Styling You home office 2015

Nikki ParkinsonLife 55 Comments

I really wasn’t at home much in January. And when I was it was a crazy blur of school holiday and work juggle.

The essential stuff got done while each day my office became less of the haven it was meant to be and more of a cluttered, heaving mess. A mess, I decided to ignore – instead working in the lounge room on my laptop.

On Saturday I gave myself a big kick up the bum. While Mr and Master SY were at cricket, I locked myself in my office and didn’t leave until it was time to get ready for a date night at the movies.

Here’s a visual on a section of the BEFORE.

Styling You office and Lady Room 2015 - before the declutter

Up until moving to Brisbane a little more than 12 months ago, I didn’t even have a separate office space. I had a corner of the lounge room. (You can see what it looked like here)

Letting my office get into the state it was showed a complete lack of gratitude for the space I’d worked – and work – damn hard for.

I wanted to return it to its former glory, de-clutter and move out things that no longer made me smile or were no longer needed for my 2015 work.

I wanted to want to head into my office each morning, happy to be surrounded by things that made me feel good.

I wanted order restored – in the beauty products I trial; in the clothing and accessories that come in for shoots for the blog.

I achieved that.

And I can tell you.

IT FEELS SO GOOD.

Before I share the after photos of the Styling You home office 2015, I have to tell you that my space is far from minimalist.

I have a (probably unhealthy) obsession with motivational quotes. I like that this room can be home to my girly bits and pieces, fun mementos and collectors’ edition Barbie dolls.

It’s the stuff that really wouldn’t fit anywhere else in our home but in here it feels like me – and works for me.

The biggest difference to the space since I last shared it is that I now have a sofa bed in the room as well. It does close up the long, narrow room a bit but it’s worth it for extra guests, for sitting on to read during the day and for Master SY to come and do his homework in the afternoon while I work.

Unfortunately it’s also a magnet for parcels that arrive during the week! A bit like the end of the kitchen bench is for school notes and household bills.

I also moved my desk away from the wall and turned it around so that I no longer have my back to the door when working. Not sure about the feng shui of that move but it FEELS better. The only things I don’t like are the visible cables and wires. Unfortunately they are necessary to make the internet work in this room (I shudder at remembering the stress of this time last year and no proper internet connection!), but if anyone has a neater solution, I’m all ears.

What I need to invest in this year is a quality office chair that is good looking AND supportive. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

To make way for the sofa bed, the Retrojan accessories cabinet that once sat in this room is now my bedside table and accessories are all in the bedroom.

The rest of the furniture is the same as I featured last year – mostly IKEA pieces *lovingly* put together by Mr SY.

My office is also my Lady Room (a phrase coined by Mrs Woog way back in the day). A big sliding door cupboard holds my “opposite season” clothes, as well as flat shoes and sandals in drawers. My shoe-robe holds my heels and clutch bags.

I apply (and trial) makeup and do my hair in this room as I can put the air-con on first to prevent the makeup sliding and hair frizzing.

I also dress in here for Model and Me shoots for the blog, ducking out to the verandah outside to take the images – hence the tripod at the ready at the door.

Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Styling You home office 2015

Can’t wait to declutter another part of the house. Have you been decluttering lately? Do you have a dedicated office space or lady room?

PS. If you have a home office, I’d love you to share it here with a photo in the comments below or on Instagram with the hashtag #SYhomeoffice … I’ll use as many as I can in a future blog post.

Comments 55

  1. Hi Nikki, this is a marvellous transformation! I love the colour, vibrancy and downright ‘you-ness’ of your space. Yep, cords…someone ought to invent something yeah? We have moved into a rental place with many good things about it (views, right on the water) and not so good things…like needing to make-do. I was very spoilt before in our own place as my hub is a wizz at in-home spaces and made me whatever spaces I needed ( I tend to change my mind!). Here, I am making do with a space which helps me do my on-line stuff and my art – both as important as each other. The two things that help little old lady me with sitting here are: a long wheat bag for my wrists where they’d normally sit on the hard desk when I am at computer, and two (one for each side) footrests. They are the bomb! Denyse xxPS will post pic on IG

  2. Thanks for the sneak peek Nikki. It looks fab! I love having beautiful things to look over while I work.

    We sold our house, moved in January, and for the time being Mr Suger and I are housed at my sister’s place in a spare room. Short term measure while we settle the new place. I miss the space of my own office. The place just for me. *Envious eyes staring wistfully* It will be mine again. 😉

  3. Nikki your lady room is just gorgeous! I recently moved my desk from the corner to in front of the window and it now overlooks trees and park – I just love it. There were some cord issues which we ran along the underside of the desk and then down the table leg. Here is a good source of inspiration … http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/hiding-cords-ick.html. With the chair – I reupholstered a padded dining table chair. So much more comfy than an office chair.

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m so in love with your home office slash Lady Room!
    I totally get what you’re saying about not having your desk face the wall and when the time comes for me to finally set up our home office, I plan to place the desk in the middle of the room, facing out towards the window.
    I can’t wait to get it all sorted and of course decorate, so I’ll read the comments with keen interest for tips to hide cables and comfy/stylish chairs… x

  5. Looks beautiful Nikki! We have the same hat stand, I use mine for handbags and necklaces. Love the light in your room.

  6. “Letting my office get into the state it was showed a complete lack of gratitude for the space I’d worked – and work – damn hard for.”

    I never thought of having a messy office from that perspective before. With young kids, I tend to dump things in my office and work on the kitchen table too…might be time to change things up…your office is such a beautiful space xx

  7. I have a study but my son and his fiancé seem to be taking over that room as well ,but I will let it slide for now they are having an engagement party next month so it is the dumping ground for things they have bought for the party!
    No lady room here but I do keep my wardrobes tidy and uncluttered so I can see everything.
    Good job Nikki we have the lumbar support office chair but I know it was expensive but I do not know from where.You feel much better when you have a tidy and pleasing space to work Xx

  8. Having a similar chair need for my own home office, and wanting something ergonomic but funky (instead of just corporate black, grey or navy) many years ago I ordered a specialist typist chair from a company in Sydney who do them in fashion colours. I chose the Echo in fuchsia… lovely wool fabric and fully adjustable. It’s still going strong. http://www.equipofficefurniture.com.au. Alternatively, if you want a mesh back for better air flow, I notice Office Centre has a range in several colours, including a sea foam green, which they call Ivy. http://www.officecentre.com.au/clerical-a-typist-chair-diablo-duo-7-colours

  9. Love a de-clutter especially if it means the freeing sense of getting rid of “stuff”.
    I moved desks at work a month ago and the smaller space I was assigned meant I had to get rid of a lot of stuff I’d be holding onto for ages. Now I think I need to get rid of even more as my role is evolving and I need to really let go of the old stuff with the old role.

  10. My home office is just a desk in the corner of the lounge room, but a messy one – might post a pic after a cleanup!
    Re the chair… last year I did some reading on how bad sitting for long periods is… and I work in 8 hour stints sitting at my desk… so converted my desk into a standing desk (temporarily *ahem permanently* putting some plant pots under the 4 corners to raise it). After the first 3 days of struggling to stand for so long, I now can’t imagine sitting to work. And the bonus is that my bulky annoying printer, fits in the spot under my desk where my feet used to be 🙂

  11. And on the Feng Shui side of things – I did a quick Google and here is what I found (somewhat conflicting) about facing the door or not! Hedge you bets and consider going for the L Shape and you have everything covered

    The location of the desk in the room is also an important consideration. The ‘power’ position of a desk is facing the door. This is the case whether people come in and out of your office or you work from home and no one ever enters your office. It is about you feeling empowered and that energy infuses throughout your workday.

    Having your back to the door puts one in a psychologically vulnerable position. If this is not possible due to computer cords or other logistics, then the next best would be to have the desk at an “L” to the door. If there is a window in the office, then having the desk face the door and window would be optimal even if it is at an “L” to either the door and/or window.

    It is very common for most people to sit with the window behind them so that they can face the door. This is bad feng shui arrangement

    *Do not face the office door directly. When you sit facing the office door directly, you are in the direct line of Qi which is too strong. This is sha qi or killing energy which will bring unfortunate energy.

    Sit with a solid wall behind you to have lots of support
    Not facing the office door
    Office door is not behind you.
    You should be able to see what is going on at the office door so that you are in command of situation.
    Do not sit with the office window behind you.

    1. The Feng Shui “Command Position” of the office desk is:
      The spot furthest from the door is the “protected” location. We perform better if we feel safe and supported at work.
      Having the grandest view of the entire room. You can see everything in the room, especially the door. This is in Command of the space.

      A solid wall behind the chair that gives proper support. The back is the vulnerable Yin side. Remember the concept, “I’ve got your back.” It governs the quality of your relationships and health.

      The door is in clear eye shot. The door is the Mouth of Qi, where the active Yang energy penetrates. Facing Yang places you in the optimum position to see, filter through, and capture the opportunities that are in perpetual existence.
      Having the most active energy to your left while sitting. (i.e. the door, window, street, noise, lots of activity or movement). Entering your desk from the left (while sitting) is best. This is the Yang side, associated with the active Male energy. It influences material opportunities, incoming wealth and prosperity.
      The right side is the receptive Yin side, associated with Female energy. It is ideal for the right side (while sitting down) to be supported by a wall. Make it quiet, subdued and less active than the left. This lends support to the qualities of nurturing, creativity and, personal development.

  12. ‘You are “dear” to me’ – I almost fell of my chair. Who doesn’t love a declutter? My desk/office corner is a weak spot here. Time to face facts and change things up.

  13. Serious Lady Room Envy!

    Moving back to my LBK corporate interior design mode… I would buy another shorter matching table top create an L shaped desk – move the long one back against the wall and make this to functional overflow hub and then add a shorter one for the Mac. This means that you will be side facing the door? but that a good portion of the circulation space in the room isnt behind you and more in the centre of the room? (hope this makes sense)

    Rather than clutter up with another trestle I would get Mr SY to bolt the work surfaces together underneath, move the two trestles to the outer corners and add a single support for your new ‘corner’ this will give you more movement under the corner of the desktop. Ikea have these but given the square wood finish on the trestle base Mr SY might be able to fashion something?

    http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/11845/

    Then make sure you grab a couple of these (they are white so about visually disappear)

    http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/10200254/

    Would recommend a Herman Miller Aeron chair – expensive but Sexy or try Matt Blatt or one of the retro replica websites.

    http://www.mattblatt.com.au

    I would caution you though. We have the Eames replicas at work and the arm gets in the way of the desktop for those vertically challenged like me who have to elevate the chair. I then took off the arms but the max height adjustment is still too low which means I elevate my own arm above the natural 90 deg to work on the computer/mouse and ended up with terrible shoulder problems. Ergonomics is everything. The ones form Matt Blatt could be different/better with regard to the height but worth definitely checking out

    1. The Feng Shui “Command Position” of the office desk is:
      The spot furthest from the door is the “protected” location. We perform better if we feel safe and supported at work.
      Having the grandest view of the entire room. You can see everything in the room, especially the door. This is in Command of the space.

      A solid wall behind the chair that gives proper support. The back is the vulnerable Yin side. Remember the concept, “I’ve got your back.” It governs the quality of your relationships and health.

      The door is in clear eye shot. The door is the Mouth of Qi, where the active Yang energy penetrates. Facing Yang places you in the optimum position to see, filter through, and capture the opportunities that are in perpetual existence.

      Having the most active energy to your left while sitting. (i.e. the door, window, street, noise, lots of activity or movement). Entering your desk from the left (while sitting) is best. This is the Yang side, associated with the active Male energy. It influences material opportunities, incoming wealth and prosperity.

      The right side is the receptive Yin side, associated with Female energy. It is ideal for the right side (while sitting down) to be supported by a wall. Make it quiet, subdued and less active than the left. This lends support to the qualities of nurturing, creativity and, personal development.

  14. inspirational nikki! … although it all looks good to me! … before/after! … I relate to before really, especially my studio! … OMG!
    love your shoe cupboards! … I love those queenslander’s!
    order is on my mind … baby steps hun!
    bit concerned about those cords too! but I’m sure you’ll sort it! enjoy!
    love m:)X

  15. Oh I love a before and after! Nothing like a major declutter to give you a new lease of life too – I had three precious child free hours on Sunday and used them to clean out the toy box and get on top of laundry. I don’t know who I am anymore! PS Loving all the aqua accents – I think I have almost all of what you have in this department in your office too! x

  16. Wow! It looks great Nikki and I just love the way that the desk works for you now. Could you make a screen that sits on the floor just in front of your computer with the height going up just enough to cover the cords. An old panelled painted door cut in half could even lean there. I love DIY xo

  17. Oh, I’m so envious of your tidy office! I’ve been looking at the confusion in my office for WEEKS…but it’s been horribly hot and it’s upstairs with no air conditioning, so I’ve been working downstairs on the dining room table. I need to do a HUGE de-clutter and sort because it’s all going to have to be packed up for an interstate move soonish, and my partner is having dark mutterings about all my ‘stuff’ already. I remember when I set it up though, him questioning my choices at IKEA (!) but then when it was done, his comment was about how restful it was – I’d gone all white, cream, and beech finish, with a similarly toned rug. I paint and draw in there too, so there’s plenty of other colour. Couldn’t get my sofa bed up the stairs, so had to settle for an arm chair and footstool – but I’m hoping I can have the sofa when we move!

      1. Thanks Nikki! The new space is a mystery at this stage – we have to find a house to rent first…and I’m pushing for one with enough bedrooms to allow me my room again. Himself will have an office at his work – he won’t HAVE to work from home necessarily, so I’m holding out for mine. Fingers crossed – and for aircon this time too!

  18. Looks great! From a feng shui points view (and I’m not an expert), by having a wall behind you when you work, you feel secure and supported. It also allows you to have full view of the room, you can see ‘predators’ entering. If possible, try to have your desk not directly infront of the doorway. Move it across a little, so people need to cross the room to talk to you. This ensures the flow of energy coming into the room isn’t aimed directly at you, rather it flows around the room to you. Enjoy your lovely space!

  19. Well done! Oh how I love a before and after clean up. Intrigued about moving that desk into the middle of the room (cords are troubling) but keen to see how it all pans out x

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