A Proper Workspace
One of the biggest challenges of any workspace is finding the right balance between function and inspiration. This is especially true for home-based entrepreneurs who are juggling the daily operation of a business against the many distractions of home.
When my husband and I started our home-based business, Revived Interiors, we operated the business out of whatever space we deemed non-essential for our day-to-day life. While this worked, it wasn’t exactly conducive to overall productivity. As the business grew, we become increasingly aware of the importance of having a well-designed and functional workspace. Preparing to take our home based business to the next level we decided it was time to finally turn what was once our formal dining room into a formal office. We needed a proper space that allowed us to not only be well organized and fully operational, but also inspired our individual talents and creativity – key to a successful business.
Since Brent and I share the same office, it was important that we each have our own individually designed space. This created a challenge since our taste in office décor is very different. I needed to figure out a way to blend our different themes while still maintaining a cohesive feel.
Fortunately, Ingersoll is home to some great shops operated and staffed by people who truly care about their clients’ needs. I not only received expert advice but was able to purchase all but one item needed to complete the transformation. I would like to thank Rietta, Maria and Christina of Rietta’s Design and Décor Centre, Lisa of Dwell and Nicole of Floral Occasions for sharing your excellent design suggestions. Your input gave me the direction I needed to not only select the right pieces, but also how to properly display them. I successfully created two personalized workspaces and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. Mission Accomplished!
To see the final results, check out our before and after pictures. If you’re interested in any of the pieces you see, read below to find out where to purchase.
African Horizon purchased at Rietta’s Décor and Design Centre. This picture reminds us of our adventure in Africa and we knew it would be the perfect piece to blend our existing décor items brought back from our trip, which include the beautiful handcrafted carving received as a special gift and seen hanging on the wall beside Brent’s desk.
Vase and floral arrangement purchased at Rietta’s Décor and Design Centre. The very talented Christina magically put this piece together in store while we watched.
Antique-style 30-minute timer:
Purchased at Rietta’s Décor and Design Centre. This is my favourite find! Note: Always leave room in your design budget for that one piece you didn’t know you wanted until you seen it!
Purchased at Dwell. I fell in love with these pretty vases as soon as I spotted them. Immediately after purchasing, I headed straight to Floral Occasions and had Nicole complete the elegant display.
These awesome displays were purchased at Rietta’s Décor and Design Centre.
Birdcage Candle Holder:
A last minute purchase from Floral Occasions was the perfect piece to complete the look!
The two crates used were suggested by Lisa of Dwell as a way to create height. I purchased these at Home Depot for $10 each and stained them black to match the décor.