Get back to work in style

My husbands and my home workspace is more of a studio and are in a garage type building but with heating. This is just a trestle table with a piece of oilcloth on it and an upholstered Ikea chair! The timber cladded boards are perfect for drawing pins and work in progress.

After the bank holiday weekend, you may be feeling a bit sad about getting back to your desk, but if you work from home (or dream of it as a future goal), we have some beautiful work stations to feast your eyes on. Cotswolds-based fabric and interiors designer Vanessa Arbuthnott has created these gorgeous spaces.

With office hours becoming increasingly more flexible and working from home being the norm for many professionals… it’s no surprise that many people are creating their own inspiring office space.

Offices no longer need to be full of melamine and unattractive maroon swivel chairs…there are many attractive looking tables, chairs and accessories to help the work space integrate into a normal room, be it a bedroom, sitting/dining room or the end of a kitchen. Here are Ms Arbuthnott’s tips on creating a beautiful, personal and inspiring office space.

For this workspace in a bedroom, I have used a Cox and Cox desk which has a hole in the back of the desk for power leads, and an antique eBay swivel chair which I have reupholstered with one of my plain linen unions.

This home office is in a hall under the stairs which gives a lot of space for pinning up drawings and work in progress. Again an ordinary white table and an eBay office chair covered in Shibori in Kale and Charcoal from my Artisan Collection. Jaunty modern lights are also helpful to make the space attractive and less obviously officey…

This is an office at the end of a sitting room, with pretty Cow Parsley blinds and paintings on the walls. The white floor lamp gives an airy feel and the paintings make it feel like it part of a normal room and less of an office space.

My husband’s and my home workspace is more of a studio and are in a garage type building but with heating. This is just a trestle table with a piece of oilcloth on it and an upholstered Ikea chair! The timber cladded boards are perfect for drawing pins and work in progress.

This is a built-in workspace with lots of shelves and is at the end of the sitting room. My Pretty Maids wallpaper in Dusky Pink makes it very cosy and soft and welcoming. The upholstered stool is yet another eBay find…and we have covered in Pretty maids in Dove and Winter 100% Linen.

Here we have an office in a cleaned up shed…with a good heater and lots of insulation. This is a great place to get away from the house and all the jobs it always presents to you! The jolly red Bird Hop on the Ebay vintage chair and on the curtain the whimsical animals of my daughter Rose’s Wild and Free design help to make this feel contemporary and cosy.

This work place is in spare bedroom and is tidied up when guests come to stay. The table doubles as a dressing table and the lovely wooden chair is more suitable for an occasional bedroom. The luxurious Cow Parsley in Teal curtains with their flop over frill, look lovely mixed with our stone and mushroom coloured fabrics.

This workspace is in an attic bedroom which is used as a bedroom now and again. The table fits well into the small space under the roof and contains the work space well. This modern chair has been upholstered in my Simple Spot fabric in Duck Egg and Speedwell and the blind which keeps this space quite simple in in Pie in the Sky in Speedwell and Straw.