A few days ago, I posted this link on my Facebook page. The home office décor tips were meant to inspire my work-from-home connections. I envisioned them leaving me messages of gratitude.
The actual feedback I received was a little different …
As an example:
So, what we have to do is put work on hold for a week or so… maybe a month, depending on creativity levels… and get working on our ‘space’? (From Elaine, who markets designer handbags – and went on to say that she usually works in her kitchen as it’s closer to the fridge.)
Yup, point taken. My work space is a HOVEL. But show me how to do this on a budget, and I’m happy to talk… no buy-designer-stuff cash to throw around… (From Leonie, a published novelist – who is one of the most creative people I know and whose interpretation of “hovel” can probably be taken with a pinch of salt and a lick of lime-bright paint.)
So ladies who did – and others who didn’t – respond, here are some inexpensive home office tips.
While I work, the phrase that continually runs through my head is “oh &#%@ I’m going to miss my deadline”. But if my thoughts were more motivating, I’d print them out and frame them, as in the above example. I know for a fact that my local Postnet charges R7.50 per colour print, and even Makro has a reasonable selection of inexpensive non-designer-type frames. Add a matching blind – Pinterest has crafty tips for non-sewers like me – and voila! From hovel to home office in two simple steps.
My desk is a painted trestle table. My Mac’s desktop is a melange of pictures of really nice desks that I will consider buying one day when I’m big. (Or when all my clients pay on time, whichever comes first.) But just look at the above photo: makeshift morphs into super-sophisticated – the trick is simply to make it look planned.
And then, there’s always colour. My hubby is a photographer and his ideal workspace is a floor to ceiling non-shade called mid-grey. Apparently this helps him to see actual colours properly when he’s editing photos. Unfortunately for me, we share a work space. If we didn’t I’d certainly be painting my desk raspberry and the walls in other yummy fruity shades.
Still on the colour aspect, Pinterest – my new favourite waste-of-time – has great ideas for creating designs on painters’ dropcloths for use as dirt-cheap floor coverings. And, another Facebook friend has publicly revealed the secret to her DIY home renovation coming in on budget: Atlas Paint = R1 400 for 30 litres of awesome-coverage paint. (Thanks Jua.)
&#%@! If I continue with all my tips today, I’m really going to miss my deadline. But, quickly, one more:
A neutral colour scheme, ample storage (painted pine?), simple furniture, a painted dropcloth and one leaf from the garden in a vase … lovely enough to entice even Elaine out from the kitchen.
Definitely more to follow!