Posts

An Organized Home Office for Any Room Size

By Bill Kahn, Custom Closet Professional and former Vice President of Symmetry Closets.

Let’s face it… in the days of smart phones, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, the work day doesn’t stop when we get home.

We all have projects or tasks that we need to do in the “off hours.” Many of us have started our own home-based businesses, or perhaps we telecommute a few days a week. More so, when the day is done, almost all of us need a dedicated workspace in our homes where we can “drop off” all the dead weight. Now at this point in our thought-process is where we start to think we just don’t have the space. This is how our dining room and kitchen tables become our home office space. Eventually, it may graduate to a small writing desk or card table in an unused corner. Our filing system consists of piles of paperwork and folders strewn about the table and any other nearby surface. We end up eating in front of the TV since there’s no room at the table. Our paperwork and bills are out in front of us all the time, the work day never truly ends and we’re always stressed-out. We think we don’t have the space to put it all away without misplacing it. Well, we’re wrong. Custom Home Office Design A home office doesn’t need to be a separate room with a door that closes us off from the rest of the world. A good work space can be a small surface that can fit the laptop, has some filing space and room for office supplies. Maybe there’s even room for a printer, but the important thing is to have someplace to put it all when we’re done with our day.

An organized office needs:

  • A file cabinet. Most of us only need one drawer.
    • Box up anything over a year old and put in a closet or other storage area.
    • Or scan your documents for electronic filing (back up often to a separate device).
    • Remember to go through and shred any personal financial documents over seven years old. (Business owners should keep those for ten years.)
  • A drawer for pens, paper clips, power cords and other small office supplies.
  • Maybe a closed cabinet with a slide-out shelf for the printer.
  • Space for extra paper, pads, binders and books.
A custom designed work-station eases stress and creates an escape in the home that we never realized possible. We all need to relax, and putting the work day away is one of the best ways to start.

OUR FEATURED DESIGNER Anne Marie Virgilio, Interiors by Anne Marie

Anne Marie

How Symmetry Closets and Anne Marie Virgilio Began a Design Collaboration:

Anne Marie met us at Symmetry Closets through The Interior Design Society, Long Island Chapter, about two years ago – she was looking for custom closet design services to pair with her interior design projects. Since we’re both part of the same design-focused trade group, we work well together–it was a perfect fit. We originally met at a local IDS meeting – she had a project with Symmetry Closets in mind. Anne Marie met with one of our closet designers at her project site, where we worked out the design concept with her and developed plans and 3D renderings to discuss with the client. We’ve collaborated on several projects since.
About Anne Marie

Anne Marie Virgilio, of Interiors by Anne Marie, has established a reputation among her clients for her timeless and sophisticated interior design for the home. Anne Marie has a talent of combining classic style with modern elegance. Her vast experience in the study of color is evident throughout her design schemes and wide range of interior design services.

With over 2 decades of experience, Anne Marie takes the time to listen to what her clients’ needs are and is able to implement their vision into a dream come true. She oversees every aspect of the project and takes her client from inspiration to installation. Interiors by Anne Marie is a full-service design firm. Anne Marie is an associate member of the Interior Design Society.

INTERIORS BY ANNE MARIE

OUR FIRST FEATURED PROJECT-Playful and Practical

Photography by Nicole Larson
Kids, play area, symmetry closets, custom built ins, white cabinets, organized space, organized kids area, custom bench

The Kids Room-Converts to Home Entertainment Concept

This family has young children who required a centralized play space. We repurposed this area, between the living room & kitchen, to become a beautiful kids room, with toy storage space—with the ability to quickly put away toys behind doors and in drawers, and still stay organized. There’s a window seat, shelving for toys and books, and more. All with elegant shaker style cabinets and crown molding.

Symmetry closets, custom storage, white cabinets, custom kids storageChildren Grow Up So Fast

Of course, one day soon the children will no longer need this play space next to the family room & kitchen. What then? Anne Marie commissioned the proportions of the shorter wall unit to be a suitable future buffet and dry bar area. A simple change-out of the playful knobs, some decorative items on the counter surface, and this kid’s play area becomes a sophisticated home entertainment area.

symmetry closets, custom built ins, custom bench, organized kids area, kids play area, kids toy optionsWhy Custom Built-Ins?

As you can see in this image, built-in cabinets are the most efficient way to fit storage into narrow spaces—because you don’t even need to leave space for the base trim! Consider built-in wall storage for a hallway or a narrow dining room. We added the decorative side panels here to harmonize with the formal dining room to the right.

OUR SECOND FEATURED PROJECT-New World Home Office, Old World Elegance

Photography by Nicole Larson

                                        Efficient, Compact Office Space Planning

Symmetry closets, custom desk, custom home office, custom built ins, work area, custom design The client needed a handsome and functional home office work environment, easy to clean up and comfortable enough to work in all day. Anne Marie combined all her client’s needs into this efficient space using some tricks:
  • The room isn’t that big but the ceiling is tall. Running the custom office cabinets to the ceiling with crown molding makes this small home office seem huge.
  • Deep home office desk with shallower upper storage cabinets keep the tall unit feeling light despite the medium wood tone.

symmetry closets, custom home office, custom built ins, custom deskHome Office Organization Tip:

It’s so important to keep the home office from taking over the home—keep clutter at bay and invite serenity into the space. Cabinet doors and drawers are necessary to keep a home office neat, and open shelves keep it visually airy with pretty mementos and collectables feeling right at home. INTERIORS BY ANNE MARIE Website: www.amvdesigns.com Cell: 516-241-8094 HOUZZ: https://www.houzz.com/pro/amvdesigns/interiors-by-anne-marie—anne-marie-virgilio IDS

How to Add Style and Function to Your Home Office

Learn how to make your home office look more “home” than “office.”

Not so long ago, when someone wanted a home office, it was envisioned to be in dark wood tones with traditional styling. It was masculine in feeling – heavy and sturdy – and in a separate room of its own. Nowadays, many of us work from home from time to time. When people want a home office now, they want a more modern functionality. The home office is often in the center of the home; close enough to keep an eye on the kids, to listen for the dryer to buzz, or to stir the pot on the stove. Multi-tasking and computers have changed the way we work and live. And the style has changed, too. In many homes, it’s lighter and more streamlined, to blend with the style of the home. Sometimes people ask for help figuring out how to harmonize a new home office space with the rest of the home. We put together the tips below—so house harmony can be easier for everyone to enjoy.
Home Office design, White shaker, white built ins, blue walls, custom home office

Collaboration with Wendy Interiors Inc. Photo by Peter Braune.

Give your home office some style

• Similar colors: The paint throughout the rooms is a soothing light blue. The cabinetry in the kitchen, living area, bathroom, laundry and office are all the same color and similar style. The furniture coordinates as well. No matter where you are in the home, you feel like you’re part of a larger whole space. • Style jives: The lines are simple and clean—from the furniture and lighting to the built-ins, the style in all the rooms is similar enough to feel calm and coordinated. The crown molding wrapping around the home office draws the eye up and around the space and adds a touch of character. • Strategic accents: The smooth-looking woodsy brown floors and the liquid glass sailboat in the office offer a soft contrast to the built-in desk units. The strong vertical and horizontal lines of the desk and cabinets are emphasized by the long door and drawer pulls—distinctive details in a simple palate.

Make your home office work for you

What if you don’t have the opportunity to re-design your entire living space at the same time? Work with what you have—where possible, harmonize colors and styles within your existing furniture and spaces. Add built-ins where you need them—they use your space to maximum efficiency, and can blend easily into multiple rooms in the home. Start one room at a time. Pick a room, budget for your upgrade and recruit the right service providers for the project. Get this room to be what you want the rest to become—and repeat one room at a time. Above all, your space should work for you. If you’re working from home, your home office should reflect your specific needs and personal taste. With style and function, the home office no longer needs to be isolated; if it’s truly customized to your family’s needs, it may just become the most used room in your home.
Press release via Hafele
  • Häfele brings innovation to the smart home space

  • From RGB and Multi-White strips to pucks and flat fixtures, Loox lights all

  • You can easily design with Loox. Or we can do the design work for you.

We describe Häfele’s Loox LED Lighting System in three simple terms—smart, easy and convenient. Whether it’s a fixture, puck or LED strip light, our products hold to that motto—and we think you’ll feel the same. Häfele is always thinking ahead, and with the addition of the Häfele Connect app, any current or future Loox lighting installation can be easily controlled by a Bluetooth enabled smartphone or tablet—a system like never before.
“The ability to control any Loox light from an app is a huge step forward into the connected home,” said Jeff Ratkus, category manager for Häfele. “This advance has a tremendous effect from the perspective of functionality and design as well as everyday livability and use.”
Now available in the Android and iOS app stores, the Häfele Connect app allows users to easily bring smart home technology to their home and work spaces. The app allows for real-time, programmed and customizable control of all Loox LED lighting fixtures and components through an easy to navigate and intuitive interface. Whether on a tablet or smartphone, the Häfele Connect App will make all current and future Loox LED installations smarter and enormously more functional.
Smart Home lighting, app controlled lights

Control lighting anywhere in your home

The combination of the Häfele Connect app and the Häfele BLE Box—the hardware that makes the magic possible—means that lighting in cabinets, drawers and cubbies in any space can be infinitely customized and personalized. Whatever the fixture, color temperature or color, it can be controlled with a simple swipe of the finger from your device. The Brightest, Boldest Kitchen Opening a drawer and having it immediately light up and then turn off when closed adds wow. As well as convenience and functionality. The same goes for pantries, cabinetry and any other darkened recess of the kitchen space. Under counter lights? Of course Loox can do that. All elements can be brought together to ensure years of brilliant, reliable and efficient performance for you and your customers.
Custom lighting, app controlled lighting, color changing lights, Hafele

With the addition of innovative switching options such as a Loox Push Button Dimmer or Loox Door Switch, you can add and control light in any scenario at any time

Know That Your Socks Match Your Outfit Being able to integrate Loox strip lighting, pucks and fixtures into closet designs is a game changer for you and your clients. With the range of color temperatures available with Loox, it means that colors on the hanger and in pull-outs and drawers are as true in your closet as they will be when you step outside. Every time. Have items you’d like to highlight or call attention to? Add a Loox Glass Edge Profile light for accent and awe. Shine the Light You Want Where You Want Whether it’s a child’s little league trophy case, your collection of top shelf spirits or the album collection you’ve tireless collated, Loox is an ideal system for illuminating your particular sources of pride and joy. With the addition of innovative switching options such as a Loox Push Button Dimmer or Loox Door Switch, you can add and control light in any scenario at any time. With plug and play installation, it’s also easy to place anywhere a standard outlet can be found or installed.