My New Office

Earlier this year I decided it was time to move my home-based business to an office location. As much as I enjoyed working from home the past four years, my 64 square foot dormer office was barely enough room for me and one overweight tabby cat. I was bursting at the seams with catalogues, sample books and other tools of the trade. So, I was very excited to find an office building very close to my home offering affordable 1-2 person office suites.  I’ll miss my faithful feline assistant, but now I have enough space for an actual human assistant (TBD)! Come and take a tour of the new digs:

Welcome to Tamara Heather Interior Design. Come on in!
Welcome to Tamara Heather Interior Design, come on in!
Since I am the CEO, I decided to give myself the corner office.
Since I am the CEO, I decided to give myself the corner office. I am drunk with power.
Pull up a chair to my conference table.
Please join me at the conference table. Gotta love IKEA.
I'll make you a Nespresso latte. I always keep chocolates on hand for emergencies.
Can I offer you a Nespresso latte? We also have chocolate on hand, for emergencies of course.
Did you notice my logo mug? Once I started putting my logo on stuff I couldn't stop. It might be a problem.
Did you notice my logo mug? Once I started putting my logo on stuff I couldn’t stop. It might be a problem.
Three words: Glass. Magnetic. White boards. Ok, four words. Plus my diplomas got to see the light of day for the first time in, ever.
Three words: Glass. Magnetic. White boards. Ok, four words. They take list-making and brainstorming to a whole new level of awesome. And there in the back are my diplomas, which finally received frames and got to see the light of day for the first time in, ever.

I had fun designing the office for myself, thinking about the best way to lay out the space to accommodate two working in the space, and up to three in a meeting. That’s why I have the conference table “nesting” the way it does. It can pull out for a meeting situation, but most of the time it functions as an extra worksurface. Almost all of the furniture is IKEA, except for the chairs which are Steelcase (my new grey one) and Herman Miller (the blue one, which I’ve had forever!) A good office chair is a worthwhile investment, your back will thank you for it. Oh, and I did splurge on a spiffy rug, because the carpeting was kinda sad. And added a few decorative accessories. But pretty clean and simple overall, right? Only thing missing: one cat.

Writing implements are never out of reach.
Writing implements are never out of reach.

There you have it, the grand tour. Do stop in sometime soon for a visit!

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Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at tamaraheatherinteriors.com.