As a mother and small business owner, I find that the flexible nature of a home office works well for me, and while Etch is a young company, the financial benefits are obvious. I have experience working from both a studio outside of the home and a studio at home, but I prefer the latter. It’s not for everyone. Over the years I’ve learned that the key to success in productivity with this kind of structure is to hold myself to a very strict schedule and have a well-defined and inspiring work space. With that said, in order to better manage and balance my work and family schedules, I am currently redesigning my lower-level studio space to include a functional home office with built-ins for additional storage of art and design needs.
But let me be honest here. When we moved into our current modest-sized townhouse, I threw the hodge-podge of beat-up furniture from my Graduate School studio into the half-finished basement, and things have been the same since. As I said before, I need an inspiring, beautiful, and functional space to work in… and that, my friends, does not describe the current situation. There is little natural light, dropped ceilings, and a lot of clutter. Because of this, at any given point in the day, I may use the dining table to finish a presentation or hold a conference call in the kitchen, and my work tends to follow me around the house.
I want a studio space that is pretty but effortless, while boasting multi-functionality, major organizational elements, and plenty of hidden storage to keep little curious baby fingers away. There are myriad inspiring spaces out there, and Kari and I are over on Houzz building an ideabook called A Studio Space full of amazing multi-purpose rooms that are bursting of creativity. Check them out in the Houzz slideshow below.
With the rise in capability for telecommuting and the surge of creative entrepreneurs, multi-purpose creative home office spaces are becoming increasingly common, and vendors are designing a plethora of product lines with this kind of space in mind. It’s very exciting and I’ll be sure to keep you posted as I turn my basement into my very own dreamy creative space!
Enjoy your weekend, friends!