Workspace of the Week: Reflected wonder

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Kathleen V’s small space family work center:

I am really impressed with Kathleen V and her family for coming up with such a terrific and organized office solution for their small space. In Kathleen V’s words:

This is our living room art table/homework table/workspace in our small San Francisco home (the view you are seeing is the bay and Marin Headlands). We installed the mirror to get more of that view reflected into the house.

Right now you see table ready for my two kids to do some artwork or homework. We added a glass top to the table to protect the wood, so the kids can go crazy with glue, sharp pencils, whatever!

The drawers on the right are filled with all their supplies. My laptop is tucked just below the ream of paper. The back of the table is finished and has no lower support, so this has also been used as additional seating for 4 for Thanksgiving dinner!

I also liked the second image, which demonstrates how Kathleen V uses the area for her work with the addition of a dining chair:

More from Kathleen:

Here you see the table set up as a workspace (I’m a web developer). I use a comfortable dining room chair that I grab from a few feet away in the next room. The table drawer is actually a keyboard tray, and I use a cordless keyboard and mouse. I’m able to grab some paper from the storage on the right, but otherwise I’m paperless.

Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing your workspace with our Unclutterer community!

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7 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Reflected wonder”

  1. posted by Lose That Girl on

    Very nice. I like how bright and airy this space is.

  2. posted by Caroline on

    NICE. Am drowning in pool of envy. I will get there one day!

  3. posted by Gloria on

    Love this! I’m looking to do something very similar. I wonder where she puts her scanner & printer or does she have another area for all this?

  4. posted by Sam on

    I enjoy decorative mirrors to add light and the illusion of space to a room, but I could not stand sitting in front of a mirror like that while working. I like the set up otherwise.

  5. posted by Shalin on

    Wow…sooooo simple and clever! 🙂 I think I know what I can do with my giant bathroom mirror now…


  6. posted by Sam on

    This might make some of you laugh.

    Shalin- Be careful where you put that bathroom mirror. I had an apartment that had a huge mirror covering the whole wall that the vanity and toilet were on. Standing in front of a mirror to go to the bathroom was kind of unnerving. The mirror was a little too full-length for good taste. My guests complained about it too.

    My guests complained about it too.

  7. posted by Kathleen V on

    Thanks Unclutterer for posting our workspace! I’m delighted.

    @Gloria – yes, I guess I’m cheating a little, the printer is downstairs (it’s an all-in-one printer/fax/scanner). 😉 I used to work in a closet downstairs, but now that this space is so nice I’ve moved upstairs (but the printer stayed downstairs). I don’t really use the printer very much. The router & modem are in the kitchen at the “hub” of our house (next to another family computer), so they aren’t seen here either.

    @Sam – it’s funny, I am always so intent on the computer screen I hardly notice myself in the mirror.

    One more thing – the desk and stools are from Target! Very affordable!

    Thanks all–

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