Laura Butler-Madden Home Office

Working from home is a joy. Overall I don’t have many complaints; it is so lovely to be able to wake up in the morning and just potter to my office – I don’t often miss the hours on a hot stuffy train or bus to and from work, but I do from time to time pine a little bit for my morning routine from that life.  I used to love the feeling of rushing out the door (usually a few minutes late) grabbing a coffee on the way to the bus stop and if there were blue skies, walking as far as I could before jumping on the bus for the last part the journey.

Most days I would really enjoy the bus commute (except those days when traffic was hell, making me even later!). Sitting on the top deck, watching the world go by and admiring the lovely displays in the shop windows, whilst browsing through the morning news online, it was usually quite a gentle start to the day.

Laura Butler-Madden's Office at Home

Now that I am based at home, all of that is a thing of the past. One of the biggest challenges when working from home can be managing your time effectively –household chores often get in the way (washing, cleaning, washing up, walking the dog, there is always a long list of things to do). In order to overcome this and try to make the most of your working day it is key to create a calm, cool and inviting office space.

We have recently moved into our new house in Dorset – we have fully renovated the whole house and it’s been chaos! One of the last spaces to get sorted has been my office, but I am thrilled to say and I am finally there and can already feel my productivity and efficiency improving now that it is unpacked and tidy.

Laura Butler-Madden's Office at Home

Here are my top tips for creating a beautiful space that you love working in at home…

Keep it tidy!

First things first keep things organised and tidy – when I chose my new desk, I went for one with lots of drawers. My old desk only had one and this was a nightmare – much better to keep all that filing (that you will get round to doing soon!) hidden away so you have a calm, clear desktop. I also love to use trays to keep bit and bobs more organised in, like this lovely brass tray.

Laura Butler-Madden's Office at Home

Laura Butler-Madden's Home Office

Details

Think about the details – it’s your space to make it pretty as well as functional. I love having a candle burning on my desk – I find it calming and a bit of an indulgence. I also need to have a lamp for when I am stuck at my desk late into the evening. I wanted to have something stylish as well as functional and was thrilled when I found this beautiful, curved brass one  that ties in perfectly with the brass frames and mirror on my wall.

Laura Butler-Madden's Office at Home

Laura Butler-Madden's Home Office

Laura Butler-Madden's Home Office

Stationery

Finally, choose your stationary well. Since I was a little girl I’ve had a mini obsession with stationery – these beautiful feather note cards and journal add the pretty to my desk and having them so close to hand means I’m much more likely to use them.

Laura Butler-Madden's Home Office

This post was created in collaboration with Laura Ashley

Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden

Happy Easter Monday!

What a gorgeous sunny day – I can’t wait to get outside and tackle gardening that I’ve been putting off until the sun starts to shine for Spring. Before I head outdoors I just wanted to quickly share a small obsession of mine at the moment – linen bed linen! The perfect way to freshen up you bedroom for Spring, they are so soft to the touch and also create a lovely relaxing vibe to the room – a real contrast to the crisp white Egyptian cotton that we usually have on our bed.


I’m lusting after these two sets by Designers Guild which would work well individually or using a mixture of the two colours. Urbanara also have a great selection of colours in their collection, as well as a gorgeous selection of children’s bed linen, so you can update their bedroom with a gorgeous new look for Spring too.

Enjoy your Easter Monday and see you again soon.


LBM

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{Images via UrbanaraDesigners Guild}

I hope you all had a gorgeous weekend? We went to Mells in Somerset, which is one of our favourite places partly because it’s the village where P and I got married and partly because it is just a very special place. 

I will share some gorgeous photos of our trip later in the week, but for now wanted to show you this beautiful new collection of blue and white ceramics from Sophie Conran. I am such a fan (if not a little obsessed by) blue and white crockery and if I had my way would have at least seven sets so I could use a different one for each day of the week! Sadly our kitchen doesn’t have enough storage to indulge such a fantasy, so for now I will just have to imagine this new set on my table!

The pieces from the collection are all lovely and I think that small bowls below of the tea cups and saucers would make a gorgeous present for Mother’s Day.

What is your interiors obsession? The one thing that you just couldn’t live without and would collect if space and money allowed?

Have a great Monday and see you later in the week!

LBM
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Now that the clocks have changed and the Autumn nights are starting to draw in, I feel an overwhelming sense of cosiness. I love this time of year; crisp sunny days, beautiful autumnal colours, cashmere jumpers and our cosy winter duvet! 

I’ve been browsing online looking for a new bed linen set – it’s our second wedding anniversary in a few weeks and the theme for this year is cotton. The perfect excuse for some new Egyptian cotton! I stumbled across the M&S Home Autumn/Winter look book and am totally smitten with the beautiful selection of cosy winter colours and designs. Usually I’m drawn to lighter fresher styles, but some of the dark sets have really captured my imagination – maybe time to re-paint our bedroom black?!

Which set would you choose?

LBM
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Whilst the house remains chaos and Christmas now two weeks away, I am helping to calm myself by picturing what the house will look like, once the builders have finished…apparently this will be happening at the end of this week, but I will believe that when I see it! 

These stunning images from Danish design house Tapet Cafe are really helping to lift my spirits. The art deco inspired wallpaper and fabric designs are stunning. Elegant and utterly unique I have my heart set on the above as the look of my bedroom wall and bedside table. 

There is something delightfully decadent about the simplicity of the dark wood against the patterned backdrop, with only scented candles and perfume to decorate the table.

LBM

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{Images via Tapet Cafe}