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It’s been a good four months since a lot of us have settled into the ‘new normal’ of working from home and it has definitely taken a lot of getting used to. So what have we learnt throughout this time?

Home is where the heart is

A home office is one you want to feel comfortable and inspired in. And with the struggles that come with working from home (particularly for a lot of us in 2020), you also want it to be a space to maximise productivity.

Stay inspired

Surround yourself with style and decor that reflect you. If you’re going to be spending up to 8 hours a day in this space, you want it to be one you are proud of and like being in. Choose decor that puts a smile on your face and consider updating and rotating these pieces to keep the space fresh.

Greenery is one of our team’s favourite forms of decorating, particularly in a home office. Plants not only give a fresh feel to a space, but there are many proven mental and physical benefits to sharing space with greenery. Take a look at our catalogue of accents to update your home office into one you love.

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TOP TIP: Having a plant on your desk will remind you to water and care for it, so it won’t die! (and any excuse to take a break).

Less is more

It can be so easy to get caught up in organising all of your stationary in one place on the desk, which just ends up taking up working space and can lead to clutter. Try and organise pieces that you actually use and need to minimise this clutter.

Be creative with your storage and use that to hide those extra pieces. If you’re anything like us, cupboards and drawers are a priority when choosing the right desk for your home office. Use this space to hide stationary and folders that you don’t need everyday.

Our Adams desk has maximum workspace with minimal storage space, perfect for small stationary pieces.

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For any extra storage, such as cabinets, shelves and trays- select ones that you like and will fit in with the style of your space. Hide your printer away in storage to maximise your working space, and keep cords and wires hidden as much as you can. When your space is clear your mind also won’t feel cluttered!

TOP TIP: If you’re like us and like to collect magazines for inspiration, invest in a ladder to hang them from. Don’t go overboard though! Keep just a few hanging and others stored away- this way you can stay inspired and will also be reminded to actually read them!

Our team share their biggest lessons on how to maximise productivity while working from home:

Start early! J&M Home’s Creative Director and Marketing Specialist, Laura likes an early start to her ‘new-normal’. As an early-riser, she says ‘I like to make a coffee first thing, then get straight into my to-do list and knock out a couple of tasks first thing. This way I feel more accomplished within a couple of hours and more prepared to take a break for breakfast. Then there is a bit less to do when you start to get restless/distracted in your own space later in the day!’

Comfort is key! Says Creative Director, Kendra. The right chair and right setup make all the difference. Not only does it give you an excuse to buy new furniture, but it also makes the work day easier knowing you won’t walk away with back pain.

Take frequent breaks! Working from home is no stranger to J&M Home Controller, Nicole. She advises the need to be frequent and regular when taking breaks in between tasks. It can be so easy to get caught up in deadlines and the need to finish that you forget stepping away from your desk can allow you to reset to finish a task more productively!

 

Items featured: Crown Lounge chair, Fidel working desk, S&C Kofar rug, Kuma artwork, Soleil lamp

With the changing of the seasons, it’s normal to want to change up your space. That being said, redecoration can be costly. Here are some of our tips to help you make the most of your space while still being money conscious.

Thrifting

There is nothing better than finding a bargain, and why not be sustainable while doing it! Thrifting is a great way to find quality pieces without breaking the bank. You’re also given the opportunity to find unique, one of a kind pieces.

Thrifting, however, is not for the faint of heart and can oftentimes be overwhelming. That being said, here are some tips to help you make the most of the experience:

1- Look through everything!

Thrift stores are hard to keep organized, especially if they’re a larger chain. That means you’re likely to find hidden gems in the strangest places.

There have been a number of high-quality, unique pieces that are just waiting to be found and placed in the right home.

2- Don’t be afraid of weird materials

Your next set of curtains can be trendy and financially conscious! The blanket/bedding section in thrift stores is a great place to look for copious amounts of fun materials.

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Not only do these excessive amounts of fabric make for good curtains, but they can also be converted into a variety of stylish pieces. For example: table cloths, and throws for the back of your couch.

Sales

Everyone loves a good sale, and there are endless possibilities when it comes to buying furniture. Much like thrift stores, it pays to be patient when it comes to finding the perfect furniture sale.

Places like Ikea and the BRICK are known for having great deals, but everyone knows about them which can make the shopping experience hectic and overwhelming. There’s nothing worse than going home empty handed because you weren’t able to get close to the item you wanted to buy.

Try your hand at some smaller, more obscure sales to find the perfect piece of furniture for your home. Be sure to check out our sale section to see what deals you can find to revamp your home.

Warehouse sales

Warehouse sales are perfect. You can usually find already assembled items at a super discounted price. That being said you are usually expected to accommodate transportation for the item, but with help from your friends that’s not an issue! (Maybe they’ll find something they like too.)

Many retailers are already ordering for the next season, which means they’re sure to have a warehouse with old stock. This allows you to scoop up that piece you’ve had your eye on without breaking the bank.

J&M Home will be doing monthly warehouse sales throughout the summer, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be the first one to know when they’ll be!

Estate sales

Although this is a riskier option when it comes to buying, estate sales are one big treasure hunt; you never know what you’re going to find! This gives you a chance to find luxury items at a lower cost - they’re usually more unique pieces as well.

Move stuff around

The cheapest option to revamping your style would be to simply work with what you’ve got. Sometimes all it takes is moving the couch to the other side of the room to feel like you’ve completely upgraded your space.

You can also swap out decor from other rooms to make it feel like there’s an element of ‘new’ in your home. The mind is easy to trick, so make the most of what you already have!

Accessories

Smaller items tend to be on the less expensive side. That’s why cushions and accessories are the perfect way to add a playful and contemporary element to your home without having to buy all new furniture. This allows you to change up the way your home looks while still being able to be financially conscious.

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Buying new accessories also tricks the mind into thinking you’ve changed your space and enhanced your interior aesthetic.

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With our accessory collection being constantly updated, there’s sure to be something new to appease your need to upgrade your space. Whether it be a new lamp or some snazzy artwork, we’re sure to have just what you’re looking for.

Making the most of your space doesn’t need to be costly or stressful. Our goal is to make it as easy for you as possible!