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Remote Renaissance: Designers share advice for creating serene at-home workspaces – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-06-15 16:42:34 –

Decorator Phoebe Howard created this minimalist office space on the back head

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Has it been such a good time to set up a home office? During the pandemic, many of us commute to the next room instead of crossing the town. Creating workspaces at home is more important than ever, as at least some virtual work is likely to be permanent. Of course, WFH is not without its challenges. You may have acquired a new “colleague”, but with some careful furniture selection and decoration adjustments, you can create an office that suits you. We talked to four designers who shared tips on how to get started.

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Designer El Cantrell designed this room for a family of five in the Virginia Highlands.

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Flexible furniture
Designer El Cantrell proposes to build a room around multifunctional furniture for a family of five in the Virginia Highlands. The white table in the center of the room was important because it doubles as a workspace for both adults and children. Cantrell chose a laminated top table that was easy to clean. The lightweight bistro chair can also be moved or used outdoors.

Do you have another office space? Incorporating furniture that can be a workstation, says Cantrell. The drop-leaf table, which doubles as a living room console, becomes a desk, and you can store office supplies in a nearby buffet or bookshelf.

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Beth Cooby’s office

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Overhaul mess
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is the accumulation of clutter, says designer Beth Kooby. Remove all extras such as documents, furniture and decorations. “If it doesn’t make you happy, especially if you’re going to get stuck at home 24/7, replace it with something you really enjoy being around.” Cooby says. (Her streamlined space is shown in the upper right.)

Lifestyle blogger Jess Cathell had a lot of bookshelves, so he used extra shelves to store office supplies and hide the clutter behind a custom antique glass door. She also recommends decorative if the storage box is visible and transparent if hidden in the closet. “I have a lot of acrylic storage containers from the Container Store. If you’re working on a particular project, it’s very easy to get them and take them to the room you want to go to,” Cathell said. Mr. says.

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Jess Cashel’s Home Office

Photo by Christina Wedge

Use color
Decorator Phoebe Howard, who created a minimalist office space in the back head, says colors such as white, light blue, and light gray make you feel calm. “It’s a good idea to keep the colors neutral and bright, and keep them as monochromatic as possible,” says Howard.

But don’t be shy when it comes to creativity from bold colors. Cathell appreciates the subdued tones, but loves the burnt oranges, “it only brings me joy and inspires me.”

The old one is new
If you don’t want to invest in new furniture, try upcycling items you already own or buy second hand. Cathell, for example, revived his grandmother’s formerly owned 1950s coffee table with the help of fake painter Brian Carter. Fresh paint and new hardware can turn tired parts into unique treasures, she says.

Divide the space
If your roommate becomes an office mate and cannot be disseminated, Cathell recommends using the room divider as a privacy screen. “It helps give the space a little more separation, and it’s also a great piece to use as a background for these nice Zoom calls,” she adds.

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Enjoy your office. In the space shown here, Cantrell has incorporated art and pinboards for children’s work. Whether it’s a bold light fixture or a travel accessory, the items that inspire you make your job a little more enjoyable.

This article appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of the Atlanta Magazine HOME.

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