Hey guys! Alyssa here. This holiday season Kaitlyn and I want to give you thoughtful and sustainable gift ideas that won’t add to your friends and family’s clutter problem or a landfill. Sometimes we know exactly what to get someone for Christmas. But almost every year, we completely blank on what to get for some others. Kaitlyn and I also share a pet peeve for receiving gifts that ultimately clutter our homes.
It can be difficult to get creative when this time of year is beyond busy! So today we’ve put together some ideas that can suit different personalities on your holiday shopping list. And this year we’re specifically highlighting “green” options as well as ones that likely won’t create new clutter.
This year’s gift guide has gift ideas for men, women, children, and everyone in between! So have a look, and let us know what your favorite picks are!
Have you ever wanted to know what designers talk to each other about? Wania Forsman, from Sweden’s Living Stories Design Studio, and I love to connect and compare notes from across the pond! And in this week’s episode, we discussed the home upgrades that feel the most magical to experience personally.
And because we referenced what seems like a record number of videos and products, I wanted to create a coordinating blog post so you can easily check them out! (You might even get some holiday gift ideas!) Our video is linked below. Grab a coffee or your beverage of choice, and come hang out with us!
Whether you’re on the fence about joining my challenge that starts at 5:30PM TODAY or you’re already signed up and need some inspiration – I’ve got some REALLY aspirational office designs to share with you today! As a designer who swears by my strategy-first approach, I’m constantly asking my clients to dream big right from the start. I love beginning concepts for a room with 1-2 inspiration images and having a conversation about WHY they’re gravitating towards it.
HINT: It’s usually your intuition guiding you!
So today, my intern Alyssa and I have selected 10 absolutely amazing aspirational office designs to get your wheels turning! A lot of these have been selected not just for their drop-dead-gorgeousness, but also because we’re vibing with the layout AND proportions of storage and workspace. Be sure to let me know in the comments which ones you feel pulled towards.
By rounding up this list of some of the absolute BEST offices found on the internet, I hope we can inspire you to up-level yours! A further disclaimer that there are FAR more offices out there that we admire, but we’ve selected these to demonstrate different styles and give ideas about how to utilize your space.
So without further ado, in no particular order, here are our picks!
1. Desi Perkins’ Hollywood Glam Office
Why we love it: Your desk can 100% feel like your throne! We love that design takes no backseat in this executive office that screams “girl boss, coming through!” The concealed storage behind the desk offers a practical amount of space for office items that are not-so glam.
Because this office is so organized and decluttered, it leaves room for the decor elements and accent wall to shine brightly! Just imagine the types of ideas and projects launched that could be from that very seat!
2. Adorned Homes Converted Dining Room
Why we love it: New 🔥 trend! Dining rooms turned executive office.
We especially love how this space by @adornedhomes CAN be oriented back to a dining space for the few days a year that you need formal dining. In this case, design and organization means you can have two beautifully designed spaces in one!
Who else is feeling mind-blown by this idea?!
3. Darcy Miller Designs’ Organized Office Wall
Why we love it: A shared office doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice all style. When everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – has a place and a system, organized becomes the default.
With two people working from one room, there’s bound to be more items in the space, but creating color-coordinated zones makes organizing actually fun!
Two more tips to distill from this image: play with symmetry and use vertical storage to the ceiling!
4. Shavonda Gardner’s High Contrast Office Retreat
Why we love it: It’s actually really hard to accomplish this balance of bright, and dark tones without one taking over. Moody style might be an interior trend right now, but I find most of my clients want a space that feels HAPPY to work in. And Shavonda’s office design deliciously walks all the fine lines and packs a ton of style.
We are majorly in love with the wallpapered ceiling, the light fixture and all of the unique furnishings. I feel like I’d need to upgrade my wardrobe to properly fit into the space!
5. Three Times a Home’s Elegant White & Gold Office
Why we love it: From the layout, the balance of color, storage, and styling, this office must feel like working from a cloud of good design. Plus, with the gorgeous French doors added, stop it! 😍
@threetimesahome created this absolutely top-to-bottom STUNNING white and gold themed office that calls my name in so many ways.
Who else is obsessed?
6. A Futuristic but Soft Workspace by Dupla + Arquitetura
Why we love it: The calm color scheme and use of lighting under the cabinets and throughout. Even though it is a compact space it flows nicely and is also flexible as a media room.
The storage and display areas are well balanced and can be customized to reflect the personality of the person who uses the space most. This Brazilian design duo is serving major chic Zenon Girl of the 21st Century vibes with this gorgeous space!
7. A Classic Chic Office by Lacoya Heggie
Why we love it: This space is internet-famous for a good reason! You might even recognize it from one of your Pinterest boards. An organized office with shiny textures like glass and key pops of color feels glamorous and easy to work in!
Are you picking up on the trend that I’m really vibing with dramatic light fixtures in the office?
8. Warm, Midcentury Vibes by Dream Green DIY
Why we love it: Since many of us work from laptops nowadays, we really love the idea of having an inviting but stylish reading chair to hop over to mid-day. We also love the warm but color-blocked midcentury vibe that likely connects back to the style of the rest of the home. If you’re going to work from home, why NOT make it feel cozy?
9. At Home with Nikki’s Monochrome, Sorted Office
Why we love it: Nikki Boyd is an organizing LEGEND who arguably is one of the greatest influences I’ve personally had for organizing. Where many organizers before may have let design be an afterthought, At Home with Nikki is a brand that both represents aspirational organization and beautiful design. And this monochromatic office from her recent book, is no exception! We are crazy about this organization wall!
10. A Seafoam Office Dream by Sugar & Cloth
Why we love it: Seafoam and gold is a combination that I find absolutely magical! This shared office space is another that’s walking all the fine lines in such a stylish way. It shines with pastel colors with sophistication and a really beautiful balance of glam and mid-century furniture. The architectural detail and balance of dark tones with the light helps accomplish this artful but practical vibe.
When I read that they designed the large format prints themselves, my jaw completely dropped! This is the kind of design that makes me love my job!
So that wraps our 10 picks for office designs we deem aspirational. Leave in the comments which is your favorite!
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Kaitlyn Loos [loh-s] is a virtual e-designer for interiors and organizing. She helps busy women and families create dreamy spaces that function for their unique needs. She notably developed the Decluttering Personality Type quiz which has helped hundreds of people break down mental barriers about clutter. Kaitlyn loves to collaborate with clients to bring modern, fresh, and color-savvy design into their homes. Kaitlyn Loos Design delivers style for nearly any investment level. She also enjoys sharing her ideas and projects through her blog and discussing hot design topics on Instagram live.
Kaitlyn is located in the west-central Florida area (Tampa, Ocala, Gainesville, and everywhere in between) with availability for select in-person projects for 2021.
Today we’re talking about how you can upgrade your home office. This was originally discussed on one of my favorite Instagram Live design chats last year. So this is a blog-style version with reference images and the ideas in written format.
Wow, we’ve finally hit the end of the 8-week One Room Challenge for our farm living room. So now it’s the best part – and if this brings you to my blog for the first time, welcome! It’s time for our living room reveal.
In week 7 of the One Room Challenge Farm Living Room, I have good news for both you and me: the painting is NEARLY done! I also got some pieces ordered and in that will be installed in the final week. I’m feeling a bit nervous but excited for what’s left in the final week. And the sofa delivery date has YET to be confirmed. Will we finish in time?