Jennifer's Creative Closet Home Office

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Name: Jennifer Jones
Location: Baldwin, Wisconsin
Size: Closet-sized office (just completed last August)

Once upon a time, Jennifer and her husband worked together to create a stylish dedicated basement home office, an organized area for her blogging, photo editing, professional work and where she was just hatching plans for a home organization business. The computer and crafting area was what many would consider a perfect home office...perfect, until a storm caused significant flooding. Jennifer had to abandon the basement area, but being the resourceful type, she was able to envision another home office in much tighter confines: inside a small closet.

We'd argue her new home office is more impressive than the first, being a glowing example of optimized and organized utility, all with a glamorous sheen, thanks to a lovely wallpaper selection and complementing accessories. Her new home office may be small, but it's certainly big on style!

AT Survey:

My/our style: Eclectic, fresh, slightly cottage-y combined with a sprinkle of traditional.

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: I needed to create a workspace that had function yet was pleasant to be in since I would be spending many hours each day utilizing the space. Adding the wallpaper instantly made it feel like a room vs. a closet, which is what I was working to achieve.

Favorite element in your space: Absolutely the wallpaper. It set the tone for the entire project.

Biggest challenge in designing my space: Fitting so much storage into such a small space. Really maximizing the vertical space and space below the desk to store all of our files and my craft supplies.

Here's the previous home office Jennifer had to abandon due to a basement flooding, forcing her to devise her creative new space.

What friends say about my space: Oooh-la-la! It’s definitely been a great source of conversation when we have gatherings at our home. Many have found ideas and inspiration from the small space.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: In respect to the closet office, installing wallpaper for the first time, building the desk in, adding an outlet and drilling holes into the top of the desk for wires. In respect to our home, the conversion of the closet into the home office and our custom media shelving setup (shown above).

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: The wallpaper, from The Wallpaper Company(Sea Breeze Large Floral Trail). It was $60 per roll x 2.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: Go wireless when you can. We also plug all of our computer items {external hard drive, printer, etc..}, into a USB hub so that we can just run 1 single cord up to the laptop when necessary. Also, media boxes are great storage items in a small closet office, they can store anything from media to craft supplies and stack and keep a clean and organized feel.

Resources

Home Tech Hardware:

  • Lenovo Think Pad Laptop
  • Logitech Mouse
  • HP Photosmart All In One Printer
  • External hard drive
  • USB hub
  • Wireless router

Furniture: White Stacking Chair, Jetmax Modular Storage Craft Storage Bins

Accessories: IKEA Ribba & Clips Picture Frames, and Monogrammed Mug from Anthropologie

Lighting: Pivoting Swing-Arm Pin-up Lamp

Organizing Tools/Accessories:IKEA KASSETT Storage Boxes, Synchronicity Stockholm Office Storage Boxes, mason jars, Kikkerland Ceramic Egg Crate, IKEA PERSIKA White Vase, Spice Tins, Wire Stationary Holder from HomeGoods, Rail with White Cups, White Patterned Wall Bins from Target.

Additional Elements: The Wallpaper Company Sea Breeze Large Floral Trail Wallpaper

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Photos by Jennifer Jones


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