Spending all day in pyjamas and a commute that could be measured in steps. Working from home was the dream. But after a few months behind a screen at the dining room table, they realised that they need to think differently about their home. By creating designated zones, they cleverly configured their open plan loft for both living and working. Now, they enjoy a productive workday from several spots, while switching off completely in the evening, revelling in some spreadsheet-free downtime.
Morning catch up
Before the couple get stuck into work behind their separate screens, they share a moment over coffee in their living room. Designed for comfort and conversation, this corner of their loft has been filled with the beautiful mementos and artefacts they’ve collected over their years together.
Colour your day warm
From earthy terracottas and deep-sea blues to cheeky pops of pink, colour plays a big part in making this home the warm and welcoming space that it is.
“With working from home being the "new normal" for many, it's vital to ponder how you utilise space to maintain as good a work-home balance as possible.”
Hans Blomquist Interior designer
While this couple share their home office for now, their long term dream is to be able to open it up for their friends to enjoy too. Here's to a future when we can work together again!
Worker bee central
As dinner party enthusiasts, this couple used space to its full, fabulous potential. Now, as the table doubles as a working area, they added some desk chairs for better support, and snacks of course!
Working from home?
Getting the work-home balance right can be tricky, especially in a smaller space. IKEA interior designer Hans Blomquist has some wonderful tips for how to make your home a productive workplace in the day and a relaxing, cosy spot at night.
There is always something going on in this kitchen, whether it’s the sound of cheerful tunes first thing in the morning, or yet another round of coffee brewing to fight off the mid-afternoon slump.
Working remotely means a lot of on-screen time. This couple use their library for reading, researching or writing. Surrounded by stories, it’s acorner of quiet, perfect for digital detoxing between meetings.
Fresh as can be!
"When this pair first moved into their 1-bathroom apartment, the only non-negotiable was a double wash-basin. Even in a small space, you can still claim a space just for yourself! The combination of sleek white surfaces with warm wood accents gives the room a light yet inviting feel, with enough closed storage to keep everything organised."
Out of office
"Their bedroom is the one place in the apartment that is just for the two of them to relax and recharge without a screen in sight. Separating working and downtime spaces has really improved their sleep, but soft lighting and a glorious, comfy bed help too.