Why I Decided to Become a Lifestyle Blogger

I’m one of those people who dreads being asked what they do for a living.

Why?

Because I am a big ass flake. I’m the flakiest flake in flake town.

That being said, flakes know a lot of random things about a lot of random things.

Over the years, I have been a lawyer, a member of the Connecticut “Mommy Mafia”, a yoga teacher, a seminary student, a freelance writer, the author of a book about theology and probably some other things that I’ve forgotten.

See? I was not exaggerating about the flake thing.

But the one good thing that came from my professional flakedom was a lot of time spent on the internet learning ALL THE THINGS.

And I also learned how difficult it is to start a work-at-home career that actually makes money. It takes a lot of trial and error, online business culture savvy and hard work.

And I’ve had a lot of failures. I put a fair amount of time and money into starting an SEO firm for attorneys that never got off the ground (probably because I hated being an attorney and I hate everything that relates to legal stuff).

I’ve bought courses from all of the online business gurus who promised to help me craft the perfect offer that people would clamor all over. They are all such good sales people, and they make it all sound so damn easy.

 

The good news is that, during all of this trial and error that I considered to be time wasted, I actually learned a lot of valuable information about earning money at home. I’ve taken my lumps and I’ve written for the content mills. I’ve worked my way up to better rates, and a docket of work that I actually enjoy.

I also finished my first book, which I never, ever expected to have the opportunity to publish.

And through it all, my home office became my happy place.

It was the place where all of my ideas, good and bad, came to fruition. It is where I wrote countless keystrokes and had dozens of Skype chats with other online entrepreneurs all over the world. How lucky am I that the place where I work is my happy place?

I do non-work related work in there too. All of us who help run a home have plenty of business that we attend to. Paying bills, researching family vacations, looking up recipes and common core worksheets…That is important work too, and having a designated work space really helps me stay on track.

So that is why I felt led to begin home office love. Because I really, really love the hell out of my home office. I haven’t always lived in a home with the luxury of a dedicated office room. Our move down to Charlotte got us a lot more bang for the buck and a modern home blueprint for the first time. In the past, we had to find ways to make a home office work, so helping people find a place where they an hear their own thoughts is important to me.

It is from this years long finding my purpose, freelancing, solopreneurial journey that Home Office Love is born. I love home decor (even though I am a slob), shopping online, practicality (even though it doesn’t come easy) and creating joyful, beautiful and sacred places in the home.

That is what Home Office Love is all about.

 

5 Mod Desk Chairs That Are To Die For

Peacock Blue velvet desk chair from Amazon

Move Over Rolling Desk Chair…

One of the first notions home-workeristas need to give up is that desk chair must be an old-fashioned, traditional, rolling desk chair. When it comes to decorating a home office, style doesn’t have to be compromised.

While designated desk chairs have their advantages (easy to move, lumbar support, adjustable height), choosing any stylish accent chair can give your home office a splash of color and style.

Here are five adorable quick picks that will add mid-century mod style and bold, on-trend colors to any home office. Check these beauties out.

Mid Century Velvet Living Room Accent Armchair

The curves of this pretty accent chair are just perfect. And I am always a sucker for this style of leg. I think I’m going to order this one for myself.

Here are what a few purchasers had to say:

I love this chair! I’ve seen similar chairs at places like West Elm for $300 or $400, so you can’t beat this price. The quality is very good for the price. The legs of the chair are metal, not wood, but the wood pattern doesn’t look fake and doesn’t stand out. The velvet is so soft, and while the back of the chair is a bit short, it’s comfortable enough for me to sit cross-legged.

“Chair is GREAT quality. I purchased the gray and it’s exactly like the photos. Velvet is very soft and in great condition. Seat height is good for under a desk or table. The chair is actually pretty deep, so taller people should also be fine sitting in it. Assembly couldn’t be easier.”

Rivet Huxley Mid-Century Accent Chair, Burnt Orange

This wood framed arm chair gives super mod style to any office. We love the orange for a pop of color. There is a (much more expensive) leather version available too!

Here’s a review:

I got this to go in the guest room because it look nice. I have modern furniture in there. I like the Mid-Century lines…That being said, once I sat in it, I wanted it for my great room. It’s so comfortable.

Roundhill Furniture Tuchico Contemporary Fabric Accent Chair, Tan and Gray

The vertical lines in the design of this neutral beauty ad a little bit of interest and sophistication. Beware that users say this one isn’t comfortable to everyone, but it’s pretty and a great price.

 

Homelegance Lucille Fabric Upholstered Pub Barrel Chair, Blue

This blue barrel chair is a sturdy, durable choice. It has a stronger looking construction and a higher weight limit than some of the others on the list. Definitely a more substantial chair. And it is %100 polyester tweed, which means that it will be super stain resistant.

Here’s a review:

Love it! So happy with this purchase. Great Quality for an excellent price. Sturdy, easy to put together, and comfortable!

 

Roundhill Furniture Doarnin Contemporary Silky Velvet Tufted Button Back Accent Chair, Mauve

This chair is absolutely swoon-worthy. Blush pink and mauve are huge right now, but beware that buyers are saying that this one shows up a little more lavender than pink. Keep that in mind before purchasing, especially if you aleady have accents in your room that are that warmer, shell version of pink.

Having read the previous reviews I already knew what I was signing for – lavender color instead of pink. And it suits me well! I wonder why the seller still has no inclination to change the description in order to improve his rating????‍♀️The seat is a bit on the hard side, but the right size and comfortable curves make up for this small drawback. A nice chair overall.

 

We hope these gorgeous chairs give you some inspiration for your own home office. Good luck finding the best home office chair.

P.S. Keep in mind that several of these are available in a variety of colors!

For more cute home office decor ideas, visit homeofficelove.com.

Best Standing Desks 2018- Buyer’s Guide and Review

2018 best standing desk

Because the research shows that sitting is going to kills us all, standing desks are growing popularity. More and more work-at-home professionals consider standing desks as their choice for the best home office desk. Are you considering ditching the chair for a standing solution? Before you take the plunge, you need to understand what makes a standing desk great and how to choose the right desk for you.

So what makes a great standing desk? Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the right desk.

Size–The obvious first question is, how big is your workspace? Do you have a modest-sized devoted office? A desk in a spare bedroom? A corner in your kitchen? When choosing a standing desk it is important to consider the square footage you’re working with, as well as the shape of your space. A desk with a big footprint in a small space obvs doesn’t work.

Material–Your desk material affects the cost, upkeep and aesthetic of your desk. Are you looking for something easy to clean and functional like a basic wood? Or something inexpensive like particleboard? What about a sleek glass top that is prone to showing fingerprints? The material you choose is simply a matter of taste and budget.

Adjustability–Before you buy, it’s important to think about whether you want to be standing full time, or if you’d like to have the option to sit on occasion. If you want versatility, you should look for an adjustable unit. But not all adjustable desks are created equal–it’s important to consider the mechanics of the adjustment. If adjustments are difficult or cumbersome, you aren’t going to use the adjustable feature at all.

Style–With any furniture purchase, your personal style is one of the most important factors (or for some of us, it may be maybe the only factor). Some standing desks are “workier” looking than others, so consider whether it’s worth it to you to use a less attractive desk in your space.

Ergonomics–As with sitting, the ergonomics of your setup are really important to keeping your body aligned. Pay attention to screen-to-eye-height and keyboard placement. If you’re cranking your neck to constantly look down or you are typing with your arms at an awkward angle, you can end up with an injury. And since you probably work for yourself, safeguarding your body at work is entirely up to you.

Surface area–Do you spread out papers and books? Or are you a laptop only type of worker? Do you keep all of your office supplies at arms reach? Or do you like a clean, clutter-free surface? How much workspace you need is completely up to you.

Your Tech Setup–Do you need several corded items or monitors? Do you need holes to streamline your cords? Or are you ok with a “floating desk” that sits in the middle of the room, cord-free?

Budget–We found standing laptop stands starting at around 70 bucks up to some big baller desks ranging up to $600+. We tried to review desks that would work for a variety of wallets.

We considered all of these important factors and compiled a list of 10 standing desks that offer great features and variety of options for your personal working needs.

 

 

The Top 10

1. Sheldon Standing Desk–$137.99, Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse

We love the style of this desk. The Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse line of furniture promises “industrial-inspired elegance meets rustic farmhouse charm.” Evoking the look of repurposed materials (at this price point it is likely a “repurposed wood look”) along with angular metal designs, Laurel Foundry makes the perfect stuff for channeling your inner Joanna Gaines.

People seem to put this desk to multipurpose use; it can act as a small, makeshift dining table if you add stools to the mix. We can see this one working tucked against a kitchen wall, or in a dedicated office space.

Here are the stats:

  • 42” H x 44” W x 22” D
  • Overall Product Weight 40.28 lb.
  • Reclaimed wood surface “style”
  • Matte black metal base with X design
  • Height not adjustable

One happy buyer says that she’s using the desk as a multipurpose piece:

“I am using this desk as a combo standing desk/kitchen table. It’s a great size, I can fit 4 bar stools beneath….I’m 5’4 and the standing height of 42in is perfect for me. The desk is very stable and it has a nice industrial look. Most standing desks are very expensive and unattractive, when I found this was I was very happy!”

This piece also seems to work well for taller standing workers:

“Great desk! Ordered two for the office I share with a coworker. Surface area is just right for writing typing. Not a huge space, so I’m forced to stay organized. Great height for us. We’re both about 6′ give or take. Solid, sturdy and easy to assemble. Colors are true to photo. Top is a very nice texture as well. Super happy with this for the price!”
With great style, this simple standing desk offers a smaller footprint with a nice sized work surface. And at an affordable price point, this desk could be “the one.”

 

 

2. Mobile Laptop Cart.–$34.99, Seville Classics

This cheapy may be a good choice if you aren’t fully committed to the standing desk lifestyle. It’s more like a tv tray and a standing desk had a baby.

This laptop cart is on 1.5 inch casters which makes it easy to move if you don’t have much space or if your office is a multi-use space in your home. You can adjust the height with a locking knob. This no-nonsense lap cart is a little bit utilitarian in design, but it seems to have a lot of good reviews.

Heads up: the most common complaint is that the surface of the mini-desk is in fact quite tilted, not flat as it appears in the photos. With no “stopper” feature for the laptop, things could get slippery and annoying. BUT, one smart reviewer points out that this is actually a feature that may be adjusted to your liking during assembly:

“This laptop desk was just what I was looking for. Other people posted that the top was too tilted, but if when you assemble it, you turn the top around, it is flat. A great, easy to assemble, inexpensive product.”

Here are the stats:

  • Tabletop can be adjusted to either a flat or slanted position
  • Utilitarian gray metal stand
  • Minimum Overall Height – Floor to Tabletop: 20.5 Inches
  • Maximum Overall Height – Floor to Tabletop: 33 Inches
  • Wood-look table top
  • Adjustable height with a single knob
  • Holds up to 15 lbs of weight

At $34.99, this won’t break the bank. If you hate it, it could double as a night table or tv tray for your snacks when you’re spending some quality time with Netflix.

 

 

 

3. Move 80 Series Height Adjustable Standing Desk, $643.99, Bush Business Furniture

Now this is a serious desk for the worker who’s seriously committed to standing while working. This bad boy has a lot of features that we won’t find on cheaper models, like:

  • A ” Durable thermally fused laminate work surface” which features “superior resistance to scratches and stains.”
  • A wide range in height, from 23 to 49 inches high
  • Speedy adjustment, moving at a speed of 1.5 inches per second
  • Four programmable presets
  • A quiet, soft-touch start and stop
  • UL listed electric motors
  • 10 foot power cord plugs into standard wall outlet
  • Welded 16 gauge steel base legs and feet which help this bad boy support a hefty weight capacity of up to 200 lbs
  • Meets industry standards for safety and performance
  • Heat tested to withstand the heat of a laptop

This unit gets good reviews, however one user docked it a star because they had to drill holes for sufficient electric cord access.

If you’re in need of a desk that can easily adjust with the touch of a button, then this is a good choice for you. While it has a price tag that reflects all of the bells and whistles, this is a choice that is bound to offer you the ergonomic set up you need.

 

 

4. Long Beach Calder Writing Desk, $407.99, Trent Austin Design

This desk combines the rustic, rugged look of a distressed rubberwood frame with clean lines and metal details. The reason this desk is a winner is it’s storage space. With two compartments and a sizeable work surface, this is a practical, hardworking desk. Here are the stats:

  • Constructed of Veneer, Rubberwood, Iron
  • A faux drawer handle which conceals lifting mechanism
  • Lifting desktop reveals hidden storage
  • Metal accents for on-trend modern farmhouse design
  • The desktop height is adjusted simply by lifting the desktop by the edges to the desired level, and the locking mechanisms will hold it in place.

While this desk gets generally good reviews, some buyers did note that converting the desk from the sitting to standing position is difficult, especially with anything on the desktop like your computer or books. One review said:

“My only problem with this desk is that the desktop is very hard to lift when you have your computer, etc on it…This makes the storage space in the desk almost unusable for me unless you only store things in there that you don’t use often.”

Another reviewer even said that converting the desk is a two-person job. So if you want a desk that easily adjusts, this one is not the best choice. However, if you are looking for a desk with some storage, this one could be a good choice.

 

 

 

5. Height Adjustable Desk Converter, $149, Innovadesk
http://amzn.to/2runJPO

This isn’t really a desk; it is an adjustable unit that sits on top of any normal, sitting desk. You put your computer or monitor on the adjustable platform, where it can rise up to standing level, or sit in the lowered position which is useful for seated work.

With no assembly required, this is a simple addition to the desk you already have. Here are the stats:

  • Height adjusts up to 16 inches and is a mere 2.5 inches in the seated position.
  • Desktop surface is 36X24
  • The unit weighs 32 lbs
  • The max load for this desk converter is 20 lbs.
  • Made of black, laminated particle board with a steel base

The Innovadesk moves with a gas spring system which takes you from sitting to standing in a mere three seconds.
This unit offers flexibility by allowing you to work sitting or standing without investing in a mechanical looking convertible desk. Use any desk or table you already have, or one buy one that is more your style.

While we find the $149 price tag a little bit hefty for a converter, it gets great reviews and buyers seem to think it’s a good value. One reviewer calls it “sturdy as hell,” and comments “Huge desktop surface, extremely sturdy, and easy to raise/lower. Couldn’t ask for more.”

Couldn’t ask for more is a pretty solid compliment. If you’re not into an entirely new desk, give this a try.

Note: There is a similar product that we wanted to mention, the X-elite pro (http://amzn.to/2Dsoxdy) which is a bit more at $199. It has 592 reviews and a high rating, so this one may be a safer bet that he Innovadesk which only has 9 reviews (all positive). However, we think both look like good products, so we went with the one that was cheaper for our list.

 

 

 

6. Adjustable Standing Desk, $382.99, Wildon Home

This white, futuristic desk has a white glass top, which acts as a dry erase board! With three USB ports and four programmable LED touch controls, this desk offers awesome practicality for when you need to get some serious workage on. It is adjustable from 29. 5 inches to 47 inches, giving it a wide height range.

  • Whiteboard glass top!
  • Large drawers with dividers for ample storage
    Attachable monitor arm.
  • Powered when plugged in, featuring 3 USB ports
  • A large, divided drawer stores your desk supplies.
  • Surface area is 47.25” W x 25.5” D

Check out this recent 5-star Review:

“I think I’ve stumbled upon the hidden gem of Wayfair’s amazing selection with this desk. In a market where desks with fewer features go for at least 3X the price, I was a bit hesitant but decided to take the gamble. I couldn’t be happier! This desk has it all beautiful sturdy metal frame, tempered glass top that doubles as a writing surface, 3 Port powered USB hub, quick and quiet motor, segmented drawer! Add to that an easy setup you’ve got the smart desk everyone should have. You seriously can’t any better value than this!”
Sounds good to us!

 

 

 

7. Gwen Corner Floating Desk, $188.99 by Latitude Run

How cute is this shelf?? While this isn’t exactly a standing desk, it is a corner mounted workspace that can be mounted at any height you choose! The good thing is that you can carefully consider where you’d like the desk surface to be, and you can mount it to fit your height and needs. It even includes a little bit of storage space!
Of course, the bad thing is that you can’t convert the height at all; once it’s mounted, it’s mounted. Another downfall is that a permanently mounted height means that it might not be easy to share with a partner or roomate who is a very different height.

But for the work-at-home maven who is short on space, this offers a great solution. Here are some stats:

  • Made in North America
  • Wood construction
  • Corner design utilizes space to the fullest
  • 2 removable shelves
  • 5 fixed shelves
  • Cutout for cables and wires
  • Designed to accommodate walls that aren’t perfectly square (great if you have an older home or apartment with wonky lines.)
  • Overall Dimensions are 40” H x 42” W x 27.3” D
  • The desktop measures 42” W x 27.3” D
  • Distance between desktop and shelves: 18.5″
  • Required wall space per wall is 30.5″ W

A reviewer says:

“I just love this desk…best purchase ever. It is fits perfectly in the corner and is definitely a space saver.”

We like this unique little addition to the list.

 

 

 

8. Tetrick L-Shaped Computer Desk, $153.99, Ebern Designs

If your work requires you to have a work surface that takes up some serious real estate, this is the choice for you.
This L-shaped desk is a biggin’.

The look is sleek and modern, with contemporary angles, an attractive teak-look table top and black metal legs.
Here are the stats:

  • Overall Dimensions 29” H x 66.14” W x 49.21” D
  • Desktop 28.94” H x 66.14” W x 18.9” D
  • 56.59 lb.–Sturdy to support a lot of weight.
  • Room for multiple monitors or computers, making this a good choice for designers or other dual-screen users
  • Storage for wires in beveled edge design
  • A free CPU stand is provided
  • Maximum height: 30.94″

It has a slew of good reviews. Many reviewers report that the desk was easy to assemble and hsas a nice, sturdy feel. Here are a few reviews:

“This is a great looking, sturdy piece of furniture. It fits nicely in our office, we actually got 2 of them for a his and hers office.”

“Super easy to put together and sturdy. It was a great buy for the price. It has a long return on the side that makes it easy to maneuver the mouse.”

 

 

 

9. Symple Stuff Easy Pull Home Office Standing Desk, $157.99, Symple Stuff

Here is another desktop converter deal. This good thing about this one is that it is ergonomically sound because it has separate surfaces for monitor and keyboard. If you’ve ever had any neck or shoulder issues. your physical therapist might have told you how important it is to have your screen at a natural eye level, and your keyboard in a lower position to prevent body strain by typing with the shoulders or elbows raised in an unnatural way.
This converter has is fairly large. It can accomodate screens of up to 30 inches. Here are a few stats:

Overall Dimensions: 31.5” W x 21.6” D
Overall Height – Top to Bottom – Maximum
15.6 ”
Overall Height – Top to Bottom – Minimum
6.3 ”
Product Weight: 38 lb.
Comes in basic black and a cherry look with black metal base
manual height adjustment.
Can accommodate screens of 30″ depending on the monitor being used

And according to reviewers, it seems like a pretty user-friendly setup: “Adjustable function is very easy to use, height is changed multiple times a day, and works as well as it did on the first day we got it! We have had it for over half a year now.”

This could be a solid choice if you want an easy to use, no-nonsense desk converter solution.

10. Elevate Standing Desk, $195.99 Sale Price (Reg. $329), Safco Products Company

This is an attractive choice that will easily blend into most rooms. The thin legs and openness at the base keep the sight lines in your room nice and open. The desk is adjustable, and includes a footrest for those who would like to put a foot up while standing. This desk has a nice sized workspace for you to spread out. This model is made of bargain materials: a melamine laminate, wood-look top and powder coated steel legs. Here are some stats:

  • Plastic leveling glides
  • 50” H x 48” W x 24” D
  • Desktop Height= 50”
  • Sturdy weight: 79 lb.

This standing desks gets generally positive reviews. One purchaser says:

“This desk is sturdy and stylish in an industrial sort of way, without being bulky (I ordered the white version). The adjustable foot bar is great, and the desk is easy to assemble. It’s exactly the right amount of space for a computer desk with room left on the edge for papers or a small lamp.”

Another buyer does warn that the melamine table top is not the most luxurious:

“Cheap wood top, everything else is great”

So Which One Do We Like?

In the end, we are putting our money on the Adjustable Standing Desk, $382.99, by Wildon Home.

The features this desk offers are just too good to pass up. Having three USB ports right at your fingertips during your work hours will keep you at your desk with all of your technology needs met.

It’s fully adjustable, sturdy, modern and gets 360 great reviews. We think this one is a winner for any home office.

 

The Runner Up

Our runner up is the Sheldon Standing Desk, $137.99 by Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse.

With great looks and an affordable price, this is another stellar choice.

Are you ready to join the standing revolution? Let us know what you think. Leave us a comment below.

For more cool home decor ideas, be sure to visit homeofficelove.com.