A SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE HOME OFFICE

Is there any human being among us who didn't have to make adjustments so life would be more tolerable during this ongoing pandemic?

Much has already been said about all the changes we found ourselves bound to make, so let me cut to the chase since I prefer images over words: Covid-19 is here to stay for a while, pretty much everyone works from home, and this is a home office I've designed. It's an affordable, Scandinavian-style heaven and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

And the good news is you can do it yourself!

After: A Scandinavian home office for two

And this is how it originally looked, before the transformation:

Before: Nothing to see here

It's a small room, and in order for it to fit a home office for two and still feel airy and inviting I used a symmetrical layout, bright & neutral color scheme and natural materials.

If you wish to create the same look for your own home office (for under $620!), here's the list:

/1. Ingo pine table $79 /2. Retro office chair $299 /3. Alex drawer unit $129 /4. Wooden frame $47 /5. White cotton curtains $25 /6. Umbra or CB2 curtain rod from $20 /7. Desk lamp $13


The retro-style swivel office chair from Ikea was the most expensive item, so if you wish to lower the cost of this home office combination and make it even more affordable, here are some options for alternative office chairs that will fit well:

/1. Black swivel chair $59 /2. Pine swivel chair $59 /3. Upholstered swivel chair $199 /4. Conference chair $199

Yes, they are all from Ikea as well. What can I say, I have a weak spot for affordable Scandinavian design. How can I not? Look how stylish this home office combination looks, and it costs only $375!

You've probably noticed the wooden frame was left empty in my layout. You can find great affordable art prints on Society6, 20x200, inaluxe, Minted & of course Etsy.

/1. Mid century geometric print /2. Blossom print /3. Matisse poster /4. Painted Canyon /5. Old phone

You can also go extreme and choose the most minimalist, affordable option: 2 folded sheets of paper.

A modest office vignette: books, pencils, antiques and art

Next to the framed art, taped to the wall, is an inspiring excerpt from Lorri Gottlieb's book "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" made by the talented calligrapher Pretty_Simple_Writing:

"Peace. It doesn't mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart".

Now that will motivate you to work peacefully for at least 90 minutes, which is the vast time spread between your kids' snack time and lunch time. Good luck!


For more affordable rooms' layouts, check out my post Multifunctional & Affordable Rooms.


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