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Making an office a "home"

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
We just moved into our new offices downtown and I am wanting to start over with how to decorate mine.

This time around, I am really wanting to make it homey, livable, and inviting, without going overboard and pissing off the brass.

It is about 100 s.f. with cream walls and my desk/workspace is best described as gold (almost orange) pine. There is room for maybe a club chair, maybe a bar fridge and then there are two large walls for hanging stuff.

What do you have in your office that you can't live without? Any suggestions to make my workplace more intimate/comfortable? What colors should I look for in choosing art?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 7
I have two, and there is nothing in them that I can't walk away from. I mean I have nice furniture, wall hangings, and such, but they belong to my employer, not me. My stuff is kept to a minimum so that I can pack it quickly in one box, if needed. I used to have lots of personal things - paintings, rugs, etc. - in prior offices, but over the years I've learned to rely upon what my employer provides. I don't need to feel at home at work, but that maybe be just me.
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

I have two, and there is nothing in them that I can't walk away from. I mean I have nice furniture, wall hangings, and such, but they belong to my employer, not me. My stuff is kept to a minimum so that I can pack it quickly in one box, if needed. I used to have lots of personal things - paintings, rugs, etc. - in prior offices, but over the years I've learned to rely upon what my employer provides. I don't need to feel at home at work, but that maybe be just me.

Yep, what he said. I have a few family pictures and ink for my fountain pens, and that's just about it.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
I feel if I am going to spend most of my waking hours here that it makes sense to have some creature comforts. Maybe I am wrong and should adopt your guy's utilitarian approach.

"The principle of asceticism aestheticism never was, nor ever can be, consistently pursued by any living creature. Let but one tenth part of the inhabitants of the earth pursue it consistently, and in a day's time they will have turned it into a Hell." - Bentham wink.gif
post #5 of 7
Is your position at this job secured?

If it is not, I wouldn't spend too much money on stuff, get a ergonomic desk/chair and put up pictures you like.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
The position is secured, they provided me with an ergo chair, a standup desk, a yoga ballchair, etc.

They also give me $ to spend to make my office suit me better.
post #7 of 7
The best things to make an office "homey" are personal touches. Some photographs and/or pieces of art, plants, lamps so you don't have to use overhead lights, and a couch. A fridge with some booze will certainly make it inviting. If you work alone a stereo with some music playing softly is good.
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