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How to Create an Indoor "WFH" Oasis

As millions of Americans settle into a new “work from home” routine and spend more time in their homes than ever before, focus is brought back to our interior spaces and how we utilize them. Creating an interior workspace that brings a sense of calm, organization and serenity during unprecedented times is a great way to create an environment that can increase productivity levels. Whether building out a full-blown at-home office for the new normal or re-arranging a simple cozy corner nook to bide one’s time, many are turning their attention to creating spaces that maximize both productivity and comfort.

Below, you’ll find a few helpful tips on how to best configure your interiors and incorporate rejuvenating plant life to create your own indoor oasis:

Position Your Desk Near a Window

Marriott Marquis Atlanta – Sawyer & Company

Configuring a desk or temporary work table next to a window allows one not only to enjoy a view of the outside world while working, but also eliminates the issue of glare as the sun’s reflections can disrupt screen visibility and therefore workflow. We recommend finding a window that faces a quiet outdoor space, and setting up a desk facing perpendicular to the window for increased productivity – and hopefully more peace of mind.

Create a Corner Oasis

Fiddle Leaf Fig

A great way to add some life into your space is to add biophilic touches to your corners and windows. Bringing the outdoors in does wonders for productivity and overall well-being, and can be just the touch of green you need for spending your days indoors. Adding lush greenery to your corners not only enhances energy flow, but indoor plants can also replicate the feeling you get from spending time in nature, reducing stress and instilling a sense of calm into your space - something we can certainly all use these days.

We recommend starting with one large plant within proximity of your work desk, like a fiddle-leaf fig. Large plants such as these often require minimal maintenance while providing maximum greenery.

Hanging Storage for Multi-Functional Spaces

Canopy by Hilton Midtown Atlanta – Sawyer & Company

Our team knows all too well that just one desk may also need to function as a bar top, breakfast table, virtual conference room, and much more. Ensuring your desk area is equipped with creative shelving is essential in decreasing clutter and fostering a productive workspace. We suggest incorporating a wall mounted book rack to free up shelf, floor and tabletop space.

Small Succulents Make a Big Difference

Succulent in Mini Pot

The smallest details can have the largest effect in a space one returns to every single day. Adding a few succulents to your desk and shelf area is a simple and effective way to add no-hassle plantlife into your at-home office.

Get Creative with Storage and Shelving

Canopy by Hilton Midtown Atlanta – Sawyer & Company

Not only are shelves important for general organization and storage of work materials, but placing small art pieces throughout shelving is a great way to liven up and bring color into your work area. We recommend placing rod lighting above shelf areas to ensure work materials and art are well lit.

Create an Alternate Workspace

New York Marriott Downtown - Sawyer & Company

Similar to lounge areas in offices, consider creating an alternate spot to work away from your desk to stimulate creativity or as a comfortable space to take a break and refresh. We recommend positioning a couch or lounge chair by a window or overhead light, and using a small stool or coffee table to create a more informal seating area to escape to when in need of a change of scenery.

Have a Virtual Plant Consultation from PlantShed’s Experts

Virtual Plant Consultation - $30 available via

If you need a little extra help curating your at-home-office greenery, technology is making seamless communication with experts easier than ever before. For example, beloved New York plant retailer PlantShed is offering Virtual Plant Consultation for one-on-one advice from the comfort of your home. PlantShed’s designers will take a look at your indoor or outdoor space, and discuss ideas for future improvements – simply choose a 30-minute time slot and their experts will connect on video to assess your space.

Incorporating these simple adjustments to your at-home workspace, no matter where it may be, can make all the difference in hitting your workday stride. With many of us working from home for the foreseeable future, forming one’s own haven of productiveness to weather the storm can provide just the solace needed to continue business as usual.

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