Designing a Home Office

 

Although the nature of my profession has always allowed for remote work, I’ve never put the effort into a dedicated home workspace. In the past, whenever I’ve worked from home, I’ve just set up in the dining room – big table, natural light, why not?

Now that I’m working on unpacking and getting set up in our Baltimore row house, I’m going to make the second bedroom an official home office (except I’m going to call it “the library” because I’m a dork). I need it to be conducive to full-time working from home but also still have the capacity for hosting our overnight visitors.

The other challenge is that this home is a rental so I’m not going to be making any long-term investments or permanent changes. Though I wish I could change the wall colour (it’s a hideous pinky beige), the room is otherwise a blank slate.

First and foremost, I need a desk. I’m a fan of rustic, vintage or used when possible, and I try to avoid MDF, veneer, and particle board whenever possible. The real trick is balancing budget with longevity. I think it’s important to be mindful of environmental impact by buying second hand, sustainable, or pieces that won’t need replacing after a short time.

These are a few of the styles that I’m drawn to. (These are NOT affiliate links, just some inspiration that I like.)

 

So, I’m on the hunt! Which of these get your vote?

Do you have any suggestions as to how I should go about choosing?

Leave a link to your favourite recommended desk in the comments below.

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How to Host a Vintage Tea Party…in a Corporate Conference Room?!

One of my office’s amazing former intern-turned-staff members graduated from her Master’s this spring. We knew we HAD to do something special to make the occasion for her, but we also had to balance a particularly busy and high-stress work period. We regularly go out for lunch as an office but my co-workers and I wanted to try something more fun than the usual.

You know I’m always down with something vintage-inspired and our current intern is also keen to embrace the quirky and historical so we were in quick agreement to plan a vintage tea-party right here in the office.

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Fortunately, my collection of vintage goodies is plentiful so I was able to supply a few pieces that I knew would be easy to bring in to work.

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Can you spot the vintage goodness? There’s milkglass, FireKing, and a gorgeous Yugoslavian enamelware teapot – not to mention the teacups!

And yeah, I know it’s not vintage, but I just adore my Cath Kidston tablecloth.

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For simplicity’s sake we used some cute little paper plates and napkins from the dollar store but made sure the colours coordinated with the vintage teacups and whatnot.

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The teacups were filled with puffs of cotton candy to add to the whimsy of the tea party.

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We served candy, raspberries, and some delicious President’s Choice gluten free strawberry cake.

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We went “local” with the tea and served two choices from the World Tea House and the ever-charming Sense and SensibiliTEA.

Plus, doilies. Obvi.

If we can transform a boring old conference room into a whimsical, sweet vintage tea-party, anyone can! What’s your favourite vintage accessory?

~@halitrax

The Electric Connections at BConnected

It’s only been one week since the BConnected conference for bloggers and influencers took place in Toronto but I feel like I’ve been fuelled up with enough energy to carry my blogging efforts forward for so much time to come.

My first year (and, unfortunately, last as the conference won’t be hosted again) at BConnected and I was fortunate to attend with my business besties and BlogJam Atlantic Co-Directors, Renee and Kerra. You know we know a thing or two about blogging conferences so I would say the three of us are well positioned to offer a critique. The fact is, it was positively electric – we all agreed.

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A First Time for Everything

While I’ve done a few sponsored posts and reviews here on the blog, I’ve never actually done a face-to-face pitch. I can’t say I wasn’t nervous but BConnected had arranged a “Speed Networking” session that had participants bouncing around with sponsors to exchange contact info, give their pitch, and hopefully develop some lucrative or lasting partnerships. I arrived with my secret weapons: a new business card and a new media kit to help me build my case and I left feeling good about the opportunity to share my blogging story.

Connecting Locally

We BlogJammers wanted to hit up Toronto fully representing our Atlantic Canada home base. We were generously provided these adorable tote bags by Made in the Maritimes and outfitted with fantastic shirts from My Home Apparel. How awesome do we look all matchy matchy and ready for some conferencing?

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The Blogging Community

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a sense of community is always what I’m striving to discover, achieve, build, or maintain. BConnected did a great job of uniting the community of all us weirdos who just CAN’T GET ENOUGH BLOGGING. Plus, these are the kind of events where no one minds if you have your phone out the whole time or if you need to just take a quick selfie.

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Inspired to Action

All the speakers did an excellent job of addressing some of the frequently asked questions and issues that arise in the world of social media and blogging, but I did have a few favourites. In particular, I enjoyed the update from Richard Archambault on Jetpack (because WordPress forever, duh!), the girl power of the dynamic duo that is Wholly Art (wee published authors!), and Erica Ehm (obvi) – in particular because I had nary a hot second to enjoy her session at BlogJam 2016 so it was a nice change of pace to be able to actually stay seated and hear what she had to say.

Overall it was an excellent, dynamic conference and I’ll be working to implement all my newfound knowledge to improve this old chestnut.

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Thanks and congratulations to Lyne and Sandi for a great event! Can’t wait to see you in Halifax this fall!

~Krista @halitrax