How we “Office” right now by Jill Sharp Brinson

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Loving how your workspace looks is just as important as how it works. The better it looks, the more you’ll want to use it, right? Every work station needs a desk, a chair and lighting. Here are a few simple tricks I use to make an office feel less like work and more like a place you really want to be.

Table it.Use a table as your desk. I’m talking a dining table from any style camp. The large work surface lets you really spread out and think big (and look good while you’re doing it).

Calling all chairs. If you love it, use it. Pull up a bench, pull up a slatted garden chair. Got a wicker Chinese Chippendale? Even better! Slam it all together.

Light it up. Try an oversized fixture hung low with a really big swooping floor lamp and a pair of table lamps in your work space to make it feel decidedly “non-office.” You’ll love it.

Below are three easy office set-ups using Ballard tables, chairs and lighting to help inspire you.


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    Linda Marshall

    October 11, 2011

    Where are the cords to the lamps? Don’t they have to plug in, or are they battery operated? Not a very practical set up if you really want to use them.

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    Kathy Bazemore

    September 23, 2011

    No cobwebs in these clean, creative workspaces!
    Beautiful places to work hard and think quietly.
    I’m looking for somewhere to hang that very smart rope wrapped chandelier.

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    September 23, 2011

    LOVE this! When I am working in beautiful spaces, I am so much more productive!!

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    Emily Allen

    September 22, 2011

    Kinda like office heaven indeed! I am in love with the Messina table used as a desk! IN LOVE! Thank you for these wonderful ideas to make our office not look “officey”!

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    September 22, 2011

    I couldn’t agree more! Working in a relaxing and pleasing visual environment makes life better! LOVE the faux bois looking white stump vessels that lend themselves to so many purposes. I will be picking up several. Thanks for highlighting this Ballard Designs product!

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    Teri Bond

    September 22, 2011

    Love the clean, calm of white. The silver frames and galvanized desk-top on the oversized table/desk…white lamps. YUM! Perfect setting to inspire “getting it done time”!

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    September 21, 2011

    Knowing that I can use a long bench with a round table is a great idea. This inspires me to move everything around to create a new look – one that I certainly may use more for myself and what I need! I love the tree stump containers, can’t wait to order! – c

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    Peyton Fenner

    September 21, 2011

    Love the concept of a big workspace! Spreading out on a big table beats the floor any day! Small “official” looking desks… So over rated! And fun colorful spaces definitely inspire a creative streak in anyone!

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    Joni Webb

    September 21, 2011

    one last comment, – i love, love, love that new light – the black one that arches over the table. did you design that? it’s fabulous!


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    Joni Webb

    September 21, 2011

    Loved this! i like what you said about tables = big spaces to spread out. I love to use large end tables in family rooms – like gateleg tables that are opened up all the way. more surface to accessorize on! love the all white vignettes you showed. You have such style. You should be a stylist! haha!!!!

    you’re the best.

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    Lynn McIntyre

    September 21, 2011

    I love the relaxation of a work place that functions without having that utility look. This is inspiring! I could work in this space. Fun!

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    Elizabeth White

    September 19, 2011

    I love the idea of mix & match chairs. You have inspired me to “own” my workspace! Going to work on a little office makeover soon.Thanks for the great ideas and I am going to order that amazing orb chandelier!

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    Jacquelyn Buckner

    September 19, 2011

    I LOVE the lamps in the picture- I will defintely use the picture on the lamp shade idea!!
    What cool wicker cow heads- so simple and unique.
    Thanks Ballard for all of the great ideas!