The Design for Mankind Home Office

The Design for Mankind Home Office

Gregory Han
Jul 20, 2011

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 Here we talked to her about her workspace.

How long have you worked from home? And where is home? I've worked from home for almost five years and have called home both Los Angeles and, now, the Midwest. I currently live in Fort Wayne, IN in a house I'm renovating with my husband.

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.

In terms of obstacles, I have dozens and dozens of paintings and mixed media pieces I love to display. Rather than create an expensive framed gallery wall, my husband and I crafted an art shelf to hold our favorite pieces. It's a much more affordable solution and I love that the shelf means each piece can be displayed temporarily and switched out every few months.

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.

Is there any piece of home office furniture you covet right now? I've been craving a 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 desk accessory can't you do without? My desktop calendar! I use Google Calendar most of the time, but I like having a desktop calendar for travel arrangements. I have eight speaking engagements in the next five weeks, so it's important I stay on top of my dates both in print and online.

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.

Originally published at Lifework by Cerentha Harris

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