Working From Home (And How to Make it Work)

Over the past few months, it’s no secret that many of us have been adjusting to the “work from home life”.  This is no easy task, especially when it happens suddenly, unexpectedly, and you’re stuck trying to find a healthy balance between your work life and home life.

Since we are a mother-daughter business and have been working from home since before it was “a thing”, we thought we would share some ideas we’ve learned over the years.  

If you’re frantically trying to find your notes and tripping over wooden blocks trying to answer a phone call (while chasing your 14-month old twins around the house), we’ve been there.

If you’re trying to set the table for dinner, and are pushing aside computers, papers, pens, and planners (but can’t find any safe place to put them), we see you.

If you’ve *cleverly* scheduled your Zoom meeting during your child’s nap time, but nap time is cut short and you need a quiet place to retreat and finish up, been there too!

(Seriously, as I sit here writing to you, my two toddlers are playing tag underneath my desk.)  

For some of us, working from home is just going to be the new normal (at least for now), and it may be time to start looking into making this transition run a bit smoother.  After all, working from home has some pretty awesome perks!

 

If you’re in need of an office in your home but don’t have much space, a wall desk can be a great option.  We used this one from West Elm for a client in a small condo, and it was the perfect size for the corner of their guest room.  The nice thing about a ladder style is that it offers shelves for storage and takes up minimal floor space.  To consolidate even more, opt for a backless stool to store right underneath when you’re done working.

Susan Hayward Interiors

 

If you love the idea of a wall desk and find that you do have some extra space for more storage, this modular system can be used together (as shown), or even broken up to place the side pieces around the room as your space allows.

PB Teen

 

Remember those family dinners where you would break out the tray tables and eat together during movie night, so that you didn’t have to drag your kitchen table into the living room?  Well, think of this fold-away desk as the tray table version of an office- no need to lug around your heavy desk from room to room to get a little peace and quiet!

Urban Outfitters

 

If you find yourself needing extra writing space for your computer desk, a drop-leaf table is a great way to pop out the extra room when you’re taking notes. 

West Elm

 

Even if you have no floor space at all, you can always find a spot to quickly jot down some notes.

Wayfair

 

 

This “cabinet” is the perfect hideaway for a pull-out desk and storage.  And, proof that you can find space for a desk in any room!

CB2

 

For a quick on-the-go set-up, you can take this ergonomic computer desk to any room. (Hint: Grab those important conference calls and head for a quiet room!)

Discovery Deal

 

If, like many of us, you’re unsure how long you’ll be needing to work from home and aren’t ready to commit to adding a whole office set up, a simple console-style table is a great option.  You can always add storage, like these rolling file cabinets, later!

CB2

CB2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What have been your biggest challenges trying to work from home?  Let us know in the comments, and we’d love to see if we can help!

 

For more ideas, see Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office/Guest Room

The Desk is Back and Better Than Ever!

Remember when every new kitchen had a built-in desk?  And every child’s room had one for homework?  Office desks were replaced with “computer tables” and “work stations”.  Once laptop computers became the common mode of communication, desks seemed to take more of a back seat.  I’ve always loved a great desk to work at, and now they’re back in all sizes, styles, and colors.  Here are some of our favorites-  Maybe it’s time to bring one back in your home!?

 

Desks

Sometimes a table is all you need, but a beautiful clear glass silhouette is so much more than just a table!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

A vintage, pretty desk makes work not seem so bad, don’t you think?

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

What a great hidden compartment. I love the mirror!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

What a wonderful piece to really anchor the corner of a room.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Short on space?  This one can double as a book shelf and the extra cabinets can be used for extra storage.

West Elm

West Elm

 

For a modern twist on a traditional classic, I just love the x-bar and finial on this desk.

Global Views

Global Views

 

Love the painted finish on this classic, and of course the metal and stone is a timeless look.

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer a more rustic feel, this desk from PB is perfect!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe for a nook in the kitchen?

Safavieh

Safavieh

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

This smaller style would be perfect for a kid’s room!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Will you bring the desk back into your home?  Do you have any favorite styles?