I gave up my part time job back in May. Giving my full attention to my freelance work and this blog. It has been hard work, thrilling and at most a full on hustle. But that’s just it, the hustle. This is why I am freelancing, I enjoy the chase, the search for work, the making it my own.
Gone are the days of the early commute, the 9 to 5, the repetition. Instead I move from the kitchen with a coffee in hand to my dining table. Where I plan my day and tap away at my laptop. This is where it gets tricky.
I work, style, photograph, plan, eat, help kids with the homework, fold clothes, dump bags, write lists – all on this table. My work has to move around the needs of my family in it’s use. So for example, the kids come home from school, want to eat a snack, perhaps do their homework (who I am I kidding), draw, make lego etc. My work things get shoved off to the side or on the floor!
It’s not ideal, but this is how I’ve worked/lived for years. Something has got to give, and I hope that is not my sanity! Solution… sell my mid-century sideboard. Yep. Make space in the dining room for a little desk of my own. If anyone wants a Mackintosh teak sideboard – please let me know as it’s going on ebay this weekend.
So, this brings me round to my current pinterest obsession – home offices. I am after a rough looking wooden desk (so I can photograph flat lays on it). I think scaffold boards or a bit of skip diving might be in order.
Yesterday I bought a vintage white anglepoise lamp which I am in love with. It’s rusty and gnarled and has seen better days, but that makes me love it even more. I can’t wait to get started at my little desk! I am thinking of hanging a calendar over it like this one. Lots of plants and light from the window. Actually, can I just be her.
Anyway – here is my home office inspiration pin board…
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.