We'd be lying if we didn't admit we often dream of ditching the daily commute and fluorescent cubicles for a home office. And we're not alone. In fact, one in five Americans work from home, and that figure is rising. Making the swap requires self-discipline and focus since you don't have a manager in the room to keep you on task.
To keep the motivation meter high, many entrepreneurial creatives are designing multipurpose spaces at home to separate their personal lives from their professional ones. Fashion illustrator Carly Kuhn, aka @thecartorialist, worked with Laurel & Wolf designer Julian Porcino to design an office space that would allow her to create art without distraction.
"It's an exciting time for Carly, as her illustration business has seen big growth," said Porcino. "However, this has lead to imperfect living conditions. So we helped her design a work/live space that allows her to focus on her art and have more room for inspiration."
The result is a gallery-like multipurpose space with monochromatic tones and cool California vibes, thanks to stylish succulents and a banana-leaf tree. "When you work from home, you want to be sure the work aspect doesn't feel that apparent, so when people come to your home, they don't feel uncomfortable as if the'’re entering your workspace," said Kuhn. We think they nailed it.
Timber accents and greenery add warmth and visual interest to an otherwise monochrome space.
The natural light provides ample inspiration for creating art.
This multipurpose table allows Kuhn to stand or sit with storage to stash spare pens, books, and materials.
An easel sits elegantly with illustrations in progress.
IKEA drawer units lined up next to each other make stylish storage for Kuhn's artwork.
The drawers keep each illustration tidy and dust-free.
Need to break up a blank wall space? Add a gallery wall (featuring The Cartorialist artwork, of course).
The green eyes match the greenery perfectly.
Every home office needs an accent chair, and this wire-framed piece is sitting pretty.
Kuhn has the space to create without distraction.