This Fashion Blogger’s Balmain Office Space Is #Goals
Former model turned writer, creative, and fashion influencer, Ally Hayward, has managed to do what many of us aspire to—merge her lifelong passions into one very stylish full-time profession.
After four years of self-employment, including producing her lifestyle site, Substance, Hayward knew it was time to turn her home office into a space she never wanted to leave. The Sydney local joined forces with furniture giant, West Elm, to refine her home office into Balmain to transform it into the place she feels the most productive and most importantly, endlessly inspired.
We’ve been lucky enough to have been welcomed into many dreamy office spaces in the past, but thanks to the practical-meets-chic furniture, the abundance of greenery, and artwork that belongs on every interior lovers wish-list, it’s safe to say this is one we won’t be forgetting about any time soon. Scroll down to take the tour and to find out Haywards secrets to creating the ultimate home office.
MYDOMAINE: What made you decide to revamp your workspace now?
ALLY HAYWARD: After travelling for three months of last year I returned home keen to make a place my own again. But after being away from all my “things” for so long, I also began to see them in a new light. Anything that didn’t serve any real purpose was removed, clearing the way to be more organised.
MD: Why is creating the right work environment at home so important?
AH: Unlike a regular office, I set my own hours and workflow, and I don’t get to work with a bunch of other people. This has its advantages but also its challenges. Having a well-equipped, inspirational space is essential to me staying organised, efficient, and self-motivated.
MD: How did you decide on a palette?
AH: Whether it’s in a room or I’m wearing it, I love a classic palette with lots of white for lightness and textural elements and layers for interest.
MD: What does organised look like to you?
AH: In my physical office, it means having a proper place for everything and letting go of anything unessential. In the digital realm, it means staying in control—deleting unneeded files from my desktop, organising data into folders, and deleting old emails. We shoot regularly so we have a lot of images on hard drives—I try to go through them and delete what I no longer need, but this is something I need to get better at!
MD: What are your 3 essentials for a great home office?
1. Fresh flowers and plants
Plants are great for air quality, health and focus. And I read somewhere last year that flowers boost productivity!
This is where great design comes into play. A supportive chair that looks like it belongs in a home rather than an office and which feels soft and sits at the right height for your desk is a must.
Plenty of natural light (and fresh air) is essential for keeping alert and happy during the working day. Good design can further enhance a room’s space and natural light, for example, a glass desk allows the sun to stream right into otherwise dark corners, while a floor-length mirror helps to bounce the light around the room.