So, we’ve had a change here at home. After nearly 20 years of working with the same company, my husband Greg took a new job with a technology company based in San Francisco. He is now charged with building this company’s presence in the mid-Atlantic area.
Besides the obvious change of switching companies and learning the ropes of a new business, he is also changing his work environment. He is joining the ranks of folks who work from home.
This is a big change for all of us – he’s never not worked in an office environment, and I’m not used to having another adult home during the day (I stay at home with our two children while working as a interior decorator when projects arise and I have time). Although this is the start of his fourth week with the company, he’s only actually been here for one week. He was out in CA for two weeks straight – which is a whole other blog post.
That being said, we had to make some changes here at home. I had recently redone our home office – which was to be a dedicated space for me to work on design projects. However, the top earner took precedence, so Greg is now working from our home office. Here’s what it looks like today:
This room has proved challenging from the very beginning. First, it was originally (and still is) intended to serve many purposes. It is one half of our guest “suite”, which is over our garage. Our master bedroom and the kid’s bedrooms are at the opposite end of our house. To the right of this picture is our guest bedroom, which is separated from the office by pocket doors (you can see them in the picture below).
So, this room is intended to serve as an extension of our guest room – to provide a sitting area for guests (hence the couch and the tv), as well as to provide extra sleeping. The couch in this room is a fold-out double bed. The guest area is ideal for a visiting family – the adults can be in the guest bedroom with the kids nearby in the office area. This is also our only extra tv in the house. The main tv is in our family room, so it’s good to have an extra tv in case one of us is having friends over downstairs.
Now, however, the primary purpose of this room is to serve as Greg’s office. A few months ago, before we had any idea that Greg would be taking a new job, I updated the desk and desk chair. It was so difficult to find a desk that would fit in this small space. I originally wanted a corner desk unit, but we would have had to get rid of the fold-out couch, which I really didn’t want to do. I settled on this desk from Ballard Designs – it has ample work space and great file storage.
I picked up the leather chair at Greenfront Furniture. For local folks, Greenfront is well known as an excellent place to get quality (mostly NC) furniture at steep discounts. It’s located in Farmville, which is only about 1 hour from Richmond. This chair is made by Hooker Furniture. I originally purchased it for myself, but Greg seems to like it okay so far. It’s slightly narrow, but he’s a lean guy, so it works out fine.
You can see that it’s a little tight, and I would have preferred a corner desk, but I couldn’t find anything to fit with our dimensions. Here’s a shot of the couch, and there is a closet to the left of the couch, so there’s not a lot of extra room.
I’ve had the maps since 2005 – I originally did them for Greg’s apartment when we first started dating. I bought a National Geographic world map and cut it up to fit in the frames. An easy art project that has a lot of impact in a space.
I put a very comfortable down cushioned club chair in the alcove to the right of Greg’s desk. Though you can’t see the tv, it’s a nice space to read or just curl up and look out the window. I don’t picture Greg doing much of that, but oh well, I like the way it looks.
This is the wall opposite Greg’s desk – the door on the right is a closet, and the hallway is to the left. Two more shots:
Greg is coming home tonight from a two-week business trip, so I figured I’d better take shots now – I’m pretty sure this is the neatest it will be in a LONG time. 🙂 Thanks for reading!