For the past 6 months, my husband and I have been without an office. It has been frustrating to say the least! Not long after our little boy was born, we had to convert the “home office” into his nursery/bedroom, which has meant neither my husband or I have had a proper place to work. So, when Pottery Barn reached out to me about collaborating on a home office makeover feature, it was serendipitous timing to say the least!
This was how the room basically looked before (except I took the porta-cot out for this photo!)
For the last 12 months our work area has consisted of either the dining table, the kitchen island, a local cafe, the sofa, or sometime even in bed! It’s been far from productive. And very limiting as we’ve been struggling for space for our paperwork and laptops (particularly where kids can’t get to them!) as well as a quiet space where we can both focus.
Our previous office was fine (you can see how it looked here), but lacked proper storage for paperwork. The desk was too small and the space was, well, a bit bland. Being a creative, I personally function 10 x better when I’m in a nice environment and when I can also have space to be organised.
And our new home office is everything we could’ve wished for, and more! In fact, my husband and I are so thrilled with the new space that we now fight over who gets to use it! Who would’ve thought we’d be arguing over wanting to get to work?! ha.
The room is not very big and even though I did worry the desk might be too big for such a small room, it’s not at all. It’s 191cm long but only 76cm deep, so there is plenty of space around it.
I kept all the key pieces neutral (the desk, rug and chair) so it was inter-changable but also not too masculine or too feminine as it’s a shared space. The desktop is large enough that both of us are able to leave our laptops and pop in and out during the day without having to move anything.
Everything is so beautiful and I can genuinely, hand-on-heart, say how impressed I am with the quality of all the pieces, especially the desk, rug and chair, but also the accessories. They’re not just beautiful, they’re solid and well made.
The Pottery Barn desk that I selected has been on my radar for years!! It’s a timeless piece of furniture and very much an investment that we’ll have for a very long time. It has a lovely wood grain with a smooth finish, and gorgeous matte patina. And it’s very solid and heavy! All the drawers have gliders and the bottom two drawers have file glides so both my husband and I have a filing draw each.
I also deliberately selected a Pottery Barn dining chair, instead of a typical office chair, as I like my work spaces to have a sense of homeliness about it. It’s also really comfortable and I personally like having a high back for support as it makes me slouch less!
The magnificent woollen rug is another favourite piece and the difference it makes to the space, is huge. It adds so much warmth, softness, and that extra design element that you don’t quite get from carpet.
I really am so grateful to Pottery Barn for this collaboration and for all the beautiful products which have honestly transformed this room and the way we work. If you work from home, then having a beautiful and functional space should be a priority. I wish I had created this space a long time ago!
You can see all the products I selected from Pottery Barn below, which I’ve linked for you, but feel free to ask me any other questions down below!
Lamp, candle, artwork are my own.
THIS ARTICLE WAS A SPONSORED POST FOR POTTERY BARN AUSTRALIA, HOWEVER THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED WITHIN THIS POST ARE GENUINE AND MY OWN.