Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chic & Functional Home Offices From Houzz

"I am happy to share that I've been asked to write a second Ideabook for Houzz each week, in addition to the Ideabook I've been posting on Saturdays. I'm not sure if I will post all of the second Ideabooks here on my blog, but they may become an extra post during the week in addition to my regular posts. Do you have an opinion on this? Let me know and here is the latest:"

The modern work environment is seeing more and more people working from home, and with that a new appreciation about just what a home office can look like.

There is often limited space and the luxury of dedicating a room to the sole purpose of functioning as an office is not an option. As a result many homeowners and designers are showing great creativity in seeking out usable space to set up shop. Both functional and inspirational, here are some of my favorite home offices seen on Houzz.

Home office inspiration contemporary home office

Everything in this space clearly states it belongs to one very chic individual. The tall door with paned glass, unique yellow chair and lamp, art wall and candelabra. What does this person do? Most certainly something creative.

New American Home Office contemporary home office

If I had to pick one office from this collection I do think it would be this one. The craftsmanship is impeccable, the finishes classic with a gray door adding style. The space is compact but every inch is utilized by running cabinetry around the walls up to the ceiling. There is a view to enjoy from the chair and a door to close off the noise from the other areas of the home. How do I order up one of these?

desk modern home office

Long and wide hallways can eat up a lot of the square footage in a home. If space for an office is limited, placing a smart looking and functional work area along a hall can be a creative solution. Here it appears this was the plan from the start, look at the low placement of the windows directly behind the work surface.

C O B U R N - A R C H I T E C T U R E contemporary home office

The same concept of using space along a hall can be used at the top of a stair landing. Here this approach is taken to the extreme, placing a work surface, chair and shelving in a tight space that many people might not recognize as having this potential.

Where is your home office located?

To read the entire Ideabook book on Houzz and see more great examples of how to find space for a home office, click here.

All images from Houzz

29 comments :

  1. I see no reason why you shouldn't post your second ideabooks here! This one reminds me that I do need to figure out where I'm going to put my desk! I thought about my living room, then my bedroom. Now, I'm rethinking my living room! Ha! Well, I guess I have a while before I HAVE to decide!

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  2. The more the merrier. Post one here for your followers ;-).

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  3. You should definitely post them here! I love this idea book, mostly because I think home offices vary more than any other type of room. You can really see the personality of the person who works there! I like mine to be very clean and white--helps me feel motivated and let the ideas flow!

    http://www.sarahbohldesigns.com

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  4. Definitely post them here. I love all the inspirational photos in this idea book. I've started re-doing our home office, but I need to finish it! This give me some motivation!

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  5. Love seeing these ideas! I think you should definately post more...please!

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  6. I appreciate these post, too! Now that I think about it, there's still work that needs to be done in my home office. Just not feeling very inspired. At least it's very function.

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  7. Post here too! Our office is in our formal dining room. We are not very formal so it was never used as one. It was a toy area and a large hallway to the kitchen! I love the office you like too..that is my idea for a space in our lower level, so I can paint,create and escape from the outside world. I've always loved how counters run along a large expansive window! And great shelving for all the supplies.

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  8. Would love to see them here! Keep the ideas coming, love your blog :)

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  9. Yes please, post here.
    Our home office is in a tiny spare room. The desk/computer is in the closet. I like the fact that I can close the closet door when I don't want to see all the paperwork.

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  10. Love your Ideabooks! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. Congrats on your second feature! I love your stuff and am now subscribed to Houzz thanks to you. :)

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  12. Post them here! I like having everything in one place!

    Also, I think you might be inside my brain, because I've been working feverishly on the plan for my office/studio lately. And then you post this!

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  13. Oh, and to answer the question, my office is in the guest room. We call it the Guest/Office.

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  14. I'm with you...I like the office with all the built in cabinetry the best. I just wish I had a dedicated office space. :)

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  15. Janell I picked the same office as my favorite, it is perfection and the doors sealed the deal to me. I have an office/den/ home of the mondo treadmill!!! Too small for all that activity but all other rooms are accounted for ho-hum!! Kathysue
    PS I get Houz in my mailbox so I like the idea of seeing it here also.

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  16. I am with you on the favorite space. Reminds me of one house I recently saw househunting that was very similar but right off the kitchen. The listing called it a "Mom's Office." I love the idea of seeing your ideabooks here!

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  17. I really like the collected feel of that first image. To look up from the computer and see the framed art and the eclectic mix would be so inspiring.

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  18. I love the second picture. The glass doors that give separation, but don't seclude... LOVE

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  19. The 2nd picture looks like the office of the family I tutored their son. It was such a cool space. It over looked their pool and lawn but we had to focus on our work. lol

    Please feel free to share your 2nd book with us. I'm like a sponge and absorbing everything.

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  20. i can't get enough of that yellow office chair, amazing!

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  21. I love your ideabooks so feel free to post as many as you like! :)

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  22. Hi Janell-

    Missed meeting you in NY last week :( but love your ideabooks - that is how I found your blog in the first place. I created my home office in what the builder determined would be the formal living room. I have a family room so no need for a formal space - not for my family's lifestyle. It made perfect sense to use this space all light and bright with lots of windows for my office.

    My best- Diane

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  23. Hi Janell!
    Love these ideas, and was so happy to hear about you and the Nate Berkus show! Congrats! :)

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  24. The long black & white desk is so chic....im already re-thinking re-design hmmm, need to stop! :)))))


    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  25. I'd love for you to post them here - and that first office...bright and inspiring!!

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  26. The creative vibe of the first one appeals to me, but I like your favorite too. As far as the idea books, post away!

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  27. I'll read it all :) So I'd love for you to post it!

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  28. Post here! I would love to see those posts without having to hop around. And perhaps add a button so that your loyal fans can get the feeds straight to their mail boxes? I sure would like that!

    My husband has taken over our lovely home office. I need to re-claim it!

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  29. wow, lovely home office designs, i really like the way you have set space in small as well as big room, with ample cabinets and shelves for storage as well as beautiful and simply decor, lovely set up

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