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Home Office: Creating A Flex Space

April 24, 2020

I can often be found in the dance studio (or my kitchen) working on my bachata form or creating with my kids and husband, who inspire me daily and are the "why" behind what I do. An avid baker, I am often making a new bread recipe, baking homemade cinnamon rolls, or desperately trying to drink the rest of my coffee while it's hot. My mission? To help others create and cultivate a home that they love!

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At a time when many of us are wondering how long this situation is going to last, and being forced to find new ways to entertain our children and cope with a new “normal”, I thought it would be a helpful tool to give you some insight on how to create a space that will work with you during our current unprecedented time.

Enter…the Flex Space.

Make your current space work for and with you – create a pocket of space that caters to your productivity while still allowing you the sanctuary of your bedroom.

Let’s explore the concept here:

With the end goal of a cohesive space that doesn’t feel disrupted by a desk, I chose a desk with a contrasting warm wood tone that creates an intentional visual. A mirror mounted above the desk gives the illusion of looking out a window, while also dabbling in the Feng Shui of being able to see behind you while working if your back is to a window. A mirror will also amplify the natural light in the room and encourage work productivity.

Warm colors are nurturing and lend a positive vibe of the room to encourage a peaceful working environment. Multiple light sources are placed around the room to allow for lighting changes throughout the day (or night). A relaxing chair in the corner of the room (but especially by a window) is a great way to get a sense of escape when you just need a break from meetings, or need a change of scenery from work or figuring out how to teach your kids at home.

A snake plant (or two) is a natural air purifier and it very resilient in a variety of lighting conditions. For those that might forget to water plants – this one is a great choice. Something green in a room makes a space feel more inviting and welcoming…nurturing, even. They add that special something that only a plant can. Not a plant fan? Try a faux plant or even some faux stems from the craft store.

The dresser is a classic and clean look that will last for years. Durable pieces that are built to last are worth the investment and save you money in the long run. If and when your preferred style changes, it will change with you, which brings us to the versatility aspect. A solid piece of furniture, in black or a light natural wood finish can be styled multiple different ways. Accessories added at the foot of the dresser help to ground the space and bring warmth and a cozy feel. Who doesn’t love a soft and cushion-y rug under their feet?

An inviting chair in the far corner of the room, and by a window when possible, gives a small retreat and a welcoming space to relax. Add a throw for warmth and a pillow for extra softness and comfort. Take into account how you like to sit in a chair to relax; do you prefer to sit normally? Cross your legs? Curl up? These are the questions to ask yourself when looking for the right chair for your space. As for the chairs’ footprint in the room – how much available space is there? Personally, I love my papasan chair – I curl up in it and it’s also my daughter’s favorite to sit with me in as well. However, it takes up a large amount of space, so it’s something to keep in the forefront of your mind when chair-shopping.

As for window treatments, consider what your light needs are. Do you want to block out 99% of light because you’re easily awoken? Do you work a night shift and need to sleep during the day? These are important considerations when selecting window treatments or evaluating what you may already have in your home. The combination of a roman shade and curtains is one of my favorites because the texture combination feels so welcoming and nurturing to me. Using both allows for more control of the natural light in the room as well.

Position lighting around the room and try to avoid a singular light source in the center of the room. Using lamps is a great way to customize your lighting and there is something relaxing about lowering the lights before bed. It helps your body adjust and understand that it’s time for rest. A pair of softly lit lamps at the bedside is a great way to set the tone and allow you to turn lights off without having to get out of bed. Connecting a smart switch is an added bonus that enables you to click one switch instead of trying to reach for a lamp while in bed.

I hope this helps you as a guide to encourage you to think of the possibilities of your space and how to furnish it in a way that will function now and also later when things have returned to normal. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions, or would like to create your very own design to fit your home as well as your budget.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks as the One Room Challenge rolls out (tentatively) on May 7th, 2020.

See ya next time!



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