In today’s world, we all need a place to be able to work from home. Whether for the professional that gets away to Atlanta from another area or has decided to make this their main home. As the featured decorator for the home office at the 2022 Kips Bay Palm Beach Showhouse, Tish Mills offers her ideas in transforming a bedroom, or unused space into a home office.

What is a good point of reference when setting out to create your workspace?

Keep in mind that the boundaries of work and home have never been more blurred. It’s necessary to find refuge by creating an office where you can work from home and find that corner of your inner world to connect to the outer world. A home office is a place that is highly personal and just as much of a reflection of who you are as the other main living areas of your home. So, the emphasis needs to be on who you are, what makes you happy to look at, and of course, what’s that perfect Zoom background. Beyond that, great lighting!

What IS great lighting for an office?

I like to use a mix of natural light, ambient and task light almost like a kitchen or other work areas in the home.

Other than a good desk and chair, what are some other things to keep in mind?

You want to make sure that you have a good lounge area in your office. It can serve as the perfect spot to curl up or take that important call. I’d suggest a nice settee in a comfortable and inviting fabric that will lure you to it as it should serve as a great spot to read that important document away from the distractions of a computer on the desk.

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How important is art in an office?

Art is always important. It can elevate the space very easily. I like art in a home office that is inspiring and carries you into the story of the room. I personally find that I stare at my own artwork when I am searching for an answer or thinking through an issue that needs creative input. So, something inspirational or aspirational is important.

How to pick out the right palette to work with?

You want your office to be an inspirational workspace where you can create and relax. For example, in my Kips Bay Palm Beach Showhouse bedroom, I chose to work with a meditative palette of sand, surf and sunsets in soft whites, beiges, blues and a touch of lavender. Think of colors that you want to surround yourself with and how they make you feel. The purpose is to elevate the space for yourself. This is your room where you’ll be spending a good deal of your time so it should be a good reflection of you and what you like to surround yourself with.

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How to work around difficult areas like the closets?

If you don’t think you’ll be using the closet, you can repurpose it into another space. I took the closet from the former bedroom in the Showhouse and transformed it into a chic fireplace which helped create the comfortable, cozy mood perfect for contemplating, reading and relaxing. Think of what is missing in your office to make it your own special nook!

Tish Mills Kirk of Tish Mills Interiors, a preferred vendor of The Meridian Real Estate Group, is an award-winning interior designer who has been working with clients in their homes for more than two decades. She believes that it is essential to put together a cohesive plan for your home renovation before you get started that can be carried out by the team of experts you assemble.

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