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FORM + FUNCTION: Home Office Musts
Add stylish design to your home office space without losing function.
The laundry room, mudroom and home office carry a lot of weight in the average household. Not only do they play an essential role for most families; they probably don’t get the planning attention they really deserve. Interior designer Lauren Clements gives us tips and tricks to refresh our home office spaces. At Cottages &... Keep Scrolling
Written by JICKIE TORRES
Photography by ERIN COMERFORD


The laundry room, mudroom and home office carry a lot of weight in the average household. Not only do they play an essential role for most families; they probably don’t get the planning attention they really deserve. Interior designer Lauren Clements gives us tips and tricks to refresh our home office spaces.

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White cabinetry in a home office with a rattan styled chair next to a woven shoulder bag.
A big design tip that adds a lot of impact is recessed lighting,” Lauren says. “I know, not exciting, but I promise you will thank me later. Under-cabinet LED tape is also a really powerful way to get task lighting but also to highlight items on open shelving.”

Here are Lauren’s tips for adding stylish design to an office space without losing function. So, are you ready to rework your home office space? Here are her top tips.

1. Cute paper organizers are a simple but super-effective tool. Finding a cute basket or letter organizer is really important, so you can still see everything, but everyone else doesn’t have to see messy piles. Plus, this will help you know where everything is. If you don’t have a lot of surface space, consider a wall-hanging piece at eye level.

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Shared desk space in a home office, with upholstered stools and a white chandelier and blue cabinetry.
Courtesy of Lauren Nicole Design

2. Lighting is so important! If you have a space for under-cabinet lighting, LED tape is my absolute fave because you don’t have to have a lamp out, and it is so energy efficient and makes great task lighting. If you do have a lamp on a desk, just make sure it is the right scale. Have fun with it, and make it the statement piece of your space. Lamps are jewelry!

Intimate home office space with apple desktop computer, wooden desk and chair and framed and matted atlas print hanging above it.
Courtesy of Lauren Nicole Design

3. Use a calendar. If you can see it, it will happen! At least that’s how I work! Find a cute calendar, either weekly or monthly, desktop or hanging on the wall, whatever works for your family. I love the idea of a dry-erase option so you can quickly add notes or erase tasks for that sense of accomplishment. Make sure it is the right scale (bigger is better!) and has a pretty frame or border or is a fun color that ties into your concept.

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