Erika Ward’s Advice For Your Home Office Needs

Welcome Erika Ward from Erika Ward Interiors!


As a young girl, I was a complete bookworm and loved to write. My all time dream was to become a journalist, but it wasn't until my teen years that I fell in love with interior design. At home, surrounded by decorators and an accomplished architect, is where I learned that God made us all creators. I was also taught how to help others enjoy the work of their hands and soon, myself, formed the heart of a teacher.A formal degree in design managed to elude me in college where I received a degree in Finance from The University of Georgia. That degree afforded me the opportunity to work for well known design/build firms and to manage multi-million dollar construction budgets. Being in the environment of design and construction made my heart yearn even more for a full time career in design. I took the next step and enrolled and completed coursework in Interior Design at American InterContinental University.  In 2005, I established Erika Ward Interiors and never looked back.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn, Melissa Smith, Paige W. Pendleton, Delaney Diamond, Carol Kilgore, Donna @the House on the Corner, Christine, and Lindi asked how to reclaim their office, their muse, and their writing zen.
Check out our tips for helping them – and YOU! – reclaim their writing spaces and reenergize their creativity! DesignWrite->>
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14 thoughts on “Erika Ward’s Advice For Your Home Office Needs

  1. These are great ideas that make me really want to do something better with my bonus room office by day, TV room by night! I've got some of the pieces I want but there's also some that have to go. And I need paint! Weekend project? Thanks for the great post!

  2. Excitement is taking hold for transforming my 'spare room' into "Carol's DOMAIN" with a lovely Do Not Disturb sign! I've chosen a spa-like light aqua, a lighter shade of the bright aqua in the nearby guest bathroom. I have 216" white sheer scarves to drape around the two windows for a feminine touch. Thank goodness the room comes with a large closet, 5.5'x10.5' with shelving running the length of one wall. I'm turning it into my sewing 'room', plus storing my office supplies out of sight.

  3. Love that color scheme Carol! I have a deep shade of aqua-more like turquoise- with apple green and black accents. The white sheers sound airy and light– nice! And thanks for spreading the word! Carol Kilgore– I love how that office faces the entryway and living room. You're not disconnected from family life that way. Thanks for dropping by! I'm thinking CONTEST! Hmmm….

  4. Oh man! So sorry for missing the party yesterday…grin…Awesome ideas. I LOVE the rubber glove tip and camouflaging the area. Have both a cat and a dog. I’m lucky to have a separate room for my work area (using the formal dining room – which we don’t use as a formal dining room), but I’m still using one of those cheap plywood desks that looks similar to the credenza in one of the pictures above. I have stuff stacked everywhere because I have just not made creating the writing space a priority. LOTS of terrific ideas here. I am definitely going to have to start making some changes.Adding the #designwrite link to my Tweetdeck!!!Thanks for a very informative post. Tami

  5. Christine- no instructions, but have you ever covered the seats on dining chairs? Very similar: A staple gun & screwdriver are all you need. Once you find the screws and take apart the office chair, all you need to do is cut and fit and staple that fabric over the seat & back and hold taut as you staplestaplestaple away. That's where the brawny guy comes in handy! Then, just reassemble, and tuck as needed. This is NOT what a professional upholsterer would do, BUT this is not going to cost you anything either (but time & fabric, natch). Wonder where that fabric is available?

  6. Tami, You are just in time! I never have a lint roller when I need one- this rubber glove tip grew from desperation when I had even run out of masking tape! And with all that you have going on, you are going to have to carve out that time! Once you give yourself an afternoon or weekend to declutter, organize, and set your space up to work for you, you'll wonder how you ever managed to function before! Yippee! TweetDeck column for #designwrite! See You There.

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