Designing with Carol’s: Study Time

Abby McIntyre

Happy autumn, friend! Welcome to the season of happy harvests, pumpkin patch adventures with loved ones, and sipping spiced ciders by the fire. By now the kids are back in school and everyone has settled into their routine. Between balancing dance recitals and soccer games with your own workload, it’s important to have a space that is uniquely your own to take care of your work. No need to fret, friend, as we’ve been thinking about it for you in this busy season and have a few tricks and treats up our sleeve to help you create the perfect office space for you to accomplish your goals.

Whether you work from home on a daily basis or take your work home with you on occasion, a key element of your study or office space is a comfortable chair. Depending on your style, this could be anything from a sleek ergonomic design to fit your contemporary home or a plush upholstered piece with a pattern that perfectly showcases your personality. Perhaps you have an old upholstered chair that’s seen its better days but cannot find anything that compares to it in terms of comfort. Try reupholstering it to give it new life. Investing in a comfortable chair for your office space will save you as you pour over reports or dream up the perfect solution for your clients. The perfect chair helps you feel comfortable and at ease in your space which increases your productivity.

Next, emphasize any natural light you have in this space. Letting the sunlight stream through your windows will boost your mood and taking breaks to gaze out at the view will relax you as you work on your projects. Don’t let them go bare though, friend. These windows deserve to be dressed to their best! Whether you prefer the look of full lavish draperies or a simpler style of soft shades, dressing your windows can tie your entire room together. If you choose to have pattern in your upholstered chair, try going with a solid drapery or vice versa. With the differing textures and colors offered by both custom draperies and soft shades, there is sure to be something to suit your style. The possibilities are endless!

Your dream study is almost complete, friend. All that’s left is to tackle is the organizational aspect of the space. If you do not have any built-in shelves in the space, you are in luck! Installing floating shelves above your desk area will give you a clean design while also keeping your supplies neat and organized. This simple addition to your study can dramatically change the space in the best of ways. These shelves are one of the trendiest ways to stay organized this season friend.

So, fall into this season of productivity and joy as you create an inspiring home office space to fit your needs. Here at Carol’s we would love to help you upholster that perfect chair or dream up window coverings suitable for this new study of yours. Come see us at our showroom at 535 S. Locust Street, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call us at 940-565-8337 to set up your design appointment! Happy designing friends!