Home/Office: Workplace Decor that Looks Like Home

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Working from home has been a trend for how long now? I know people who’ve been holding down full-time work for big companies and working completely in their home environment for 10+ years. Well, it seems like some of those perks of working at home have now started to make their way into the corporate workspace. Let’s look at a few of them and see what we can bring back into our homes.

The Foursquare New York offices include rooms themed to reflect the popular social sharing platform’s badges—like the Bookworm badge represented above—but that doesn’t mean they’re not every bit as comfortable as a corner of your own living room. Books, great furniture selections and blackboard paint make for an inviting space at home as well as at work.

Meeting Room or Dining Room?

Google Office Tel Aviv
Image: Itay Sikolski for ArchDaily

Another relaxed space—this one at Google’s Tel Aviv office—is reminiscent of the dining area of a (very large!) Parisian flat. There’s little or nothing here to make you think this is an office space, and the décor would be welcome in any creative home.

Communal Area or Ski Chalet?

Giant Pixel Office San Francisco
Image: Jasper Sanidad for Interior Design New Ideas
Who wouldn’t enjoy spending work time in a terrific industrial-modern area like this one at Giant Pixel’s San Francisco office? The textures are wonderful and features like that stainless steel floating fireplace add plenty of “wow.” I’m ready to re-do my own living room with exactly the same pieces.

Lounge or Living Room?

Evernote Office Redwood City
Image: Jasper Sanidad for Office Snapshots

This space at Evernote in Redwood City feels just like the entry to a modern loft space in any metropolitan area—from the burnt orange “front door” to the cardboard taxidermy, this is a room ready to be moved into.

What kinds of home comforts does your office space have?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.