3 things we love about this awesome home office by Closets by Design of Central Alabama

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It's fun to work in a well-designed home office by Closets by Design.
Hard at work in a Birmingham home office designed and installed by Closets by Design. Photo by Bham Now

When you first hear the name “Closets by Design,” you most likely picture closets. As in, a place to put your clothes. Bet you didn’t know they design a bunch of other things, too, including home offices.

Meet Karen Oosterveen, the designer behind many a Birmingham home office

Karen Osterveen is one of Closets by Designs' designers who creates amazing organizational spaces.
Karen is the one who designed the home office you’re about to see. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Karen Oosterveen’s one of a team of designers at Closets by Design Central Alabama. When a client decides they want to create something, she or another designer sits down with them to make a plan.


When she’s finished creating the initial plan, it goes first to an engineer, then to production manager Sidney Curtis. Sidney’s the guy who makes sure that everything gets made in house in a way that works.

Today we’re featuring Mike Harris’ Birmingham home office.

3 things we love about Mike Harris’ custom-built office

Mike Harris' custom-built office just looks so pretty.
A place for everything – even Vulcan. Photo by Bham Now

When Birmingham’s Mike Harris reached out to Closets by Design for a custom-designed home office, he was looking for a home for all the things. As you can tell, he got this, and more.


1. There’s a place for everything

In a custom-built home office, there's a place for everything.
Oh, the organization. Sigh. Photo by Bham Now

No need to have piles of paper when you can file everything away neatly in easy-to-access drawers. If you look closely, there’s even a spot for a minature Vulcan statue. What’s not to love about that?

2. They paid attention to all the details

Closets by Design pays attention to all the details.
All the details . . . Photo by Lauren Bedford by Bham Now

Some people don’t care about all the details. But for those who do, it’s dreamy to have just the right spot for every little thing. It’s a feeling of “ahhh . . . all is right in the world.”

And when it comes to productivity, knowing that each thing has a home makes a big difference. No need to go searching for a pen, or staples, or that file for tax prep when it’s time to get down to business.


3. It’s fun and functional—and it doesn’t look like this

The alternative to a custom-built home office is often a crazy, disorganized mess.
The disaster which is my home office,” by Dossy Shiobara. CC BY-SA 2.0

Sure, Mike Harris could have cobbled together a home office with an old table, some filing cabinets, and some desk organizers. Haven’t we all done that at some point?

As practical as that approach is at a certain stage of life, it causes a lot of undue stress. There’s a constant feeling of clutter and impending disorganization that simply wastes a lot of time and energy. Not so with the clean lines and elegant systems Karen from Closets by Design brings to the table.


If you’re looking for someone to help you design the perfect home office, check out Closets by Design. You can find them at www.closetsbydesign.com or give Aly Harris a call at (205) 777-4000.


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Author: Sharron Mendel Swain

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