Styling my new home office with Houseology
I finally moved in to my new office this week. Although we actually finished decorating the space a few weeks ago I’d been waiting on a couple of pieces of furniture to arrive before unpacking my things from storage and really making the space my own. I’ll save the full room tour for another time because today I want to focus on one piece in particular.
Houseology is always one of my first ports of call whenever I’m looking for new furniture or lighting, so when they approached me a couple of months ago and invited me to collaborate with them on styling a piece of furniture for my new office it felt like a dream project to get involved with. I’ve been blogging for almost 9 years now and there’s hardly a day that goes by when I don’t remind myself how lucky I am to be doing this. I really love my job!
Although I had an office in our old house it was actually a room that just evolved into being my office over time. It also served as somewhere for us to store lots of stuff that we didn’t have room for elsewhere in the house so it never quite felt like a space that was completely mine. What a complete luxury it is then to have a room completely to myself here in the new house, and to be able to design and furnish it from scratch!
As well as a desk and plenty of storage I really wanted to incorporate lots of different surfaces that I can use for styling into my new office. When Houseology suggested this sideboard by USM I knew straight away that it would be perfect. I’ve visited the USM showroom in Clerkenwell so I was already familiar with the design. USM’s modular furniture system dates back to the 1960s but thanks to its clean, simple lines it still looks timelessly modern today rather than obviously retro like some other designs from the same era.
The cabinet doors and surfaces are made of powder coated steel which is available in a range of colours, although obviously I chose white! The chrome steel frame is held together with ball joint fixings and the hinges on the pull down cabinet doors, which are satisfyingly robust, have a pleasingly smooth action. Little details like this don’t go unnoticed. It’s a solidly crafted design that just exudes quality and really is built to last.
I love the quiet minimalism of this sideboard but it is also very practical. The cabinets are the perfect size for storing away files.
Although we’re using this cabinet in my office I think it would work just as well in a living room, a dining room or hallway - it could be styled in so many different ways. I wanted my home office to be a space that really reflects my style, a space where I can spread out and create moodboards and somewhere with room to accommodate some of my photography and creative projects and this piece of furniture enables me to do that. The room needs to be practical and functional and I wanted to try to keep it as minimal as possible, but at the same time I also wanted it to have a softness about it. I wanted to create a space that would look and feel a little more soulful than a typical office space.
I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a dedicated home office, but if you do work from home I think it’s important to carve out a little space that you can call your own, no matter how small it is, because it’s definitely true that you’re more productive if you’re working in a comfortable, stimulating environment that you enjoy spending time in. And if you’re looking to furnish your own workspace you’ll find lots of gorgeous designs to inspire you and help you turn a little corner of your home into a stylish creative space in the Designer Home Office range at Houseology.
The USM cabinet was kindly gifted by Houseology for the purpose of this post. You can find out more about the USM range at Houseology here.
All images by Helen Powell for Design Hunter.