Back to School
I love the fall season, I really do. Back to school has never really felt like a bad thing to me, even long after I left school. It's not just the cooler, crisp weather – and the excuse to invest in a new outfit or two – but the overall feeling of of promise and excitement: new projects to tackle, new people to meet, new adventures to undertake. While most people do their spring cleaning and re-organizing in the spring duh), I do mine in the fall. And that applies specifically to my desk and my workspace at home. Surely, I'm not the first one to realize that a pretty, clean and organized workspace inspires great things. I will admit that mine usually doesn't stay clean and organized for long. Still, I enjoy the ritual as much I once loved shopping for back-to-school supplies, and filling my backpack with a brand new pencil case and a new set of markers.
All summer long, I've been collecting ideas for home workspaces that appeal to me on one level or another. Here are some of the winners – in my humble opinion.
There's no better place to start than with a blank canvas. These spaces are literally that: a blank canvas with just one well-chosen decorative element, in this case a vintage rug; its pattern and patina are given plenty of room to breathe by the minimalist environment and sparse décor, the perfect zen workspace.
From there, we can start introducing color. Stay away from any color that reads too “corporate” - i.e. drab beige and cold gray - and choose your own favorite hue. Pink is the hot new decorating color. In order to avoid the Barbie's Dreamhouse look, stay away from shades that are too Peptobismol and keep the furnishings simple.
A touch of happy lemon yellow will instantly inject energy and joy into your work environment.
For the braver souls among you, experiment with bold foliage patterns – think oversize toile patterns and exotic palm motifs.
Comfort and coziness is key. As the temperature cools down, add faux fur rugs, throws and pillows for the ultimate luxe workspace.
Even the tiniest work nook will benefit from a custom cushion or pillow in the fabric of your choice.
Bold black-and-white patterns are instantly updated by this high-gloss wall, lacquered a gorgeous inky blue.
A new take on mid-century modern pieces involves pairing them with floral patterns on a black ground, for an intriguing look that is both restrained and romantic.
And that brings us to the ultimate in dramatic statements: the black wall, the perfect backdrop for a curated gallery wall and an ideal complement to boldly colored accessories and rugs. Back to work!