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Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

aybe you dash off work e-mails while making din­ner, or you squeeze in a halfhour of work on a spread­sheet be­fore bed­time. The line be­tween “at work” and “at home” has be­come a blurry one for many peo­ple, and for oth­ers it has dis­ap­peared en­tirely. That makes a home workspace more nec­es­sary than ever.

Not ev­ery home in­cludes a spare room avail­able for use as an of­fice, but de­sign ex­perts say that’s not a prob­lem: To­day’s stream­lined tech­nol­ogy means that just about any space can be trans­formed into an ap­peal­ing and or­ga­nized area for work­ing.

“Walk into any cre­ative cor­po­ra­tion and you’ll find the CEO sit­ting right smack in the mid­dle of a large, open space along with al­most ev­ery other key player,” says de­signer Brian Pa­trick Flynn of Flynn­side Out Pro­duc­tions. “This re­laxed, in­for­mal at­mos­phere has be­come the norm, not just in cor­po­rate set­tings but also in the home.”

Here, Flynn and two other in­te­rior de­sign­ers New York City-based Young Huh and Danielle Cold­ing - of­fer ad­vice on cre­at­ing a home work area that’s both prac­ti­cal and in­spir­ing.

Part of a room is per­fect

With to­day’s smaller com­put­ers and wire­less con­nec­tions, there’s less need for a boxy desk­top and con­nect­ing ca­bles. A desk built into a wall of shelv­ing and cab­i­nets can of­ten serve as a fully func­tion­ing home of­fice. So un­less your work re­quires to­tal con­cen­tra­tion and si­lence, don’t give up an en­tire room even if you have one avail­able. And built-in pieces don’t have to be ex­pen­sive.

“I turned dead space into a mini-home of­fice by con­fig­ur­ing Ikea kitchen cab­i­nets and a lam­i­nate coun­ter­top as a tall work­sta­tion,” Flynn says. “You can as­sem­ble it all your­self and have the counter cut to size at a lo­cal home im­prove­ment store.” Once the pieces are in­stalled, “it looks ar­chi­tec­tural, al­most like it’s al­ways been part of the home.”

Or in­stalling th­ese items in a bed­room closet creates a mini-of­fice that can eas­ily be closed off for pri­vacy. In a New York City apart­ment, Cold­ing opened up the wall be­tween the liv­ing room and a small bed­room that had been used as an of­fice. She filled one wall with built-in shelv­ing, cab­i­netry and a desk­top, so the nowl­arger liv­ing room still of­fered a com­plete workspace. And she added a Mur­phy bed along that wall so the room could still ac­com­mo­date an overnight vis­i­tor.

An­other op­tion: Buy a “sec­re­tary,” a large piece of fur­ni­ture with doors that con­ceal shelves and draw­ers. “I love us­ing sec­re­taries be­cause they have a drop-down table­top that

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