MAKE A SPACE YOUR OWN
Ways and means to mark your territory
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT
Sitting in your own pool of light creates a boundary. This, it says, is my area where I do my things. A floor lamp positioned directly over a chair in a corner of the room creates a reading nook. An Anglepoise directed at a desk sends a subliminal ‘I’m busy’ message.
SIT IN A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
Essential, whether an enveloping armchair to curl up in with a book, or a proper office chair. Make sure everyone knows it’s your chair and your chair alone, like Martin’s in Frasier.
HAVE A SIDE TABLE AT THE READY
A table beside you is necessary to put your things on. These might include a radio, a vase filled with your favourite flowers and, obviously, a mug of tea.
KEEP A BLANKET HANDY
Nothing says: ‘I’m enjoying some down time’ like a throw tucked around your legs or across your shoulders.
You might not feel the need for human company, but a pet will always be welcome. A cat purring beside a computer as you type, or a dog lying across your feet as you listen to the radio, provides exactly the amount of interaction and affection required.
Hendrik Armchair in Climbing Chevy by Tori Murphy, £1,200; Granite scatter cushion, £45, sofa.com