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Work flexibly: set up a hallway desk

28 March 2016

In Sara’s busy home all the bedrooms are spoken for, so she created a family office space in the hallway. ‘It’s open for anyone to use, doesn’t take up valuable sleeping space and means you’re still part of the family action while you’re working,’ she says.

Sara has created a multifunctional space in her hallway
Family artwork and messages add character


Family keepsakes, artwork and messages add soul to a simple workspace – making it easy for everyone to contribute. ‘As this space is also used as a hallway, people use the wire  storage to keep their favourite accessories to hand,’ says Sara.

Candles and plants help stimulate creative thinking


Use light, colour, texture and scent to stimulate your flow of thoughts and help pull a multi-use space together. ‘Small rituals like lighting a candle or tending to a plant are nice ways to mark the beginning of ‘work’ time,’ says Sara.

Use a moodboard to focus your thoughts


A moodboard can help you keep your ideas, deadlines or to-do list in focus. ‘Instead of a pinboard I like to use the plain wall,’ says Sara. ‘I took a vintage frame from my grandmother, removed the glass and backing board, and painted the frame black to match the rest of the colour scheme.’

A portrait of Sara

‘By introducing a desk, some practical organisation and a few cosy details, we were able to turn an unused part of the hallway into a creative workspace the whole family can use’

Sara, accountant, Sweden

Made by

Photography: Polly Wreford
Styling: Åsa Dyberg