My Kitchen – Berlin, November 2015
In the Home is all about interior design, making your cozy space your own or other home-related things.

Yesterday, while in the kitchen eating a very late lunch, with the gold light streaming through the window as the sun slowly began to set, I thought I would go ahead and share with you all some photos of the kitchen, as I haven’t shared this room of my house on LFB yet. I also thought I would let you in on my thoughts about WFH – working from home:

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There are a lot of perks that come with freelancing, the major one being the ability to work from home – which I am lucky enough to be doing for the better half of the work week. You need not be concerned with overwhelming disapproval on the off days you unintentionally come to work 20 minutes too late, all the while cursing that little modern invention called the snooze button or all five of the alarms you had set for that morning, which your sleeping self conveniently turned off before rolling over and falling asleep again (true story), both because there’s no commuting involved and you are your own boss (which, kind of makes it hard to stare disapprovingly at yourself). Oh yeah, and you also get to be surrounded by all the comforts of home.

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My Kitchen – Berlin, November 2015
Now I know working from home is not for everyone – some people like to separate work and play literally by placing physical distance between the two. Others have the tendency to get overly distracted at home. And while I would be lying if I said I don’t sometimes get tempted by a short nap on the sofa, or come cheeky Netflix, I figure that by saving time on travel to and from work, I kind of break even with my work hours with these mini breaks. And if I decide to take a longer break, I just work longer. Actually, if anything, the only negative aspect of working from home for me is that I tend to work longer hours against my better judgement due to the lack of physical distance between my work space and home – I’ve basically resigned myself to the fact that I’m pretty much a functioning workaholic.

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Homemade Lunch – Berlin, November 2015
Being in your own environment is pretty rad for a few reasons. The first reason is quite practical: you can successfully multitask, which leaves more time to catch up on social and personal stuff after hours. Now I do not know about you, but ever since I started working from home more often, I seem to be able manage household chores at lot better. It only takes 5 minutes to load and unload the dishwasher or the washing machine, and being able to run it and then return to working in the other room might seem relatively trivial, but it’s honestly a luxury not lost on me. I also have the company of my fur babies, can brew endless pots of warm tea that get me through the day, and can work from the the sofa, or my bed without anyone side-eyeing me – which, would actually be pretty odd and slightly disconcerting since I live alone. (In all honesty, as long as my productivity level does not suffer, I see nothing wrong with spending some of the day working in a reclining position.)

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My Kitchen – Berlin, November 2015
Another giant bonus is being left to my own devices for lunch. I have some pretty incredible places just around the corner within walking distance from my flat, but I honestly just love being able to cook lunch in my own kitchen. It saves both time and money and the end result is a pretty damned good meal (if I do say so myself) accompanied with a half in hour of relaxation and catching up on whatever series I am currently watching. (Side note: kind of addicted to “Reign” right now. It’s basically the medieval love child of “Gossip Girl” and the “The Vampire Diaries.” It’s grossly historically inaccurate, incredibly cheesy, and my most recent guilty pleasure. Oh and for the record, not at all an actual fan of “The Vampire Diaries.” Just wanted to make that crystal clear. Apologies to any of you who might be fans of the show.)

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Hexe – Berlin, November 2015
When I’m not literally working from home, freelancing also gives me the flexibility I need to plan and execute other aspects of my work including photoshoots, business meetings, or other errands like doctor’s appointments. These appointments work as a really great balance as well, since having interaction with other people is something I crave and definitely need to have on a regular basis. Oh, and it also prevents me from literally osmosifying with my pjs and fuzzy slippers and becoming one, which is probably a good thing.

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My Kitchen – Berlin, November 2015

Love or hate the idea of working from home? Let me know in the comments below…

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  • Love this, Rae! Freelancing is the most independent thing you could do as a job and it’s great. And you can even work from home which makes it even better in my opinion. Loved this post <3

    Hannie Arden,

    • rae

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Hannie! Thanks!

  • I used to get distracted a lot working from home, even though most of it is schoolwork or even working on my blog. I found it helps me a lot to not be on Facebook and Twitter – I even wrote myself a little sticky note with “Stop being so nosy about other people on facebook and focus on your own life”. I can’t separate myself from Facebook entirely though, since I have friends in other countries and one of the biggest ways we stay connected is through Facebook messenger. But if there were another way, I’d probably deactivate my Facebook entirely.

    That being said though, I think working from home requires a ton of discipline on your part as well – it’s very easy to slip and spend most of my time relaxing than doing work!

    becky ♡ star violet

    • rae

      Working from home does definitely require a lot of discipline, but if you are able to figure out how to do this just right, working from home can be the most freeing thing ever, seeing as it can really save time and make you more flexible in the end!

  • I would love to work from home – own surroundings and being more comfortable

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • rae

      It really is a privilege!

  • I love working from home although I do get far too distracted I’m trying to rectify that by creating a desinated office after Christmas
    Could you tell me where your dish rack is from pls – I love it . Thank you k x

    • rae

      Where are you from? I know that in most big cities there are tons of co-working spaces that you can rent out for decent prices – maybe look into that? And thanks! It’s from Ikea. :)

      • I’m in London, that’s a great idea I had completely forgot about that option- I will def look into it I think it would suit my personality. Thanks for the dishrack tip off – :) k x

        • rae

          Ah yeah I am sure that London is full of co-working spaces! In Berlin we have tons and you can just rent a small desk – it’s a great way to keep social as well. And no worries!

  • Anna

    Thanks for sharing these amazing photos – the pasta looks delish :) Working from home would be a dream! Especially for lazy people like me who don’t like leaving the house at all…

    Anna xx

    • rae

      Thanks so much Anna! Tooting my own horn here, but it was pretty damned tasty haha. And yes, if you like sleeping in a bit, working from home is great, because without the commute time or having to actually get dressed in sensible clothes, you can afford to hit the snooze once or twice!

  • Just like you said it. Love everything about it, and would dread the idea having it any other way!

    • rae

      Agreed, Corina!

  • I love working from home for all those above reasons. I think having access to distractions is a big plus and minus but it’s what makes it fun :) Being able to cook your own food, switch off when you want to, pat a cat, go outside, listen to undisclosed (I hope you’re onto that podcast!!) yup all amazing things. I work about 10 hours as a disability support worker a week and yesterday when I had to wake up at 6am I was not a happy camper but it just made me grateful for all those other days “off” :)

    • rae

      So glad to hear that you see working from home as a positive thing as well! Getting up at 6 am is definitely not pretty but a reality for most people so we should count ourselves lucky that so much of our working week gets to take place from home!

  • Can I just say how much I adore your kitchen. Oh so dreamy! I love being a freelancer however this year for me become rather difficult so I had to look for work. I started a casual merchandising position that’s pretty much on the road and has hours you set for yourself. Well they give you the tasks you need to complete and you complete them when you can provided it’s no later than the due date stated (usually 3-5 days anyway). It’s good because I still have control over when and what I do, though i do miss those days of working strictly from home and having my poochie-boo cuddling up to me. BTW I also found that I’d be working round the clock when I was at home. I’d do a good 10+ hours most days. You never really feel like it’s all consuming though, not like when you’re working for someone else. If I’m only there for 60 mins, you bet your ass I’m out the door no later! ;o)


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Sxx! And yes, that is one of the drawbacks of freelancing and why I still work in an office part time. But it is really great that you have control over your current schedule and there is something kind of exciting about being on the road as well. And I agree – when you are working on your own passions and projects, the hours seem to tick by much faster than when you are working on making someone else’s dream a reality!

  • Oooh your kitchen is super cute! Not a freelancer but based on me trying to study at home – I can’t! I get distracted so easily, it’s probably because I associate my room/space with leisure so much. I’ve been heading out to cafes and libraries to do work, where there are people around to stop me from online shopping/just putting my head on the desk to sleep.

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Jane! I know that this tends to be the case for a lot of people. I am one of the weird ones that work well at a cafes, libraries, AND at home. I guess working from home does take a specific level of discipline. I try to at least spend the majority of the day working from my desk to get into work mode but do also manage to be able to do work relatively fine from the sofa or bed as well. And haha, to be completely honest, I am sure that I would have no shame and still online shop regardless of where I was. Putting my head on the desk though, not as much! :P

  • Gorgeous kitchen (and I LOVE that dreamy photo of your kitty babe).

    Such an accurate list of perks of living at home. I save so so much money on food since I am always home and can just pop some leftovers in the microwave for lunch, and I just turn on the coffee machine if I feel like indulging in a second coffee for the day (instead of spending another couple bucks on one from a cafe).

    My biggest issue with working from home 80% of the time is that I am a really social creature and not getting out of the house and not working alongside others is sometimes really stressful for me. I often try to make lunch plans on days I work from home, just to break it up a bit.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Katia! And I can completely sympathize with you there and could not agree with your more! I am also an extremely social person so I really crave human interaction. Going out for lunch breaks or dinner after work helps a lot and for me is the perfect balance as I am also quite independent and enjoy my own company as well.

  • First of all, your kitchen looks gorgeous and adorable as well! Second, I need to check out that “Reign” show for sure :) And lastly, I feel like working at home is not for everyone, people tend to get distracted easily, mix work with personal life which can end badly sometimes. But if you are able to handle it and it is completely comfortable with you then why not? I would personally love to work from home :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Leta! Do check the show out and let me know what you think. And yes, working from home definitely does not work for everyone, especially those who get distracted easily, or have a hard time switching to work-mode when still at home!

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    This is my goal. I would love to get into freelancing, but my current job kinda takes up a lot of time, plus I dance ballet/modern two nights a week for exercise, and my husband it a student so it’s not like I can just quit my job or even go part time to work on becoming a freelancer. However, once he gets a job in his field (IT) and we pay off our car, it’s a free for all. :D

    P.S. I’ll take that kitchen, please.

    • rae

      Really hope you are able to achieve that goal in the future, Elizabeth! But yes it does sound like things are quite busy for both you and your husband! Dancing two nights a week is a huge commitment! Always impressed with people who do so much after work hours during the week!

  • Kim

    Lovely kitchen & awesome cooking skills ;) My homemade meals tend to be on the more humble side haha. I love the idea of working from home, but I’m not exactly sure what sort of freelance I could do that would make for a steady stream of income.

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Kim! Yes, unfortunately not all jobs are conducive to working from home. What do you do professionally?

  • Sahra

    lovely photos! I’ve worked from home intermittendly for years and I always get a tad bored and cabin feverish. But you seem to keep busy and having fun!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    • rae

      It’s definitely the downside of working from home, but I find that as long as I meet up with friends for dinner and for lunch, and sometimes meet up with other friends who are also freelancing for a work session, it’s quite okay!

  • Nadia

    Fell in love with Hexe already <3
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on being a freelancer, girl.
    I've been there & defo understand all the perks and drawbacks.
    Love your kitchen, it's very homely.
    xox Nadia

    • rae

      Aw thank you so much Nadia! And no worries!

  • I work in home too and I agree with you in so many aspects because work in home provides a great flexibility. I enjoyed your post

    • rae

      Thanks lady! So glad you liked the post!

  • I totally agree with all of this! Love your kitchen too. Such a great space!

    Wishes & Reality

    • rae

      Thanks, Heidi!

  • I really loved this post, Rae! Your kitchen space looks so cute and rustic, I love it! That shot of your lunch looks pretty yummy, too!

    I agree, working from home is great and has so many perfects! For me the only downfall is that I tent to overwork and not take as many small 10 minute breaks that I should. I have to remind myself to eat because I get so caught up into working that I forget!

    Thanks for sharing your view on working from home, I really enjoyed reading this post :) Have an amazing rest of the day, beautiful!



  • loveeee your home. youre just the perfect human being!

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  • Your kitchen looks amazing, just like out of an interior design magazine. Love your photos! :)

    I would love to be a freelancer too but haven’t find the right path yet, however I can see why you love being a freelancer. there might be negative aspects about it, but all the positive aspects you named clearly speak for a freelancer career. How amazing is it to be able to work from your own sofa at home!? <3

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  • sileas

    Such a pretty and nicely decorated kitchen! You shared some interesting thoughts, I can hardly imagine to work from home, mostly because of my terrible lack of discipline ;) But cooking at home is a huge benefit and I’d love to try WHF for myself!

  • I would so love to work from home!

    Your kitchen looks so great, so cozy.

  • Me too, I love working from home. Only this year I got a live in studio and damn I love it. Instead of commuting I had more time to do housework or exercise. I like the flexibility too, such as having longer lunches and make up for it later. And you are right, I do end up working long hours too but I don’t really see it as a bad thing as I just know how to stop and look after myself. Apart from few occasions with very tight deadlines!!

    Your kitchen is so beautiful and your cat is such a cutie :)

    Katrina Sophia

  • Lovely post, your photos are really beautiful.

  • Such a beautiful kitchen! I can definitely see the advantages of working from home – I used to have a job with a 3 hour lunch break I could go home in – which was great to use to actually eat a healthy, cheap meal. Also who doesn’t love waking up a bit later and being fine with the consequences?! But I get so easily bored by myself and even on holidays I find myself getting claustrophobic in my own home.

    Saskia /

  • I think working from home would not be good for me, I would procrastinate the whole time!

  • yuka

    aww lucky you! so many perks! Your home is lovely <3

  • 5 alarms…I’m so guilty of that. And your pasta dish looks incredible! Definitely so great to be able to freelance.

    P.S. I adore Gossip Girl, so I guess Reign might be my new show in the holidays :)


  • You have such a lovely home! May I ask what you do to support yourself while freelancing? I’m in the process of making the shift to working from home but am curious about what you’re doing!

  • I work from home and would have a hard time working in an office again! Your photos are lovely!

    Doused In Pink

  • I love the idea of working from home, I just think you do have to be a bit more aware of getting a bit of social interaction, leaving the house and also being able to have your down time cause other wise I feel it would be really easy to feel suffocated by your own home. Loving the fairy lights in the kitchen!

  • From all the wonderful tools in your kitchen, I would imagine you must be an amazing cook Rae! I’m also a freelance and I love the flexibility of it as well as getting to work from home.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  • Great Post, Rae! Lovely photos of your space too, looks super cozy, as well as an inspiring place to get to work in every day. I’ve learned that I LOVE being able to work from home, along with the flexibility it brings, and I’m hoping that in the near future I will be able to build up a nice little nest egg int his way!

  • Pretty pictures of your kitchen. I love the idea of working from home and most of all not having to report to anyone. I am sure there are certain downsides to it such as lack of social interactions but the positives outweigh the negatives in my opinion.
    I enjoyed reading this post and your blog is wonderful. :)

  • Oooh, I’ve been meaning to start Reign soon, it sounds right up my alley for what I like in a TV show haha. Love these gorgeous photos of your kitchen – now I’m planning my lunch for tomorrow :)

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  • I love the idea of being able to work from home, but I do like a bit of physical distance, so when I start my freelancing once I am finished with school I’ll probably do most work including drawing etc. in my workshop :) It’s kind of required having proper work space with ventilation and being able to have costumes at my place so I need a different space then my house anyway :)


  • Love, love, love the idea of working from home. You’re absolutely right though… there are many people who wouldn’t see the joy in it and wouldn’t be able to find the balance. When I was working full-time on articles and my website, it was straight out of my office (aka living room), and my time-management skills were on point (rather than having a set schedule by a supervisor… I set the tone on my pace and it was incredibly productive).

    Stay fab,
    Lisa Favre

  • What a lovely post. I love your kitchen! I love working from home for me it’s the best. I am so much more productive with my work and keeping on top of the house chores. For my partner it has the opposite effect and he likes to separate the two. Gemma xx

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Jacquard! And yes to keeping on top of household chores!

  • So beautiful selection pics and so nice usefully tips. Today Google translator not work, so I can not understand the post. But I wanted to thank you for your visit and your nice comment. Have a nice day, kisses,

    Eniwhere Fashion
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    • rae

      Thank you so much Eni! And I am so sorry to hear that the google translate wasn’t working! Have a great day too!

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    I definitely love working from home, can’t do it fulltime yet but that’s the dream haha! I love the photos by the way; gorgeous!


    • rae

      I also do it part time too, which I sometimes really love because I feel like it’s an awesome balance!

  • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

    oh yaaaas! i truly feel ya :) i’ve been working from home for more than a 2 years now. tho this year i finally started renting an office, which was a great decision indeed :) i guess i’ve got enough of a home, tho still one or two days weekly i work from home :) can’t get too far away from that, haha!
    awesome pictures as always! and your kitchen is just wow!
    Vaida @

    • rae

      You bring up a really good point, Vaida! Even when you work for yourself, you do not necessarily have to work from home, whether it’s your own office or a co-working space!

      • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

        exactly! and the change of the place can also bring you lotsa good, motivation and inspiration :) for example – if i work at home, i try to change the working spots from time to time – i move around home with my laptop :)

  • I enjoy working from home, I really don’t like commuting to work. I enjoy being able to make a nice lunch and multitask. Great points you mentioned and love your cat :)

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    • rae

      Have to agree with you there, Eden!

  • I think working from home would be bliss if I actually had that discipline. I do have work ethic, and I can make things done… but I think – talking from previous experience here – I will be far too distracted at home and would be procrastinating all the time.

    • rae

      It definitely takes some adjusting to! But I would def say that if you get an opportunity to give it a chance, because maybe you will find it really works for you and if not, then you know. :)

  • These photos are gorgeous! I love your kitchen! I kind of have a love/hate relationship with working from home…I love that I have the freedom to do what I want, but I also tend to work all day and all night…I haven’t found that work/life balance yet!

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Valerie! And I feel you! Oftentimes when I work from home, I also end up working all night – but then again, I stay balanced by taking a mid-day break! Good luck with finding that balance!

  • I LOVE that you are a Reign fan!! I always describe it as the Bachelorette mixed with Greys Anatomy. :) It’s really just all around addicting trashy tv!
    I think you are right on. There are positives and negatives to working from home! My company lets me work from home on the off chance I might be sick or having to stay around the house for some reason and I love those days. But I do think I would miss interactions with coworkers as well. So really it’s a toss up! xo
    Kelsey |

    • rae

      I just finished all the episodes available on netflix here in Germany (only the first season is available here) :( Really hope they update it soon! And yes I totally agree with you! I think it’s great if you have a job that is flexible with letting you work from home – it’s really the best of both worlds. I go into the office once or twice a week for the part time design job I have and I definitely like the balance! It definitely helps me stay disciplined with my own work as well.

  • Great post! I think to work from home is surely not for everyone. It only seems easy and comfortable but in reality involves a lot of self-discipline. I love your photos and the cat looks so huggable, such a cutie! :)

    • rae

      Agree with you entirely! I think it really only works for those who can have the discipline to know when to sit down and get to work without a boss and other colleagues keeping you in check!

  • Looking at your kitchen, I can see why it’s such a comforting place to work (and makes it way harder to leave). I’m torn between WFH and going to the office, personally. I love going to the office because of both (1) the social aspect with co-workers and (2) getting my head into a physically different space. But it’s also nice that my office has a flexible WFH policy in case you need to refresh or just aren’t feeling your best. Not having to get out of your PJ’s and cooking your meals at home? Just…the best. I’m way too distracted by Netflix though, so it’s a dangerous game for me to play. I’ll never make-up my mind here but ultimately, I guess, a balance of the two works for me. :)


    • rae

      I have to agree with you entirely. I work part time for a company which means I usually pop around the office 1-2 times a week, so it’s a pretty good balance!

  • Gosh. There were so much going in my head as I scroll down and read through your post. Not gonna lie, made me think alot. In the corporate world flexibility is out of the way and being a person who loves to go around, the restriction and rigidity can be too much. Thankfully I have a boss that understands me and a career that enables me to travel around the world [Therefore not in the office all the time hehe]. Which makes up to it I guess? Love your kitchen Rae and it must be really great to have a living space as a home and a workplace to generate ideas! Also, visiting your blog makes me miss Berlin so much :)

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    • rae

      Sounds like your job affords you quite the balance and you are really lucky to have such an understanding boss! Thanks so much, Viviene, and when were you last in Berlin? It is such a fantastic city, isn’t it?

      • He encourages personal growth and definitely value passion in an individual :) I was in Berlin 3 weeks ago. In fact, you recommended me to visit ‘Shakespere & Sons’ and several other places! Hilarious how many streets I walked through because couldn’t find ‘S&S’ haha!

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  • I love your kitchen, Rae! I’d love to work from home in the future, however sometimes personal chores and hobbies may cause distraction – I guess it depends on your ability to prioritise :)

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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Sarah, and I hope that you get to work from home in the future. You are right though, they definitely can be distracting so you need to know how to prioritize for sure!

  • These are absolutely gorgeous! The life of a freelancer seems so dreamy through your photos :) It’s all about achieving that work/life balance whether you work from home or have to go into the office! xx


  • Your home looks absolutely beautiful Rae! I can safely say that my old freelancing life looked much messier than this because when left to my own devices, sans public shame, I’m a mess! Reading this and flicking through your photos – including adorable Hexe! – really makes me miss being my own boss. xx

  • I always have a tendency to overwork when I’m able to work from home a bit more. Especially since I’m a night owl and the most productive in the evening when I should be asleep. Haha.

    • rae

      I am the same, but honestly I prefer to wake up later and work later on my own terms!

  • You are the cutest thing. Also, you rock. I love your blog! Anyway, I’m seeking to transition from working primarily in the office to working from home, and your post definitely encourages me to move forward in that process! Thanks for the tips and knowledge- super appreciated!!

    • rae

      Thank you so much lady and so happy that you like LFB! I wish you the best of luck with your transition from working in the office to working from home!