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HOME OFFICE B Y DAW N F. H EA RN, ASID, NARI, CAPS

Shot of Austin’s own Designer and Stylist, Maureen Stevens’ chic home office.

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s more of us have the opportunity to work from home, the need for designing an efficient and supportive work space in the home is necessary for success. A well-designed plan can offer you a comfortable, productive, and rewarding place to work. Here are some key elements to consider when planning for a home office. L O C AT I O N Do you require a quiet and secluded room to do your best work? Perhaps a spare bedroom, away from the main living areas, will suit you. Do you need to keep an eye on kids while working? If so, you can set up your office in a large room, with separate areas dedicated to your office and your children’s space. Whatever your needs, be sure to select the best area of the home to support your work and family activities. KEEP IT CLEAN If you have clients come to your home office, consider having the office near the front of your home, or consider setting up a separate entrance to your office from outside. If your office is in the back of the house, clients may have to walk past scenes from your real life... and real life can be messy at times. Picture your office through the client’s eyes. As the clients walk in, what does they see? Are there children’s toys on the floor? Are the living areas cluttered or messy? Are dirty dishes stacked

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in the kitchen? Whatever your client sees will create an impression, either positive or negative. Successful home offices are clean, client-friendly, and convey the impression of a professional place of business. O R G A N I Z AT I O N A N D L AY O U T Think through what your daily needs will be and make sure you create space for each task. Do you need bookcases for reference materials or storage for office supplies? Will you need additional seating and surfaces for client or vendor meetings? There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something you need, especially during a meeting with clients or an important phone call. Invest time into getting everything organized. Retail stores like The Container Store offer a lot of wonderful solutions. If you need help, a professional organizer can assist you in getting everything set up. LIGHTING Daylight is good light for working.If you can put your office in an area with lots of natural light, that is best. If your room has no windows, or you do a lot of your work in the evening, you will need to plan for adequate artificial lighting. A combination of general overhead lighting and dedicated task lighting is needed. Consider placing the overhead lighting on a dimmer and finding an adjustable lamp for your desk so that you can control the quantity of light. Beware of glare as it can be fatiguing to the eye. Computer screens in front of a strong light source, like a

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