How To Trick Out Your Work Space

Spending eight-plus hours in a colorless, cubical-laden environment can be a straight-up motivation killer. How can you be expected to come up with awesome ideas when you're forced to stare at a blank, white wall all day? If you're going to put in some real work, your surroundings should also work for you and be just as lively and inspiring as you are.
So, when Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34, an S.F.-based home and lifestyle site, showed us the snaps of her airy, updated at-home office, our eyes grew wide with interior envy. Apartment 34’s new digs are a sight to be seen, from her genius space planning to her chic, monochromatic storage solutions. Regardless of whether you hole up in your apartment for work or do the corporate shuffle to a multilevel skyscraper, the pointers Hiemstra shares ahead will help you add little stylish touches to your own desk or work space. Click through to see the wow-worthy office and read Erin’s must-copy advice. Okay, when do we start?
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Apartment 34's office before the big makeover.

"When I first designed my office it was just for little, ol' me. It was initially designed without having to put too much thought into maximizing the layout. It's amazing how much can evolve in just a year! Once my team hit four people I knew I had to make major changes."
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"When I need to make my at-home office space more functional, the first place I started was space planning. You want to start by asking what you really want to use a space for. The Apartment 34 office now serves three purposes in one: It's a coworking space; a hangout with a magazine space; and, with a few quick moves, the couch folds out, and voilà — we've got our guest room!"
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"I didn't have time or budget to change out much of my original office furniture, so I had to be picky. Once I had a work station figured out (thanks to BluDot and their fab Strut Table), I repurposed the rest of my existing pieces. For example, my bookcases now serve to add character and interest to the room, but they're also practical — they house all my styling props."
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"I did a little DIY to replicate one of my favorite Scandinavian design trends: a metal wall rack. We simply picked up some wire mesh from the hardware store, cut it down to size, and spray-painted it white. It's a fun way to add texture to a room and a great place to create a mood board."
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"To give your room life, add pops of plants. I dotted them everywhere — from a giant snake plant in the corner to a little trio of succulents on my bookcase. They literally breathe life into the office."
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"Create a dramatic focal point for impact, but you don't have to break the bank. Our statement-making art piece was a DIY by my uber-talented editorial director. Don't be afraid to tap into your inner artist."
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"One of my biggest aha moments was taking the doors off of my office-supply storage. Opening those shelves up made the space seem so much bigger."
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"Break away from stale desk chairs. I love that we mixed in comfy pieces like this Bertoia-inspired chair from Lulu & Georgia. It's a great spot for flipping through design books and staving off the 4 p.m. yawns."
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"Even though we spend so much time online, there's something to be said for good old-fashioned tear sheets. I used picture rails to hold clipboards that allow us to easily swap our favorite inspirations."
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"Who says your office supplies have to be hidden away?! By sticking with a monochromatic color palette, we turned them all into part of the office decor."
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