How to Set Up a Home Office and School Zone

Interior Design and Decorator Tips, Organising

Due to the situation that we all find ourselves in at the moment regarding Covid 19 and the importance of social distancing to aid with flattening the curve, many of us are now working from home. With working from home comes a lot of challenges in regards to turning our existing homes, places where we live also into places where we now also work and where our children learn. We no longer have the commute too and home from the office, school and in some cases due to space limitations no space where we can close the door at the end of our workday and move into our living part of our lives rather both work and life are melding together giving us very minimal, much-needed downtime. How can we set up our homes to be good functioning spaces where we can work as well as double as safe havens for us to live and relax in too?

Home Office Set Up Tips

Interior Design and Decorator Tips, Organising

Who says your offices need to be bland?  Definitely not me.  Being a creative I want my office to be a place that inspires my creativity, a space that I visually love and a space that works for me and my working needs so that I can be as productive as possible.

I’ve worked with a number of clients who have called me in to help them design well-functioning and visually pleasing office space’s and they’ve always loved the end result.

I’d love to share my design strategy with YOU so you too can create some wow in your office as well.

Step 1.  Assess:  Step back, look at your space

Decluttering for the New Year by Local Professional Home Organiser Kirsty from Feels Like Home

Interior Design and Decorator Tips, Organising

I wanted to cover the topic of ‘Decluttering for the New Year’ and felt I should get in an expert to discuss this rather then me stumbling my way through.  I know as an Interior Designer it’s always great working in spaces that aren’t over crowded with clutter, and spaces that are clear always make way for a stunning end result. I also know we can all have tendencies to gather around us our treasured things but how can we turn down the clutter volume?  I’ve invited local Professional Organiser, Kirsty from Feels Like Home to share her pearls of wisdom with us.

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Hi There Everyone,

Have you ever tried to get organised in the past only to find after a few weeks that you just give up and life goes back to how it was? It’s probably because you tried to tack it on top of everything you were already doing. Being more organised isn’t about

Clever space savers for your home!

Interior Design and Decorator Tips, Organising

Worlds skinniest house, Keret house in Poland.

Worlds skinniest house, Keret house in Poland.

Worlds skinniest house, profile.

Worlds skinniest house, profile.

“Editing is the skill of this century” – We the tiny house people documentary

A few weeks ago I watched a documentary on how people live in Japan.  I found it fascinating how incredibly resourceful and clever the Japanese are with their use of space.  From parking their cars/motorbikes in their living rooms, to sleeping on their lounges and washing their hands in a sink that sits above their toilet cistern.   It seems multi purpose is the approach they take to living.  Some go off site to bathe, dine, do their laundry, entertain. The Japanese allow their local community into their lives, for example instead of entertaining friends at home in their tiny house for dinner they will arrange to meet their guests at a local restaurant and when they arrive at a restaurant they most likely will be dining at a table with complete strangers, this would be unheard of for us but quite common for the Japanese.  They work smart too, for example if they commute a long way to work they may choose to stay a few nights mid week in a capsule hotel, a tiny 2mt x 1.5mt x 1.5mt space that is just big enough to sleep in therefore any late night work meetings and early starts won’t effect their productivity as they can easily stay in one of these economical capsule hotels.  This documentary led me to watch the below You Tube clip that features tiny houses and their owners search for simplicity, minimalism and self-sufficiency that have popped up throughout the US and Europe, many of the owners had been inspired by the Japanese way of life.  I find it fascinating to see how limited space leads to clever creative design.  I hope you take the time to watch this clip, I found it to be well worth it.

In Australia, where the typical garage measures the size of 2 cars side by side or for some 1, the idea of building an entire house on a piece of property that size or smaller might seem absurd. But in Japan, where undeveloped urban land is scarce, some people are turning plots that once held parking spaces or garden sheds into home sites. This small-home movement is named:  kyosho jutaku.

Rather than try to push conventional residences into these tiny spaces, architects specializing in ultracompact homes are creating homes that are as visually striking as they are efficient with the edition of modular multi purposed custom built interior fit-outs that store whole kitchens, bedrooms and lounges within cupboards.

Capsule hotel

Capsule hotel

Example of a tiny house

Example of a tiny house

East Village by JDPA

East Village by JDPA

Space saving ideas by Gary Chang“Live small = small bills”   We the tiny house people documentary.

Further reading:

How to shrink your footprint

Extreme makeovers for small apartments