WORKING FROM HOME + WHITE OFFICE

palm springs photo by jose villa - meg biramPhoto by Jose Villa

So I have a little confession to make. Working from home isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. In my case anyway. Yes, there are tons of pros, that I definitely don’t take for granted. I do love my commute — about 20 steps from my bed to my desk. I can change into workout clothes and go for a run midday. In the summer I can throw on my bikini and head down to the pool (where my Internet actually works!) and get some sun while I answer emails and write. I can fix lunch at home. I have my own bathroom. I never forget to bring anything to “work” with me. There are so many great things, but there are also some not so great things…

Working from home is isolating. I’ve literally been alone 90% of the time for the past 2+ years. That is a lot of alone time. My building is constantly under some sort of noisy construction during the day. I have work stuff taking over our condo. Boxes of t-shirts and padded envelopes in my living room is not what I had in mind for home decor. I also end up doing lots of house work during the day, which kind of annoys me. It seems like it would be great (and it would be for 1 day a week), but then I end up doing it all while my husband isn’t there, and if I’ve already cleaned up, he has no chance to help. Also by doing house work during the day it takes away from actual work which makes me work later into the night. Not good for my already poor work/life balance. People always ask me — how do you do it all??? Um, I don’t stop, that’s how.

But after working from home for more than two years, I long for human interaction with more than just my mail lady and doorman. Creative, inspiring, fun human interaction with other motivated ladies. Sporadic lunches out. 3pm drinks in the office (you know, the important things). I love my quiet alone time, but two years is a lot of quiet alone time, especially in a new city. People also always ask me if I love living in DC. My answer is always a bit timid. I don’t think the city has had its chance to show itself to me day-to-day from my condo. I think getting out and about each day will help with that (don’t get me wrong, I do like DC — but am not in love yet).

Good thing is, I’m not alone in my aloneness. Luckily I’ve found a few other gals that work from home in DC that also would like to have a reason to get out of their sweatpants every day. Hopefully we can find the perfect place, commit, and make it happen. I can’t stop thinking about furnishing and decorating a new office. I have multiple concepts running through my head, and an airy white space with a calming organic feel is one of them. Even though white offices are the almost-too-popular thing right now, I want my space to have elements that make it memorable and different.

white office with succulents - meg biram

ONE // Yes, I have a thing for succulents! These Clinton Friedman photographs inspired the space. Can’t get them out of my head! And yes, you’ve seen one of these before

TWO // Keep the office clutter-free with these Pandan Bins. A perfect fit for the large shelf!

THREE // The Expedit shelf from IKEA is always a good solution to storage problems.

FOUR // This white dining table would make the perfect group desk.

FIVE // This clear table lamp is perfect for a co-working desk because you can see right through it — no blockage if you are trying to chat with everyone at the table.

SIX & SEVEN // I think layering rugs is fun and a unique idea to set your decor apart! Both of these are available at RugsUSA.

EIGHT // Having multiple chairs around you don’t want them to be distracting, these white office chairs will be perfect.

NINE // A cushy pillow in your chair never hurts.

TEN // I’ve loved this Delta lamp for a while, just don’t have anywhere in my home to put one!

Do you work from home? What are your thoughts about it? Do you miss being with people like I do?