Tips for Home Offices, and meet Tom

Home offices are tough ones to crack.  Some of us have turned a whole floor into our studio (that being me) some of us have impromptu little tables all over the place where we can plonk and write emails (no dedicated space as such) and some of us create the coolest spaces out of the smallest spaces.

I don’t know about you but I want my office space to feel totally non officey. I need it to feel like a space I want to hang out in rather than a space I have to hang out in.  I want it to feel relaxing, inspirational, fun and also (my most hated word on the planet) functional! Some tips below:

Figure out your style. Do you want your office to feel masculine, eclectic, boho whatever it is try and work that vibe into the scheme? My room below which is eclectic pkus a super looking masculine one below that!


lon1Opt for a non officey looking desk, it helps big time by choosing a desk that isn’t necessary meant for a desk or just selecting a corporate looking desk in a cool colour – case in point  Jenna Lyons  office below.

lon2Layer your desk with non-officey stuff. So for example I have a heap of books waiting for me to read, a scented candle a little posy of flowers. It softens it up beautifully.

lonIf you have office looking furniture fear not distract the eye with some fabulous rug on the floor (its got to be patterned otherwise it won’t take the attention away) or and you’ll see this below something over sized like lamps or  oversized anything for that matter like flowers, art – works a treat.


Oh and before I go I wanted to introduce you guys to Tom. Tom is 15 years old, and is looking to get into the field of interior design. He wrote to me a few days ago showing me his bedroom and I think its pretty cool so wanted to share it with you guys. Not only does Tom reference multiple styles he has layered up his space making it feel uniquely his. All at the age of 15! Good job Tom as I mentioned yesterday complimentary Design School tickets are yours whenever you want to come along! To have the interiors bug at such as early age is fantastic and to know I’ve inspired even more – very heart warming!

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21 thoughts on “Tips for Home Offices, and meet Tom

  1. Gosh Tom is very talented. It’s very inspiring to see this type of potential from someone so young. I think he has a bright future ahead of him! Well done for posting this.

  2. Great piece, thank you, as I am in a rut with my own office at the moment which needs to be functional, cool and shared with the kids toys! A bit of a challenge! Also thanks for posting Tom´ s room. It´s so inspiring to see someone so young with such direction and talent doing this rather than spending his time on the Playstation. Teenagers – take note lol! x

  3. I am very impressed by Gary’s talents. Thank you for sharing his talent with us and I think it is great that you are supporting him by offering him complimentary design school tickets. Talent like Gary’s certainly needs encouraging so that the world will eventually be rid of dull beige interiors!!
    Judging by Gary’s colour scheme and choice of accessories you can see that he is definitely influenced by you as I notice that, as well as the Debenhams Schnauzer cushion, he has one of your poodle lamps and the rug on the floor I seem to recognise from you online store.

  4. Hi Abigail,

    I am so sorry but in my message above I referred to Tom as Gary! I was having a senior moment – Gary is the name of the person I had just been speaking to prior to writing my comment on the site.

    I am so sorry and hope I haven’t offended Tom – Tom please forgive me 🙂


  5. Great room Tom, but yikes! Is that a bottle of Bombay Gin on the side table? Presume it’s an empty one, just for the gorgeous colour.

  6. Tom is brilliant! And if he can do this at 15, imagine what his future has in store. You can tell he’s going to have a famous design career ahead of him!

  7. The best thing about home offices is that you can make them fun and comfortable according to your own taste. All of the designs above are spectacular even though my most favorite is the first one. I´m impressed with cozy and warm atmosphere.

  8. It’s really fine to put “non-officey” stuff in your home office. After all, personalising this part of the house is recommended. You can take inspiration from Google offices as well. Steer from generic offices and opt for fun concepts instead.

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