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How to Make Your Home Office Work

Feature: Long Read
Words By Emilie Dock

There’s an art to curating the perfect home office, especially in this zeitgeist. Now the epicentre of life and work, it should mimic the way your mind works – through trays for compartmentalising projects, wall space for mood boards, or moveable parts to suit multiple roles. Not forgetting that to truly inspire or be inspired, we need to be surrounded by things that make us happy. Here, our experts share their top tips, likes and loves.

Letitia

“I am all for personalising your work space. It helps to create a sense of purpose and expectation. I have a leather writing mat embossed with my initials, which I’ve paired with a Graf Von Faber-Castell leather desk set. Then there’s the space itself. Choose your colour scheme wisely: I’ve painted my home office in rich green with zesty yellow accents – a palette I find both fresh and comfortable.”

Letitia Fitzgibbon, head of Harrods Interiors

“A work space needs to tick several boxes: it should be expressive, help you focus and be full of intrigue and inspiration.”

Letitia

Cattelan Italia Cocoon Keramik Desk

“I am all for personalising your work space. It helps to create a sense of purpose and expectation. I have a leather writing mat embossed with my initials, which I’ve paired with a Graf Von Faber-Castell leather desk set. Then there’s the space itself. Choose your colour scheme wisely: I’ve painted my home office in rich green with zesty yellow accents – a palette I find both fresh and comfortable.”

Define Your Workspace


"If you’re in an open-plan setting use an etagère or bookcase to create a subtle distinction. I love the Drizzle bookshelf by Galotti & Radice for its simplicity, while Myria by Porada can be configured to fit any size."

Louise Parker, wellness guru

“Natural light plays a huge role in making my office feel spacious and free. I like to gaze out the window to reflect and re-energise. I also have framed photographs of the family and girls. It’s nice to have a reminder of the world outside of work! Try to keep your desk (and life) clutter-free. Look around your office. If anything makes your heart sink, get rid of it. Unsubscribe from non-essential emails, leave unnecessary WhatsApp groups and unfollow what doesn’t serve you.”

Louise Parker

"I answer emails at my desk. I read and coach on a sofa. I’ve dedicated a corner for home workouts. It’s not a ‘conventional’ office, but it works for me!"

Louise Parker

Ligne Roset Litho Desk

Desktop Must-Haves


"A beautiful crystal class for my lemon-infused water, a Smythson notepad for endless jotting and a sumptuous cashmere throw for times when I crave comfort. Last but not least: my all-time favourite By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm."

Amy Broomfield

Ligne Roset Tanis Desk

“I work in a space I share with my family, so I’ve had to consider its many uses . I chose a deep-tan colour that works brilliantly in natural light but also under the soft glow of a desk lamp. I’ve created a reading zone, a play space with boxes for toys and, finally, my ‘office’ with a stylish mid-century-style desk that anchors the room but doesn’t dominate it.”

Amy Broomfield, Lifestyle Editor

“I very much subscribe to the tidy-desk-tidy-mind idea. And if my workspace is how I want it to look aesthetically, I am more likely to keep it neat.”

Amy Broomfield

“I work in a space I share with my family, so I’ve had to consider its many uses . I chose a deep-tan colour that works brilliantly in natural light but also under the soft glow of a desk lamp. I’ve created a reading zone, a play space with boxes for toys and, finally, my ‘office’ with a stylish mid-century-style desk that anchors the room but doesn’t dominate it.”

Dress Your Desk


"I’ve decorated my desk with things I love: a pin board with project ideas, vintage prints, a brass desk lamp and a candle with a minty fragrance to awaken the mind. Like any writer, I also treasure well-made stationery, from leather-bound notebooks to trays to hold my jewellery while I’m typing."

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