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Busy First Week in the Office


First off, thank you so much for sticking with us this week even though we’ve been completely absent online. It was not our intention but between me starting a new job and then us jetting out of town in the middle of the week for an awesome soccer game (that had us driving home at 1 AM!) in Kansas City, we are definitely more than a little behind on sleep and the rest of our lives.

I wanted to share a few pics of my new office, because I am absolutely in love with it. I’ve always noticed that designers tend to end up wherever there is room left, and although that was probably the case with my new office/team, they’ve really made it work. Our office is located in an attic that used to house a local campus radio station. It has short ceilings and tiny pocketed areas, and while some people might find that a little claustrophobic, I absolutely love its feeling of privacy and seclusion.

Game table


Scrabble game anyone?

My desk

A view of my desk, it’s still a work in progress.

I know Neil and I never really talk about my full-time jobs, but in the interest of transparency, I should probably explain what my new position is. I now work for Mizzou Online Marketing, which handles all the creative and strategy decisions regarding the online programs offered by Mizzou (University of Missouri). I was attracted to it because it offers a wide range of responsibilities, which is perfect for me, because I am professionally a little bit of everything at this point. I’m so excited to be working with a team again (I was a team of one in my last position), and in an office full of creativity and openness to new ideas.

What is your office like?


  • I love this! Especially the Scrabble set up. Looks like a cute and fun place to work!

    My office is very traditional. I share an office with another girl, who I really like and get along with (luckily!). I really like all my co-workers but I am NOT a fan of what we do (we handle the grant paperwork and submissions for the faculty at our university). It’s not creative at all and there is a ton of paperwork and legal things we have to take into account. On the bright side, I only have one month left and then it’s back to school!

    One day, I would like to have a house with an airstream trailer in my backyard, which I have converted into an office. It will have nothing but a desk, a coffee maker, and a dog bed, and I will write my novels inside it. One day!

    • Jessica says:

      That is SUCH a good idea. I always wanted a detached office a la Swiss Family Robinson. Something tucked in the back corner of my yard but now I realize how lazy I’d be in actually going out there. I’m so excited for your move and following your adventures in a new locale!

  • It looks so nice and homey!

    I love my office upstairs. Since I work from home, i snagged the room with the big bay window. 🙂

  • Blake says:

    At first glance I thought that was your house and you turned one end truly into a home office. I think its interesting how similar your Professional office and your home office resemble each other. So yeah, you are not at all about the small spaces, I know you detest them! (note the total sarcasm there).

    I unfortunately went from a little quaint office to a typical cubical all white & grey environment, but that’s about the only real “complaint” I have about the job. Hey, somehow they did manage to fit (2) 24″ screens on my desk, that is very nice for AutoCad and Revit work, its just a lot more work to move the mouse around the screen.

    • Jessica says:

      Don’t lie, one of those screens stream Star Wars the whole day 🙂 I haven’t been in a cubicle for a good long while, and hopefully can avoid it when our office has to move in a month or so (sad face).

  • Nick Klaus says:

    Right now my home office is very disorganized. I’ll probably wind up moving it to another part and use the current office area for dining. The good things going for it are that I’ve got an excellent mid-century desk that hold more than enough and gives me a lot of workspace. Once I get shelves in, I’ll be able to do even more with what I have.

    My work office is a lot better. We used to be able to have uninterrupted views of the Hollywood sign, but now there’s a building blocking it. It’s very open but it is a lot of white walls and concrete floors that we’re trying to warm up and make more inviting. I don’t have my own office, but I’ll be building a partition to close it off a little.

    • Jessica says:

      I’m a huge fan of mid-century furniture, I’d love to get a few pieces for our home office as I think they’ll match the house very well.

      I can’t imagine having such a good view, even if a building is slightly obstructing it. Having been in an office with concrete floors before, the best thing I can tell you to invest in is sound deadening light fixtures and some good area rugs, otherwise the noise just bounces horribly.

      Thanks for stopping by!