Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Years lived in: 5 years
The Time’s recently included Erin Loechner’s blog, Design for Mankind in its roundup of the top 50 design blogs in the world. A nice pat on the back for a woman who has been blogging hard about design and art since 2006. In her spare time Loechner also tracks the progress of her own home renovation on HGTV.com. Here we talked to her about her workspace.
When you set up your home office what did you have to keep in mind? Were there any particular obstacles to overcome? For my home office, I really just wanted a casual environment in which I was surrounded by things I love. One important part of our office is our bench seating for guests and/or our dogs. Our pups are a huge part of our lives and I love watching them nap throughout the day.
Describe your style? How would you define your aesthetic? My style changes super often, but I’d say it’s currently best described as casual and eclectic with a fairly Swedish slant. I’m a huge fan of creating spaces that inspire, yet calm the mind.
How do you keep your work space organized? Hidden storage! I keep a giant credenza (pictured below) for mailing supplies, stationery and miscellaneous paperwork. For open storage, I like to keep wire baskets, ball jars and vintage bowls to hold magazines and miscellaneous office supplies.Uten.silo (white!) for nearly a year now. Organized chaos is my favorite form of storage. I’m also on the hunt for a tall industrial storage cart to display my collection of design books. Right now they’re gathering dust in our credenza!
What would you change about your work space? Nothing at all; it’s completely perfect for me. I’ve even installed a paper towel holder underneath my desktop for frequent desktop lunch spills!
What inspires you? Art, weather, wise women, history and success stories. Coffee is pretty high up there, as well.