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The Art of Working from Home

The Art of Working from Home
A timely article - Jenny was interviewed just two weeks prior to the second nationwide alert level 4 on the art of working from home.

Here are some of the article highlights on working from home:

Fashion designer Jenny Drury’s modern house is curated to be a functional office and family home. The founder of local fashion labels Ketz-ke and LEO+BE never wanted to commute further from her design studio than a flight of stairs, so while many of us tried to create work from home spaces out of thin air for lockdown, she’s had work-life balance within a single dwelling down-pat for almost a decade. Drury lives minutes from the beach, with her husband Rob and 18-year-old son Matt, in Milford on Auckland's North Shore.

Jenny Drury, the owner of local fashion brand Ketz-ke, at her home in Milford, Auckland. 

I celebrated 15 years of business in lockdown around this time last year. My husband is an Air New Zealand pilot and often away, which meant in the day-to-day I was almost like a solo mother when our son was young. I always wanted to be able to be here after school, which meant I had to find a way to bring the workshop home.

The problem was, the workshop kept getting bigger.

We had a more specific must-haves list for a home than most. We needed: big garaging to pick-and-pack all the orders, a flat entranceway for the courier trucks, and separate office space that myself and several full-time employees could use.

The upstairs level of the home is where the family and live and play. Downstairs is where Drury and her sister work.

This house has always been perfect, but it took a long time to find something that ticked all the boxes.

The downstairs is essentially the business space. The office was previously a second lounge or media room. It has two big ranch sliding doors that face the road. I use those an outside entrance, so I feel it is truly separate.

Upstairs, is all our family living: the kitchen, the lounge, our bedrooms – it’s quite removed. We were incredibly well set up for lockdowns.

Part of Drury's office space downstairs that was, in another life, a bedroom. She keeps the current collection on display for easy point of reference.

 To view the full article, visit the following link:


https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/decor/126248584/fashion-designer-jenny-drury-has-mastered-the-art-of-working-from-home  

 

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