Create Inspiration In Your Home Office

More and more nowadays, we are hearing of people working from home. Well, how do they stay inspired, get out of bed, and not Netflix all day long? They have an adorable home office that spikes their imagination and creativity! If you can’t form this motivational area, you’ll be watching Sex and the City reruns until it is time to make dinner (or at that point, probably get takeout). We’re here to show you how to form that boring, old desk into a visionary’s utopia.

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First, let’s give it a more feminine form. We like the colors pink and gold the best, but you can pick whatever colors your heart desires. Color coordinate EVERYTHING. Pink folders, gold stapler, pink and gold artwork, etc. Go nuts decorating with your chosen colors, because those are the colors that will make you want to move to your soon-to-be mini kingdom in the morning.

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What would a morning be without coffee? Get yourself a cute coffee mug that you love and want to use all the time. It makes having coffee “fun” instead of something you absolutely have to have.

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Place a stack of books that inspire you. You don’t have to actually read them, but if you need a little kick of creativity, they’re there. Next to your books, place on your desk a vase with fresh flowers, your favorite scented candle, and a mug that holds all your pens and pencils. Again, choose a mug you absolutely love. This small addition gives off a little personality.

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Get together a small selection of motivational artwork you want to see every day. Create a mini gallery wall with one large statement piece included. Again, think about awakening your creativity and enthusiasm!

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One of the most important factors in a home office is comfort. I know that sounds a little silly because you’re already in your own home, but you want it to be by far the most comfortable room in the house. The comfort level should even surpass your bedroom so you don’t mind getting out of bed. Get a comfy chair, a soft blanket, or a fluffy rug!

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Last but not least, you need an agenda. Stay organized and keep track of everything you’re doing, what you’re getting done, and what needs to be done. An agenda is very important. The agenda is your friend, if not your best friend.

Turn your office into your adult playground so that your work doesn’t feel like work. It should feel like inspired pieces of art no matter what you do for a living!

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Take Out the Trends: What’s NOT Hot In 2016

We are all getting a full load of which trends are hot in 2016, but what are the trends that should not be in our homes anymore? We’re here to save you from an outdated trend crisis! From certain patterns to a few color combinations, we will successfully make room for the new favored trends.

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First off, get the chevron out of here! We all should’ve retired it a little while ago, so if you still have chevron in your homes, remove it. All these geometric prints are being pushed out of our homes as well. Slowly but surely, we can replace them with newly coveted 2016 prints.

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Faux finishes and accent walls need to go! They don’t belong in 2016. Instead, we want our finishes to look new, fresh, and clean. No color washing, people! About these accent walls, we know you’ll miss them, but hey, if you really like that color, paint the whole room and tone it down with the furniture and decor. Problem solved. Your home will look updated and trendy, so there are no negative aspects to this trend going out of style.

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Let’s talk about these color combinations for a second. We know, once upon a time, brown & teal and maroon & gold went so well together, but how about we update them. Change it up a bit. Use one of the colors of the year with a neutral taming hue. We can definitely all agree, though, beige is out. Exchange it with a gray-influenced color palette. Anything but beige will do.

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As glamorous as mirrored furniture might look, it should really stay in 2015. Besides, how many times a day do you get distracted by treating it like an actual mirror? (We all do it. Don’t lie.) Change it out for white furnishings. It still gives off a chic, glamour look with no distractions. Now when it comes to words as art, there’s a way to do this in 2016, but using decals is not it. Take the decals down, and if you still really want words on your wall, print something from the computer and put it in a frame. This way, you can make it say whatever and look however you would like. Way more personal than the “Live. Laugh. Love” the majority of people have on their walls.

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We’re finishing off with the kitchen. What exactly is the point of a kitchen desk? Don’t try to say to get work done, because who actually uses them for that? They just build up clutter. There are probably piles of your mail on your kitchen desk right now. If you want to get work done, create yourself an office somewhere else in your home. To get started, check out our Home Office Post for inspiration. Don’t have the room? Just set up a small corner area. This is the “working from home” year anyway. Now, over counter microwaves might throw off a few of you thinking, “well, where would I put it then?” Think outside the box. (See what I did there?) Build it into the bottom cabinets. Almost to make it out of sight. The best way to accomplish this would be to have a built-in microwave nook in the kitchen island.

Okay, people. You have been warned! Don’t be caught making these decor and design mistakes. Step it up in 2016! This is going to be a great year!

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