The Evolution of One Man's Home Office

The Evolution of One Man's Home Office

Jason Loper
Oct 17, 2011

When I first started writing for Apartment Therapy almost two years ago, I proudly toiled away on my posts in the office closet pictured here. I loved my little office closet - in fact, it was the first of my DIY projects to be featured here on the site. Over time, my home office needs have changed ... and my home has changed right along with them.

The office closet worked out beautifully when it was being used in small doses. When I first created it, I had a job outside the home and so I only worked in the office closet for an hour or two at a time.

Over the summer, when I became assistant editor of the site, my time spent working from home while sitting at a desk increased dramatically. As a habitual redecorator, this seemed like a good time to give the home a new look while also setting up a new desk. I decided to move out of the closet (weeee!) and set up a new home office in the corner of the living room, utilizing a vintage desk that my husband and I have had forever.

So I painted the living room, started stenciling the wall, and looked for a new comfy chair that would work with the vintage desk. And that's where I ran into my biggest problem with the vintage desk. With a leg opening of only 18", it was next to impossible to find a desk chair that was comfortable and would fit under the desk. I eventually found the blue vintage chair pictured here. It has a soft seat and, more importantly, fits under the desk but it's certainly not intended for 8-10 hours of sitting. Not by me, it's not.

And then, last Friday night, I experienced Craigslist serendipity once again. After complaining to my husband about my achy back from another day at the vintage desk, I decided to take a quick stroll through Craigslist listings ... and the third item from the top was this yellow West Elm Parsons table. It was love at first sight, which was helped along quite a bit by the fact that it was 1/3 the price of a new WE Parsons desk!

I had been thinking about a similarly styled desk ever since I started redecorating the room. While I adore the vintage desk, it's really always been too dark and heavy for our small apartment. So I made arrangements to purchase the Parsons desk Saturday morning, intending to put it in the same spot as the vintage desk. When I carried it into the living room, however, it seemed to just belong in front of this window, framed by the drapes I so lovingly steamed last week. And now, instead of an achy back from the vintage chair, I get to sit in my other new-ish Craiglist find, a blue velvet wing back chair. And rather than stare at a wall behind my computer monitor, I get to look out the window.

How long will this current set-up last? Who knows? But for now, I'm quite satisfied.

Images: Jason Loper

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