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If you’ve made it to our MMDH blog for the first time today [WELCOME!] I’m walking you through the process of designing our home office in very real-time. If you missed post one or post two, take a look back 👈 before you keep reading here.
It’s wild that nearly every. single. day. something gets in the way of spending time on my own home projects. You know, things like work, kids, life… the things that continuously knock on the door for immediate attention.
It turns out my home furnishing projects have not been knocking hard enough, and I’m willing to bet you are in a similar boat. Even if you have an empty room staring you down; hand me down furniture that has seen better days; OR even the best furniture you’ve ever purchased that’s on its 15th year of worn-down life, sometimes the status quo takes a front seat when all else seems to be more important.
Well, I’ve hit the point that I’m ready to make my home design goals a top priority. Whoooo’s coming with me???
You might guess that as a designer, this place does not stay super stagnant for a long period of time. I’ve never been one to buy support pieces of furniture for one specific space. It’s key to buy furnishings that feel cohesive with your entire home and could be picked up and moved into a different room at any time.
As I started to process our ideal home office space plan, we started rearranging the next level. Getting a feel for pieces we wanted to keep, items we could utilize in a different space [ie: our once dining room console table, then office console table, is now our foyer console table 👆… check out that back story here]… and then the most fun part, pieces that we could sell and refresh with a new spec!
While every furnishing project needs a space plan to get a room as thoughtfully processed as possible, rearranging furnishings you already own is an incredible way to get a sense of real-life scale. Even if you know you will be swapping out items completely, there is nothing better than having a real “sample” of an existing piece to determine the best size fresh piece you need for your space.
To get a solid space plan, you need a wish list. When I am kicking off any client project, we start with a “program”, a Q&A for what the space needs to accommodate when all is said and done. This is a wish list of needs/wants/would not be spending money on this project if I can’t get this out of it ✔️
A program is a critical step of the design process and always leads to a plan. Both of these steps are often missed or brushed over quickly by even the savviest design-ready homeowners. I love when students and clients light up as they work through their project wish lists. As we hone into the needs of any space, a plan starts to thoughtfully and organically take shape.
My Home Office Wish List
For our MMDH home office project, our wish list seemed fairly straightforward… until we got all players involved 🤩 Not only is documenting your goals for any space a critical step but involving every “end-user” in the conversation is the only way to get the absolute most out of your space!
Here is our collective wish list:
That’ll do it… our plan requirements are in place and thought through via mindset shifts, inspo, rearranging, and processing. Now to getting it all on paper! I like to reference this scaled planning process as the “measure twice, purchase once” step that waves buh bye 👋 to that ever-growing return pile!
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