Using your dining room as your home office. Could you do it?

When I went back to work full time 2 years ago, I took over our guest room for my office.  At first, it was just for storage and now it is my full fledged office space.  This doesn’t seem to bother anyone too much other than me.  I really dislike not having a dedicated guest room space.  Maybe it’s a Southern thing, I’m not sure.


Emily A. Clark

Sometimes I come across people who have turned their dining rooms into their home offices.  Now, I’ll be honest.  I’m not sure that I could do this.  I’m a “leave the mess until tomorrow and just shut the door” kind of girl.  To have my office open to everyone that walks thru the front door might be more than I could handle, but I love the idea.  Above is Emily Clark’s home office.  I know your thinking the same thing I am, how does she keep that space looking like that with 5 kids?!  I have no idea, but she’s my hero.



Real Simple

This is another option.  Set up an armoire and bookcase in your dining room.  Not the look I’d want.  I want it to feel like a dining room that can also work as an office.  I would want things to be hidden away when company comes.



Home Design

I love this option.  You can see that the space is still set up for dining, but the office is hidden away in the built in bookcases.  Don’t you love the window seat?



The Brooklyn Home Company

Style and function wise, this is by far one of my favorites.  Love the floor to ceiling bookcases, as well as the closed storage below.  More closed storage could be added by using fabric covered boxes on the shelves.  I could easily see myself working at this desk/table.



Photography by Andi Hatch Photography/Styling by Meg Galligan

This is the image that got me to thinking about the dining room/home office idea again.  Can you see the desks?  I didn’t at first.



Photography by Andi Hatch Photography/Styling by Meg Galligan

It took me a couple of seconds to realize that this is the other side of the dining table.  Take a look at the first photo again.  The two desks look like a console table.  They are perfectly hidden away.  The ghost chairs add function without taking up any visual space.  Love this idea! This office is in the San Francisco home of jewelry designer Meg Galligan.  Her home is featured today on the fabulous website The Everygirl.  

So, what do you think?  Do you have rooms in your home that do double duty?  Would you be able to work in your dining room or are you a close the door kind of girl too?  Let me know your thoughts!

A sneak peek at the other spaces in the Inspiration House!

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Jennifer from Vreeland Road, Sherry, me and Joann from Kandrac and Cole

Thank you to our wonderful friends who came out to support Sherry and I on Thursday night.  It was a thrill to have everyone finally see our space in person.  For those of you that I did not get to say hello to, please forgive me and thank you so much for coming.  For those of you who live out of town, but have been so over the top supportive, thank you!  To all of you, I cannot express how much your support means to me.  This was definitely a labor of love and your kind words got us through.

Tonight is the premiere party and tomorrow we open to the public!  If you’re in Atlanta, be sure to stop by!  You can click here for details.

Today, I thought I’d share with you a few more sneak peeks of the some of the other designers’ spaces.  Let me tell you, everyone knocked it out of the park!


Bill Ingram Architects



Rhonda Peterson and Associates



Harrison Design Associates


Petite Maison



Y. McFaddon LLC



Brooke Merrill Home



Wesley Huffard



Summer Loftin Antiques



LWC Interiors



Bryan Alan Kirkland Designs



Reiner White Design Studio



Dayka Robinson Designs



Parker Kennedy Living


Hope you enjoyed the sneak!  Have a great weekend!