When we first moved into this house, we weren’t exactly sure what we wanted this front room to be. We had thoughts about it being a music room/sitting room, but the longer we lived in this house, the more we realized that we needed a formal office space for work and everyday life! The study has been officially finished for about a month, and it’s the perfect, functional addition to our home. I thought we would take a walk down memory lane to revisit some other office spaces we’ve had in past homes.
This is by far our most formal office space! Chris and I both enjoy working from this desk, and there are no bad seats in here.
Obviously, this view is spectacular, and I find myself very inspired whenever I spend time in here. Putting in the pocket doors was 100% necessary, though, because this room is right off of the front entry, and they block out the noise and distractions. Even just having the doors closed is a signal of, “Hey, I’m busy in here!”
In our last house, we renovated an office space for the girls to be able to do homework and have screen time. Really, it was a home office and one of my very favorite spaces from the Modern Cottage.
Times in Idaho were a bit simpler, and we were able to have a space for our team to work out of! We were smaller in numbers back then and this L-shaped room was the perfect space for us. Since then we’ve multiplied and upgraded to a residential office space just down the street from our house in North Carolina!
Now I know this isn’t technically an office space, but the music room was everyone’s favorite room to grab a book and relax in. It was perfect for those times when you need a change of scenery while you catch up on work or get lost in a good book. We have plans to transform the stair landing into a music room, and I can’t wait!
Two homes ago, we had a reading room right off of the front entry (very similar to our current study), and we transformed it into this over the course of 6 years. I had a small little bookshelf desk, where I spent many of my early blogger years at. Times have changed, but I have so many fond memories of this space.
Once Chris started working for Chris Loves Julia full-time, the need for a more separated space from the rest of the house became apparent. So we transformed this spare basement bedroom into a Home Office. Fun fact, at one point, we thought we could be standing desk people, and then we modified it to be a sitting desk eventually.
As people who work from home, having a home office has been absolutely necessary for us to be able to focus and have a designated area to get our work done. I feel like growing up, we all had “home offices,” which was really just the computer room. But in a world of laptops and smartphones, are we still finding home offices to be as necessary as they once were?
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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