Love - My New Office

As some of you might know, I run a little wedding PR & business consultancy called Candid Apple. I've been in the wedding industry for over 11 years now and I really do enjoy it. After starting out as a wedding planner (multi-award winning too don't you know!), writing two books and running hundreds of weddings, I moved over and started working with businesses instead - helping everyone promote themselves and their businesses, advising people, project managing and generally being a sounding board for anyone who needs a little bit of cheerleading.

I work from home which I love - the flexibility, the lack of commute, the absence of the corporate world, office politics and those meetings-for-the-sake-of-meetings where everyone tries to look important and useful. 

That said, working from home is not without it's challenges and when you've got three kids who always seem to be on school holidays, finding some space that's just mine is really tricky. However, as my business is growing beautifully right now (it must be spring!), it's become essential that I've got somewhere where I can feel comfortable and happy to work and to have a space that's just mine.

Happily, in our garden, we have an outbuilding that used to be an architects drawing office. It's been used more recently as a potting shed/general garden dumping ground so the current project that's absorbing My Mr is to fix this up to become my workspace. In the meantime, I've cleared the conservatory, painted some furniture and prettied up the space to become my interim office and I'm absolutely loving it.

It's bought home to me just how important it is to have a dedicated work area - it means that when I leave in the evening and close the door, I'm switching off so much better and my evenings are now way more relaxing than they have been. I'm not being interrupted by the kids who've learned that when the door is shut, there's no entry. It's making my work, and my work life balance so much better. Who'd have thought that a few tins of paint and a little bit or re-organisation could make such a difference?

These shelves got a lick of chalky emulsion and suddenly were the perfect home for books, stationery and a few pretty bits...

These shelves got a lick of chalky emulsion and suddenly were the perfect home for books, stationery and a few pretty bits...

Another little bookshelf that got the paint treatment and then my dog soon made herself at home!

Another little bookshelf that got the paint treatment and then my dog soon made herself at home!

A few of my favourite things - pictures of my son when he was younger, one of my awards from my days as a wedding planner, a scented candle, a couple of copies of my books and also 'Style Me Vintage: Weddings' by the lovely Annabel of Love My Dress

A few of my favourite things - pictures of my son when he was younger, one of my awards from my days as a wedding planner, a scented candle, a couple of copies of my books and also 'Style Me Vintage: Weddings' by the lovely Annabel of Love My Dress

My view - again, the desk got a lick of paint, the chair is a cheap buy from Ikea and, if you look down the garden, that building on the right will soon be my 'proper' office.

My view - again, the desk got a lick of paint, the chair is a cheap buy from Ikea and, if you look down the garden, that building on the right will soon be my 'proper' office.

Some scented English stocks are making my desk an altogether prettier place to be. You might recognise the painted tins from my Easter post!

Some scented English stocks are making my desk an altogether prettier place to be. You might recognise the painted tins from my Easter post!