Alicia's Vibrant Yet Calm Home Office

Alicia's Vibrant Yet Calm Home Office

Gregory Han
Mar 16, 2010

Name: Alicia Friedmann
Location: Long Beach, California
Size: 11'x12' plus the 3'x8' closet

How would you describe your office? My home office inspires me. I designed it to be place where I can be the most efficient, creative and productive. The office captivates me, beckons me to enter, and tempts me not to leave. This way I am completely engrossed in my work and continually motivated to best serve my clients. The walls are covered in Benjamin Moore Caribbean Blue Water, the color of my personal utopia. The vibrant color is at-once stimulating and calming, transporting my mind to the ideal mental state for working. I love each accessory on the shelves and each piece of art on the walls. Each collectible has a story and plays a role in making me smile while running my business.

In terms of layout and organization of your work space, what are specific details that you're particularly proud of? I am particularly proud about the amount of functional storage I have in my office. I consider anything I have, but that I cannot access or find, as-good-as-lost. That is why each item has its specific place in my office- be it in a drawer, in a decorative box, or on a shelf. I love the open shelving in my office. I find the aesthetic of the clean white bookcases with the open in contrast to the deep turquoise of the walls behind quite captivating. It gives each item a bold presence on the shelves while making everything easy to access.

Because I am a big fan of efficiency, I utilize a mobile and accessible filing system (instead of clunky metal filing cabinets). I even enjoy the look of the containers-it grounds the room.

What's on your desk/computer desktop at this moment? The desk is the perfect size to house my computer, pad of paper, writing and drawing tools, and the rest of my organizational system. My computer is an HP 26"w laptop. I use a wireless mouse. It sits on what I have found to be the best mouse pad, a leather swatch. AutoCAD, Photoshop, QuickBooks, links to all my email accounts, Word, Excel and Wordpress are all on my desktop.

Any tips or advice about office décor, layout or organization? My printer/fax/scanner sits on its own table beside my desk. This is an ideal arrangement because it is still close to me, so I can access it while sitting at my desk chair. Yet it is on its own table, so the desk does not shake when the machine is in use.

In a room this size, the best way to hide the wires is to have the tables which house the electronic equipment lay with their backs to the walls. In my office the wires run behind the desk, fax/printer table and filing containers to the outlets. This way there is no visible wire anywhere alone the floor.

Resources I will admit I began the design of this room on a budget. The desk, desk lamp and bookcases are from Ikea. The filing containers are from Staples. I used the majority of my budget on the rest of the touches. The desk chair is a Herman Miller Aeron Chair, the printer table is Barclay Butera, and the sitting chair is one I had restored. The accessories in the room are from Anton Gallery, Global Views, Two's Company, Soicher-Marin, Noir, and other favorite places.

The computer is from Costco, printer/fax/scanner from Staples and the router is Verizon Fios.

Thanks Alicia for sharing your space.

[Photos: Johnny Santo Domingo]

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