Friday Fun: If I had those home offices…

Working from home has not been as peaceful and productive as many of us imagined it would be while we were cursing our commute, but nevertheless many of us are now hoping that organisations are more open to a hybrid model of working. A couple of days at home every week would really make all the difference – and would certainly be a pleasure in any of the home offices below.

You can’t go wrong with ladders or spiral staircases, as we’ve established. From Wall Street Journal.
Even if you have long, awkwardly shaped rooms… But where do people get all these high ceilings from? From weheartit.com
For those who like it darker, more traditional, this comfy office with reading armchair and window seat has it all. From Pinterest.
But many of you might prefer an office (again, with ceiling height) with a view. It would require a LOT more bookcases, from my point of view, though. From Decoist.
This one has the shelves, but does it have the view? From home-designing.com
This one ticks both boxes: lots of shelves and lots of views! From Decoist.

Friday Fun: Home Offices Galore

Although some (OK, most) of these home offices don’t have nearly enough books stored in them, I could easily remedy that.

You can fit a little desk anywhere… if you have an ornate staircase, like in Elle Decor.
Home office in a garden shed with a porch – yes! From myfavoriteandmybest.com
The one with the view – but perhaps too much glare for a laptop! From Real Simple.
Windows, windows everywhere – perfect for daydreaming, maybe not so good for screen glare. From Fieldstone Homes.
How about books instead of decorative objects on those shelves? But you’ve got to appreciate the window seat. From The Wow Style.
The one with the magnificent view. I’d probably never be able to concentrate enough to get any writing done, from USM Modular.
Truly quirky window treatment but the darker furniture here prevents too much glare, from Skylab.
And if you prefer darker, older colours, check out this townhouse renovation in Brooklyn, from Rock My Style.

Friday Fun: On Not Getting Envious

I’ve barely been using my home office lately. Of course, that has nothing to do with being away or being busy at work and with the children. I’m sure it has everything to do with the decor! So this week I don’t want to get too envious and will show you studies which are Instagrammable but probably not all that comfortable or practical.

Scandi chic but who wants to sit on bar stools all day, from Lundagard.
I actually have that chair (ideal for rocking and reading, not so much for working on the laptop, I think). But where can I get those super-high ceilings and huge windows? From Brainbox.
Sometimes all you need is a looooong desk, and a ladder of course, even if you can reach the top shelves quite easily! From Salon.ru
I could certainly do with a workspace going around two walls of the room (as long as there’s still plenty of room for bookshelves). From Design Sponge.
This one must be Italian – the handbag, the bust, the floor and the uncomfortable chairs lead me to this conclusion. From Pinterest.
Equally elegant, but much more comfortable, but not enough space for books, from Scout for the Home.

Friday Fun: Writerly Places of Interest

Even if some of the people below are not writers, their studies give us an insight into their lives, and above all into the places where creation takes place.

Beryl Bainbridge’s wonderfully eclectic study, from angels to Titanic to stuffed dogs and guns, from AmandaOnWriting.tumblr.com

As you’d expect, Donna Leon is serene in an office reeking of Italian elegance. From El Pais.

Pretty much dream conditions here in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s lived-in study, from The Guardian.

W.S. Maugham also had near-perfect conditions – maybe at his house in France? From BreathingBooks on Tumblr.

A tour of Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s Apartment at 31 Rue Cambone Paris. from Lily Adore Paris.

Peter York, more of a broadcaster and commentator rather than a pure writer, which perhaps explains the up-to-date decor. From The Guardian

This didn’t belong to an actual writer, but is from a marketing brochure for an interior design company. Still, I wouldn’t mind, would you?From Indulgy.com

Friday Fun: Home Offices, Home Libraries

Now that my book collection is officially overflowing from the shelves, here are some useful tips for decorating and organising your office/library space.

Have a ladder close to hand to search for that elusive reference book. From aestate.tumblr
Have a ladder close to hand to search for that elusive reference book. From aestate.tumblr

A clear, well-lit place for assassins to target you will improve your productivity no end! From aestate.tumblr
A clear, well-lit place for assassins to target you will improve your productivity no end! From aestate.tumblr

Double the size of your room with clever reflecting windows! From seabloggessato.com
Double the size of your room with clever reflecting windows! From seabloggessato.com

Use the colours of nostalgia to make it look like your books have been there for generations (you didn't buy them yourself). From lifeinsugarhollow.com
Use the colours of nostalgia to make it look like your books have been there for generations (you didn’t buy them yourself). From lifeinsugarhollow.com

Hide it well away from the main house and there's a good chance the family won't even notice... From TJ Tomlin/Shantylife.
Hide it well away from the main house and there’s a good chance the family won’t even notice… From TJ Tomlin/Shantylife.

Just buy, borrow, beg or steal a bigger house! From mediabookbub.com
Just buy, borrow, beg or steal a bigger (or at least a taller) house! From mediabookbub.com