A home office that's all work and no play isn't much fun. Here, designer John Loecke creates an inviting space with practical and pretty solutions.
By Sarah Stebbins
Make kids' art look more sophisticated by framing lots of their drawings, along with photographs and pieces of graphic wrapping paper or fabric, and displaying them on a shelf. "This is such a simple, inexpensive way to add color and personality to an office," says Loecke.
John's Tip: Work supplies and furnishings don't have to come from the office-supply store. "This is a room in your home—it should look like you," says Loecke. Bring in a comfy side chair or love seat, make a mouse pad from a square of pretty fabric adhered to felt, and get creative with containers: Use a vase or mint julep cup to hold pens, and arrange paper clips and Post-its in antique teacups.