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Organizing Your Home Office

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

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Desk Set
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Desk Set

To use every available inch of a tight space, Loecke matched a wall-to-wall desk with a shelf of the same length and a mural-size bulletin board. The generous scale enables Andrea to keep track of each child's school papers and show off their artwork.

DIY: For the shelf, Loecke suggests piecing together white melamine planks or having lumber cut to fit and then painting it. Make the bulletin board by stretching fabric over lengths of homasote (a building material available at home stores) and stapling it in back. For the desk, mount a piece of countertop material such as laminate on a pair of file cabinets or shelving units.

John's Tip: Overhead light and a swing-arm desk lamp provide ample illumination to work by, but for ambience, nothing beats a couple of shaded table or floor lamps. "They make the room warm and inviting," says Loecke. Can't find the right light? Spray-paint a basic metal or ceramic one and match it with a cool shade.

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