Comparing Home Office Spaces Then and Now

June 26, 2023

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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.

Present Study

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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.

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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!”

Girls’ Office

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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.

Team Office

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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!

Past Music Room

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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!

Reading Room

Black Sconces | Black Leather Couch | Woven Basket | Wooden Coffee Table | Vase

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.

Home office

Leather Rolling Chair | White Pendant

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?

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  1. Patricia Fragale says:

    Hands down your present office space is perfect. Truly beautiful. Coming in second is the reading room. So cozy for reading a book on the couch. But truthfully, every space works and thanks for sharing. I imagine each space full of memories and hope of things to come. Congratulations on your many successes.

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