5 Tips from Samantha Pynn On Building Your Home Office

Design expert Samantha Pynn shares five ways to create a kid-friendly home office space or nook


With more and more parents working from home, the transition can sometimes be a bit rocky. From designing the home office or trying to 'kid-proof' your existing space, Samantha Pynn (decorator, stylist, host of Summer Home on HGTV Canada, Contributing Design Editor for Chatelaine magazine and a columnist for the National Post) gave us some tips on carving out a family-friendly place to work from home!




1. For parents that are now deciding to work from home, what should the decorating process be while building the new office?

Make sure that you have enough storage space – open and closed, surface space, a comfortable chair and that your furnishings integrate with the rest of your home.


2. What are some tips to making your home office kid-friendly?

You need some drawers that close and lock, especially if you are dealing with important documents – I can remember as a kid drawing on my dad’s important files!  Be careful with wires and make sure they are all tied together and that everything is blocked by cabinets. Also, if you do have high shelves, make sure that they are bolted and secured into the wall as little ones tend to climb.


3. What is your number one tip to make all home offices inspiring and workable?

I think that you really need to integrate your office with the rest of the decor in your home. If you create this sort of disorganized dingy corner where you are facing the wall, you're not going to want to work there. You really need to have natural light and surround yourself with things that inspire you. I like using a table lamp with a great shade rather than a task lamp. My pencil cups are actually pretty julep cups like vases. 


4. Any tips for people who don’t have a designated home office?

I know that there a lot of moms using their dining table as an office – my advice would be to put everything on trays so it’s an easy transition from work space to dining space. Files and computers can be easily tucked away during the evening and you won't have to worry about the kids using important docs as place mats.


5. What is the number one common mistake people make when starting the design process?

People often go out and start buying things for their home office without a plan – which is a really big mistake. A little planning goes such a long way! Whether you use Pinterest, blogs or magazines, find pictures that you like  and create an inspiration file – you’re likely to see a recurring theme. The next step is to write down the most important things you need whether it be a new computer and printer, filing cabinets, desk, comfortable chair, lighting, etc. When you do start shopping you’ll want to have those plans with you and stick to them!


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