Hey all you desk jockeys listen up! Here are some tips on how to create a dynamic workspace. Yes, I said DYNAMIC! That’s the key to alleviating back pain and neck pain from bad posture while working at the computer. As a former corporate gal turned interior designer, I have spent many hours locked in one position in front of my computer. Trust me, it’s a recipe for disaster! Your body needs to move to feel its best!
In my home office I alternate between standing and sitting all day long. Mostly standing, but sitting is okay too - as long as you do it well! I have a desk by Fully that adjusts from standing height to sitting height with the press of a button. Game changer! I have my screen set at eye level (using a stack of books) with my keyboard and mouse at a comfortable level where the bend of my elbows is little wider than 90 degrees. I take a lot of deep breaths - in through the nose and out through the nose. Another game changer is taking Foundation Training snacks throughout the day. Keeping my mat out in my little Zen Den area is a constant reminder.
So get up, breathe big and move! Your body will thank you! Message me if you struggle with this and I’ll help you figure things out!
Here's a picture of my home office (which used to be the kitchen in the original house).
Just for fun, below are some "before" pictures of the space. Big transformation!
I don't think this room had see the light of day in years. It was coated in grease and filled with stuff - including dead mice in the ceiling panels! This space was the one that really confounded me in terms of design. I knew it wasn't best used as a kitchen but wasn't sure how to fully use it. It ended up as my office and zen den. I find that they go hand in hand and it's now one of my favorite spaces in the house!
As a kid I was constantly re-arranging my room, sometimes weekly. My mom and I had a pretend business called “L&M Moving” aka "Lisa and Mom Moving”. She was such a good sport and let me do whatever I wanted as long as I didn’t harm the walls or floors. I never bought anything, except for a horrible white particleboard bookcase/desk that I insisted on getting when I wanted to be a cool teenager. It weighed about 200 pounds so it was cursed many times during these moving projects. I had my bed in so many places. In front of the closet, creating an awesome fort in my closet, in the middle of the room, on the diagonal. You name it, I put it there. What I loved about re-arranging my room is that I could create all of these new possibilities with the same furniture.
Reality set in and I left for college and climbed the corporate ladder, which left me uninspired and unfulfilled. I married my college sweetheart (the best decision I've ever made), had two kids and became a stay at home mom. I had never been happier but felt like I hadn’t tapped into my fullest potential. I decided to do something about it and started an antiques business in a co-op shop in Red Bank. I loved it but wanted to do more so enrolled in an Interior Design program through Parsons School of Design in NYC. It was a dream come true! I opened my own design firm, LSW Design, built on the principle of adding soul, style and function to their homes by using what my clients had, buying what they loved and empowering them to listen to their inner voice. Business was thriving, but I was not. My body was in pain and I couldn’t get ahead of it. I had to make the hard decision to pull back my business and and focus on healing my body. It was up to me to make myself better.
Once I got my body back on track, life presented me with the ultimate design challenge. Saving and restoring a 1903 house in Little Silver, a gem of a town along the Jersey Shore. Here’s are a few pictures of what it looked like.
Pretty awful, right?!?! The thing was, the possibilities created the same excitement I had when I was a kid re-arranging my room. This house was calling out to me to save it. Builders were swarming, wanting to subdivide the lot and build cookie cutter houses. Luckily, we had a lot of equity in our existing home. My husband was game and I had a great contractor that I had used for projects in the past. We just had to pull the trigger.
Stay tuned to see how it all turned out!