Home Office How-to
Working from home can be hard at times... Don't get me wrong, there are definitely perks - you can decorate anyway your heart desires and paint using whatever color you'd like, the commute is awesome, and if you get hungry, snacks are just a few steps away in the refrigerator. However having a home office can also be tricky. Home offices can easily get messy, there tends to be no definition between work and personal life, etc. We asked Rosa Beltran, founder of one of our favorite LA-based interior design firms Rosa Beltran Design, about her own home office. She not only works from home but has managed to create a chic, serene, inspirational space. Based in Silver Lake, Rosa draws inspiration for her interiors from the array of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and incorporates them into her high/low aesthetic. We knew she would be a great person to ask about decorating a home office!
1. As someone who works from home, what advice do you have for those about to create a home office?
Ideally a home office is dynamic, inspiring, and uber-organized! Even though you're technically staying at home when you "go to work," you don't want to feel confined, stuck, or bored by that prospect...so make your office an inspiring space for you to walk into. I like to use color and imagery that invigorates and inspires me. And it shouldn't be all work and no play...make sure to surround yourself with a few little favorite things "just because." A scented candle, pretty desktop picture frames, or a beautiful bowl for paperclips... All these touches make your space feel personal and inviting.
2. Your studio is beautiful
organized. Any storage ideas for small spaces?
I cannot overstate the power of good organization in a home office. You're not going to want to live/work in a space that is chaotic or oppressive... Plus there are so many great office accessories these days that make it easy AND stylish to be organized! Little lacquer boxes, lucite trays and pen cups, even colorful staplers and tape dispensers can be a fun design statement. You can corral the "mess" within trays, boxes, and unique little bowls. And it helps to repeat a couple of unifying colors again and again throughout the space, which will make it feel pulled together and look tidy to the eye.
3. Your interior design style is eclectic, chic and unique... Who are your favorite designers? I have a huge penchant for mixing high and low, modern and vintage, classic and eclectic pieces for that layered, collected look that makes you feel like a room is telling an interesting story. I don't really like a purely modern aesthetic, but overly traditional is too stuffy and boring also, so you've got to strike just the right balance between the two. Some of my favorite designers doing this are Nate Berkus, Windsor Smith, and Nick Olsen.
4. Any tips on colors, patterns or popular trends?
I'm already having fun with emerald green,
. I'm upholstering a set of mid-century dining chairs in emerald velvet which will infuse quite a kick of color into a client's beautiful 1920s dining room full of traditional architecture and moldings. Like I said, I love to juxtapose modern and traditional! I'm also seeing a return to more florals and flowing, organic patterns, replacing the geometric prints we've been saturated with for the past few years.
*photography by BETHANY NAUERT