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This Couple Is Proof You CAN Successfully Live and Work Together

Let’s set the scene. You and your boo asked all the right questions before moving in together, successfully navigated the seven stages of post-move-in grief and are now straight chillin’ in a grown-up apartment you both love. Life is great! Except lately you’ve started feeling like the office doesn’t really let you embrace creativity and even started writing a solid business plan for your own gig. Your S.O. is so down with the idea they’re ready to quit their own job to help you turn that dream into a reality. But is living and working together a recipe for relationship disaster?


Reverie Co-Founder and CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan and CMO Lisa Tan say quite the contrary — if you play your cards right! The duo shared their top five tips for maintaining a healthy work-life flow that keeps their relationship and their business thriving. (Photo via Reverie)

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1. Family comes first. “The only hard and fast rule we really have is that our children always come first,” Tan shares. Even if they do occasionally have a work conversation in front of the kiddos, they’re still focused on making their time together quality. Additionally, Tan explains, “We also make sure that we can tag team when necessary so that one of us is fully on point for the kids when the other needs to focus on work.” Even if you and your S.O. don’t work together, that still sounds like awesome relationship advice.

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2. Go with the flow. Tan says that she came on board at Reverie “temporarily” to help Rawls-Meehan with some marketing initiatives… five years ago! The pair understands the value of sticking with what works — whether or not it was part of the plan — and addressing occasional conflict as soon as it arises. No simmering or stewing or any other soup-related verbs means they can resume regular life ASAP. Whether at work or home, in a busy working family there’s no time for tension.

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3. No one is a mind reader. Clear communication is a basic tenet of any functioning romantic relationship, but that goes for relationships with your employees and coworkers too. “One thing we’ve had to make sure to communicate to our colleagues (and on occasion, remind ourselves) is that just because we’re married doesn’t mean we automatically know what the other person is doing or thinking,” Rawls-Meehan admits. “It’s amazing how many of our colleagues assume we have some telepathic information-sharing power.” The couple makes sure to schedule regular office meetings together, just as they would if they weren’t married: If they put those conversations off, suddenly they find “it’s time for bed and too late for meaty discussions.”

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4. Take advantage of the perks. Okay, okay, get your head out of the gutter. Rawls-Meehan and Tan stress the importance of finding ways to de-stress together during your workday, whether it’s grabbing lunch somewhere fun, carpooling to work or even combining a business trip with a fun family vacay. “Even though we work together, we still don’t actually see each other very much,” says Rawls-Meehan. “If we didn’t work together, we’d just be ships passing in the night.” With two busy schedules to coordinate, they encourage other couples to “take advantage of your proximity.”

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5. Bask in each other’s awesomeness. Combining your private and professional lives really allows you to appreciate just how smart, capable and totally superhuman your partner really is, and Tan reveals that it’s one of her favorite things about working with her husband. “When Martin does an amazingly thoughtful husband-or-dad feat while I know there are a million work fire drills he’s juggling in the back of his mind, I can fully appreciate his ability to balance his priorities.” There’s no room for resentment or unhealthy competition when you’re both working hard toward the same goals at work and home.

Do you work and live with your significant other? Tweet us @BritandCo to let us know how you make it work!

(Photos via Getty)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)