Workshift – 10 Home Office Spaces for the Budding Entrepreneur

Kim Bougaardt
Kim Bougaardt
, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor

Home office spaces are more than just visually appealing. It’s been said that in order to grow South Africa’s economy positively, we need to look to the existing and future entrepreneurs amongst us to create employment, encourage market competition and grow sustainable companies.

Home Office Spaces, Image Source catherinekwong.com

Home Office Spaces, Image Source: catherinekwong.com

Today is World Entrepreneurship Day and we raise a glass to these trendsetters. Most entrepreneurs start small and work from home. For those dreaming about taking the leap of being your own boss – and, more importantly, to try and assist in growing this emerging economy – here are 10 home office spaces to serve as inspiration and a visual ‘how-to’.

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Hip Hostels: This Is A Hostel

Kim Bougaardt
Kim Bougaardt
, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor

If you’re used to turning up your nose at the mention of the word ‘hostel’, perhaps it’s time to stop discriminating and give shared living a chance. The hostel has started cleaning up its act. No longer just a cheap place to crash, hip hostels are on the rise.

Hip Hostels: UHostels, Madrid - The new designer hostels where people come together to explore, socialize, relax and unwind. Image source: uhostels.

UHostels, Madrid – The new designer hostels where people come together to explore, socialise, relax and unwind. Image source: uhostels.

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The Shape I’m In: Sculptural Fashion Down Under…

Kim Bougaardt
Kim Bougaardt
, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor

Sculptural Fashion: Dion Lee 2013 Capsule Collection photographed by Stephen Ward, Image Source yellowtrace.com.au

Sculptural Fashion: Dion Lee 2013 Capsule Collection photographed by Stephen Ward, Image Source: yellowtrace.com.au

Now here’s some fashion I could get on board with. Dion Lee’s 2013 Capsule Collection was inspired by Australia’s Akubra-styled hats, as well as the iconic Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon. More after the jump!

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Sugar Rush

Kim Bougaardt
Kim Bougaardt
, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor

Image Source trendland.com

Kinfolk Vol. 7, Image Source: trendland.com

The latest issue of Kinfolk Vol. 7 looks beautiful. Granted, I’ve only seen the cover, but would love to get my hands on an actual copy. As the latest issue is centered on the love and appreciation of ice-cream, the cover and story feature ice-cream flower arrangements – an ode to ice-cream if you please.

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Rose Uniacke Interiors: The Big Easy

Kim Bougaardt
Kim Bougaardt
, Plascon Design Centre Blog Editor

This is how interior designer Rose Uniacke lives.  Impressive, no? Her London home might be grand, but it has a cosy allure to it.

Rose Uniacke Interiors

Rose Uniacke Home, Image Source:  T MAGAZINE (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)

Rose Uniacke Interiors, Image Source:  T MAGAZINE (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)

This 19th century house also has a few of my favourites: a high ceiling, big windows, minimalist approach to décor with touches of colour and luxury, and it is visually interesting. Despite its grandeur, it feels warm.  Of course, the home also has a few interior trends that need mentioning, like a paired-down, neutral palette and marble. Together the two trends make for a sophisticated and natural look that can turn any house into a castle-like experience with timeless appeal; a little like what Rose has achieved in her impressive home. So, Rose… if you need a tenant, I’m in!

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