Top tips for making a home office
I recently created a gorgeous bedroom space that incorporated a home office. Here are my top tops when creating multi-use spaces.
All hard working mamas and papas deserve a beautiful bed. After a hard day of raising kids, working outside and inside the home, moms and dads are tired. So invest in a beautiful bed!
This Wayfair bed does not disappoint; it is soft, plush and elegant. I love the tufted headboard and the drama the wingback headboard adds. Plus, this was a great value; I have spent upwards of $4,000 on custom upholstered, storage beds so getting this one for less than $2,000 is just fabulous.
A beautiful bed needs a quality mattress. Here we used the award winning Casper mattress. I also chose Casper’s sheet and duvet set in a crisp white. A bonus, they deliver right to your door and arrive within days of ordering.
Once your bed is taken care of, designate the spot for the office. I opted for custom millwork here to utilize every square inch of storage I could. Going custom allowed us to paint the desk this gorgeous turquoise colour, Benjamin Moore Waterfall 2050- 50.
Photos By Dann Tardiff
Take note of the brass, hand-cast cabinet pulls from Toronto entrepreneur Shayne Fox. They’re like jewellery on this desk.
Every desk needs a chair, and this chair is a game changer. It literally felt like a hug for my lower back and pelvis. The CoreChair is an ergonomic active sitting chair that provides optimal support while introducing movement into your workday. This chair needs to be in homes and offices everywhere.
Add your personality! This is important regardless of the kind of space you are creating; it has to reflect you and your unique personality. Here I just had to add elements like this Metrie door painted Benjamin Moore Yellow Highlighter 2021-40. To ensure this was the focal point, I kept the adjacent sliding closet doors in white to ensure some balance.
Again, to ensure the space didn’t feel too overwhelming with all the vibrant pops, I wrapped the room in Metrie’s tongue and groove paneling and painted it Benjamin Moore Decorate White CC-20. I love interior mouldings — they provide such a beautiful textural element to any space.
Every bedroom needs to feel cosy and comfortable, which is why I added ample blankets and pillows in a variety of textures, all within our colour palette to stay harmonious, and displayed them on this ladder from Bouclair. Lighting also makes a big impact in the room, with a stunning modern chandelier, also from Bouclair, adding an architectural element.
Lastly, the fun accessories. I picked up this tray and yellow pen holder at Bouclair, where it’s easy to come home with a carful of fun, well-priced accessories. I love the painterly element of this tray and on trend rope detail.
Lisa Canning is a parenting, interior design and lifestyle expert in Toronto where she lives with her husband and seven children, ages nine and under.