My home office reveal is finally here! It took me (literally) just under 2 years to get this last room in our house finally fitted. We knew it would eventually become the office, but it wasn’t high on the priority list (especially since we both were commuting to work everyday back then… *sigh* @ “back then”). We started slowwwly tackling the office/craft room early this year, but our COVID-induced work-from-home situation has definitely been a catalyst to finally get this room organized and useable.
Before I get into the details of the space, it’s important to emphasize that I am extremely grateful to not only have a large dedicated place in our home where I can focus on work, but to also have a stable job during what may be the largest economic downturn in my lifetime. Very, very f*cking grateful.
While I had some experience working from home before this mandatory work-from-home period (you can read my Work From Home Tips here), I was not working from home everyday, and didn’t really have a dedicated section of my house for work. When we first got the shelter in place order back in March, and I began working from home everyday, I was too frazzled and overwhelmed with adjusting to the New Normal that just functioning at a baseline of “I put on pants today” took all my brain power. But after a few months of working from my dining table on my tiny laptop screen (mere inches away from the kitchen, full of tempting snacks), I knew I had to start thinking about a more functional and comfortable working space.
We only made two big furniture purchases for the whole room. The first was the white drawer units (they’re technically 2 separate pieces from Ikea’s Nordli line). I wanted a whole wall of BIG drawers for all our craft supplies. Check this post for my tips for shopping at Ikea, and for my favorite chic Ikea finds. The second purchase was the sleeper sofa from Apt2B. I searched for months for the biggest couch that would still fit comfortably in the relatively small space. I finally found The Monroe Sofa in the color moss, which pulls out into a full sized bed.
This post is in partnership with Oliver Space, a totally new type of furniture and home decor company. Rather than buying furniture pieces one-by-one from different retailers, comparing dimensions and prices, waiting months for delivery, and crossing your fingers that it all fits the room and looks good together… with Oliver, they help you design your space with curated furniture, and they deliver it pre-assembled. You pay by the month (interest free!) — all your payments go towards ownership if you decide to keep your items, OR you can return them when you’re done! Like the Airbnb of furniture… it’s actually kind of genius. Read more about how Oliver works here.
I used their home office room builder to supplement the other pieces we needed — a comfortable office chair, low coffee table, cozy accent chair, and table lamp. You can even rent throw pillows, wall art and live plants! This calming blue geometric art print would be my first accent piece pick.
Oliver is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area (including Oakland, the Peninsula, and the South Bay). Scroll down to see how I arranged my new and improved home office featuring beautiful pieces from Oliver Space. Please drop me a comment here or on my Instagram if you have any questions.
Meucci Office Chair, $12/mo, rug from Joss & Main
Wall shelving and drawer units from Ikea. See more of my favorite Ikea finds + my secret tricks for shopping at Ikea here.
Luna Table Lamp, $8/mo; peg board from Ikea
Malone Campaign Floor Mirror, $18/mo, curtains are DIY from textiles found at the Alameda Antiques Fair