Guest Post: How to add Love to your workspace to keep you inspired.
Hello there friends! I am thrilled to be guest blogging for Stationery Academy today! I am an interior designer based in the coastal town Mobile, Alabama and I am the girl behind House Plus Love. I attended Stationery Academy back in March of this year in New Orleans and it has greatly changed my life and business. Since then I have gotten back to my "WHY". Why I do what I do and how I can help others with my talents and thus, House Plus Love was born. I have a passion for interior design and helping families create beautiful spaces that they love and can call home. So today I am sharing with you some ways to add some love to your workspaces to help you feel inspired and focused to create.
As an entrepreneur myself, I have been working from home for the past 4 years. Before taking the leap into self employment, I worked in several office environments, design firms, and even one basement. But there is nothing quite as rewarding and frightening as being the boss and creating in YOUR own space. And as a creative, our brains truly thrive in an inspiring environment. So let’s make your office space stand out from the crowd and get your creative juices flowing.
TIPS TO HELP YOUR WORKSPACE INSPIRE YOU:
- Keep it neat and clutter free. This one might be a no brainer, but is true! Creative minds can often be messy minds. And hey, there is nothing wrong with that. I must admit that my workspace is often a bottomless pit where things go to disappear and die. Even as I type this, the task “clean office” has been on my to-do list for days now. So please know I am preaching to the choir here! But I know that my mind seems to create better and stay on task when I have a tidy desk to work from! Use smart storage solutions to give everything a place. If it has a place, you might be more likely to keep it there. Before you close up shop for the day, spend a few minutes tiding up. That way you begin each day with a fresh start and perspective. Keeping your workspace clutter free will hopefully give your desk and mind space to create new and exciting things.
- Add in some love and personality! Your workspace needs to be a direct reflection of you and your personal style. What are your hobbies, your interests, passions? What is your favorite color? All of these questions can be contributing factors in what you choose to include in your space. I believe that the best workspaces put on display the heart behind the maker. Think of the walls and counters of your workspace as a “Brand Board” for yourself. Just as you began creating your brand or business by reaching deep into your WHY, think of your workspace in the same way. Gather colors, fabrics, artwork that play into your interests and inspiration and you will have a workspace that is not only beautiful, but inspires you as well! Don’t be afraid to show your personality. I like to call it, “Adding LOVE” to a space. Your workspace should be the best place for you to let your personal style ring true.
- Put Your Dreams on Display! Consider things that inspire you, that fuel your creative juices and make them visible. Goals and dreams are something that we talk about often as creatives. And I think having these dreams on display is very important. Something that I have started doing this year that I learned from Stationery Academy is actually writing down my BIG DREAMS and keeping them visible. My next step is going to be to create a lovely print and make sure it is front and center every day. Oprah herself also highly encourages this practice and she calls them “Vision Boards”. And by all means, if Oprah says do it, you perk up and listen. The purpose of these vision boards is to remind you of your goals, to keep you on track, and keep you inspired. Hang a bulletin board in your workspace and tack things that inspire you, that encourages you, but also pin up your dreams. There is no better motivation for your week then to look up and see what is possible for yourself and your business.
These are just a few ways for us creatives to get the most out of our workspaces. Start to view your office as a tool to help you create and thrive rather than a burden. I hope that you found these tips helpful and can start implementing a couple of these today. Thanks for letting me share with you today and have a great rest of the week friends!
Brittany is the founder of the House Plus Love design binder, a product idea that was born at Stationery Academy last March. The House Plus Love design binder is designed to help the design savvy homeowner with their renovation or home design needs. It has places to store your inspirations, measurements, design selections, and even your contacts and warranties. We’re so excited she’s acting on her dreams and helping people add a little love to their home. We’re proud to call her one of the creative founders in the Stationery Academy community.