Thursday, January 14, 2016

My Dream Work Space - WeWork Inspired

This whole blogging thing has gotten under my skin and into my heart and soul - I can't believe how many wonderful people I've "met" through my little blog! 

I really didn't know what to expect when I first started out....I just wanted to share my new home and my mountain top life with the world. Who knew that my little world would interest so many folks out there? It's still amazing to me that so many of you take time out of your busy day to pop in for a little visit and leave your lovely comments. 

Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart!

I think towards the future and having more time in my life to dedicate to blogging. What a wonderful way to connect with the world at large!  

I was asked by a representative at WeWork to share some details about my work space, the place I sit and create my blog posts. The timing couldn't be better as I was already thinking of a post along those lines....mainly because of a little idea I got into my head recently. 

Right now my 'work space' is anywhere I settle myself in my cozy home with my laptop. Often with a small, bold dog on my lap, vying for my attention. 



Most days it's in my cozy chair by the fire in my living room, which these days is looking like this. 

Not the worst place to work, eh? 

Other days I take my laptop to the dining room and plop myself at the end of the counter. 


Either way I'm happy because I'm in my beautiful, cozy home, which I love. My favorite place to be. 

In the warmer months I can even work outside, when the internet cooperates. 


I think that's my favorite spot of all to write!

Do you wonder why I don't just work in my home office?

Because it looks like this. 


Not very inspiring, is it?


It's perfect for filing and doing a quick bit of paperwork but that's about it. 

I do have plans to improve it down the line but there's still no window, no view, no sunshine. 

Three strikes. You're out. 

Not like the offices at WeWork - what gorgeous coworking office space they have there! If I still lived in NYC I'd be tempted to rent some space at one of WeWork's 22 NYC offices - they even have one in Astoria, which was walking distance from my apartment in Queens. 

However, I no longer live in NYC, I chose to live in the mountains and I couldn't be happier. 

So, I have a couple of choices as I look towards the future and spending more and more time blogging. 

I can continue to sit in my comfy chair with my bold little dog on my lap. 

I can keep working in the dining room. 

Or I can find a dedicated place in my home to serve as my home office. 

Looking at the tiny space I have currently, I can certainly improve upon what's there, using inspiration I find around the web. 

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I could certainly liven up my little office space by bringing in color and accessories....but at the end of the day it's still a little corner downstairs next to the utility room with no windows. I can't imagine myself spending a lot of time down  there.

But I had another idea. And it's sort of stuck in my head now. 

What about a Murphy Bed for my guest room? I currently have a queen size bed in there, which naturally takes up most of the room. But if I had a Murphy bed, perhaps that room could be used as an office in addition to a guest room? 

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So, now I've got this stuck in my head and the more and more I think about it, this seems to tick all the boxes. 

I'm not ready to pull the trigger just yet....but it's milling around in my brain for the future!

Meanwhile I guess I'll keep working around the little ball of fur on my lap and blowing the dog hair off my laptop. 

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36 comments:

  1. Oh, you have a wonderful little spot for a home office and I love the inspiration ideas you've got! I don't know why, but having a "home office" seems to be the hardest room to decorate. I guess because it has to "fit" in with our home style and be functional for work! I just love your blog and am so happy our paths have crossed in this big world!! Hugs!

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    1. You are so sweet Benita - I feel the very same way about you and your blog!!! xoxo

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  2. I love your enthusiasm for blogging and for your house! And your office does have great potential and your inspiration pictures could be exciting. But, I so get you about not wanting to be downstairs--away from that kitchen of yours where pots of good food are always bubbling away, so the guest room dual use sounds very promising. I know how much difference windows make!

    Maybe that little office downstairs would make a great room for all the jars of canning and preserving you'll be doing in the future? Or a wine room?

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    1. I like the way you think, Dewena!! Maybe I can make it a locked wine room!!!!!

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  3. Okay, I suppose you've run out of guest rooms. But I imagine your daughters, at their age, will be moving on soon. So you could turn the whole guest room into a dedicated office. Or, and this I've been seeing more and more lately, taking an area in the living room and making a little office. I have a Pinterest board of just home offices if you want to check it out.
    Brenda

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    1. I will check it out, Brenda, thanks! I don't know that I have space in my oddly shaped living room but I look forward to seeing the inspiration in your Pinterest board - no doubt I'll love your pins since I adore your style!

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  4. Hello! Thank you for your comment on my blog today. I LOVE your blog and will be reading more. After a quick peek I discovered that we both have the same red Le Creuset cookware...teapot and all :)

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    1. I love my new red kettle - it makes me smile every single time I look at it, all shiny and happy on my stove!! It's the little things, isn't it, Michelle? Welcome to my little blog!! :)

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  5. I enjoyed following you along in your thought process about how best to incorporate a home office area into your home. I understand your dilemma oh so well.. surrounded by such beauty as you are, I can't imagine being anywhere for long where I couldn't see outside! So, I love your idea of the Murphy bed in the guest room. Or you could even get even simpler with a Futon couch or a hide-a-bed couch. Your inspiration pictures are lovely! I look forward to what your decision will be :)

    PS... I am glad to have met you as well! Here we both are, on opposite ends of the country, living in the mountains, surrounded by beauty, blogging is a beautiful thing, and I've "met" so many wonderful ladies through it. It is a blessing to me.

    Have fun with your decision... :)

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    1. I am hesitant to go with a sofa bed as I have a new expensive mattress in that room. I figure with a Murphy Bed I'm still using the mattress....just less floor space! I will talk to my contractor about it and perhaps have him build me something - it would be less expensive, I'm sure, than a ready made unit - and far sturdier!

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  6. I have always found small little work stations and offices carved out of closets or tucked in room corners intriguing. Looking forward to seeing your ideas for your office, all your inspiration photos are highly creative.
    xo,
    Vera

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    1. I find them very charming as well....for sitting down and writing out a card or addressing an envelope. I am not sure I could sit there long term....unless I make it super cute and special!! Perhaps after my no-spend month I will do some work in that space and see if I can make it more inspiring - it's going to take some super creative ideas!!

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  7. You'll still want to be where the view is :)

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    1. I agree, Deb. And I can see the horses from the guest room window. I would love a desk right under the window.

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  8. You'll still want to be where the view is :)

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  9. What I would do? Our home sounds to be at least the size of yours, and we do have a small office on the main floor just around the corner from the kitchen. When we purchased the home I considered using that small office as mine, simply because my husband was using one of the spare bedrooms in the lower level of our home as his business office. To use that office space as a tax write off for his business it had to be used solely for business purposes. So, we chose to let him use the small office space on the main floor of our home, the tiny office. as his personal office where he can surf the net, play with fixing old photos on the computer, or whatever personal computer needs he has. I am using one of the spare bedrooms on the main floor of our home as my office space, and I LOVE IT. It gives me room to move about a bit, decorate as I please, have artwork on the walls, etc. SO.... I guess having lived your problem, I would suggest using one of the guest bedrooms in your home as your home office... I just didn't want to spend my computer time in a confined space with my back to the door and this feels right to me. xo Good luck. You will find a solution. xo

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    1. The problem is....this is my only guest room! At least for now, while I have both daughters at home. They have the space downstairs and I have my little guest room upstairs. It's far too small to fit the bed and a desk....sigh.

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  10. Here is the link to the video of my home office..... as you can see, I used what I had and did not spend a great deal of money. No bed in the room either. Also, you can search my blog for the word 'office' and see the room as well as the small office my husband has on the main floor. Neither rooms are fancy, but perhaps can give you some ideas. xo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyIudOI7cEA

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    1. Your home office is absolutely lovely!! No wonder you are so happy with that space! The only thing missing is a comfy chair and ottoman with a throw and nice reading lamp!! xoxo

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  11. I have a desk in my kitchen that I usually work at, but lately I have been balancing my laptop on my lap as I rock in front of the fire. Best office ever!! :) If I had your view, I would be parked in from of that for sure!

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    1. It's hard to beat the cozy chair by the fire, isn't it, Kim?

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  12. You have such beautiful views and it would be nice to incorporate some of that beauty into your office space. Everything you have done in your home is lovely and I'm sure you'll come up with a good solution.

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    1. Thanks, Donna - I have all sorts of ideas milling around in my head - it's a noisy place to be sometimes!!

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  13. I love your idea of a murphy bed. I've always wanted one but really had no need or reason to have one. I just think they are cool! Knowing me, I'd probably end up putting too much stuff in all of the new open space I gained that I wouldn't be able to lower the bed down! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I'm thinking the new open floor space could also function as my yoga room, since I lost that when my daughter moved back home!!

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  14. I love your collection of inspiration. I have a room that I use as a guest bedroom in summer and as an office the rest of the year, but I haven't begun decorating or even organising it yet.

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    1. It always seems to be the 'catch all' room for me - last night I finally stripped the bed and remade it with fresh sheets after my Christmas visitors left! The bed was covered with bits and pieces of Christmas decor since they left so it got ignored!!

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  15. I'm torn between wanting a space with a view or what I currently have...a view of a wall. I think a view would be distracting for me, but my attention span is zero. :/

    I'm glad you're enjoying blogging Deb. It shows ;).

    And one of these days we WILL meet you know?! We're not that far from each other.

    XXX

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  16. I'm torn between wanting a space with a view or what I currently have...a view of a wall. I think a view would be distracting for me, but my attention span is zero. :/

    I'm glad you're enjoying blogging Deb. It shows ;).

    And one of these days we WILL meet you know?! We're not that far from each other.

    XXX

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    1. How much fun would that be, Doreen??? Woo hoo, you and I over a cocktail? Yes, please!! xoxo

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  17. Lots of great inspiration you have shown us. I'm just sitting up a new craft/blogging/office room in our house so I appreciate your inspiration.

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    1. I look forward to seeing what you do with your workspace, Judy! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment - welcome to my little world!

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  18. You have a beautiful home. I am so glad I found your blog. Great ideas for a workspace. I tuned my extra bedroom into my craft/sewing/office. It works great. Just remember to have lots of storage and shelves. Karie.

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    1. I'm afraid that if I have lots of storage and shelves I'll buy more stuff to fill it up!! Thanks for your visit, Karie - welcome to my mountain top home!!

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  19. I soooo need to make an inspiring work space a priority in 2016!

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    1. It's tough to find the space....someday I'll have plenty of room when I'm an empty nester but for now I've got both my daughters at home with me so my office is on my lap!!

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