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Tips for Designing Your Home Office

by Valyrie Ellis, Realtor,GRI,MRP,SRES 10/06/2019

If you are working from home or considering starting a new business at home, a home office is essential for what you do. But you don't have to break into a bank to create your own home office; you can instead use the things that you find affordable or readily available to creatively come up with something that is functional and effective for you.

  • Use Sunlight to your advantage: Place your desk and chair in front of a window and watch your creativity blossom. You are probably going to spend a large chunk of your time here, so you want to be as comfortable as possible. The window view also gives you an opportunity to take in the outdoors every other minute and reduce eye fatigue.
  • Give the walls a new look: Don't just paint the walls, paint them a color that suits you. What kind of color expresses your style and will increase your productivity?
  • Find a comfortable chair: That goes without saying. Don't sacrifice function for form. The chair design you saw on Pinterest may look great in photographs but may be bad for your back with long-term usage. You want to make sure that you have a chair that is ergonomically correct 
  • Add some touch of greenery: For some reason, plants make the atmosphere of any room feel better, so you should add some greenery to make the office more comfortable for you. Look out for plants that you don’t have to water every day, that way nothing dies in your absence.
  • Make the space personal: Frame up some of your favorite quotes for the wall, or place pictures of your family on your work desk. Make it as distinctive as possible, so that it reflects you and your style in every way. Choose accessories that will add to the feeling of comfort you want to recreate. 
  • Put the little spaces to efficient use: You are probably not going to have as much space as a regular corporate office, so you should aim to take every advantage of available space. Use floating shelves to keep papers and office equipment away from your desk. You can get a basket to hold all your working files and to-do lists instead.

Whatever intentions you had for setting up your office at home, make sure it’s something more than a regular chair and table set up in the guest bedroom. You want to be as comfortable and at ease, as you can be. You also want your workspace to inspire productivity and be presentable enough to stage an official meeting if/when the need arises. Visit your local home improvement store for bargains on items that you may need

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Valyrie Ellis, Realtor,GRI,MRP,SRES

Val has been a premier and award-winning real estate agent in Frederick County for more than 25 years and has called Frederick County home for 30 years. She has witnessed and weathered the ups and downs of the real estate market, so whether you are a buyer, seller, investor, or need assistance leasing your property, Val can provide you with all the resources and information you need to make your real estate transaction as stress-free and easy as possible. Val works with buyers and sellers in all of Frederick and Washington Counties. Living in the Historic District of Downtown Frederick, she is very familiar with the history of our town, as well as what makes it such a fun and special place to live! As a Military spouse of 20 years, she is both familiar with, and can empathize with our Military families during their PCS move. She holds the MRP (Military Relocation Professional) designation. Val's other specialty designations are SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and GRI designation, (Graduate of Realtor Institute), which is only possessed by less than 10% of all agents nationwide. Val is passionate about animals, in particular dogs, and is a board member and very active member of Tara's House dog rescue. She can help you and your furry family members find the perfect place to call home. Val will "Cover all the bases" to get you and your fur friends HOME!