Instagram Ideas: 5 Ways to Decorate Your Home Office

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It's never easy to sit down and get to work. When your to-do list includes answering emails, scheduling deadlines or writing the next best-selling novel, it's often much more tempting to do anything other than hover over a desk (heck, sometimes washing dishes can be more appealing). When your workspace is cluttered or looks as bland as a blank page, it's no wonder why such focus is hard to come by. Break into boss mode and designate an enclave where it's easy to get down to business. Whether you set up shop in a corner of your bedroom or create a home office with its own door, this should be a place that fosters your creativity. Say hello to your next side hustle space and welcome respite from your day-job cubicle with these five décor ideas that will have you whistling while you work.

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Let There Be Light

You're more likely to watch Netflix or take a little cat nap if your home office has all the darkness of a home theater. Instead of pushing your desk into a dimly lit corner, situate it against a sunny window to give your surface natural light. Add a plant or two for even more color, and you'll have a cheerful space to welcome you to work — and a view in case you need the occasional distraction.

Bring Color to Blank Spaces

Blank walls are so blah. Add sources of inspiration to your office's walls in the form of fun pops of color: you can create a rainbow-hued bulletin board, frame a fun canvas print or set up a gallery of your favorite photos. Since you'll be spending so much time brainstorming your next groundbreaking idea, you'll want to gaze at art that helps to spark your creative process.

Stick to Black and White Terms

When your desk and chair act more like extra storage than a spot to ponder, crossing items off a to-do list is almost impossible. Keep work and play separate once and for all, and do so with functional minimalism in mind. File away papers, toss dried-out pens and reserve your desk's precious square footage for nothing more than a few daily items. Seems tough, right? Try to coordinate a funky chair with a must-have lamp, and you won't want to add any other distractions.

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Stay Determined With the Details

While it's a good idea to keep a tidy space, you're going to need more than just a keyboard and a computer to get the job done. As you decorate with a handful of items, like a coaster for afternoon coffees and a small bowl for knick-knacks, you may also want to include some words of motivation. Whether you find renewed confidence from a printed notebook or comfort in words from a loved one, keep those good thoughts close for a when a serious case of the Mondays strikes.

It all started in August 2011 when @alainakaz and I met over coffee to discuss the possibility of launching a website or online magazine to help women in their 20s and 30s who, like us, weren't connected and wanted to figure their lives out–from getting their finances in order and decorating their home to finding a career they love and figuring out how to apply makeup (I still struggle with that last one). I had been living in Chicago for a year as a full-time graphic designer and was THE most lost 20-something I knew, with zero plans or direction. On 2.22.12, we launched @theeverygirl_ and poured everything into the site, working unpaid for over a year, while keeping up our full time jobs, and eventually, going full-time a few years after launching the site. It was consuming and exhausting but so worth it. And for a very long time it was us and interns–young women who helped our little site grow. Just 3 months in, Forbes listed us as a top 100 website for women, and while that was one of the coolest things to ever happen because hello...FORBES, bringing on part-time section editors, then our director of brand partnerships @alexandralwolf, changed everything. And then it happened. We hired @allysonfulcher, our full-time managing editor. Game changer. And this week, two new full-time hires joined our team–social media manager @liz_wassmann and assistant editor @abeerwithkristen! We spent the past few days working with our team, brainstorming some BIG ideas, and I'm beyond excited to see where our team will take The Everygirl. And yesterday, we got an OFFICE! 🙌🏻 6 years ago, I was living at my mom's house in LA, designing blogs out of my bedroom, and had no idea what I was doing with my life. Getting here was a struggle, so if you're there right now, I get you. Keep going and don't give up. It's all going to be worth it. You will find your way. #theeverygirl

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Paint a Pretty Picture

If you're able to convert an entire room into a home office, then you might as well go all out. Coordinate like-minded shades everywhere, from the billowy curtains to the oversized rug, and use a bookshelf as a curated display of your chic style. Make sure to include seating options, too, in case a new business partner comes by to swap ideas.

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