I work from home four days a week and have found that work-life balance looks completely different when one loves what they do — and when they can do it at home. It can be the best in terms of choosing work hours and surrounding oneself with creative inspiration, but it can also be hard in the way that it gets difficult to separate work and home life, or to even stop working at all. Kim and Dale Cheney have both found working from home to be exactly what their businesses need, and have transformed their house to suit their jobs in a lovely, elegant way.
Kim is the owner, floral designer and event designer behind August Floral & Event Design, and Dale is a freelance graphic designer and creative director. They both loved the historic Parkside neighborhood in Savannah, GA and wanted to find a home that would inspire and be functional for each of them. When the couple discovered a 1914 craftsman, they knew it was the right home to serve their needs. “It had two important deciding ingredients: a large updated kitchen with a perfect workspace, and a little outbuilding that could store the supplies and act as a walk-in cooler for [the] floral design business,” Kim says. They moved in and immediately got to work creating the spaces that they needed for their businesses and then decorating for a cohesive look between their brands.
Kim’s romantic events, flowers and taste has infused her home with layers of texture and whimsy. She describes her style as “a strong affinity for the European look, both in décor and in floral design.” Dale’s style is layered in, too, with added dark tones. Each room in their home feels like a well produced movie set with every element perfectly placed. Their home reflects the couple well, and allows them to both be home together working on their passions. Kim says, “The ability of being able to work from home has made an incalculable difference not only in running efficient, profitable and productive businesses, but also in having a lifestyle that is balanced and healthy.” –Lauren