my favorite [office] things: for the love of standing

One thing I’ve come to realize over time:

Working from home doesn’t mean you have to sit at home.

I’ve been in this industry a long time. I’ve been paid to scrapbook on a regular basis or create art since 1999. We’re talkin’ 15 years.

As a person who works from home, I had always made my office as ‘convenient’ as possible. Everything I used most needed to be at my fingertips so that I had to get out of my chair very little. Here are a couple photos of what my office used to look like.

officemainofficeright

office-back-wall

(This was after QVC. And I still had another tall cabinet that stood on the wall just to the right.
This is where my green credenza now sits.)


Years
of this ‘sitting with things at the fingertips’ thing.

All I have to say now is, What was I thinking???

I can’t tell you how many times I referred to that chair with contempt and disdain. I hated sitting in that chair.

hated. 

Or maybe it was more resented. That might be a better word.

Sometimes I felt like my ‘behind’ was permanently glued to it.

When my job scope changed a bit–meaning, no more QVC that I did for six years–and I could scale back on product in my office, I was feeling more free. More space.

But still, too much stuff. I had stuff stuffed everywhere. Dan was floored at how much stuff I had packed way in the drawers and cabinets! Even in the corner behind the filing cabinet drawers that matched the desk. Great place for hiding oodles of empty albums.

Then came the remodel–which is still a work in progress.

office-space

(that chair doesn’t deserve to be in this photo. it’s gonna be replaced.)


I had certain criteria in mind. The first being that I wanted my desk to stand just a few inches taller (32.5”) than your average desk (29”) so that if I stood at it to make a page, I wouldn’t have to hunch over as much like you normally would at a standard desk. Not only that, I can stand to type on my computer and feel comfortable. Now, I most likely wouldn’t design on my computer that way, but I can do other busy work and not need to sit down or hunch over. And I’m only 5’ 4”, by the way. 

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office-standing


The second thing I  wanted was for it to be open so that when we had parties then there’d be plenty of space in our family room and office area. Before, I had a section of desk that separated the two areas.

In addition, I wanted a large cabinet that housed not only my printers and electronics so they’d be out of site (they are such an eyesore, aren’t they?), but it needed to be tall enough to handle two shelves of 12×12 cardstock as well as some nice drawers for storage. All combined, it brings it to about 42” tall.

office-counter


That’s pretty tall for a cabinet, but I love it! I’ve worked at that surface with my Silhouette and my laptop and it’s awesome. I’ve written just about all my History Project journal there and it’s like I’m sitting at a desk…only I’m standing. And I’m finding that  I like creating my pages here, actually.

And then the last piece we added was the green garden credenza, that we refinished, by the way. (That’s what it was labeled and I like it. :) )

office-credenza


It sits at an even different height–a little higher than my desk. Perfect spot for my Genesis Trimmer (also love), which is just a little turn after cutting on my Silhouette so I can trim what I need to and put the cardstock away. I loved this piece not only for its design but that amazing surface! Three completely different surfaces, great for photographing on–and it just adds character to the place instead of having the Danish furniture that I had (way pre-IKEA).

office-cutter

 

I wanted my office to be an extension of the family room, which sits on the opposite side. I wanted it be more furniture and less ‘office.’

And now that it’s done, I have three words to say:

I love standing.

Why didn’t I do this before? Not only is it just fun to stand from time to time, but moving is so much better for you (okay, at least it’s better for me). I like moving from surface to surface. And I love the space.

space.

space.

space.

I can’t explain it, but it just plain ol’ makes me happy.

I love feeling free and not being tied to that chair.

I love feeling that I’m getting more ‘exercise’ because I’m moving and working.

Just to be clear though, I can–and do–sit plenty of work time too. I can’t design standing up, but I can create pages or craft or type standing up. I can email standing up or peruse the internet. It makes for a good mix. Plus I can dance when a good song comes on. ;)

So that’s my new philosophy: Just because you work at home doesn’t mean you have to sit at home. And you don’t have to remodel to do it either. If you want to explore height possibilities, find ways of altering your current setup. You could maybe set your desk on bed extender legs or a 2×4 piece of wood or something. Try it. See if you like it. And if you can’t or don’t need to adjust furniture, just try standing to mix it up.

I feel completely content with this new way of work. It’s been a long time coming.

It’s happiness for me.

It works for me….and I don’t have to sit to do it.

love.

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Because I know I’ll be asked. the cabinets and desk were custom made. The credenza was a one-of-a-kind piece purchased from Osmond Designs. The desk idea I got from HERE, but I had them add shallow drawers to it. Love it. Love the openness of it. The cords will be hidden behind the legs eventually, by  the way. I hate seeing cords. :)

2017-10-17T16:09:20+00:00 February 27th, 2014|my office|13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Cathy February 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Okay, this is great, Kerri! LOVE the look of your space now. Gah. It’s so fresh and inviting. Now, this is coming from a person who has stood to scrap since day one (mostly because I could never see a page unless I was looking straight down) but I’m super jealous that you CAN stand to be on your computer, too. If you want to. I bought a new (and lovely desk) last Fall and it’s definitely a sit down deal.

    So fun to see a peek inside.

    Also, didn’t know the Osmonds ALSO sold furniture. ; )

    • Kerri February 27, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Ha ha! Yeah, they sing a tune every time you walk in. It’s awesome. lol
      (not really.)

      There must be life after singing. ;) I actually think it was the parents that started it…but I’m not sure. It’s been too long since I’ve heard how it came about. There’s an Osmond Real Estate too. That’s what happens when you live in the land of Os….mond.

  2. Susan Kopp February 27, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I am rethinking my scrap area also. Mine is at one end of the living room (32×12) and open to company when they come around. I am looking for closed storage, that allows me to stand or pull up a bar stool if I need to sit. I sit too much and need to be up and on my feet more. I feel like I will move more if I am forcing myself to stand, even if it is fidgeting from foot to foot. Might help me loose some weight!!

    • Kerri February 27, 2014 at 11:43 am

      I am sooooo with you Susan! Exact same thoughts. Wanted things closed up. Don’t want all the stuff that I had sitting around and getting dusty. In fact, I have a little more than I really wanted as it is right now, but I do need some things. That’s why I wanted the printers put away. Just looks ugly sitting out. It just feels so peaceful on this level now. It’s like night and day. And considering we had dark brown carpet and now a light one, that reference could be literal. ;) It has made a world of difference in my overall feeling–it’s hard to imagine that it could do that, but it does. I got my feng shui goin’ on here. lol

  3. yolande k February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Woaw !!! Je veux la même chose chez moi !!! LOL
    Kerri, ta scraproom est superbe, pratique et lumineuse, j’adore !!!
    Bises de Nouméa

  4. Sandy Evans February 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love your new “look”… I would love to have a table to stay at….

  5. Tina February 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Looks GREAT, Kerri! You accomplished exactly what you set out to create… I, too, have the option to sit or stand in my office/creating room. Love that I can do either. Keep the great designs coming!!

  6. Michelle B February 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Have you bought those vertical paper holders recently? Cropper Hopper, right? I haven’t been able to find them, and I need to add to my collection! Thanks,
    MichelleB

  7. lindsey February 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    stunning. gorgeous. man. i would love to hang out in there! any tips on refinishing a garden credenza like yours??

  8. Lynette February 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Kerri! I have to say I love your space! I love how everything was compartmetalized in the old space, but the new space is just refreshing! I am using a room that is literally 8ft by 9 ft. I feel like it’s just a big closet, and I jam in paper crafting, beading, and sewing supplies +sewing machine, laptop, and cameo. Ya, kinda cramped, but it’s working (kinda!)—and keeping the toddler OUT of my stuff! It’s almost always a disaster, but I’m working on making changes to it constantly. I love that you can stand, that is really nice! The green of the credenza is just beautiful. I am hoping that with this series, you will add in a basic supply favorites too: like adhesives, and little tools—ya know the little basics that anybody can have that you use all the time. Wow long comment, sorry! Thanks for sharing your office with us!

    • Kerri February 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Lynette! I’m loving it too. ;) It was always easier to add another set of plastic drawers than worry about any kind of furniture. Drawers are practical–and I obviously used them a-plenty. It’s nice that I could finally organize everything down to only what I need. And my office is about 10×11, so it’s not incredibly big either, but it feels much bigger now that so much is gone or put out of sight. :)

      And yeah, I have plans for sharing my favorite tools and such too.

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