With all of the Christmas decorations put away and the cold weather set to remain for the next few months, now could be an opportune time to add a sense of warmth and cosiness to your home, with a few carefully selected soft furnishings.
Create your perfect home office or study
Whether it’s your new normal, your route to achieving a better work/life balance, or you just want to get better organised, the home office is definitely here to stay! Work, study or school work, we’ve got ideas to help you create a personal space that fits the bill.
1. Do your own thing
You don't have to choose a ready-made desky looking desk. Combine your own choice of table legs and tabletop, for a more personal workplace that’s less officey and more homey.
The company PrettyPegs manufactures stylish furniture legs and accessories for IKEA furniture. Choose a surface to suit what you are going to use the table for. An added glass top looks stylish and will protect the surface. Perfect for some kids arts and crafts, (or the occasional spilled coffee.)
2. Smarten up your act
Clear work surface, clear mind. It’s so much easier to think without clutter around you. Smart boxes and jars mean you can store small items neatly away.
There are also many wall hanging options that are both beautiful and practical - check out IKEA SKÅDIS!
3. Get in the mood
A mood board can be motivating and inspiring when you are working at your desk. You can fill it with personal photos, inspirational quotes, projects and colour palettes, anything that you find uplifting. The right mindset means you steer yourself towards a positive approach. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration at work. And imitation is the best form of flattery!
4. Positive thinking
Plants at the desk have been shown to create positive energy and bring life to the workplace. The soothing sway of a leafy palm, the calming effect of a peace lily. And if you don’t have much time to nurture nature, succulents make a very good easy-care option.
5. Imagine that
A lovely background image on your computer is an invigorating way to inspire you for the day. Imbibe a bit of chill with a snowy Alpine landscape, or armchair travel to a tropical lagoon. At Design Love Fest you will find many beautiful backgrounds made in collaboration with artists and photographers - and they are free for private use!
Transform your home with the right lightingShining Examples
From dawn till dusk, we need light, and so do our homes. When the natural sort is in short supply, well-planned lighting is even more of a must-have, for both comfort and practicality alike.