Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When Your Home Is Also Your Office

We spent most of April looking for a house. We looked at small houses...



...and big houses.



We looked at homes with big back yards...



...and homes with small back yards.



Ours was a unique situation. Both my husband and I work from home. That would normally merit two offices, which would be a huge challenge. But the good news is, I don't like to write at a desk. Probably because I spent 19 years in a cubicle farm.



Finally, after several weeks of looking, we found a house with a huge sunroom. I knew instantly that was where I was going to work. Then came the next challenge. How to create an office without a desk.



I started a search for a big, comfy chair for my writing room. It had to be big enough for my dog to share it with me, but small enough to fit in the corner. I finally found it...and guess what?

Shelby loves it!




If you had to work from home, what would your office be like?

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  1. Shelby looks comfortable!
    If I worked from home, it would be because I was doing music full time, so my office would have to be a studio. Which would be rather cool.

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    1. That's her favorite spot. She can watch for deer AND sleep! A music studio in the house sounds awesome. With lots of soundproofing so you could work when you wanted to without disturbing the neighbors.

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  2. so it is now Shelby's office? :) I also need light when I work which is why my desk is next to the window and in front of the balcony

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    1. It's Shelby's house. She just lets us live here.

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  3. Ooh, I love chairs like that! My fav place to write is our couch, as the end reclines out, and I really like to have my feet up. Just don't be distracted by the view outside all those lovely windows. ;)

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    1. The good news is, the view never changes! I always thought I'd be distracted by a view, but it is more of a subconscious thing. If I lived on a beach where people were walking by, I'd probably find myself people watching too much to get work done.

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  4. Since I work from home, my "office" is really only a computer table and chair, but my requirement is it needs to be by a window so I can at least look out occasionally :)

    betty

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    1. That does seem to make work so much easier! In our old house, I wrote while sitting on the couch. After a while you start to feel a little cruddy because you haven't had any light all day!

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  5. I work at the farm but my office is at home. A farm business generate tons of papers.
    I have a large office for both my husband and me. We each have a large desk but I don't like sharing office because my husband is untidy and never put back papers in the file cabinets. His desk is always cluttered so when he needs to work on papers he works from the dining room table or the table in the sunroom spreading his papers around. No wonder he can never find what he's looking for. A thorn in my side...
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. LOL, it's always something! At least he isn't one of those husbands who has to have everything 100 percent clean at all times. I've often thought that would be very difficult to deal with!

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  6. Definitely a place with sun!

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    1. I agree...although today I'm writing from that chair and it's been raining all morning. It's kind of peaceful being here when it's raining, too. (Just COLD!)

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  7. Ohhhh I used to have an office at home! Proud to say no more!! Lol.

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    1. Well, my work feels like fun, so it isn't so bad!

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    2. Yours is!! I was in the law business and it ate my soul, spit it out and ate it again. Seriously!! I'm so glad to be on a break. I'm ready to find a career that loves me and I love back.

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  8. A sunroom sounds perfect! And windows, I have to have windows, as nature plays such an intrinsic role in my life :-)

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    1. That's what made me fall in love with this house when we were looking. There were surprisingly few homes with views like this. Even if you found one with windows, you'd be looking at your neighbors back yard or the street...all I see back here is our third-car garage and nature!

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  9. I have worked from home for much of my life. I used to have an office, but don't like sitting at a desk, so I work on the couch with one of those lap desk thingies for laptops. Love that chair and the doggie looks so happy

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    1. I have a pillow desk, too...maybe yours is better than mine! I love the desk part of it but I have to put an additional pillow under it because the pillow it came with is kinda thin.

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  10. Ah, how cute. What a great space.

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  11. I love my little office - it gets so much natural light. This is good because my imagination and my stories are often dark. :)

    I have a desk and some bookshelves. I'm thinking of getting a nice chair like yours, but I'd be afraid I'd just end up napping in it. :)

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    1. It's amazing how many people need outdoor light coming in to work! I have had days where I was feeling pretty sleepy in that chair, but I haven't napped in it yet.

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  12. I love sun rooms! I'm so seriously tempted to add one on to my new places just to get to write out there. Your office looks perfect to me! And Shelby's adorable :)

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    1. Thank you! She leads the charmed life.

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  13. I love your office space and having your baby share it with you makes it even better. I'm so glad Shelby let's you live in the house too. That was cute, but ever so true.

    I would have what I have now. An office with a desk and space to work. With all the volunteering I do it's good to have a lot of work space.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. The woman who lived her before us used it to sew, I was told. She was an evangelist...so I think she also used it to do work for her church.

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  14. I'd probably pick a sunroom with a big glass desk with a leather chair

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  15. Since I currently do the majority of my writing on the bus, any kind of office would be an improvement. If I could write at home I wouldn't want anything fancy: a small desk, a comfortable chair, and a door I could close to keep the kids out. And headphones to blast music. The closet in the basement would be great.

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  16. I could never work from home. I can't be at home all the time. How do you do it? :-)

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  17. I love my oversized chair and ottoman, but I don't actually work there. I do have a home office with a desk and I find I'm most productive there.

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  18. I do work from home. I've got a corner desk in the same room as my 3 kids desks where we overlook a large nature area and can watch the sunrise. For me, I need a snatch of nature and enough desk space to drop all kinds of miscellaneous notes, books, writing tools and prompts.

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  19. The reason I love going back to my parent's house so much is because of their sun room! I'd love a sun room to work in too! I find it incredibly calming to look out at the scenery while I write. Or, failing a sunroom, a shepherd's hut at the bottom of the garden would be just as welcome ;).

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  20. Awww, Shelby's certainly making herself comfortable. How is it that dogs hijack our favourite spots? Archie's just the same.

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  21. My office would have a proper desk. Oh, I have a desk, but I find I don't like the one I have. I mean, I LOVE the desk but not for writing at. it's hard to explain. I'm a tall person, and I still feel the desk is set too high. I'd also like to have a futon or something similar. Now that my kids have moved out, I'm actually looking to turn their bedroom into an office. We'll see how that goes. I just need the kids to pick up some more of their stuff.

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  22. Awesome pic! That looks like a very comfy chair.

    I do work from home, and my office is the couch. My desk is the coffee table.

    But I dream of working on a porch, overlooking the ocean. I will get there someday.

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  23. I do my best work from my bedroom! I know it's not an official office, but I need to be comfy when I write, so my room it is lol and Shelby's so cute!!

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  24. You are definitely living my dream. :) I'm creeping up on 8 years in a cubicle and am feeling the burn...
    I too have been falling in love writing/working from the couch. LOL

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  25. I know what you mean! I do my best writing,( and even painting sometimes) on the couch - because I like to spread my things around me - a habit left over from college days:)

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  26. I hope Shelby is happy to share with you. My cats are not. They NEED the whole chair/bed.
    When I worked briefly from home I had to sit at a desk, with the curtains drawn. Or I got sidetracked and wandered outside...

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  27. Love your writing room. Perfect for three seasons. Not sure I'd want all that sun in the summer.

    I work out on our screened in porch or down in the basement multi-purpose room. No desk. Like you, I was stuck at a desk in a small office area for too many years to want that. Laptops and wireless sure are freeing.

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  28. Love your office, I also work best at my couch with a laptop handy!

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  29. That's a nice office! I like to write with the sun coming in. So I'm not doing so well with the weather we're having now, ha.

    I need to be sitting up at a desk, but as I don't have that I use the kitchen table. Any sort of couch or easy chair, I just zone out and lose focus.

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  30. My office is pretty similar to yours. It's in the sunroom and I use a laptop while I sit in the recliner. Sisters under the skin:)

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  31. PS Though mine is called the cave instead of the office:)

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  32. I used to work from home for a few years along with my husband. He continues to work at home. So I know about the need for home offices! If I had to do it again, I'd want a sunroom just like yours. What a great idea.

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  33. I constantly daydream about the perfect office. Or rather, a library with a big desk to write. Walls lined with books, a big picture window with a view of the mountains, and a force field to prevent any interruptions! :)

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  34. Great post, Stephanie! If I had to work from home I would want to have nature "with me", as I find this the most relaxing thing, ever. So I would have perhaps a green wall (one wall, not the entire room, and the wall where I would most be facing), in this colour. I have a cat, and I would have a place where my cat could relax and enjoy some time with me without getting in my way, so I would be able to work, so I would also have a nice cat tree for him to hang out. I would have photos of birds on the wall and would play a CD with nature sounds. Yes, this would be my dream. :)

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  36. Ooooo...I love your chair!!!! I tried making an office, in fact I bought a very nice desk. But guess what, I never use it. I like to move around the house when I write. One day it's in the comfy chair in front of a large picture window so I can see outside. The next day I might write in the den where it's more secluded. I'm rarely in the same place...

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  37. I love Shelby! What a cutie-a perfect chair for the dog:) My office would always need a window and it would be messy. I would try to keep it Martha Stewart clean but I know me...messy it is

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  38. I have worked from home and have always had a home office--lots of books and good lighting is the main requirement.

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  39. Good for you. The chair look so comfy and your sweet dog, Shelby is loving it.
    I would want to work in a pretty room, not anything that looks like a cubicle.

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  40. I'm so jealous. How perfect!

    I'm like a call girl. I just work wherever I can find a spot for my booty.

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  41. I just have a work station in a corner of my bedroom. Somehow it works for me. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  42. Husband and I both work from home too. He has a big desk in the front of the house, and I have the spare bedroom at the back. My writing space is just my laptop and a notebook (legit paper :) and those wander around the house with me, depending on how much other activity is going on in the house.

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  43. My office space is okay, but I find that the desk isn't enough to hold all my things and there's little space for notebook writing. I'd like two huge desks together, with plenty of shelf space as well since I only have one small bookshelf right now.

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  44. What a great view that you both have! I have to have a chair and super HUGE desk, and I can't be anywhere near a television or I'll get nothing done - lol. At least one window and several bookcases are key. Of course, the room has to colorful and fun! Great topic!

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  45. A room where there is a place for everything and everything in its place would be ideal as far as I'm concerned.

    Loving your office space, what a wonderful view.

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  46. That puppy looks awfully content:)

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  47. Okay, I'll take that big comfy chair with Shelby. Such a cutie! Congrats on the new home with the cool sunroom!

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  48. Love the chair! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  49. I am glad you found a house and a place to work. Great chair! If I worked from home- I would love to have a comfy space with a desk and a couch so I could sit wherever I wanted based on my mood. Naps could be slipped in there too. :)

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  50. That's such a comfortable office for you and your dog, Stephanie! I do work from home, and I enjoy the space - turquoise walls (more bluish than green, but the shade changes as the sunlight grows and fades), a black, uncluttered desk, and shelves of books on the farther side of the room. LOVE it. Have a fabulous time with your new home and office!

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  51. Love the chair and of course what office would be complete without your favorite dog -- in my case it would be a place for both cats!

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