Could the Mommy and Me home office be a new trend for 2013?

It was a question that Annette Joseph, friend and producer of my feature for Better Homes and Gardens, asked via Facebook. I think she was lightweight joking, but I immediately felt there is some validity to it. As I work towards obtaining an office space away from home, it is my current reality, see…

My day to day operations of Erika Ward Interiors takes place here as well as my work as co-founder of Room Service Atlanta. I’ve had client meetings here, interviewed interns, and recorded promotional videos all here in this office. At my home.

My school-aged children are away during much of the day, in the afternoon they return home to hunker down with me for a couple hours to do homework, computer games, or a craft while I finish up for the day. Remember when I posted my daily schedule? Click here.

Working like this has truly helped me to be productive as a business owner and a mother of four.

It was a dream come true to be featured in the January 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, on newsstands now. I commend them and Annette Joseph for having the foresight to see that biz moms are viable entrepreneurs in our economy AND effective parents.

… biz moms are viable entrepreneurs in our economy AND effective parents.

For all you parents/non-parents, I hope this feature helps you get your rear into gear for the new year regarding organization!

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting about another real life home office design dilemma of Tara Pringle Jefferson, Editor of the #1 site for young mothers, The Young Mommy Life. This is going to be fun. You don’t want to miss it!

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Kim @ Sand & Sisal Says:

    Such a great feature! You certainly deserve to be recognized and highlighted! Congrats!


  2. Tidy-Up Gal Says:

    Lovely! Congrats on the feature! I met Tara at Blogalicious and can’t wait to see your advice for her home office.


  3. Cam | Bibs & Baubles Says:

    Nice congrats on the feature!


  4. scoleman Says:

    I love this idea! Where can I fin that cubby bookshelf in the background of this picture? I haven’t seen one anywhere in that larger size. That could be beneficial for the entire family!


  5. Allison Says:

    I loved your office in BHG and sadly could not find any images on to pin to Pinterest :( Thought your office was also a great layout for a homeschool room!


  6. Krissi Says:

    I loved this piece in the magazine! Where did you get the table and chairs? I am inspired to make our office more family friendly! Thanks!


  7. Stephanie Says:

    I Love your feature in BHG. Would you be willing to source the paint color on your walls and the fabulous rug? I would be very greatful for any guidance.


  8. Najat Says:

    Wait a minute-I know of Tara Prinlge Jefferson’s blog and have read that one (as well as this one) over the years….I’m sooo excited to read all about her office “dilemma” (which I have a strong feeling you’ve solved wonderfully) ;).

    Can’t wait! And CONGRATS on the magazine spread!


  9. Tonia Says:

    Wonderful to see your feature in BHG. I want to know what the kids thought of it.


    • Erika Ward Says:

      Thanks Tonia!
      They found it exciting to have their faces in a magazine. Everyone wants to take a copy to school to share with their teachers. Glad there was something in it for everyone!


  10. Edyta Says:

    What a fantastic feature! Very well deserved :)) xo


  11. Lauren T Says:

    Erika congrats on this wonderful feature in BHG!


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  13. Angie Says:

    Que igual!!! espero que os gusten como a mi los zombies, escribi un redumen larguisimo de algunas de las mejores

    Un congratulación



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