Like you, I’ve been on a few zoom calls lately and I must admit, in the less interesting moments, I’ve enjoyed looking at everyones home office set-ups. It made me realise as a plant lover and grower how woeful my office looked to others, so over the weekend we gave it a makeover. Here’s what we did:
1. The floordrobe, got cleaned up! Piles of paper got sorted and shredded, and critical pieces filed. That exercise in itself filled me with so much joy! We moved into this house about 5 months ago and styling the office hasn’t been a priority until now… winning!
2. Position the camera onto something interesting. What can you see in camera? What do you want to be seen or what look do you want to create? In this office, the walls are painted a pretty neutral colour and so it’s all pretty bland. There’s also a set of wardrobe doors directly behind limiting our creativity. We’ve simply moved the camera around to focus on a bookcase where we have added some interest — a few books, a few plants and a few decorative items. We hung a painting on the wall and added a desk plant (Parlour Plant)
3. Think outside the (office) box — can you locate your desktop a quiet nook where you have something to look at, reflect on, or do some good thinking time? Somewhere that gives you or others privacy, but helps you feel connected, calm and productive?
4. Ensure you have a practical workspace. There’s no point having an area that’s all style over substance. A work-area needs space, a well distanced computer, a good light source, natural if possible and easy access to electricity and wifi. And the fridge and coffee machine of course!
5. A view, some sun, some sky, some plants. The more of these the better. Failing that, just add plants.
The before and after. It’s so embarrassing how bland and boring this looked initially. By simply curating the bookcase including standing up some books, moving the functional office stuff out of view, adding in a plant or two, a painting and a ginger jar we’ve added some personality and interest to our zoom calls. We’d love to see your home office spaces — how are you inspiring yourself and others?