Our Shared Home Office Refresh

A few months before Lily arrived Joshua and I got a little adventurous and combined our office rooms. Up until that point, our offices were separate, and that’s when I last did a tour of this room on the blog.

After creating the nursery we lost a guest room. We tried moving the daybed downstairs, but we weren’t satisfied with its placement. The solution? Joshua moved into my office and his old office became the new guest room.

Our shared desk space consists of three IKEA ALEX drawer units and two GERTON tabletops. Along the back, we have two large cord organizers that keep our cords clean and out of reach from little hands. We also have ambiance lighting along the back of the desks and bookshelf in the form of Philips Hue Light Strips.

On the right is Joshua’s side where he has a set of shelves to display all his Star Trek memorabilia. Joshy Jr. AKA the Build-A-Bear I made to ask Joshua to Sadies our senior year hangs out there too.

We also have our sleeper sofa which allows this room to be a second guest room. Most of the time it’s where Izzie and/or Mr. Big hang out, which is why I invested in the PupProtector throw blanket.

a shared desk with white drawers, butcher block top, and black keyboard, chair, mouse, and computer tower

Joshua’s desk setup is primarily for gaming. He built his own computer inside a fancy Lian Li case with so many specs that it requires its own blog post. My iPad Pro sits between our two setups where we’re using it as a baby monitor via the Nanit app when I’m not using it for work.

The left side of our office is my side home to my workspace and baby’s play area.

My personal setup has evolved quite a bit to be more ergonomic for my needs. I recently upgraded my primary mouse to the Razer Pro Click designed for the WFH life. Paired with the Carpio Ergonomic Wrist Rest my right hand is a lot happier. I also use a trackpad to give my right hand a break when I’m scrolling.

My EXPEDIT shelf is where I store Lily’s toys. In my previous blog post, I go into more detail on how we made this room baby-friendly.

Now our shared home office is one of our most-used rooms in the entire house. I work from home while watching Lily, so our shared office room accommodates all three of us.

Shop Our Shared Home Office

Paint color: Behr Aqua Smoke

Artwork: Stendig Wall Calendar from Crate & Barrel, Star Wars and Star Trek prints from ReStyle Art Prints & Posters,  CA State Fair poster by Jason Malmberg, “A Wretched Hive” by Josh ‘SHAG’ Agle, Star Trek Motion Picture movie poster, and Star Trek USS Enterprise blueprint poster

Desk: IKEA Alex Drawer Units + IKEA Gerton Tabletops

My Computer Setup: 27″ iMac + Apple Cinema Display 24”

My trackpad: Apple Magic Trackpad

My keyboard: Apple Magic Keyboard

My mouse: Razer Pro Click + Carpio Ergonomic Mouse Wrist Rest

My desk accessories: Mug from West Elm (discontinued), JBL Creature Speakers from eBay, Cassiopeia Coaster By Anthropologie, iPad Pro + phone stand

My chair: Herman Miller Aeron Ergonomic Chair

Sleeper Sofa: Willow Modern Slipcovered Twin Sleeper Sofa with Air Mattress + PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket

Nightstand + accessories: DIY piece, Pure White Ceramic Egg Vase from West Elm, Exhale the Bullshit candle by Evil Queen, and Opalhouse small canister

Joshua’s chair: Maxnomic Classic OFC Gaming Chair

Joshua’s headphones: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Joshua’s monitor: ASUS ROG Swift Curved PG348Q Gaming Monitor

Joshua’s mouse: Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Gaming Mouse

Joshua’s keyboard: CORSAIR Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Joshua’s computer case: Lian Li O11D XL

Joshua’s shelves: IKEA BERGSHULT / PERSHULT combo


Bookcase accessories: IKEA FLÅDIS baskets, Garland (handmade by me), Himalayan Salt Lamp from Bed Bath & Beyond, Sphero BB-8, Hiring Hand tarot cards, Tarot Cards of Tech, various crystals & plants gifted from friends/family

Plant + Planter: IKEA FEJKA artificial plant + Mid-Century Turned Wood Planter from West Elm

Toy cabinet: IKEA BERTBY (discontinued)

Wall clock: George Nelson inspired clock from HomeGoods

Ceiling fan: Kyree 3-Blade Ceiling Fan from Wayfair