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Home Update: Work Nook

Today I’m sharing a small update that I recently made to our living room. In our home, our office (which you saw here) is dedicated to my husband who works full-time from home. I work from my laptop which follows me from room to room to meetings to coffee shops. I love the flexibility that I have, but I was in need of a dedicated work area to at least serve as a landing spot.

Our living room, which is just off of our kitchen, had an empty corner that previously only provided a home for a standing lamp. I have a chest of drawers on the right hand side of our fireplace and after having a light bulb moment when I saw someone on Instagram place a desk in an otherwise empty nook, I realized how perfectly I could fit a small writing desk in our opposing corner.

It had to be a very specific size, which actually wasn’t all that difficult to track down. I wanted something simple, yet a piece that would make a subtle statement. Pottery Barn’s Folsom Writing Desk is the one that I settled on. It checked all of my boxes perfectly and balanced out the room as a result.

Here’s a look at a design board I created. It includes exact and similar pieces in our living room which I will link below. Our ‘rose’ colored sleeper sofa came from Interior Define. It’s their Charley sofa that you can find here. I frequently get asked about our wall color which is SW Accessible Beige. It’s a beautiful color that brings a nice amount of warmth to our room. Our ottoman and wall art came from HomeGoods and our chairs were a score at the Anthropologie Home Outlet (locals, their outlet is in Pittsburgh!).

Without a doubt, my girls will be taking over this work area with all of their arts and crafts, and maybe a little homework here and there! A chair would have been a bit too obtrusive in the corner, so I opted for this upholstered cube instead. It’s discrete yet comfortable and tucks under the desk perfectly.

I feel like that corner now has a presence instead of just disappearing. I love rethinking rooms and areas of our home in order to make the best use of our spaces. With three growing kids we need to make the most of it all!

I’m linking as many exact pieces from our room as I am able. I’m also including similar pieces at a variety of price points as alternatives.

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