Fabulous Ideas to Decorate Your Home Office

Fabulous Ideas to Decorate Your Home Office

Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t stay fresh!

Being at home has become the new norm for most of us.

Working from home has definitely brought it’s challenges, such as how to manage a schedule, tend to competing priorities, show up as your fabulous self for Zoom meetings and having the appropriate space to do it all.

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Having a designated home office space makes all the difference in productivity and success.
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On top of everything else, you are not expected to all of a sudden become a professional home designer. Let me help make the set-up easier for you by highlighting some great pieces you can purchase TODAY!

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Let’s face it, your husband DOES have the time to help you put together a few fundamental pieces, like a new desk or bookcase.

Not to say you require a man, partner or assistance to create this great look. It’s simple, easy and available to order today.

Let’s get decorating!

Many professionals working from home are now sharing their “office” space, so having a little spot all to your own is ever-so-important to owning your day.

You can find some fabulous looks below, with all product available through Amazon, so you can order from home and get it delivered right to your door.

You might not be able to get out to shop, but Amazon can still get your favorite goodies to you. (For some great style ideas on what to wear while working from home, click here.)

1. Shared Space

This space designed by the author, using LivingSpaces free 3-D Room Designer Tool online

If you are setting up your work space that doubles as a living space, rest assured you are not alone. Many of us are converting shared spaces to make room to work and study.

There are challenges with traffic flow, balance and having enough space to work in when a space doubles for more than one purpose.

Try creating an office area on one side of the room with a desk, accent table and comfy chair. You will more than likely be here for several hours during the day, so adding a lumbar pillow for comfort in your chair might be the perfect trick to a cozy sitting space.

Seating for this living space balances on the opposite wall, still inviting you to lounge or get cozy when the work day is done.

A simple accent table provides a great place for your book, glass or your phone to rest while you kick back. Using a round one in this space helps soften the edges of the fireplace, corners and ledges.

Adding greenery indoors makes us feel connected to nature. It adds an element of relaxation, peace and tranquility. A fiddle fig, ficus or olive tree can compliment most spaces. If your decor leans towards an ocean feel, try a palm or a fruit tree. Faux trees ensure a fresh pop of color all year long.

Adding metal accents in the form of wall decor, across a mantel or as an accent table helps balance the use of materials in this space. Linen seating, metal accents and wood furniture all come together harmoniously as a smooth mix of finishes and designs.

If your weather permits, then light that fire, pour a glass of your favorite vino and simply relax after a long day of working at home.

Click on any of the elements below to order today!

Moroccan Tribal Rug
Well Woven Kessa Blue Moroccan Tribal Geometric Stripes Area Rug adds the perfect shade of blue to any space. With “Classic Blue” being Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020, you will be right on trend.


Vintage Desk
What we love about this Signature Design by Ashley Tyler Creek Desk is the stunning two-tone and vintage feel. Plenty of storage and 60″ wide. This desk would set the tone for any home office space.


Parsons Chair
This F&F Furniture Group’s Beige Parsons Chair is simple, but stunning. The brass nailhead trim and rolled back add just a touch of class. Legs are finished in Walnut.


Ink+Ivy Stockholm Color Block Throw
The price and design are both right for this faux cashmere throw from Ink+Ivy. Soft and luxurious, with playful fringes on the edge.


Perfect Pillow Nunu Geo – Ink Blue
Truly the perfect design, the geometric pattern waves and flows effortlessly from top to bottom. A substantial 25″ in size, this is the perfect number to cozy up with.


Creative Co-Op Chenille Lumbar Pillow
Creamy and sweet, this cotton and chenille pillow ads a touch of flair with fringes and texture. It sweetly invites a sense of contentment and serenity.


Modern Decorative 12 in. Rotating Hourglass
Eye-catching with brass tones and fun to watch. Rotate again and again to watch the sand smoothly sift through the glass. Soothing and interesting to the senses.


Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Nearly Natural’s Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree comes in a variety of sizes, from 48″-84″. They are an excellent way to bring in a pop of color and nature.


Kole Bronze Sunburst Mirror
14″ is a great size for a small mirror, which means you can purchase several and make a set together. Great movement, lines and finish. This sunburst design will highlight any wall space.


Dancing Lady Orchid
Originally found growing on tree branches in the rain forest, the Dancing Lady Orchid brings in a rich pop of color to your new home office space. With a height of 19″ it is sure to make a statement. The 4″ base fits nicely on a desk or side table.


Whole House Worlds Moroccan Temple Lanterns
These gorgeous beauties come in a set of two and are finished with a fabulous patina. Add an LED candle for the perfect ambiance.

2. Modern and Bold

This space designed by the author, using LivingSpaces free 3-D Room Designer Tool online

We love this space for its chic, bright and bold use of lines.

Gold accents and modern shelving, paired with a delicate wallpaper as a backdrop makes it feel way more than just a simple office space.

Placing footstools in front of the desk invites a cozy chat or two, without overwhelming the surrounding decor.

The mirrored cabinet adds a whimsical storage area. This is the perfect look for a smaller space or a spare room.

You could even accomplish this look in a nook or loft.

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Adding Classic Blue as an accent color with a chair, vase or decorative accent also brings in Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year. Blue balances quite beautifully against the brightness of the gold.
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Consider rose gold or brass if you want to tone down the boldness of the metal accents.

Underneath it all is a cozy, sheepskin rug. A perfectly comfortable spot for you to kick off your shoes and get down to business.

Linon Desk, White
This campaign-style desk is adorable and cozy. The perfect size to nest in a smaller space at 44″ wide. Rose-gold accents accompany the flawless white finish.


Meridian Navy and Gold Accent Chair
Plush velvet navy upholstery sits on top of a gleaming, metallic gold frame. The perfect blend of contemporary and mid-century modern comes together in this spectacular barrel design.


Super Soft Faux Sheepskin Silky Shag Rug
It doesn’t get much more luxurious than this. Hypoallergenic, no-shed and stain resistant, this rug is super soft, plush and smooth to the touch. Give your feet the pampering they deserve with opulent look and feel.


Tribesigns Modern Gold Bookcase
Drop level shelving gives a fun, yet functional attitude to storage and design. Faux marble shelves add a touch of class, with plenty of room to decorate and display.


Skynature European Clock
This gorgeous piece is sure to make a statement. Clock is hollow to allow the fabulous background of your wall to show through. Minimalistic in design, it is also non-ticking so it won’t drive you crazy while you work. The gold hands are the perfect accent for your new space. Available in multiple sizes.


Spoonflower Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Self-adhesive wallpaper that can be easily removed. Gorgeous vintage swallow pattern available in multiple sizes and lengths.


Lika Industrial Pendant Lights
Industrial, yet modern. We love the warm ambiance these lights provide. Height is adjustable, comes in set of three for perfect balance.


Rivet Modern Hexagon Floating Shelves
Comes as a single unit, so hanging is easy. We love the glass shelves and the gold, iron frame. Super cute way to introduce some modern lines and accent your home office wall space.


Basik Nature Faux Tulip Arragement
Classic and chic, this arrives fully arranged and ready to go. Simply open, fluff the leaves and set in place. Loving the white for purity and tranquility.


Mirrored White Buffet Console
This console is versatile, adorable and a great price. The design is simple, clean and versatile. The mirrored front lends a pure and elegant finish.


3. Fully-Purposed Space

This space designed by the author, using LivingSpaces free 3-D Room Designer Tool online

If you’ve got the space, then go for it, girl! We love this fully-purposed layout as you work from home because of the versatility between comfort and style.

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Deep, dark wooden tones are balanced by the bright, natural golden tones of the chairs to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Overhead pendant lighting and a classic wall-clock bring it all together.

Your friends will think you’re a five star designer. Your Zoom contacts will think you’ve never even left your beautiful office.

Don’t forget to add art behind the desk if you have the wall space. It will allow for a perfect backdrop for all those digital conferences you are likely to be on now.

Get the look below:

Liberty Industries Arlington House Writing Desk
This desk is bold and industrial…and we are absolutely in love with it! Cobblestone Brown finish sits on top of a magnificently designed base. A perfect statement piece for your new office space.


Martin Furniture Hartford Double Pedestal Desk
This is an excellent option if you desire a desk with the additional storage. Locking file drawers securely accommodate up to legal size folders. Two-tone colors and bold trim add to the richness of this piece. Comes fully assembled, so you can get down to business immediately.


La-Z-Boy Emerson Executive Office Chair
With comfort and style, this chair is a double win. Ergonomic, with a high-back and lumbar support. Also includes recline and tilt features.


DHP Ivana Accent Chair
What’s not to love about this beauty? Suave and debonair, with smooth velvet texture and rich color. It is the perfect accent to compliment the opulent wood tones of your space.


Walker Edison Metal Framed Console Table
This table has all the industrial charm your new space will need. Curved lines flow from side to side and front to back. Glass shelf on the top lightens up the look for a perfect balance.


Glitzhome Oversized Rustic Wall Clock
Quiet and non-ticking, this decorative iron-clad clock is the perfect accessory for a rustic space. Available in multiple sizes.


Nearly Natural Blue Hydrangea Centerpiece
Perfectly created centerpiece adds drama and whimsy. Blue hydrangea surrounded by natural greenery. Includes white ceramic bowl.


Nearly Natural Silk Olive Tree
Olive trees are natural, simple and aesthetically appealing. This silk version is all of the above. Greenery relaxes the senses, inviting a natural connection to nature. You can welcome that feeling by tucking this little guy into an available corner.


Pillow Perfect Lumbar Throw Pillow
Ultramarine geometric print added to the Ivana Accent Chairs will liven up your new space. Get one for each chair for balance and rhythm.


Industrial Pendant Light
The magnificent patina on this pendant light will be sure to light up your office space with marvelous splendor. Add them in odd numbers to light up your world. A set of three feels pretty perfect.


Monarch Coat Rack
A coat rack adds a handy element to an available corner. It can also be artistic and allude to movement and energy.


Geometric Rustic Floating Shelves
Comes in a set of 2 and adds an element of design. Lines and angles tell the eyes where to travel when entering a room. These are sure to get more than just a passing glance. Pair with a funky vase for a fun vibe. We also love the mix of materials, combining both iron and wood for a rustic appeal.


Opps Mini Artificial Plants
Pop one of these on your floating shelves for just the right amount of charm. Perfect motivational messages for your home office, such as “Find Yourself and Be That.” Comes in a set of 3, so you can share the love in other rooms, as well.

Remember, the best part about your space is getting to make it your own.

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No matter your style, having the right spot enhances your energy and vibe.
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That kind of intensity and spirit flows right over into your work, further fueling the powerhouse that you are.

This is your space, girl.

Whether you need to pop in a few new elements, or give it a complete overhaul, just remember it is going to be fabulous when you are finished.

Go ahead, get ordering.

You make the room and let Amazon do the rest. New product, right to your door. Your perfect work from home office is coming together and it feels so good!

Please note: Selections are based on availability.

Dressing for Confidence: How to Use Color to Inspire Your Style

Dressing for Confidence: How to Use Color to Inspire Your Style

I have this glorious idea of how I will spend my time when such day arrives that I fulfill a life-long dream and vacation to the city of lights, the city of pastries, romance and love. 

The one and only splendor of Paris. 

Oh, I plan to drink in all her beauty with child-like wonder and amazement.  With wide eyes I will walk the streets and behold the old charm of her architecture.  I long to delve deep into her museums to learn her history, enjoy her artisans and be intoxicated by her lure. 

I can imagine the succulence of fresh baked croissants, warm and almost melting with every bite.  The aroma of bread, baking in the café. 

I even know what I’m going to wear.

I have envisioned this outfit for as long as I can remember.  I want red heels.  I mean bright, crunchy, candy apple, light-catching, deliciously tempting red heels.  A blue, polka-dot ruffled skirt and a crisp white blouse.  A string of pearls will adorn my neck and I will be a full-on Parisian girl. 

Polka dots in Paris.

Someday I will wear polka dots in Paris.

Would I still enjoy my trip in stripes or paisley?  More than likely.  However, there is something about polka dots that just makes me feel like I’m part of the culture, the scene, and that I belong.

That’s the funny thing about being a girl, what we wear has the ability to let our true selves shine a little brighter. 

It’s a form of expression, a way to speak to the world without saying a word. It’s not necessarily about a particular brand or style, or owning who’s-who and keeping up with “fashions” and “trends.”  (Although there are some marvelous designers in the world, let’s be honest.) It’s more about how you feel in what you wear that inspires confidence and creativity in a vibrant soul.

Clothing can have significant influence over us. 

We want to feel like modern, dominating women.  We want to say, “I dictate how I feel!  I wear my clothes, they don’t wear me!” 

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How you express yourself to the world has the ability to change your own mood, inspire confidence and promote feelings of motivation and success.
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Want to feel like you’re conquering the world?  Put on what makes you feel most confident. 

Want to feel warm and connected to the people around you?  Toss on your husband’s sweatshirt or pin that paper flower in your hair that your kid made you in school yesterday.  These things have the ability to affect how we feel about ourselves and others.

You may be thinking nonsense, I feel like my fabulous self no matter what I wear. 

Girlfriend, good for you! 

You have unlocked a confidence achievement level that some of us are still out here striving for!  You take that confidence and promote it brightly!  For the rest of us, what we wear can boost our mental and emotional processes in how we take on the world.

According to BrainFodder.com, “Research says the quickest little fix for a bad day is to wear brightly colored clothes. Cheerful colors work as a mini pick-me-up; and thus boosting our mood and energy. Also, we associate bright colors with happiness, sunny days, and carefree times (like the summer vacations when we were kids).”  Check out the rest of the article here.

The great news?  You do not have to be a fashionista to achieve this feeling!  Perhaps style is the furthest thing from your mind or is one of those “skills-I-wish-I-had” kinda things.  That’s ok!  You do not  have to feel less that absolutely beautiful in your own skin or with what you wear. The idea is that you feel like your best self in how you choose to express yourself to the world.  Want some pointers?

* Inspiring Self-Confidence in Your Wardrobe *

Every morning I go through this routine where I select my outfit based on my mood.  From my hairstyle all the way down to my intimates.  I am soooooo far from making it on the pages of a fashion magazine, but I choose pieces that inspire what I want to accomplish on any given day. 

Today I wanted to feel bold and I had an agenda for the morning that would keep me busy.  I wanted to feel motivated to not only start these tasks but to also finish them, so I chose a skirt with dominating stripes in bright green, black and gray.  Green inspires growth and harmony and I desired to feel optimistic and hopeful throughout my day. 

I did not have to go out and buy a new wardrobe to accomplish this feeling.  I selected what I had on hand that would suit the mood I wanted to achieve.

* Bright Colors as a Mood Booster *
The charming thing about color is absolutely the way it makes us feel!  Yellow is for joy, optimism and the color of flowers you choose to convey friendship.  Use this chart for great color reference:

Image source: Pinterest – SeeJaneWork

* Staying Classy and Sassy *
Let us remember that less isn’t always more!  Sometimes more is more.  Although we want to feel like the amazing, beautiful creatures that we are, we can also stay classy, sassy and sophisticated by leaving a little mystery to the eye. 

We absolutely do not need to drop our necklines down to solicit attention or hike those hemlines up and put ourselves on some kind of visual display.  We are confident in the colors we choose to wear and the styles in which we choose to express ourselves because we are bold, confident women. We are not objects of attention. 

We wear denim with our dresses and boots when we feel like it suits our mood.  A little modesty can go a long way!  Enjoy a little lace, a little ruffle, a red-leather jacket to the movies.  Go out and be your sassy, classy self!

Rachel Says: For more go check out Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion by Professor Karen Pine.  It’s a digital quick-read on a fresh perspective for reasons to re-vamp your wardrobe and feel like your best, beautiful self! Go grab a copy today!

6 Ways to Enrich Your Life – Starting Today!

6 Ways to Enrich Your Life – Starting Today!

 You deserve to make the most of every 24 hours you are given, so use the steps below to begin to enrich your life and create harmony.

1. Find time to relax
True quality of life begins when we have time to contemplate, slow down and prioritize our thoughts. To enrich your life today, take a bubble bath, enjoy a walk or settle in with a good book. According to Harvard Health, taking these moments to unwind enables the body to fight the effects of stress by relaxing the muscles and reducing blood pressure.  I love to relax by getting into a good story, either through a book or a movie.  With a book I can take my time, dream about the characters and set the pace of the story.  With a movie, I often reflect afterwards and always enjoy when I can really feel in-touch with the characters. This time away from the busyness of life really helps me feel more at peace in my day-to-day life.

“Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s okay to do nothing.”

Izey Victoria Odias
Bath salts and essential oils are a great way to enhance the experience of relaxation

2. Mind your Stressors
Having a mind-body connection can be a powerful tool in enriching your daily life. Try writing out the times you feel most stressed so you can readily identify when stress might occur. Stress can come from multiple places, our relationships and/or home life, workplace, internal stressors (anxiety and worry) and life concerns. Identifying what brings you stress can help you determine how to handle that stress. Some stress can be controlled with simple changes. For instance, if deadlines are causing stress at work, look for ways you can set yourself up for success. Organize your desk, get a calendar, set reminders on your phone or desktop. These small actions can help reduce stress in your day-to-day tasks. If you need further help or if stressors are outside of your ability to control, then reach out to a professional, such as a counselor, therapist, a pastor or mentor.

3. Get Enough Sleep
There cannot be enough said about letting yourself rest! Sleep is the time for our bodies to recharge and repair. Most normal adults need 7-9 hours sleep, according to WebMD. However, the specific amount of time can be adjusted to fit your own needs. Ultimately, be aware if you are lacking sleep for any extended period of time. Lack of sleep can cause impaired judgment, delayed reaction time, memory issues and even a weakening of your immune system. Having a bedtime window works well. Tell yourself, “I will aim to go to bed between 10pm and 11pm tonight.” That way you have a cushion of time to allow yourself to prepare.

4. Prioritize Nutrition
Food is literally your life source and what sustains you. It is very important that you make nutrition a priority to enrich your life. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed and loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and things like antioxidants and amino acids. (Trust me, your body needs these!) Calories are just measurements of energy, so consume wholesome calories in a rainbow of colors – leafy greens and celery, orange carrots, red tomatoes, yellow squash, purple beets, blueberries…you get the idea! Limit processed foods, high-fat foods and excess sugar. Select recipes ahead of time, then grocery shop for these specific ingredients. I love to meal plan and create a menu board on my fridge each week. It helps me stay on track with diet and my budget – double win!

5. Meditate or Pray
Being in-touch with our inner-self is just as important as our relationship with the world around us. Taking time to meditate, being mindful or spending time in prayer helps enrich your life connection to our true selves and our creator. I find that I enjoy prayer time in the evening. I like to reflect on the day and chat with God for a few moments before I go to bed. I also try to make time to reconnect in prayer on my way to work in the mornings. Often the sunrise reminds me of the magnificent beauty in life and that there is an entire force at work so much larger than myself! God designed this day for us, he put this world in motion. Each sunrise reminds me of this and sometimes it’s as simple as a “thank you” to make me feel at peace. If you can, at whatever time of day feels best to you, find a quiet spot, turn off distractions and allow yourself to just be in the moment. To read more about Meditation and Prayer, click here!

6. Own Your Environment
The immediate space around you can have a profound impact on your mood and the feeling of contentment. To enhance your environment, take 5 minutes to de-clutter or reduce visible chaos. Light a candle or turn down harsh lighting. Music is also known to have stimulating effects. So, occasionally I turn on some tunes while I’m cooking to elevate the experience of relaxing after a long day. I love soulful worship music from Lauren Daigle, Selah, Hillsong, NeedtoBreathe, David Crowder Band, For King & Country, Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, Jars of Clay and Elevation Worship. Even though I’m still on my feet, I begin the process of unwinding this way. Scent is a great stimulant to boost your surroundings, too. An electric diffuser for essential oils is my chosen method and I find the ability to vary my scents is a fun way to incorporate the element of aromatics. Select scents for relaxation such as lavender and jasmine if you like florals, or bergamot and sandalwood if you prefer spicier aromas.

Rachel Says: Don’t hesitate to put these ideas into effect today! Simple changes can enhance the way we experience life, from reducing stress at work to creating our own home sanctuary. Be intentional with your actions – you deserve to live your best life today!

Have other ways you prefer to enhance your daily routines?  Comment below!

 

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