cobi’s home office - take 2

Some of you may remember the story I did about my home office back in 2009 when I was working out of our little studio in the backyard. Well we changed things up a few years ago and I’m now working inside the house in our kid’s former ‘playroom’ over the garage. It was a space that wasn’t being used much anymore and it’s simply more convenient for my business of product development and design which involves lots of schlepping. Have a look…

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Lots of shelving and nooks and crannies for all my crap - I mean stuff…

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I like to leave things out so I enjoy and don’t forget them, so the open shelving is perfect for me. I call it organized chaos.

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I’ve incorporated a lot of my favourite cobistyle products we’ve had over the years like this lamp and bulletin board…

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Tea is one of my favourite things and so there’s always a tray on the go.

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This old sofa (my grandmothers originally) is loaded up with cobistyle pillows and sometimes used for an afternoon siesta, I must admit.

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This cobistyle chair from Silva Custom Furniture is a great spot to curl up with the many magazines I still purchase and tear inspirational pages from.

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The room has some original drawers that work well for office supplies. As you can see, I’ve never met a shelf or drawer I didn’t like!

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I have the shelves labelled for different products and areas I collect images for, so that when it comes time to work on something, I always have a pile of visuals to get me started.

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See how happy I look working in my home office? Haha…I actually am!

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I’m surrounded by some of my favourite things. I still dream of owning a shop some day, but this will have to do for now.

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I’ve always been influenced by Chinatown and the beauty of the gems that are hidden there…

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There are a couple of closets in the room where I keep my special clothes for dressy events.

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I know I’m lucky to have this space to call my own.

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And I especially feel that way when I make myself a pot of afternoon tea. Thankfully this room had original plumbing and so it was easy to install a simple unit from IKEA that saves me from running down to the kitchen.

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If you want to read more about my office, pick up the Special Organizing issue by Style at Home magazine.

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It’s on newsstands now until mid-October.

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I’m thinking it’s good motivation to keep my office organized so they don’t make a liar out of me!