Emily Leary from A Mummy Too takes time out of her busy schedule to tell us more about how to build a soothing workspace.
We recently asked over 2,000 freelancers and business owners on their work-life balance, providing a fascinating picture of entrepreneurial working patterns in the UK.
As part of the survey we have been speaking with some of the the UK’s most loved blogs to discover how to create a workspace that works for you. So without further ado, over to Emily..
Tell us a bit about your workspace and why it works for you
As I work from home, it’s really important to me that my workspace is tidy and calm. I share the office with my husband Mark so the fitted shelves make the best use of the recesses either side of the chimney breast.
They’re my shelves on the right and his on the left! I got the little script covered boxes to keep paperwork out of sight, but still organised enough for me to keep on top of before they eventually migrate to the filing cabinet on the other side of the room.
I love the sofa on the back wall of our office. It gives me somewhere to retreat to with a cuppa and my notepad when I need a break from the computer but still want to remain work-focused.
How does your workspace reflect your personality?
I knew as soon as we started planning the space that I wanted lots of pictures on the walls, and that I wanted the style to be eclectic. There are vintage pieces, mannequins, family photos, keepsakes and pieces of Mark’s art. It really is a reflection of both my personality and that of our family and makes me feel really comfortable in the space.
As my desk faces the wall, I chose a peacock-themed wallpaper. The rooms is otherwise very white, with lots of straight lines, which I love, but the feature wall warms it up and feels very ‘me’.
What are your top tips for creating the ultimate workspace?
Think practical first. How are you going to make the most of your space with furniture so that everything has a home and you can avoid unnecessary clutter.
Next, think about light, we fitted blinds to the bay window behind Mark’s desk, which means we can open them during the day and let in loads of light without feeling like we’re on display. Finally, think about colour. You don’t want to go overboard - staring at a bright green wall could get pretty old pretty fast - so think about neutrals, and then add accents that reflect your personality.
How does your workspace keep you calm and focused?
I always try to have fresh flowers on my desk as they’re a real feel-good sight to sit down to in the morning.
I try to keep my desk clear and have a notepad for every occasion. Being organised in my space helps me stay focussed.