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

Study in Style

Now that school is back in session, mid terms will be here before you know it!  All that school work demands the perfect place to study- and everyone has a certain method they like to stick to.  

Do you like to kick back and relax with your books and settle into a nice, cozy chair?  Or maybe you prefer to double down and focus on your work at a separate desk.  Whatever your study style is, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get your work space organized in style!

If you typically study for extended periods of time, this set-up might just be perfect;  A plush, cozy seat to sink into, and an adjustable desk that will move with you when you need to stretch those legs!

PB Teen

 

With all that studying, you might just need a soft place to unwind.  We love how IKEA’s floor pillow can be propped up against the wall for this snuggly look!

IKEA

 

Just because you’re stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t have a bright and cheery room.  Plenty of sunshine, plants, and bright artwork work wonders in this space!

Pottery Barn

 

College dorms and small apartments are notoriously tight on space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a place to work!  These minimalist wall desks are the perfect small space solution- especially with a stool tucked in when not in use.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

West Elm

 

Love this idea, but have a little extra wall space?  Try one with ladder shelves for more storage!

Crate & Barrel

 

This drafting desk not only adjusts height, it even rotates on an angle!

Restoration Hardware

 

To add a little bit of flair to your classic desk, try a fun and stylish chair.  We love these chairs with the stylish gold bar handle!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

Anthropologie

 

 

P.S. For more office space tips, check out: Turn a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office/Guest Room