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5 Tips to Create a Beautiful and Functional Home Office

Create the ultimate office space and win a business smart printer

It's important to have a work space that is both functional and beautiful. You will never accomplish all of your important tasks if your office is not tidy, organized properly, and equipped with the right technology. And you won't be able to get your creative juices flowing if your workspace doesn't feel welcoming and doesn't inspire you.

I recently hosted an amazing night with Brother and a group of style-savvy women {and a few men too} to share the amazing new Brother Business Smart Printer, a device that will certainly add functionality and beauty to your work space.

Brother's motto is "who says you can't have it all?"

And with it's stylish design, speed, touch screen and mobile capabilities, this all in one printer really is the ultimate combination. That is why I was so thrilled to tell everyone that they would each be taking one home. It was my very own Oprah moment!

And they were just a tad excited!

{Keep reading to see how you can win your very own Business Smart printer!}

I shared some DIY projects that I created using my Brother printer {stay tuned}...

...and my top five tips for creating a functional and beautiful home office:

1. Add Colour

Using colours that make you happy in your work space will not only inspire creativity, they are welcoming and will make you want to stay in your office and get your work done. Pick a colour scheme and use it throughout the room to keep the look clean and simple.

2. Add Inspiration 

Make your office an inspiring space to be by adding art and accessories. Create a visual display of ideas and thoughts using an over-sized memo board, have your business goals on display, or frame a favourite quote. Use colourful accessories that complement the room's colour scheme.

3. Be Organized

Think about how you need your office space to function. From your laptop, your printer and paperwork, everything should have a home. To help stay on task and keep focused, keep your office tidy. Remove anything from the room that can act as a distraction. 

4. Create Functional Storage

Use furniture, such as bookcases with doors and filing cabinets, to keep you organized and reduce visual clutter. Repurpose household items into storage by patterned wrapping paper around cans or boxes or using by mason jars for small items.

5. Invest in Technology

It's no secret that computers and printers will make your job easier to do. With features including mobile printing, touch-screen display and fast printing speeds, the stylish Brother Business Smart Series printers will help you spend less time working and more time doing what you love.

Here's your chance to win one of these Brother Business Smart Series printers for your home office!

We're giving away an MFC-J4510DW Colour Inkjet Multi-Function Center® printer to one lucky YMC member! It’s valued at $199.

All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us how this Brother printer will help you to create a beautiful office space!

You have until January 8, 2013 to enter. You must be a YMC member and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.


Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until January 8, 2013. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using Full contest rules & regulations


Event Images: Erin Simkin
Office Tip Images: 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5: Erin Simkin