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03 Oct 2017

Posted in:  First Time Buyer

One of the wonderful perks of living in the online age is the option of working from home. This could be the reason for your house hunt, or a home office may be something you can incorporate into your existing space.

Either way, we’ve turned to some of Ireland’s most creative CEOs for some office inspo. These five CEOs have designed beautiful and functional studios. They prove that having a dream (and a small space) are all that’s needed to set up a successful business.

We’ll look at ideas you can copy with a trip to the flea market, as well as more streamlined contemporary spaces. And it’s not just office inspo either, as plenty of these spaces offer multi-purpose functionality. For example, we reckon Chupi’s desk would work well as a dressing table, and Roisin Lafferty’s would make the perfect dining room.

So if you’ve ever had a business brainwave, and just need enough space to make it happen, then hopefully these clever, creative CEOs will inspire you to make it a reality. 



Home office ideas to steal from Irish CEOs

Jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman-Durney has built her eponymous, globally-successful brand Chupi out of her appreciation for the beauty of nature. It seems fitting that her studio space is layered with natural materials like brick, basketry and tones of wood.

Copy her look on a budget by using perennial Ikea favourites like the MOPPE mini chest of drawers to organise your desk essentials. Chupi displays some of her creations and tools on vintage pieces that add tons of character to the space.

For similar items, check websites like Etsy for a decoupage dress form and oversized jars. And what better way to kick-start your morning than sipping your coffee from a monogrammed mug from Anthropologie?

Studio Brown


Photographer and designer Claire Brown from Studio Brown has decorated her home office in a classic, elegant way, much like the style of her work. To get the look, go for Ikea’s LIATORP desk and pop an Eames DSW chair underneath. To accessorise, add some whimsy to your space with a metallic pineapple, retro desk lamp and cool wall print.


Tropical Popical


CEO of Tropical Popical, Andrea Horan’s home office is just like her personality. It’s bold, bright, feminine and perfect for business. With a background in PR and a renowned personal style, Andrea knows the value of inspiring imagery.

And so, the walls of her office are covered in corkboard roll and plastered in photos and a fun gold letter balloon. For furniture, a turquoise Eames-style swivel chair and Ikea LINNMON/FINNVARD combo fit the bill perfectly.



Kate Rose Crean, make-up artist and co-founder of stationery design company Dusty Boy Designs, has plenty to offer in the way of inspiration. Following the success of the company, Kate Rose converted a spare bedroom of the charming Wexford home she shares with husband Justin into an office and design studio.

A simple desk is contrasted with the addition of a cowhide rug and coconut leaf storage boxes. Pops of metallic in the brass photo frame and gold-painted planter counteract the earthiness of the neutral tones.

And for a dreamy pastel-coloured injection, a stunning painting by Galway artist Lola Donoghue and Dusty Boy Swashes deskpad also grace the office space.

Have these home offices inspired you to get on the market for your first home?

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