Are you ready for the new AND better (by better, I mean gorgeous) look for your work/ study space? Here’s two distinct styles; vintage and modern. I’ve listed THE items you can shop to get the look. Please read on while I sit here and stare into the picture (image above) of my perfect home office (with a sea view).
My ideal work space is simple, it has to be bright and uncluttered. In this post, I’ll be sharing a few tips that you can follow to achieve a better work and/or study space!
// NATURAL LIGHT //
This is my top priority, I just can’t (or I should say doesn’t like) working in a dark space. While this might not be a problem in an office environment (unless your boss forgets to pay the electricity bills, whoops), it CAN be a problem if you’re trying to work or study at home. Forget about the fact that trying to read in a dark place is bad for your eyes, being in a dark place just makes ANYONE feels gloomy. It’s counterproductive, people.
How do I check that it’s too dark? Stare at your laptop screen, do you feel that the light shines bright like the sun? The surroundings as dark as a black hole. A well lit space shouldn’t be such contrasting. Working in a dark space for too long literally makes me giddy and I’m not kidding.
For folks who can afford to place your desk in front of the window, DO IT! But beware of annoying glare, window treatments that can filter light is recommended. And for the rest of us who can’t re-position our desk (yet), get a pretty lamp to brighten up your space (pun intended). Choose one that you really like, for me I will avoid the techy kind; plastic lamp that screams office to me (I will only say it’s OK if it’s in your office). And of course which brings us to the next point.
// LESS TECHY //
I know this one might be subjective. If you are TOTALLY convinced that you should have all your printers and gadgets ready at hand (image above), I’m sure you feel awesome about your current work/study space. But if you’re feeling not so sure, then I will suggest concealing your printer in a cabinet, switch to a laptop so you don’t need to worry about that CPU unit.
While most people find it convenient to sit in a chair (image above) on castors and it’s totally awesome if your boss can afford this, if your home space resembles your office space, it creates a disconnection from the rest of your home. Unless the rest of your home looks like your office. Well, you should still choose a comfortable chair but bottom line is your home office should NOT look like your office. Which is why I’m showing you these two gorgeous setups.
Some of you lucky folks out there who can revamp your home office or study space right now, I am envious of you. Here’s two distinct looks, number 1 is vintage and features a more “grown-up” look and number 2 is casual and might be more appealing to students. But if you’re drawn to either look, don’t feel restraint by anything. Follow your feelings and remember this is the space that is used by you, and you should call the shots. If you’re interested to get either looks, you don’t HAVE TO buy everything to recreate it, you can buy just a single item if you feel like it.
1. Vintage Brass Oversized Pocket Watch Clock // 2. Oak Desk // 3. Darwin Sidechair // 4. Golden Fist // 5. Carpenter Brass Table Lamp // 6. Icelandic Sheepskin Throw // 7. Butterfly Specimen In Photo Frame // 8. Vintage Solid Brass Vase // 9. Kuggis Box With Lid // 10. Acrylic Pot // 11. Faded Shag Rug // 12. Smith Brief In Sport Calf Leather
1. Dexter Floor Lamp // 2. Solid Timber Pin Leg Table // 3. Bella Upholstered Chair // 4. Sift 2-Story Tower // 5. Goldie The Wall Hanging Ram // 6. Plant Square Cactus 2 // 7. Skogsvåg Mirror // 8. Pluggis 7-Piece Container // 9. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker // 10. Väggis Noticeboard // 11. Bleecker Leather Backpack // 12. Candice Olson Morphology Ivory Rug
If you are going for that vintage vibe, it’s wise to at least include one or two items that are ACTUALLY vintage, you might not want to order a brass vase made in India but it’s old items like these that pull the vintage look together. It’s not trying to be vintage, it’s actually vintage. And it adds a ton of personality as well, win-win. Family heirlooms also counts or better if you’re an avid vintage items collector, it’s time to display one or two of your favorites, I’m sure it will make your day! Obviously, if you like that bag (no. 12) but not ready to spend a thousand bucks, you can always go for a cheaper alternative. But it’s genuine products like such that helps with the look, the last thing you want is create a vintage cheap look.
Generally speaking, it’s easier to pull off the casual modern look and arguably more affordable. What I did was mixing affordable stuff (from IKEA) with other items made from genuine materials like the storage handmade from iron and Goldie The Ram cost about a hundred bucks and yes I included a designer rug from Candice Olson. Casual modern doesn’t mean all IKEA or go cheap. Elevate your space by mixing high and low items without burning a hole in your pocket. If you are buying for a smaller child, you might want to choose plastic, cheaper, safe and easier to replace items, but if it’s for yourself, then go with what you like. If budget is the constraint, you can always buy these overtime. Most importantly is you have the desire to live in a better environment, one that reflects you and anticipate your needs.
// CABLE CLUTTER //
Honestly, I consider cable clutter to be a thing of the past. Actually worse. Growing up, my father would coil those wires and cables neatly into place so that they don’t hang like this (image above). Maybe it’s what I was taught or maybe I just love coiling things (when I was nine, I got into skipping rope fever and would coiled mine ever so nice looking eventually I started doing it for my friends, yes I’m that weird, I mean trendsetting kid). I attended to these cables the first time I’m setting them up, you will NEVER go back to tidy them once you’re done plugging in stuff. Trust me, no one wants to touch that dust infested pile of entanglement.
Speaking of clutter, there are two types you should know. One is just messy, unorganized (literally). The other is what every messy person thinks he/she is; “organized chaos”.
Organized chaos is that even though it looks extremely messy, the owner knows exactly where everything is, admittedly image left is not really messy but there is no space on the desk for anything else. But I’m pretty sure the homeowner of this house knows what he/she is doing. Then enters (image right) which is my kind of thing; I just love an uncluttered minimalist space. When I was a kid I was totally organized chaos, no amount of mother nagging could change me, then when I grew up, things changed. Obviously, there is no right or wrong. So which one is more you?
Others that I’ll add are adding greenery and getting a comfy rug under your feet. I wasn’t born in a family who uses rugs but the first time I had a rug under my feet (it was IKEA, BTW), I was sold. More on how to choose the right size rug for your home, stay tuned. Productivity does increase in a comfortable environment, why not? I personally don’t get the appeal of studying or working outside (erm, Starbucks…guys), I would rather make my home comfortable so I can do whatever I like. Are you inspired to make a positive change for your space now?
Image Sources: Featured Image Orlando Soria // Natural Light Homepolish // Get The Look: Vintage Emily Henderson // Get The Look: Modern Homepolish // Organized Chaos Apartment Therapy // Uncluttered Apartment Therapy
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