko to create some privacy and a feeling of separation in an open plan space. It would feel pretty special to have these hanging around the office for those daydream moments.
Display is such a huge part of an interior design practice – I love the idea of glass cabinets to store inspiring objects and materials and display Napeansea stock… Images via Avenue Lifestyle and Tine K Home
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org