The thing about a home office is that it shouldn't actually feel like an "office" in the traditional sense. This space — whether it be one table in your studio apartment or an entire room in your house — should be all about you and the things you care about, like wine. Mhm. Take it straight from Jessica McCarthy, creative director and interior designer at Decorist, who designed former Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe's podcasting room and turned it into a dreamy rosé lounge.
The glam space, which incorporates a ton of blush and brass, was designed to be productive for Kaitlyn, but also a place where she can entertain guests for her "Off the Vine" podcast. Here, Jessica s all of the furniture you need to recreate Kaitlyn's entire room — which, FYI, is entirely from Bed Bath & Beyond — and what to keep in mind when creating your own home office. Spoiler: She has some great tips for concealing wires, the ruiner of all things cute.
1. You don't need one room, you just need one table.
If you don't have an entire room dedicated to being your WFH spot, you can still create a cute area to get sh*t done. "Really think about the way you use each space in your home and how you can make it multi-functional," says Jessica. "I love the way that a dining table can be used as a desk, because really, how often do people come over any way?" Jessica lives in a studio apartment, where her dining table is pushed up against the wall with some accessories placed on it to make it feel like a desk. "Then, when I have guests over, I pull it a way from the wall and add more seating." In minutes, Jessica goes from a desk to a dining room. Hello, multi-functional.
2. Always add an accent wall.
Jessica's rule of thumb is to always have one. "It should be the main wall in the space, the one you see when you walk into the room," she says. For the record, an accent wall isn't limited to just paint or wallpaper, it can be an entire gallery wall if you're not looking to commit to anything more permanent.
3. Add a throw rug. Yes, even on top of carpet.
"Kaitlyn had wall-to-wall carpet, and we were able to create a lot of interest by adding a throw rug on top of that rug, and it made a huge difference in the space," says Jessica. Doing this is a great way to divide the area, and she suggests adding a rug to a seating space and then having nothing over at your desk. "It's a way to add more color and personality," she says. Oh, and, don't let whatever carpet color you might have dictate your plans. "Pick the color scheme, ignore the color of the carpet," she says.
4. Your color scheme should be something you're obsessed with.
"I always suggest people who are afraid of color to keep the bones of their space neutral — so they should go with a neutral throw rug and wallpaper, and then accessorize with color," she explains. Not afraid of color? Do the exact opposite.
5. Never let a power cord take away from your decor.
Tangled, dangling electric cords can be a major distraction, and Jessica says you can simplify that. She suggests using wire organizers, but she also has a favorite trick. "I love hiding cords under a throw rug, because you can run wires under a rug," she says.
6. Mix. Your. Metals.
In home offices as well as in life, mix metals. "I'm a huge fan of mixing metals, and I think a lot of people are afraid of that. They think if you use brass you have to use all brass. I say be fearless in regards to mixing materials." So, yes, you can have a silver mirrored armoire and a gold bar cart.
7. Let go of the idea of creating an office, and just create a fun space that makes you want to roll up your sleeves.
"[People often] restrict themselves and think their space needs to feel like an office instead of getting creative," says Jessica. "In Kaitlyn's space, we went with dramatic wallpaper. Instead of making it look like a traditional office, we painted it black. Her place is more like a lounge — there's seating and art, there's a rug. It's up to you, don't restrict yourself."
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