The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to get creative with our workspace at home—and apparently even celebs like Demi Moore have some pretty odd office setups.
As proof, look no further than Moore’s recent Instagram post showing her working on her new podcast in her bathroom—a mere few feet from her toilet.
Granted, many of us might be guilty of taking our phone into the loo—but typing up a spreadsheet next to a hamper of dirty clothes and the plunger is a whole new level!
Plus, a celebrity like Moore probably has multiple workspaces, in more than one home. So then why is she holed up in her bathroom of all places? Is it the only space where she feels like she has some much-needed privacy?
Since she’s working on a podcast, one possibility for her odd office setup could be the room’s acoustics.
“Maybe the acoustics in this space are ideal for her podcast work,” posits Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP. “Or there’s a strong Wi-Fi signal here.”
“Bathrooms are often praised for their acoustics, so a podcast in here could” make sense, says Cedric Stewart, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Washington, DC. “And since the bathroom is the size of a legitimate office, she has the option of making better use of the room than most people.”
However, Stewart adds, “it’s an incredibly unconventional setup, and it wouldn’t go over very well if the home were on the market.”
What’s up with Demi Moore’s bathroom/home office?
“Even though we’ve seen some upscale bathroom designs in the past with luxuries like a landline phone next to the toilet, putting your workspace inside a bath is very unconventional—and a little crazy,” notes Drew Henry of Design Dudes.
That said, designers often see fireplaces and lounges in bathrooms, not to mention boutique-style dressing rooms.
“It’s not a far stretch to add a desk where you could do your makeup and attend a Zoom call,” says Ana Cummings of the eponymous design firm.
If your bathroom is spacious, you might be able to section off an area to work—but for regular folks with less square footage, this isn’t going to be easy.
“In a normal-size bathroom, the idea of combining bathing and working will introduce lots of logistical challenges, especially when it comes to bringing electronics into a wet zone,” points out Henry.
“If you had a separate sitting area off the actual bathroom, then maybe that could work,” says Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging and Interiors. “But otherwise, there’s no way I can see this situation ever being desirable.”
And psychologically speaking, mixed-use spaces in the home aren’t always ideal.
“For example, you should never have a home office in the bedroom because your mind is trained to think of it as a space of work and not one of rest, and this can affect how you sleep,” says Henry. “So by this logic you should definitely avoid a home office/bathroom combo, too.”
Furthermore, what’s up with Moore’s awful decor?
Another common reaction to Moore’s bizarre bathroom office is related to her design sense (or lack thereof). Mud-colored fuzzy carpet, a faded flowered sofa, and an old-style tile tub are cringeworthy, say the pros. And don’t get us started on that strange statue in the corner.
“Everything is so outdated that it’s hard to believe this is really her home,” says Bly.
“The last time I saw wall-to-wall shag carpeting used in a bathroom was back in the ’80s,” says Gray-Plaisted.
And especially now that we’re living during a pandemic, hygiene at home is top of mind.
“Removing carpet makes bathrooms less germy,” Gray-Plaisted adds.
If you must carve out a workstation in your master bath, at least consider the materials and fabrics carefully. For this space Gray-Plaisted recommends Lucite or teak, which are both conducive to wetness, Sunbrella or other waterproof fabrics, and cleaner, sleeker cabinets and quartz countertops.
“And if the steps and tub in Demi’s bathroom were removed and replaced with a soaker, she could free up more floor space and gain room for her sofa and worktable,” Gray-Plaisted adds.
Bly votes for acrylic and melamine plus resin outdoor furniture and indoor-outdoor rugs.
“A honed tile or acid-washed marble floor treated to be nonslippery or a luxury vinyl floor would work here, too,” she adds.
Here’s to hoping that Moore will carve out some time at home for some much-needed renovations!