My own space at home is the little room I’ve just turned into an office. I have a desk and a day bed (aka a single bed disguised with cushions) but the walls are bare and the shelving not quite right… In short, it still needs quite some work to make it a place I enjoy sitting in every day.
A Space of my Own (Ryland Peters), by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, left.
And if you hanker after somewhere nice to sew, send emails in peace, sort the bills or just read a book without everyone else in your home in your face – you might be too. The pictures – a few of them below – are full of ideas.
Here are my favourite of her tips on transforming tiny corners and spare rooms into just that (plus one or two of my own)...
More, more, more “Almost everyone can carve out a space of their own at home that’s better than the kitchen table,” says Clifton-Mogg. “The smallest corner of a room can be converted – and you will immediately notice the difference makes to your life: more productive, organised, even more creative.”
Nice personality “Whether your space is separate or part of a larger area, it is important to decorate it in a way that not only acts as a subtle demarcation, but which also inspires while you work. The more of your own things you have around you the more comfortable you will feel.”
The future's bright Being by a window is wonderful – but, from experience, get a black-out blind for sun-glare if you’re computer bound. Try John Lewis. (It’s also good if you’re prone to distracted procrastination…)
A postcard of you Not keen on a pinboard but want that effect and flexibility? Fix string to a wall: with clothes pegs, attach nice postcards, invites and things you like having around you.
Wall-hung Wall-mounted lights free up desk space. If there are shelves above, consider designs intended as kitchen down lighters.
Small and beautiful Shelves equal order, says the book, without which “all else will be in vain”. For a small space, Futoncompany.co.uk do a wall-mountable ‘infinity bureau box’ (£80) or a slim, lean-to oak shelving/desk unit (£199). “Even a single shelf on simple brackets will make a difference, and a set of shelves, on adjustable brackets, will change your life.”