Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

Behind the Scenes of Curbly.com: Capree's Whole-Home Office

In the final days of our "Work_____" series, we thought it was only fair to give you a tour of the offices, studios, and desks of the folks that make Curbly happen. So, have a peek at the spaces where our articles are researched and written, photos shot and edited, mistakes made, things learned, and the DIY community built.

created at: 01/30/2011
Name: Capree Kimball
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What sort of activities or projects do you work on in this space?
I consume many a tasty foodstuffs (it's our dining / living room after all)!  Also, I write, write, write, tweet, obsessively check the weather, and a myriad of other blogger-related activities.  When holidays and birthdays roll around, I bust out my ever-growing stash of ribbons and paper and wrap my little heart out.  

created at: 01/30/2011
What's your key to staying organized and productive?
As far as productivity goes, I'm a bit of a restless soul, a nomad if you will, so I need to move around a lot.  I usually start out at the dining table then move to the lounge chair or couch as the day progresses.  If it's a particularly cold day, I seek warmth upstairs and work from the comfort of our "purple people eater" aka "the wool monster" aka our fake Womb Chair.  I take a lot of breaks during the day as well, which usually include playing with my dog or going on soda runs.

Most of what I do is online, so I use Teux Deux to keep track of tasks as well as the indispensable Google Calendar.  I'm a huge list person, so you'll find post-it notes and scraps of paper with random lists scattered around the house.  Not super organized, but it works for me.

created at: 01/30/2011
What's a feature of your workspace you couldn't live without?
Sunlight.  Oh, and my dog.

If you had one wish to grant your office, what would it be?
I don't really use an office, but my entire house.  I suppose my wish would be a never-ending supply of caffeine, which I'm already pretty on top of (it's my secret weapon).

created at: 01/30/2011
Do you work in other spaces than this? Other rooms in your home? Coffee shops or public places?
I work all over my home, though I never work from bed.  I technically have an "office" but we're in the process of turning it into a guestroom and I never use it (which is partially why we're using the space for a different purpose)!  It's in transition now, so it's half guestroom, half book pile, half un-used desk.  As far as working from public spaces goes, I've tried my hand at the coffee shop / wi-fi hot spot approach and I think I just spent the entire day staring at people instead of actually working.

How do you balance workspace vs. home life? Do you keep them separate, or is it all just part of your life?
I try to stick to a 10am-6pm / Monday-Friday schedule, to keep myself focused and to dedicate the rest of my evenings and weekends to my home life.  When you work from home, it's easy to get sucked into it at any time, say when you "just want to check your email" at 10:30 at night.  I try to avoid that rabbit hole and close my laptop at 6 or 7pm and then don't touch it until the morning.

created at: 01/30/2011
Do others in your home use this space? Often? For what activities?
Yes!  I use my whole house as an 'office', but when I'm done for the day or week, it turns back into a home (with the usual home-related activities, namely cooking and watching a lot of movies with my husband and/or friends).

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CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Dabito - Thank you!  That purple chair has your name all over.  And, when we finish our guestroom, you and Beatrice are welcome any time! ;)

OLDBRANDNEW on Jan 31, 2011:

Really lovely home, Capree. I love that you introduce a different pop of color in each room. I'm still drooling over that purple people eater. I'll let it eat me up any day. And I couldn't agree more about having sunlight and the dog, both totally necessary for motivation and inspiration. Thanks for sharing your wonderful workspace!


CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Thanks Brittany!  The Branch wall is based on a wallpaper by Ferm Living, but it's all hand painted.  You can read about that (crazy) project right here.  The light is the Twig Light from Fire Farm.  Chris made a really sweet DIY version though, if you want to check that out.

BrittanyMauriss on Jan 31, 2011:

Love that black-and-white treescape behind your piano. Is that wallpaper or some kind of decal? And that lamp! Where did it come from!? Amazing! All of it.

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Mark - Thank you for the super kind words!  :)

Mark on Jan 31, 2011:

Great design style, and furniture = awesome creative spirit.  Thanks for sharing!

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

Oops. I missed your second post. Well I'm just getting back "ME" so I could learn a lot from the old me too. Hopefully I'll return to the super organized person that accomplishes a lot each and every day. Need to get a file card system going again.

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

I hope so too. Thanks.

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Wow, that's some serious party planning!  I could learn a thing or two from you, I think. :)

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Ha!  Well, day by day, I say.  Hopefully you get better sleep tonight!

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

I should add we are trying to get ready for a Super Bowl Party. We're big Green Bay fans here.

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

Yeah it really is, but compared to what I accomplished on Sunday it's nothing.

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

DesigningMom - What!  That's totally good for 4 hours of sleep (at least in my book).  :D

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

You're very welcome Capree. I used to be hooked on caffeine too. I can't have it anymore and actually find it really didn't make any difference. I'm still sleepy if I don't get a good nights rest. Like today, I didn't get much of anything done. Made and ate a sandwich for lunch, put away clean dishes, made and ate dinner and cleaned up afterwards. But with only about four hours of sleep I figure that's pretty good.

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

DesigningMom - Ah, thank you!  I definitely thrive off of colorful environments... and caffeine, which I think I mentioned already.  ;)

DesigningMom on Jan 31, 2011:

You have a such a great home Capree I can see why you move around while working. So many great places to be and the colors are awesome too. They'd help anyone feel productive.

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Thanks Bruno!! :)

bruno on Jan 31, 2011:

Capree, your house is lovely; it looks right out of a magazine (in a good way). Congrats!

CapreeK on Jan 31, 2011:

Chris - Ha!  I've not had the envelope stuffing experience you speak of!  I actually work quite well from it; I think it's comfy!

Chris Gardner on Jan 31, 2011:

Excellent. Do you actually work from the Barcelona chair? Every time I sit in one, I feel like I'm being folded and stuffed into an envelope...

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