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Great Spaces: This busy couple reconnected by building a shared home office

“Now, we’re reminded daily of how lucky we are to still like each other”

By Iris Benaroia| Photography by Derek Shapton
This busy couple reconnected by building a shared home office

Who: Daniel Fagen, the president of Impact Marketing, and Natalie Fagen, the director at a not-for-profit Where: Near Wilson Heights and Wilson Avenue


When the world shut down in 2020, Natalie and Daniel Fagen and their two sons were living in a condo downtown while they waited for their new house to be built. Between supervising Zoom schooling and renovating a home, they were also working demanding jobs—Daniel in marketing and Natalie at a not-for-profit. The couple moved into their new house in March of 2022, but they were still leading hectic lives. “We were running out of the house in the morning to get to work,” Natalie says. “We didn’t feel connected.”

Decord inside Daniel Fagen and Natalie Fagen's home office

Something had to give. Daniel quit his job and started his own company, Impact Marketing, which sells promotional materials. But what really changed their relationship was building a shared office space. Now, they’re more intentional about spending time together.

“We’re reminded daily of how lucky we are to still like each other,” Natalie says, “and of the fact that work isn’t everything.” On the two days a week when Natalie works from home, they have coffee and lunch together. “And I get to see her beautiful face from across the desk,” says Daniel.

Daniel and Natalie Fagen inside their shared home office
The two bucket chairs are from Crate and Barrel. “They’re comfortable and good on our backs,” Daniel says. The concrete desk, also from Crate and Barrel, is an old kitchen table

 

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This old Rocky poster is from Natalie’s dad’s art collection. He gave it to Daniel when the couple got married.
This old Rocky poster is from Natalie’s dad’s art collection. He gave it to Daniel when the couple got married

 

Daniel loves sour keys, so Natalie gave him this colourful Erin Rothstein print as an anniversary gift
Daniel loves sour keys, so Natalie gave him this colourful Erin Rothstein print as an anniversary gift

 

The couple’s sons painted these pieces—one did the peace sign and the other did the heart. “They’re huge,” says Daniel. “You can see them from the street, and people always comment on them”
The couple’s sons painted these pieces—one did the peace sign and the other did the heart. “They’re huge,” says Daniel. “You can see them from the street, and people always comment on them”

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