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2.02.2012

Converting Closets into Offices & a Pinterest Contest at Homes.com!

As I mentioned before, I've been writing weekly articles over at Homes.com and it's been so fun to be able to explore the internet for some of the best decorating and organizing ideas this past month! I'll be sharing one of my articles here on the blog and also links to my other articles at the end of each month, so you're sure not to miss anything! :)

Also make sure to stay tuned at the end of this post for a really fun Pinterest Contest announcement from Homes.com!

"I believe in small spaces; a place where comfort, beauty and practicality can all co-exist in harmony. Any fool can make things bigger and more complex, but it takes a touch of genius to move in the opposite direction."  - Thoreau & Gower

I adore this quote and truly believe that it is the best way to describe the latest trend of regular closets, nooks and furniture, turned extraordinary home offices. There is a big "wow factor" to these innovative, space-maximizing transformations that really has started a new trend... especially for home owners who find themselves short on square footage, or additional space for a traditional office.

These small, yet multi-functional 'rooms' are actually becoming more and more popular in homes of all sizes. If you've been looking for a great way to create more space out of an underutilized closet, here are some great ideas!
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As you can see, simple shelving inside of a closet office is the key to adding room for additional storage.

 If you have a small nook or closet that no longer has usable doors, but you still want to be able to close off your new office to others when not using it, try some inexpensive curtains or draperies to section off your space.
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If you think there's no hope for a cool, space-saving office in your home because all of your closets are already being used and you don't have an empty little nook... don't worry, you're in luck! You can make your own with just a simple re-purposed piece of furniture! 

From a bookshelf to an old TV cabinet, almost anything can be made into a small home office with just a little imagination.
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Here are some things to keep in mind when constructing YOUR new innovative office space.

Pinpoint what Functions you'll need to Preform:
These makeshift offices can have a big impact but are still small on organizational space, so make sure you scale down on clutter and paper mess to keep your office as organized as possible. Also, when building your new office keep in mind the KINDS of storage you'll need room for. Will it be standing files or flat boxes? Knowing what sorts of storage containers you'll be working with in the beginning will help you eliminate any space requirement headaches later on.

Get Comfortable.
Nowadays we tend to spend a LOT of time in our home offices, especially when using the computer. So find a counter top height and office chair that will be comfortable and easy on your body. Think about possibly finding a place in your new office to store a small throw, if you should get chilly or lumbar pillow for your back. Since the biggest allure about a home office is that it's in the comfort of your own home, make sure to take this factor into account!

Create an Inspiring Environment.
Sometimes working within cramped spaces can make people irritable. One way to combat that is to surround yourself with inspiring color and design. Pick a paint, wallpaper or color scheme in your space that will make you WANT to dwell there. When we feel happy and content in our surroundings it reflects heavily in our work and attitude.
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You can catch all of our other organizational posts for this past month and lots of other great room design ideas from Beth, over at the Homes.com blog!





Now for the FUN news!
If you haven't heard already, Homes.com is hosting a
Valentine's Day, Pin it if you Love it Contest!

There are five $250 gift cards up for grabs, and all you have to do is create a virtual pin board featuring 10 homes you love on Homes.com!

Here's exactly how to play:

1. Create a Homes.com 'Pin it if you Love it' board on Pinterest.

2. Head on over to Homes.com and look through all of the homes for sale or rent. Then Pin your top 10 favorite homes based on interior design, exterior beauty or whatever else seems to catch your eye!

3. Then simply input your 'Pin it if you Love it' board link to the Homes.com contest page, for a chance to win one of five $250 home improvement gift cards!


If you're not familiar with Pinterest, you can read all about how to use it here. And if you need an invitation to Pinterest, you can send your email address to contest@homes.com, and they'll hook you up!

Contest ends on February 15th, 2012. Winners will be judged on creativity and originality based on the discription provided and selections made, composition of board and overall relevancy to the contests theme.

I have to say that I had way too much fun searching through all these gorgeous house pictures, so go get started! Looking for a beautiful home is WAY more enjoyable when you can spend whatever you want!
:)

13 comments:

  1. This sounds like lots of fun. I have started to redo my daughters old nursery into my office, we live in a 120 year old home, and I kid you not we have 2 closets in the whole house. One is long and narrow, the other is nice and deep, perfect for an office really if we had other closets to spare. lol

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  2. This looks like a fun contest! And I really appreciate that quote - I adore smaller spaces and creative applications. It definitely shows a touch of genius to make a closet or a bookshelf into a workable, enjoyable home office. I'll be taking a few of these tips since my craft space is quite small, too.

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  3. Thanks for all these beautiful, creative organizing solutions and "craft rooms in a closet". I, too, have been pinning these kinds of ideas as I've worked on our Basement Craft Room project. I love to see how creative people get when it comes to organizing!

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  4. ooh I love that double sided cabinet/2 desks space - how clever. Would be great for multiple kids

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  5. Okay, I am SOO glad you shared this! I have been mulling over the idea of turning my "coat" closet into an office space. It is currently filled with plastic drawer bins holding my DIY and craft stuff. Not one coat to be found.. Lol! And my laptop... yeeah, thats on my kitchen table. Thank you for this post, because now, that closet is going to be trandformed! :]

    www.paisleyandpainted.blogspot.com

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  6. I just started reading your blog yesterday and loved it, so I came back today to read more! I have to share what a coincidence today's post is for me. First, I was just married to a Mr. Smith in November. Today we put an offer on a house that has a huge closet with no door in the kitchen. Last night, I told my husband that I thought we should convert it into an office, but he had trouble picturing it. Today, I started searching for pictures (just like the ones you posted!) and sent him several ideas. Can you imagine my surprise when I come to your blog and you've done an entire post on this exact project?? Perfect timing!!

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  7. oh fun! love these closet ideas in your article! I just wrapped up a closet redo here at the cottage (which involved bunches of white paint & beadboard - yum!)

    http://www.northerncottage.net/2012/01/lovely-little-closet.html

    xo

    www.northerncottage.net

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  8. Oh my goodness I'm going crazy over here! I want to see your after pics. I mean I now know you are making your coat closet into an office space but I want proof. Pretty Please. Also, congrats on your weight loss and journey (in itself). A quote for you: "A goal without a plan...is just a wish." You can do it! Love your blog! Thank you for always sharing.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this contest with us! It was so much fun to put together my entry...and I found some inspiring interiors, to boot!

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  10. Yes, I agree with Kay. This has just inspired me to do away with our entry way closet. That thing will no longer be a collect all. YAY! Thanks for the greatness (as always)! <3

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  11. I completed my closet to office conversion recently, and I love it. I actually managed to make the whole thing using recycled materials (e.g. turning the original bi-fold doors into the desk and shelf) and making due with paint leftover from other projects. I blogged about the conversion here: http://www.thebookofjimmy.com/?p=346

    It was a really fun and surprisingly easy project. I used little more than a jigsaw and drill as far as tools go.

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  12. Love these office ideas! Especially the one with the yellow striped wall. What a great idea.

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  13. LOVE all these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. The double sided desk that is made from a bookcase is incredible. I want to do that!
    Alesha <3
    http://tobless.blogspot.com/

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