This Is NOT Your Office: a compact twist on office space

This Is NOT Your Office: a compact twist on office space

Last week I had a frustrating realization eye-opening moment. As I sat on a lumpy futon in the playroom, clicking away on the blog, Gus piled more and more of his toys onto my lap. You can imagine this eventually impeded my ability to balance my laptop, coffee and note pad in my ever shrinking real estate. As I explained to Gus that I had enough Mr.Potato Head pieces, he scowled. I realized this was just as frustrating for him as it was for me. You can never have too many mouths, eyes and ears from that spud when you are playing Picasso dress-up. And to Gus, it definitely appeared that I was playing. We were in his playroom, with his toys and I was sitting on his level.  By all toddler indications, mama was in full engage mode. So why wouldn’t I cooperate?! The light bulb went off, I need an office.

We live in a 1,700 square foot, 100 year old home. We love it, and don’t ever want to move. However, there are some days that we feel squished to the max, like the corks in the wine art you convinced yourself was a perfect excuse for drinking all those bottles. [not judging] Our floor plan is open with some pretty undefined space. We don’t have an extra room to convert to an office, nor would that really solve my problem of getting tasks done with Gus in tow. Funds are tight since closing Dinos&Darlings, so there was no room in the budget for fancy built ins or new furniture. I told DataDan about my need for office space and, as usual, he took on the project like a night in shining UnderArmour. Over just one short weekend, we moved furniture, hung [and re-hung] whiteboards and shifted our entire living room around to accommodate my work-from-home request. I dig the results and I’ve already upped my productivity level…or maybe that was just the coffee?

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when you realize, this is not your office.
NOT (1)
nothing like a little natural light [and street watching] to create a focused work space.
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hey now! without taking over the entire communal living space, we managed to create a mama-friendly office.

So we ended up putting our gigantically gorgeous antique desk right up against our living room’s front window. From here, the kids can play, watch tv and cause mischief directly behind me. Having the space slightly more defined, illustrates to Gus the difference between when I’m working and when I’m ready to rage out. We pulled SO MUCH furniture out of our living room. In this process, we realized we have unused pieces that need to be re-homed.  Pulling these items from the space made an instant difference. The room feels brighter and lighter. Now to organize a yard sale!

Here’s just a few of my favorite elements from our FREE room reno:

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i’ve seen dozens of hacks with this cart. i chose to make it my organization station. boom.
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sometimes it just takes a few little things to make your space feel intimate and purposeful. an oil diffuser, some green life, a few pieces to help me remember Dinos&Darlings and [of course] our whiteboard for DataDan’s weekly data viz, helped make my space feel really inspired and connected to me.

In the future, I’d love to level up this space even more. What have you done with a unique spot in your home to increase its purpose? What are your favorite design hacks around your home? I’d love to hear any office related tips!


Lynsey is 29 going on 22…ahem. When she’s not filtering the ever growing realm of social media for her small business clients and friends, you’ll find her in the yoga studio, cooking with a glass of wine by her side and reading titles from her favorite empowering female idols. The rest of her days are spent jumping over piles of legos, wondering why she hasn’t developed a uniform for her children yet (laundry…pfff) and raising those heathens with her favorite blonde hipster. She’s on a mission to turn every small business owner into their own social media expert with the right tools, project management prowess and efficiency essentials. She’ll help you bust it down and build it back up without breaking the bank. Sorry, she’s not sorry about the alliteration. Want some help with your social media branding? Give her a shout: lynseyaug@gmail.com

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