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In­te­rior de­signer Monique Sar­tor from Sar­to­rial In­te­ri­ors says even if your home of­fice space is part of a larger room, there are plenty of ways to main­tain a stim­u­lat­ing and pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s all about bal­ance,” she says. “I’m not su­per fussy about my space but I also want it to look nice.”

So while she saw the ne­ces­sity of us­ing an er­gonom­i­cally sound but unattrac­tive chair, Monique added a soft throw to make it more ap­peal­ing.

Stor­age is a mix of open shelv­ing and closed cup­boards and fil­ing cabinets, which don’t have to cost a fortune.

“I have lots of cab­i­netry but I make sure the printer is out of sight,” she says. “There are three fil­ing cabinets from Su­per Amart which weren’t ex­pen­sive but they are re­ally nice.”

Break up stor­age spa­ces with stand-up fold­ers and shelv­ing so that ev­ery­thing is read­ily ac­ces­si­ble and easy to see.

Luke says it’s im­por­tant to leave your home of­fice neat and tidy for the next day, just as you would if you were work­ing away from home.

“We do get clients or de­liv­ery peo­ple who ran­domly drop by but it’s all neat and tidy,” Luke says. “Be­fore I leave the of­fice I make sure the desk is clear and the place is ready for the next day.”

Luke says it’s worth spend­ing a lit­tle money on good of­fice fur­ni­ture that presents well to vis­it­ing clients and keeps you mo­ti­vated dur­ing the work­ing day.

“A lot of peo­ple think it’s fine to have a makeshift desk but if a client comes in and sees you work­ing from a fold-out ta­ble, they might won­der why they are spend­ing money with you,” he says.

This small work­place in an apart­ment by Arent&Pyke has ev­ery­thing its owner needs, in­clud­ing stor­age. Pic­ture: Tom Fer­gu­son

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