Working from home can be so worth it—especially if you can swing an office space like Erin Souder’s. The stylish brain behind the minimalist beauty that is Earnest Home Co., a brand that focuses on new takes on the traditional home, Erin, with help from her friends at hayneedle.com, managed to make a 12 x 12-foot room work for her … and a handful of her coworkers! Revel in the simplistic beauty of the space as you read her story about how she made it happen, how much she loves it, and how you, too, can do the same.
Since I started working from home, I’ve undergone several office renovations, and everything continues to change with the needs of my evolving business. At first I just needed a place to write, and then a space that fit both me and my business partner. Most recently, I needed to further expand in order to accommodate myself, my partner, our intern, and a space for projects such as sewing or prototype creation. With each update, we’ve continued to work within the same 12 x 12-foot room, updating the furniture, lighting, and accessories to fit our growing company.
Although I was determined to make the space super functional, I also wanted it to be an inspiring space where I would love to go and get work done. I’m easily distracted by clutter, so I wanted the office to be chic and beautiful with a very minimal, natural vibe. I chose to stick with a palette of white, black, and natural wood grain, all paired with a touch of gold.
My primary focus for this makeover was increasing our work surface and storage. Using a dining table with a leaf as a desk was the best decision we could have made for the space. The Alpine Aspen Extension Dining Table was exactly what we wanted. The simple, rustic style and clean lines of the table are the perfect complement to our century-old farmhouse studio, and its expandable size means it can easily be used as a desk for two people—even three if needed! There’s now plenty of extra desk-side storage thanks to the Maxwell Metal Filing Cabinet, and the Lite Source Clamp-on Lamps mean that each person’s workspace can be all aglow as we’re burning the midnight oil. Because the desk and lights are so visually impactful, the pair of clear acrylic chairs blends into the background seamlessly and keeps the desk area from looking too busy or cramped.
The next place in dire need of attention was a separate workspace for the messier work… shipping, packing, prototyping, and sample-making all needed an area with good storage and plenty of room to spread out. I had previously been using an upcycled file cabinet from a local secondhand store but needed more space and storage for odd-shaped equipment like sewing machines and laser cutters. I decided to go a little unconventional and create a modular desk space using two Hudson 4-Cube Bookcases—layered one in front of the other—in conjunction with a piece of pine paneling. The outcome is perfection! It offers deep storage for chunky machines and just the right amount of space to fit a small workchair.
Finally, some hand-picked accessories were needed to pull the whole natural, minimal vibe together. The space needs to be functional AND beautiful if I’m going to work in it every day! A set of woven baskets and a natural-colored linen drum light fixture provide texture and add a few stylistic elements to keep everything in harmony.
I’m in LOVE with the outcome and couldn’t be more excited to be sharing my thought process with you. I hope you enjoy the look of the finished studio as much as I do.
—Erin Souder, Earnest Home Co.