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Believe it or not, we’re already looking at what stories will make it into the March issue of H&H. March! This is our annual organizing issue, which — along with the usual suspects for clutter and chaos: garages, play rooms, mudrooms, closets — often tackles the home office. With more and more people working from home, this is taking over as one of the most used rooms in the house, so it better be somewhere you want to spend time — a lot of time.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating New York Times

The beauty of the home office, besides being able to go to work in your pajamas, is that it doesn’t have to feel like an office. It can, and should, be highly personal. So if you love colour and pattern, pile it on.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating YSL

If the portrait on the inspiration board in this shot hasn’t already given it away, this was Yves Saint Laurent’s desk.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Desk

His trestle desk is timeless and a favourite design of mine. Even piled with papers, pictures and pencils, it looks airy and light.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Drew Barrymore

Mood boards like YSL’s and Drew Barrymore’s (above, first shown in Domino magazine) are also popular around the H&H offices as a quick way to personalize each space and get the creative juices flowing.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Board

This is my own, which keeps schedules, deadlines and inspiration in view.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Black

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Desk Shelf

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Bookshelf

The modern industrial look of New York design firm Roman and Williams seems tailor-made for today’s home office, especially if you’ll be entertaining clients and want the space to feel professional as well as personal.

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating

Photo Blog November 4 Home Office Decorating Closet

A small desk area, even one squeezed into a closet, can still feel motivating. Make space for personal objects, art and good lighting. The results will keep you focused and (since you’ll want to keep it looking good) organized. Now, stop reading blogs and get to work!

For more home office inspiration, check out our Home Organization Tricks photo gallery or Home Office Design Tips.

Photo credits:
1a. New York Times
1b. Benedict Canyon Residence, Burnham Design
2. Hedi Slimane, F.luxury.B
3. Lonny June/July 2010 issue, photography by Patrick Cline
4. Domino April 2008, photography by Stewart Shining, Drewbarrymore.com
5. Kimberley Brown
6-8. Roman and Williams
9. Emily Henderson
10. Lonny April/May 2010 issue, photography by David Land

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