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Design Your Office Space

You don't have to break the bank to set up a home office that's both functional and pleasing to the eye.

This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Start Up.

Among the benefits of working from home: your 32-second commute, pajamas and the freedom to create an environment that works for you, not the common denominator. Checking in with interior stylist Amy Lenahan of Chicago's Design I Interiors, we located two lackluster office spaces with one goal in mind: break all the rules of corporate décor without breaking the bank.

Home Office No. 1

Don't know where to start? Follow your heart. Commit to an item you love and build the room around it. For curtains, Ikea's Fredrika fabric ($5.99 per yard) paired with Minna in red ($6.99 per yard) set our hearts aflutter, so we carried the eye-popping reds throughout the rest of the room. "In a home office, where privacy isn't such an issue, I advise clients not to hide windows behind heavy drapes," Lenahan says. To maximize natural light, mount your curtains on the outside of the frame. (While we're on the subject, Ikea's Täljare curtain rod set, $14.99, couldn't make curtain hanging easier.)

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