I’ve been working from home for a few years now as a luxury travel writer and photographer, and one of the biggest things that help me stay productive and keeps me crossing things off my very long to-do list each day, is having an organized office space. My home office tour is one of my most requested blog posts, so I’m hoping that my office/closet area inspires you to carve a little corner, desk, or room for yourself at home to make a space that’s all your own, so that you can work from home, focus on schoolwork, or pursue your passion in a place that’s entirely your own.
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I wanted my space to reflect my love of nature and travel, two things that I write about and photograph more than anything else, so I added more than a. dozen houseplants to my office. They create such a calm, welcoming, and tranquil environment, plus they freshen up the air, and help me feel as relaxed as I do when I’m exploring the great outdoors. Research even shows that plants help people feel more at peace, more focused, and more relaxed, so there was no excuse not to have a few of my green friends in my office with me.
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Reading is something I do often for work, whether it’s practicing another language, researching an area we are traveling to, a new novel, or just reading for pleasure. This little corner of my office features a vintage peacock chair, which is one of my favorite resale finds to date, with a few of my favorite sunhats hanging above. Next to it are more plants, of course, and I also added two stone lanterns, exactly like the ones commonly found in Japanese gardens, to remind me of my time in Japan, which was one of the best adventures I’ve been on thus far. In Japan, lanterns not only light the way to important places, generally at junctions or bridges, but they also symbolize finding beauty in everyday imperfection, which I always strive to do in my day to day life.
My closet area is where I store many of my clothes, organized by color. I rotate what’s hanging up based on the season. I’ve also stored my favorite Steamline Luggage in my closet, so on days where it’s difficult to keep pushing through stacks of emails, notifications, and deadlines, I can look over at these gorgeous cases and imagine where I might travel next. I’m not entirely sure why, but looking at my luggage collection really, really motivates me to keep editing, writing, and dreaming. The basket on the door of my closet holds my headbands, which makes it easy to get dressed in the morning, and the shelf above my clothing holds some of my shoes and handbags.
My bookshelf doesn’t actually house any books (we have lots of other bookcases for storing books!). Instead, the top shelf holds a sansevieria plant and a trailing pothos plant, some of my favorite hair accessories, my perfume collection and some jewelry, and a box of hair ribbons. Next to this is another plant, my bird of paradise, which rests on a rattan tray, and a rattan mini-armoire which holds my camera equipment.
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Finally, my desk is, of course, where I do nearly all of my work from editing and planning to writing and sharing the content I create. I absolutely love my riviera chair, because it reminds me of the chairs commonly found in cafés across Europe. Sometimes when I’m working, and a nice breeze comes through my window, I like to put on a café jazz station on Spotify and pretend I’m doing my work outside of a café somewhere in France or Italy. It really makes the day go by faster! When I’m not taking a mental vacation, I like to listen to music from the places I’m writing about or hope to visit someday soon, whether it’s something upbeat like “Hanoi” by Grillabeats, Spanish guitar music, or Japanese Garden ASMR, I like to listen to things that act as inspirational background noise, without lyrics.
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