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Stylish and Stress-Free Home Offices

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Transforming a quiet corner of your house into an office is the best way to stay productive even in your own personal space. Home offices don’t have to echo the noise of the corporate world. A well-designed personal workstation can follow the efficient layout of professional offices, but it can also suit your own style of working to keep stress at bay. Balsam Hill gives you five decorating tips for a stylish yet stress-free home office:

Tip #1: Streamline Your Station

You can have office items within reach while keeping your space clutter-free. The first step towards a more productive environment is to plan the layout of the room, beginning with where you place your desk and how you arrange the items around it. As the focal point of your office, your desk should blend form with functionality. Do away with office tables that simply take up too much room but offer very little storage. Instead, have one custom-made to fit a corner to allow you to move around and maximize every inch of your office space. Arrange shelves, cabinets, and drawers according to your routine. File away folders for time-sensitive tasks in easily accessible drawers beside you. Books and other references can be placed on shelves.


Contemporary Home Office by New Rochelle Closet & Home Storage Designers transFORM | The Art of Custom Storage

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

5 Tips for Finding Design Inspiration

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In our own homes, we surround ourselves with elements that warm our hearts and evoke our fondest memories. Almost instinctively, our eyes are drawn to décor whose color, shape, pattern, texture and luminosity create meaning for us and inspire admiration.

The challenge in home decorating is not simply to populate your space with an assortment of objects that only serve a function. It is also about combining elements that hold significance in your life. How do you find inspiration? Here are five simple tips.

5 Tips for Finding Design Inspiration
Lemon Tree Wood Painting from Balsam Hill

1. Build Ideas around a Classic Color Palette

The personality of your dwelling place radiates through its color fusions. To stimulate design ideas for home interiors, go beyond mundane paint selections that clutter your mind, and opt for classic earth tones that suggest a feeling of serenity. It is much easier to incorporate fascinating home décor when the color foundation of a room is subtle.

Even if you opt for walls with a muted palette, such as beige or grey, you can liven up the space with a striking yet sophisticated accent piece, such as Balsam Hill’s Lemon Tree Wood painting, with its ebony and golden hues signifying boldness and elegance.

2. Make It Personal

You can blend your own luxurious style with the design of each room by looking through your collection of wardrobe, accessories, and even mementos.

Little odds and ends, such as souvenirs, not only tell the story of your travels but are also charming additions to otherwise lifeless corners of the home.

Perhaps you were inspired by the fabric texture of a favorite coat and would love to replicate its rich feeling in your living space. You can accent your sofa with throw pillows that give you a hint of a similar fabric.

These traces of your personality enhance not only the aesthetics of the room but the sentimental value it holds.

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