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The Home Office: Here’s How The Office Characters’ Work-From-Home Set-Ups Would Look in 2020

With offices closed across the country, many of us have been working from home for months. Some of us probably miss those co-workers-turned-friends, while others of us might be quite content not running into certain people at meetings and in the break room.

All these thoughts of office politics got us thinking—how would Michael Scott and the gang be handling working from home during the Shelter in Place ordinances?? (In Michael’s case, probably not-so-gracefully.) So, we challenged our Modsy designers to imagine the work-from-home set-ups of our favorite characters from The Office!

Keep reading to see how Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam, and Kelly would decorate their home offices in 2020!

Michael Scott’s Home Office

Imagine Michael Scott while he was still the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, but dropped into the 2020 pandemic. There would be no more last-minute meetings in the conference room. No avoiding work by wandering out into the office and testing out a couple new “that’s what she said” jokes. No hosting birthday parties every other week. We imagine that an extended bout of working from home would take quite an emotional toll on “the world’s best boss.” But we’d bet that there are quite a few spur-of-the-moment Zoom calls happening each day…

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Michael’s Style

By 2020, Michael would have converted one of the spare bedrooms in his townhouse into a home office—gravitating toward transitional style with quirky touches. He would want his home office to feel cool—but he definitely wouldn’t be able to pull off a look that’s too edgy.

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As someone who loves to combine work and play, his workspace is completely functional but his bookcases are filled with more “fun” items than work-related supplies—including his many Dundie awards, a magic set, and a whiteboard for motivational quotes. Always a nostalgic softie at heart, he’d also bring home Pam’s painting of the office and burn Jan’s candles (much to Holly’s dismay).

In the hopes that someone (other than Dwight) would swing by for a visit, we imagine he would have a carved hand-shape chair for them to sit in—and undoubtedly laugh his head off every time someone used it. Ultimately, his home office is all about feeling approachable and casual, since he always wants to be viewed as a best friend and a boss. (For the record, we’re pretty sure he’d be the first in the office to get coronavirus.)

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The OfficeDwight Schrute’s Home Office

In 2020, Dwight wouldn’t mind working from home. In fact, he’d prefer it. The Schrutes always had superior immune systems—but there would be no point in mixing with the degenerates in the office who would just disease the rest of them. What he can’t figure out is how Jim continues to prank him, even from a distance—and now he can’t just run into Michael’s office or submit his weekly complaint with HR.

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Dwight’s Style

It’s no surprise that Dwight’s home office would have a very rustic Colonial farmhouse vibe. He was always proud of his old farmhouse and loved furniture with solid construction—specifically if it was made by the Pennsylvania Dutch!

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He would undoubtedly have a solid desk in his office, positioned in a place of power. That’s why his desk would be floating and facing out into the room, with the stone fireplace behind him, a tiger rug beneath him, and the ability to look out over his “kingdom” (aka his beet farm) and make sure Mose doesn’t get himself into trouble throughout the day. And, for moments of repose, he’d have a simple rocking chair where he could sit and dream of someday becoming regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.

A lover of all things old, he’d also have nods to the past within his office—candlesticks, tractor gears on the wall, artwork of German bridges. And, of course, he’d have a few personal objects as well, like his Harry Potter wand, his Dundie awards, and, of course, his name plaque and Dwight bobblehead, which he was sure to grab before the office shut down!

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Jim & Pam Halpert’s Home Office

Jim and Pam couldn’t be happier to be working from home together. They’re actually able to get work done without Michael constantly interrupting them—leaving much more time for scheming creative ways to prank Dwight from a distance. Plus, Pam no longer has to agonize over who left the microwave in such a mess (there’s only Jim to blame) and they also get to spend time with their children throughout the day, which they love.

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Jim & Pam’s Style

We’re pretty sure Pam would be all in with a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired rustic farmhouse office in 2020. So, for their work-from-home set-up, we imaging Pam would have created a crisp, bright, and happy space that’s also cozy and family-friendly.

It’s a practical space, with side-by-side desks, but designed in a way that reflects both Jim and Pam’s passions and hobbies. And, though they have matching desks, they each have a chair that suits their personality. With personal photos, some sports memorabilia, a space for painting, and even the teapot Jim gave Pam for Christmas all those years ago, this is a space that’s personal and inviting.

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Kelly Kapoor’s Home Office

Let’s be real: in 2020, Kelly Kapoor is probably long gone from Dunder Mifflin. Instead, she’s likely using her style savvy to run the influencer program at a tech fashion start-up. After all, she’s always known what’s hot.

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Kelly’s Style

Kelly is bold and fun—so it’s no surprise that her home office is a reflection of that. Would you expect anything less than a glam, chic, and bold feminine space for Dunder Mifflin’s resident Business B*tch? In 2020, Kelly would definitely still be dedicated to style, trends, and all things chic and modern. Her office is the manifestation of those things with a bold rug, pink upholstered chair, and chic acrylic desk.

With Ryan still at her beck and call, she often hosts “fashion shows at lunch” to show off her latest shopping finds and favorite trendy looks. And you know she’s the queen of Zoom happy hours!

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Rustic home office ideas

Simple Home Office Ideas For A Productive Work Space

Modern home office ideasEven if you don’t work from home, having a dedicated office area is a great way to bring a little function and inspiration into your space. You can use it as a place to check email, sort through snail mail, or even turn it into a creative workstation. In short, you can create an office space in your home that’s both practical and pretty.

But with so many options for furniture out there, designing a home office can quickly become more work that it’s worth. Do you go with a classic desk chair with casters or one that has a more clean-lined mid-century-inspired look? Should you opt for an open bookshelf or is a cabinet with doors better?

To help you get started, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up some clever home office ideas. Get ready to create a chic and productive space that inspires you to do your best work. Read on for our tips and find out how you can bring each of the looks home!

Rustic home office ideasWork In Comfort

A little rustic and a lot warm and cozy – this office space is all about comfy elements and natural textures. The wood desk and oversized traditional rug sets a warm foundation, while a leather bench, steamer trunk, and nailhead-trimmed wing chair add a layer of vintage elegance.

Consider this approach if you want a slightly more grown-up look with elevated touches that don’t feel stuffy. Case in point: The woven desk chair that’s been modernized with casters for easy movement.

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If you work from home full-time, this look has both function and comfort. Start with a hefty wooden desk (even better if it has built-in storage) to anchor the space. Then, add in the other cozy and rustic pieces as you go!

Boho home office ideasMake It Mid-Century

The great thing about a mid-century-style desk is that it provides a touch of rustic beauty as well as sleek style. It has just enough functional storage that doesn’t overwhelm a room, and it has an open base that keeps things looking and feeling airy.

You’ll want to look for other furnishings that have a similar light, open aesthetic, like the slim-framed desk chair, the open-base bench, and simple bookshelf.

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If you only work from home once in awhile, this streamlined and functional approach is right up your alley. Add in art and accents in a desert palette to warm up the mid-century lines.

Modern home office ideasBring In Chic Style

If you love mid-century style but prefer a more minimal vibe with a little polish, this is the look for you.

Keep to light, natural woods (peek our desk, shelving, and chair legs) and brass and gold accents (note the side table, wastebasket, and art frames). Think of it as Mad Men style but not too over-the-top.

To open your space even more, pull in a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a way to reflect light and make the room feel larger than it looks.

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If you have a spare or guest room, consider working this setup into your room as a makeshift office. Just as you would accent a guest room, hang a few colorful large artworks to add a sophisticated note.

Mid-century home office ideasStay Minimal

We like to think of this super modern, slightly eclectic office as the perfect inspiration for anyone who needs to do focused creative work at home.

With minimal styling and a sparse selection of bold modern pieces—the wire nest chair, the geometric rug, the modular shelf—this office space is the perfect don’t-bother-me work zone with a cool edge.

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If you live in a small space, this hyper-focused office design could be just the perfect fit given its simple mix of furnishings that take up minimal footprint. If you want the space to appear curated without feeling cold, take the time to choose smaller, sculptural accents, such as an eye-catching table lamp or vase.

coastal home office ideasKeep It Classic

For a traditional office that’s elegant and luxurious stick to timeless pieces. Some great examples include this beveled wooden desk, a classic nailhead-trimmed chair and ottoman, and a tall wooden cabinet that doubles as a display case.

Take note of the color palette for your furnishings—beige and wood tones will play up this look seamlessly.

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If you’re looking to reimagine a spare room into a functional space, this office design can be an elegant solution. A substantial Lucite floor lamp and an oversize raffia-wrapped mirror can round out this collected, neutral look.

industrial home office ideasGo For Graphic

Like all the popular open offices and co-working spaces, this design is bold and cool and has industrial appeal. We can picture this layout in a college dorm room or a creative’s work corner at home.

The high-contrast notes of black, white, slate, and brown hues, provide the perfect backdrop for design-driven lighting and art that complement the sleek metal-and-wood desk.

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If you’re looking for a happy medium between mid-century and minimal, this office has just that. It has industrial elements that play into the streamlined cool of mid-century along with the leather chair and graphic art that keep it from feeling too spare. Layer in lots of plants, which can provide a nice organic burst of color in an otherwise neutral space.

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