I’m no stranger to working from home. I run a location independent business so I’ve had the luxury of being able to chose where I work for the past 9 or so years.
Back in the ‘good old days’ when we were allowed to roam free in the world, I used to joke that my car was my office. Most days, I’m typically on the road visiting clients homes or suppliers showrooms. Now I’m at home working on eDecorating projects for clients and mentoring and coaching other interior designers on their business practices; I’m at my desk A LOT!
Due to the nature of my career choice, I’m predisposed to having always had a relatively inviting space to work in. Now we’re all working from home, friends and Instagram followers have asked me to share my desk styling secrets. I’ve put together some tips that make my work day a little brighter, prettier and happier. I hope they can help you feel a little more inspired too.
1. Don’t forget the decorative elements
Whilst it’s important to have the practical and functional elements sorted, I’m a firm believer that our environment heavily impacts what we produce and send back out into the world. To enhance my productivity, I have a small ceramic dish that I burn incense in each morning while I sit down to read my emails with a cup of tea. I also use a cute little mousepad that looks like a mini floor rug; totally appropriate for my line of work!
I have an overhead pendant light in my home office. I’ve also added a pretty table lamp on the desk for extra lighting as the room can be a little dark in the afternoon. A custom shade in pink linen gives my work space an extra splash of colour.
Video calls are now my go-to WFH tool; I’ve never hosted so many video calls in all my life. As much as it’s fun having a little peek into people’s homes, it’s important to consider what’s happening in the background behind you when you’re on camera. If you have a blank wall behind you, why not order some artwork? I’ve got a few pieces of art dotted around the room as well as a project board where I keep track of my design projects.
I invited Grace, my Feng Shui specialist friend, over to my house about a year ago. When she saw my home office she said, “why don’t you have a queen chair at your desk?!” At first, I didn’t know what she meant; I just had a stock standard desk chair. It wasn’t anything special but it did the job. Apparently, as the ‘boss’ of my business, I needed a chair that was more commanding. Naturally I went out and bought myself a more regal looking chair as my “Queen Chair”. I don’t know if it’s because of the chair or not, but I swear I did notice an increase in business shortly after.
5. Add a living element
I have a little vase of flowers on my desk. It sits next to a big crystal quartz that my business cards are on. It’s a nice little spot on the desk that makes me happy, but I’m adamant that having some fresh flowers in the house make it feel more homely. Why not try picking something from your garden or balcony for your desk every few days and see if it makes you feel a little happier too? A little plant on your desk is also an option if you can’t grow anything in the garden. Or even go faux if you’re a true black thumb!
Emma Blomfield is a Sydney based interior stylist, and author. Interior decorating is her life-long obsession and nothing but total immersion will do. Read more about Emma in our story here or follow Emma on Instagram.