Create a budget home office for £300

For many, we don’t have a dedicated office space at home so with the new work from home rules we’ve been making do, utilising any space we can. That may mean you feel like there are no boundaries between work and home, you may be dealing with family interruptions or struggling to contain the workload and stop it taking over your home. To help separate work and home, here are some of my top tips for creating a productive office space.

1. Try to carve some space in your home that will become your home office. Choose somewhere away from your bedroom and living space, as these are areas you need to come at the end of the day and relax, away from work. Be creative, do you have under stairs space that can be used as an office, A landing large enough for a desk or perhaps a spare bedroom that is currently redundant that can double up as an office. You may also wish to consider a workstation, stylish, functional and with the ability to close the doors at the end of the day. I love this one from Neptune.

2. Try to find a space that will allow you to minimise interruptions, my favourite is a spare bedroom because you can enforce some working rules while you’re in here, close the door at the end of the day and separate it from your home life.

3. Make sure you have a comfortable working area. You’ll find your productivity levels are increased. A good desk and chair are a must!

4. Light is extremely important to productivity. If you can try and find somewhere with good natural light, by a window. And don’t forget a desk lamp for when light levels are low, low light can impact your eyes and cause fatigue.

5. Invest in some storage or shelves if you can. It will enable you to remain organised and keep focussed while working from home and stop everything from spilling into home life.

6. Add some greenery. It has been scientifically proven that by simply adding plants to your work space, it could help you achieve a greater sense of wellbeing, reduce your stress, boost creativity, and make you more productive.

7. Introduce some scents to your space with candles and diffusers to promote wellbeing and encourage motivation and focus. I love Chapter Organics and trust their scents to fill my working day with balance and motivation.

You don’t need a huge space to create a functional office space, nor do you need to spend a fortune. I’ve created a simple budget office space just for you, that’s both functional and beautiful for only £300. Shop the look now!

Office Spec Board

Bookshelf: £54.99
Desk: £165.99
Wall Art: £23.95
Clock: £17
Desk Lamp: £32
Vase: £9

Colour Theory – Yellow

Springtime can mean only one colour in my opinion, as Winter starts to warm and everything starts to Spring back into life, we’re all waiting with sweet anticipation for the sunny yellow petals of the daffodil, the promise of sunnier, warmer days. And in light of the current COVID-19 crisis never has a colour held so much weight.

The colour yellow is the most uplifting colour, spreading happiness, cheer and fun. You cannot see the colour yellow without feeling your soul warm and lift with happiness. It’s an optimistic colour, positive and full of hope. In interiors, a yellow room will be one of warmth and happiness, it can also be stimulating, a creative colour.

So why don’t we see more yellow interiors? For me, my clients either love it or hate it and since yellow is the most visible of all the colours and can often be bright and intense, leading to visual fatigue for some, it’s no wonder it can evoke such strong feelings with little to no middle ground.

But, with the right tone and use, you may find that you’re converted. A whole wall/room may be overwhelming for you, so use yellow as an accent colour. Cushions, a throw and some flowers. Owed to it being the most visible colour, small amounts of the colour can quickly grab attention.

So if you’re looking to lift your spirits in your home, want to create a space that conveys warmth and happiness, boost positivity, then perhaps take another look at yellow. Here’s a little inspiration for you.

Living Room

Dining

Image Credits: Neptune / Fox Flowers / Farrow and Ball / Pinterest

FAVOURITE INDEPENDENT HOME BRANDS

Our homes are our sanctuary. Somewhere we retreat to when we need to relax, somewhere to escape, a place that soothes us and helps us rest and recover. More now than ever before.

During this time of lockdown our homes are keeping us safe and healthy and hopefully, happy. But if you’re in a position to update your home, want to add a little more beauty, add some finishes touches, or send a loved one a gift, then look no further, I’ve listed below some of my favourite small and independent home brands and my favourite picks from their range. Not only will they help you make your home more beautiful, but you can help them to keep going through these unprecedented times.

Let’s stay home and support others however we can.

HUDSON HOME
Thoughtfully curated, timeless homeware

HUDSONLISA VALENTINE HOME
Practical, beautiful & useful homeware

LISA VAL

CHAPTER ORGANICS
All Natural essential oil infusions for your home + body + mind

CHAPTER

COATES & WARNER
Simple, timeless design to enrich every home

COATES