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5 Inspiring Live-Work Spaces That Make Working From Home Easier

Get inspired to ditch the commute or just have a dedicated zone for making whatever floats your boat.

Kimberley Bryan, original photo on Houzz

Being free of the daily commute, working in your bunny slippers or painting in a sunlight-filled corner of your own home studio — these are just a few reasons that might tempt you to find a way to work from home. Gain inspiration for your own live-work space from these creative examples from our My Houzz series and the people who live (and work) in them.

Kimberley Bryan, original photo on Houzz

Open Studios in Seattle
Artist Amy Ockerlander and her husband, Alan Brookfield, live in this vibrant live-work space in Seattle, where Ockerlander has the freedom to set up her paints and easel right in the center of a converted commercial building.

The open floor plan is divided through creative furniture placement (like the large bookcase seen here) and a central staircase. The space features 15 different hues on the walls. Ockerlander says, “I’m strongly motivated by deeply saturated, complementary colors.”

Rikki Snyder, original photo on Houzz

Cleverly Curtained in New York City
This tiny (300-square-foot) rental presented quite a challenge, especially since multimedia producer Willa Kammerer needed the space to function as both a home and an office. With permission and help from her landlord, Kammerer divided the space into a bed area and an office using copper pipe and linen curtains.

Gavin Benjamin, original photo on Houzz

Live-in Gallery in Pittsburgh
Artist Gavin Benjamin’s Pittsburgh rental offers room for creating as well as showing his work. “I think of this home as a lab or a set stage where things will constantly be in flux,” says Benjamin. “More importantly, clients have an opportunity to view my work in a proper living setting.”

Related: Hang Wall Art for Motivation While You Work

Andrew Snow Photography, original photo on Houzz

Getting Crafty with Ikea in Toronto
Illustrator Jamie Bennett and her husband, creative director Alex Wittholz, live and work in this Toronto townhouse. In their workspace the couple used butcher block atop Ikea cabinets to create a custom desk and storage area on a budget.

Related: See More Storage Cabinets Fit for Your Live-Work Space

Esther Hershcovich, original photo on Houzz

His-and-Her Studios in Quebec

Artists John Ballantyne and Liz Davidson renovated their 1862 farmhouse in Quebec to incorporate space for twin art studios, located in the property’s former barn. Their offices sit on a mezzanine level overlooking the studios. Ballantyne, who prefers to work in the morning sun, had his studio built on the east side. Davidson, shown here, chose the west side, so she could savor the light of the setting sun. 

Original article written by Laura Gaskill on Houzz

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