What was once a lovely dining room is now filled with filing boxes, printer wires and all the “stuff” of a busy office. Unfortunately, this means that when the day is over, you have no space where you can relax, enjoy a lovely meal or entertain your family and friends.
Does this sound like your home office?
If you answered yes, applying the principle of double-duty design is something that will help you and your business become more productive.
Double-duty design is where you create a beautiful area that serves as a super efficient office by day and then transforms into an inviting, relaxing space by night.
You can watch this video clip from HGTV’s Candice Tells All. In this (3:51) video Candice applies the principle of double-duty design for a woman that works and lives in her loft.
A few of the things that caught my eye were:
- A TV that swivels. During the day the TV is used for presentations and blocks the view from everything in the office and it becomes simply the TV when “home”.
- Conference table by day, dining table by night.
- Couch is used as a client waiting area by day, seating and/or bed by night.
- The “Bubble” chandelier (which you can re-create by following our DIY example here) is a stunning focal piece of art by day, soothing light by night.
I hope this has inspired you to re-think your multi-purpose live/work space. Have you created a double-duty workspace? Tell us what you’ve done.
*Photos via HGTV/Candice Tells All: Double-Duty Loft Re-design episode.