Escape the ordinary
Who says your home office has to be all work and no play? When Alyssa Donlin was sent home indefinitely from her job at Samsung in March, she knew she needed a home office.
“Video chat is a thing now, so I needed to have an acceptable space,” she says.
Inspiration for the office struck when she and her husband spent the summer vacationing and working remotely from their Colorado condo.
“It was freeing after being in lockdown,” Donlin says. “You could go outdoors and go on a hike. I love the Colorado vibe.”
When they returned, she transformed a catch-all room in her Lakewood home into an office that reflects the beauty of the outdoors. Canvases of mountain ranges that once hung in the condo now adorn the walls of the office.
“I kept the reminders of how nice it is to be outside of Dallas in the mountains,” Donlin says.
Unlike a traditional office, her decorations aren’t limited to small trinkets. A cowhide rug is one of several statement pieces in the space. The others are a framed world map that covers nearly an entire wall and an old day bed that her dogs love to sleep on.
Donlin brings the outdoors in with plenty of houseplants and natural light from the room’s many windows. From her desk and ergonomic chair, which Samsung sent employees as a gift, she has a great view of the fountain in her backyard.
“I love my outdoor view,” she says. “I love that I can get right out of bed and be in my office in 20 seconds. I love having my dogs as my co-workers.”