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WORKING FROM HOME LIKE A TRUE PROFESSIONAL

During the pandemic, Claire had been making do with working in the spare room. A plain and uninspiring place, like many spare rooms it was used as a space to hide miscellaneous ‘stuff’ that had no official home.

 

As the pandemic continued, and working from home looked like the new long-term reality, Claire realised that this space wasn’t serving her work needs.

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AFTER

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Angled desk for a better outlook while working.

Also, Claire wanted to look ahead to happier times when she could have family and friends to stay again. My challenge was to help Claire create a professional work space that would double as an inviting guest room. It was time to give the spare room a promotion.

When we are spending so much of our time in one room alone, it’s important that we are energised and uplifted. Facing a drab wall all day was not helping Claire at all.

We found a gorgeous corner desk (designed for the home rather than the office) to give Claire a pleasant view, whilst maximising the room layout. Not only that, the natural lighting would illuminate Claire’s face better on Zoom calls.

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Room zoning for office and guest spaces. Pattern and accent colour for increased energy and a splash of character.

Look behind you

Our backdrop is also pretty important these days. We used this as an opportunity, not just to make video calls more professional, but to bring a bit of character to her meetings too.

 

After subtly zoning the room, we added an accent colour and pattern to add interest without creating too much distraction.

Have you noticed how people with beds behind them in Zoom calls always seem to look like students? This meant that a sofa bed was in order for the guests. We sourced one that could be built in-situ, as the stairs to this attic room were quite tricky.

Thoughtful choices and clever design mean that this is now an organised, uplifting space to work in and a wonderful space for visitors to rest their heads. And it didn’t bust the budget either!

I am sitting in a room where I feel like I mostly chose things myself (within Sarah's framework and guidance).
It still feels like ‘me/us’ which is great.

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Community lounge

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COHESIVE LIVING. DESIGNING HOME LIFE
FROM THE INSIDE OUT.