Kristen Fencl
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October 12, 2012
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Tahoe home improvement: Hi ho, hi ho ... it's off to work we go

In today's work world - busting with all the latest in technology and our country's rage for telecommuting, that means "off to work you go" might actually be right in your own home!

What does all this mean for you and the rooms you use in your home? Why it means that finding a quiet, productive workplace will be critical to your "working from home" success.

For some, your work place might actually be your kitchen table. Certainly not the most ideal location for you home office - but often times the first place many telecommuters find themselves. I believe that with a little carefully planning and ingenuity you might possibly have some better home office alternatives right in front of you!

When my clients find themselves working from home, I suggest that they first begin by taking stock of the rooms in their home that are the least used. Perhaps a spare bedroom or even a seldom used formal dining room could become the new location for your home office.

If your choice is to make a seldom used room double as a home office, and space is at a premium than one idea might be to purchase a computer armoire. These gorgeous cabinets are beautiful pieces of furniture that have been outfitted to house all your computer apparatus and home office needs. When in use, everything opens up and is easily at your fingertips. And when not in use your room gets the benefit of a beautifully designed piece of furniture.

If a spare bedroom is available, it could easily and stylishly be converted to a home office. If you think there is no room in your home for an office, look again. With a little creative space planning, you can come up with a beautifully and creatively designed workspace solution that puts working at your kitchen table to shame!

- Kristen Fencl, CID, is an interior decorator and owner of Decorating Den Interiors. Learn more at, or call 775-832-8012.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 12, 2012 11:31AM Published Oct 12, 2012 11:29AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.