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Work from Home Essentials: Insights from a Freelance Interior Designer

I’m a visual person, in a visual job; having a desk setup that inspires and motivates me helps keep me in a positive and happy mood. Anything that keeps me productive and wanting to be at my desk is a worthwhile investment, so It has to be beautiful. Here’s my guide to the essentials for a stylish and productive home office that I can't live without.


The cornerstone of any home office is a reliable computer. For a freelance interior designer, the computer is more than just a device – it’s a creative hub. Whether you're drafting designs, editing photos, or conducting virtual meetings with clients, a high-performance computer ensures that all tasks are handled efficiently. Personally I love Apple products, and because of the nature of my logistically challenging job, it has to be a laptop. My current choice is the Macbook Pro, but whatever your preference, your main criteria should be investing in a machine with a strong processor, ample storage, and a high-resolution display to keep your creative work flowing seamlessly.

Computer Stands

Ergonomics play a crucial role in maintaining comfort and productivity. A computer stand is an essential tool for laptop users as it elevates your screen to eye level, promoting better posture and reducing neck strain. Choose a stand that complements your desk setup and allows for adjustable height settings. This small adjustment can make a significant difference in your daily comfort and overall well-being.

Diaries and Planning Programs

Staying organised is vital for managing multiple projects and deadlines. Diaries and digital planning programs are indispensable tools for a freelance interior designer. A well-structured diary or planner helps in scheduling meetings, tracking project timelines, and setting daily goals. Digital planning programs like Trello or Asana offer additional features such as task assignments, reminders, and collaborative spaces, ensuring that all aspects of your projects are meticulously managed.


In a digital age, the tactile satisfaction of using quality stationery should not be underestimated. Notebooks, sketchpads, and an assortment of pens and markers are crucial for brainstorming and sketching initial design concepts. Stylish and functional stationery not only aids in organising thoughts but also adds a personal touch to your workspace. Opt for high-quality materials that reflect your professional style and enhance your creative process. I love an old fashioned leather pencil wrap to keep all of my go-to pencils and pens in one place, it also adds to the overall aesthetic of my desk space.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining concentration and energy levels throughout the day. A sleek, reusable water bottle on your desk serves as a constant reminder to drink water. I love a water bottle with indicators that show me where i'm at in my daily hydration game. but it has to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing and obviously matches the colour scheme of my office! This small but significant item helps you stay refreshed and focused, contributing to your overall productivity.


Your office desk is one of the most essential pieces of kit in your home office, however I actually work better from my kitchen table as my kitchen has great light, it always smells of sourdough toast, and has a kettle to hand. Saying that an ideal set up should be spacious enough to accommodate your computer, stationery, and other essentials while leaving room for a clutter-free environment. A good desk combines form and function, providing ample storage solutions like drawers and shelves to keep your workspace organised. Whether like me, you like to navigate between an office desk and your kitchen table, working from home means you get to choose!

At Ty & Mor, we specialise in designing spaces that blend aesthetics with practicality. Whether you're in the hospitality sector, retail industry, or looking to refurbish your home, our expertise ensures that your space is not only beautiful but also perfectly suited to your needs. 

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