I recently overheard some women at the Design Center talking disparagingly about designers who work at the dining table with kids and dogs running around (their words) and I felt simultaneously embarrassed about their view of designers who work from home, proud that I no longer was at that dining table, and then annoyed that somehow working from home meant that the woman wasn’t a professional. For some reason, their overheard conversation and the condescending tone stayed with me.
If you work from home, get creative. Carve out some space for yourself – if you’ve got a room that you could take over – do it! If it has to be a guest room a few times a year, do what a client of mine did and buy a convertible sofa. If all you can manage for now is the dining table – hold your head high and sit there. All that really matters is getting good work done.
I didn’t mean for this to come off so strident. I intended to show you a few creative home offices but my feathers were ruffled.
Let’s get back to it! I love a room where the personality of the person who inhabits it come through. A home office is a great excuse to let your own personal style run free.
“Grow Organically. Don’t get ahead of yourself.” ~Eileen Fisher from Grace Bonney’s fantastic book “In the Company of Women.”