Tag Archives: work space

Tips for Working from Home

As many people are working from home now, I wanted to address some of the work-at-home issues you may be encountering and offer tips. If you already have a home office, you will still find beneficial advice in this article.

Create a workspace, preferably with a door.

You will want this separate from daily life, away from distractions. If you don’t have a separate room or a guest room, transform the space that you have. I’ve heard of people transforming closets and attics into workspaces.

Clean the space and remove all the clutter.

Add a desk and chair.

If you have a desk, move it into this space or consider purchasing one if you don’t have anything you can use. Keep in mind that how you sit, the desk height, the type of chair you sit in will affect your health. Depending on your size and desk requirements, you will want to choose the right desk for you, click here for tips. Depending on how much you are sitting at your desk, you will need a comfortable chair, click here for how to choose a chair.

Arrange your desk for maximum light and an open feeling.

Try arranging your desk in different ways. I like to place a desk facing the door using the “power of position” in Feng Shui. Depending on how much space you have, you could put your desk perpendicular to the wall or away from the wall leaving enough space for your desk chair. Having your back to the wall allows for the perception of more light and openness.

Add light.

Open all window coverings to maximize the amount of natural light that comes into the room. Move lamps from other areas of the home to create the light needed.

Create a feeling in the room that brings you joy.

For example, if you have a favorite photo or piece of artwork, hang it so that you can see it. Move plants, accessories, whatever creates a peaceful environment for you to work in from the rest of your home into your workspace.

Extra tips:

  • If you are on the phone or in online meetings, you may want to invest in a decent headset.
  • If you are someone who cannot work without sound, move your home assistant, Google Home, or Alexa device, into your office area. Play ambient music (or whatever works for you) at a level that isn’t distracting. If there is too much noise happening outside your office, consider using a sound machine that will flatten out those noises and allow you to focus on your work.
  • If you have a family, set up rules. A family discussion on how this will work is critical to a functioning household. If you and your spouse are both working from home, discuss work schedules, and have morning or evening check-ins to discuss the plan for the next day if changes are required.
  • Working from home can be sedentary. Be sure to move every hour, set a timer on your phone. Take mid-day walks outside for a change of scenery.
  • Stay connected! Try one of these ideas:
  1. Set up morning coffee break meetings with co-workers.
  2. Eat lunch separately from your desk.
  3. Schedule video lunch breaks with friends and co-workers. Having these connections will create stability in an otherwise unstable feeling situation.

Hang in there, you may find you enjoy working from home!

Sign up to receive my monthly newsletter for all my tips on interior decorating and home staging. Connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Feature photo from Pixabay.

Interested in a Business Redesign?

Logo-JPEG-1by Debbie Correale

I recently had the opportunity to do an Interior Redesign on a business space that I wanted to share with you.  I worked with Ann Marie of Ann Marie Casey Photography in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  I loved having the opportunity to redesign this business as too often owners do not take into account their surroundings, which I do not understand since we spend many hours a day in our work environment.  I found this article on Forbes titled, “5 Small Workspace Changes That Will Make You More Productive” describing some things that can make a difference in employee productivity such as color therapy, lighting, and work space comfort.  Wouldn’t you love an environment for yourself and your employees that is conducive to productivity?  If people feel closed off and drab while they work, how will this translate into their quality of work?  After talking with Ann Marie about the reason why she contacted me, I asked if she would kindly answer some questions that I would love to include in a post to share with everyone … and this is what she said:

Before studio Redesign
Before studio Redesign

What made you want to hire a professional redesigner for your office?

We wanted our meeting room to fall inline with our brand and the quality level of services we provided. By hiring a professional interior designer, it allowed us to achieve the “look” we were striving for and stay within our budget. First impressions and comfort are very important to our business, and we wanted to create a room that met both expectations while showcasing our product lines.

Studio 4
After Studio Redesign

What was your biggest surprise as a result of the redesign?

Our biggest surprise was how easy it was to bring in a professional. We had been trying to do it our self, spending way too much time and effort. Working with Debbie she utilized what we already had, moved it, tweaked it, and gave us a very specific list of items to purchase and items to remove. Had we hired Debbie from the beginning we would have saved not only time and aggravation but money, as well.

After Studio Redesign
After Studio Redesign

Would you recommend Redesign Right to a friend?

Already have! Working with Redesign Right was fantastic. We are firm believers in working with professionals who are talented in their perspective field. Debbie is not only talented but friendly, efficient and conscious of her client’s expectations.

If so, could you give a short summary as to how you benefited from working with Debbie Correale.

Debbie educated us that there is value in hiring a professional interior designer. In the long run, she saved us time, effort, money and delivered a room that exceeded our expectations. She was not only professional, but really fun to work with. She allows you to be a part of the process. As a person who likes direction, she provided a detailed list of items we would need, assisted in the shopping process, but allowed us to select the items we wanted. I personally as well as professionally cannot wait for the next project!  

Thank You Ann Marie for taking the time to send me your responses; it was such a pleasure to work with you and your lovely business!  (By the way, Ann Marie is responsible for my lovely head shot that was recently updated.)  To learn more about what is involved in the redesign, visit my website by clicking here.  If you are a business and would like to freshen up your environment for yourself and your employees, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a consultation.

Contact Ann Marie Casey Photography for all your photography needs or visit her website:  AMCPhotographyStudios.com.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .