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Friday, 14 August 2015

My outdoor office

As a blogger I usually work from home, mostly sat on the sofa with a laptop on my knee if I'm honest. However during our recent stay at Waterside View Cottage the weather was lovely and I decided to set myself up a little home office outside. I have pretty much unlimited data on my phone and used this as a wifi hotspot to connect my laptop to the internet. I have to say the freedom of working outside was truly wonderful and it was lovely being able to sit in the great outdoors as the children played on the grass around me. It also worked out to be pretty productive as there weren't the usual distractions (tv/washing up ect....).

It's safe to say that I am now a woman on a mission. Next Summer I hope to transform our front garden into a place I can use to work outside whilst the children play. There are so many garden designs to choose from however I am looking for something that specifically includes:-

*Space for me to work
*Space for the children to play
*Storage for toys
*Low maintenance
*A fence for when we add a four legged friend to our family next year

Below are a few snaps of our garden now. It is a fairly wasted space if I'm honest as we rarely sit out there. We are lucky though that we do have a fairly large area to work with and at the moment it is pretty much a blank canvas.

My outdoor office space

Image source: Unique Landscapes/Homify

I love the idea of having my office space separate to the rest of the garden - maybe wooden decking or a patio. The seating would need to be comfortable enough for me to sit for an hour or so at my laptop so a high backed chair with support would be a must. I would also require shade to keep the sun from glaring into my eyes and onto my computer screen so a permanent parasol would be a good idea too.

Image source:

Image source: Homify

Child friendly

I need my garden to be appealing to my children too for the days I am working from home when they are off school. Grass is of course a must and I think permanent play equipment would be wonderful for them too.
Image source: Timotei Playscapes/Homify

My children are real beach babies. It would be impossible for me to work from the beach so I would love to bring the seaside to us incorporate some sort of sand pit - I am thinking we could probably make our own similar to the one pictured below underneath one of our tree's at the bottom of our garden.

Image source: DAKTERRAS.NL/Homify


We do have a garage that in a separate block however we need to come into the house to grab our keys so I am also thinking storage built into our garden design would be useful too. I like the idea of a bench that has hidden storage underneath and can see this working at the top of our garden next to our house.

Image Source: Garden Club London/Homify

Finally, I would love to place a white picket fence with a pretty gate around our garden to keep our future pet dog safe as he sits with me outside and to really establish the area as our own.

Do you have an outdoor office or have you ever tried working outside? I'd love to hear what works for you.



  1. I always find when I work outside I have problems seeing the screen! Maybe a table with a parasol would be the fix. Love your ideas

  2. What fab idea and your garden is such a fab size, we have a tiny garden but bib enough for a rattan sofa and a paddling pool so I often blog outside , I didn't know you were planning a doggy

    1. Oh yes a little pug called either Yoda or Crumpet (i'm team crumpet!)

  3. We're in exactly the same position in terms of needing to make the most of our front garden area. I'm definitely going to fence it off by next year so we can use it. I'll put a trampoline out there for the girls and then hopefully I could work out there. I've got a gorgeous decking out the back but it gets the sun all day long and there's not enough shade to work so I need to create a shady outdoor area at the front to work in.x

    1. It's nice having a big front garden I think - a trampoline sounds perfect x


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