The Art of Working from Home
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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.
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.
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.
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