How to Create a Beautiful Office at Home

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

9 Comments

  1. Offrs July 8, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    I need to pin every photo in this post! Thanks for sharing! And those chandeliers you made? Amazing…just like you!

  2. Maria Pini August 7, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Please can you let me know where you got this lovely desk from. Also, your photo on Sofa.com Claude velvet blue loveseat, where did you get the cushion from. Love all your work.

    • Laura Butler-Madden August 9, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Hi Maria,
      Thank you so much for your message – I’m so pleased you like my work!
      This desk was from Layer Home – they have now been bought by Vintier – it’s vintage so unique, but they did have some similar ones.
      I hope you find one you love! The cushion was by Designers Guild.
      Laura x

  3. Mon August 9, 2017 / 6:32 am

    What colour do you have on the walls please it’s very calming!

    • Laura Butler-Madden August 9, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Hi Mon,
      It is lovely and calming! It’s called Chateau by Zoffany.
      They have some beautiful colours!
      Laura x

  4. Amy September 28, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Hi Laura, I absolutely adore your interiors – your blog is giving me lots of inspiration. I wondered where you found this office chair? We have just moved and I’m trying to hunt down something similar. Many thanks, Amy

  5. Amy September 28, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Hi Laura, I am really inspired by your interior style. It’s so gorgeous. In particular I love this chair – where did you find it? Many thanks, Amy

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 29, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Hi Amy, I’m so pleased you like my style, thank you!
      The chair is vintage and was from a company called Layer Home – they have now merged with Vinterior, so maybe try there?
      Laura x

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