The Decorating Sin You’re Committing in Your Bedroom, According to an Interior Designer

One of the biggest—and least-expected—trends of 2020 has been the return of the home office. It’s become one of the most desirable search terms for home listings (one architect’s gone from adding dedicated workspaces in 15 percent of his projects to a whopping 75 percent), but let’s be real: Many of us can’t dedicate an entire room to our nine-to-five. There just isn’t the square footage, so we try to cram in a work area wherever we can—the living room, the dining room, the nook between your kid’s daybed and their leaning tower of pipe cleaner crafts. Some of these spots aren’t ideal, but if you’re looking to create a home office space for the long haul, there’s one room you should absolutely avoid making multi-purpose.

Spoiler: You’re probably doing it already.

Complete spoiler: It’s your bedroom.

It’s tempting to stick a desk in your room.

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Designer Home Workspaces – Dining Room Home Workspaces

Slide over, supper club: A-list designers have crowned a new queen of the WFH setup, and it’s cushioning the blow of all those cancelled Friday-night dinner parties amid the pandemic lockdown. Creatives seeking natural light, an out-of-the-way spot for calls, and space to spread out are landing in their dining rooms, turning antique European tables into dynamite work desks and marveling at the opportunity to work in such a deeply personal space.

“I have always liked working in the dining room,” says Anthony Baratta, who is sheltering in his home in Southampton. “I’m always doing a few things at once: drawing, making phone calls, writing and cooking. I like to leave my stuff all over the table so I can come back and change decorating schemes around.” Here, a look at how he and six other designers are finding a little breathing room for their grandest ideas.

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