It’s amazing how a new desk and artwork and just rearranging the orientation of my desk can change the entire look of the space! Though I’ve changed my office space several times (see latest one here what it used to look like), this space is so important to me, and has to evolve with me just like my creativity. And let’s be honest, redecorating is a passion of mine. God bless my husband for always being on the yes board when I want to change things up.
In this post I don’t want to just link you to everything – but I want to talk about the art of creating a work space you love.
This office makeover began with the amazing desk you see – it comes in three finishes and I almost got it in gray birch but decided on white but trust me it was a hard decision to make!
Office Desk: Stanley Furniture / Custom glass top: Best Glass / Wing desk chair: Overstock / Sheepskin rug: Pottery Barn / Bamboo mirror: Serena & Lily / Desk lamp: (similar) / Gold computer monitor stand: Amazon (similar) / Task lamp: Restoration Hardware (similar)
Guesses on why I wanted this desk? That storage! Also the other side was a bookcase and my jaw pretty much dropped to the floor. My former desk that lasted me a good 8+ years was a dining room table – I loved the size but it lacked any storage, rightfully so since it wasn’t made for an office. When I laid eyes on this desk I knew it would hold so many of the things I needed within arms reach.
Since we’re a barefoot house I also wanted my feet to feel cozy so I bought a genuine sheepskin rug. The cheaper alternative can be found at IKEA but I’m certain it doesn’t feel the same, if you are going for texture.
I wholeheartedly believe in buying quality furniture – a comfortable chair to sit in while working, beautiful lamps, and rugs and this desk was an investment but I knew it was worth it, I’ll keep it for at least 10 years and with that much use I needed to protect it with a a 1/4″ glass top.
I did buy new artwork from Wisteria. I was looking for height and the right piece at antique stores and I am so thankful I came across this!
Find the most beautiful desk that will make you excited to work – or if a pretty desk isn’t your thing and you are fine with a pretty basic one, go ahead and find an amazing accent chair! Just make sure it’s comfortable for all the sitting. And find a piece of artwork that really makes your heart flutter when you look at it. Travel artwork or an antique architectual does it for me. It doesn’t have to be expensive but it just has to move you and you have to love it. Don’t fill up space just to replace it later.
Looking for a new desk? Here are some of my favorites across the web –
Architectural diptych illustration: Wisteria / Antique dresser: Camelback Antiques / Wood brass tray: West Elm / Lamp: Home Goods (similar) / Metallic pot: Anthropologie / Orchids: The French Bee / Pink vase: Anthropologie / Wood frame: Pottery Barn / Floral rug: Lulu & Georgia (similar)
I wish you could smell my office right now, it’s heavenly with the pink jasmine! I am positive this is what heaven must smell like. I clipped so much off so I could bring it inside everywhere. When I came home from San Diego I got out of the car and said, “What is that amazing smell?” and realized it was the pink jasmine! I wish it bloomed more than once a year.
This antique dresser is hand painted from England. That’s what the lady who sold it to me told me anyway and so I had to have it immediately. While I can appreciate new things, I truly appreciate antiques. I’d rather have an entire home of antique furniture if I could afford it and had the time to collect the right pieces. It brings so much character to a home when you use antiques and in my opinion, makes it much cozier.
Use a dresser or side table, something uncommon to use for storage. Also instead of task desk lamps, consider a lamp with a shade like you would put on a dresser – it makes your desk more like a prettier part of the house instead of a work desk. And at night if you work let, look at the dark corners of your room and fill it with light!
This desk, look at that gorgeous bookcase.
This desk was made for work with three openings for plugs and outlets, and an outlet strip attached to the desk! It’s everything that I’d ever dreamed for a desk and the wait was worth it (4 weeks!). The glass top gives me piece of mind once my former desk was pretty worn in the work areas.
I can work like a boss with all the coffees on my desk too!
Oh and this Celfie vase is my favorite too – it’s like you get to do her hair when you put flowers in the vase! These came fro my garden and the pink jasmine is just so heavenly.
You will usually find fresh flowers in our home if they are from our garden or Trader Joe’s. I’m a fan of tulips, they last longer than roses which for some reason I find only look good for 3 days before their necks just collapse and look sad! I look for flowers that will last at least a week looking good. Have a small flower, even one or a bunch on your desk, it’ll cheery you up every time you work, promise!
Since I have so much shelving with my desk I decided to keep my desktop as clean as possible – but not entirely clean because I think having a few things easily accessible is well, convenient of course but also adds character and color to your desk. I found the shell tray at my local Home Goods and added my marble Post-It on there and pencil cup so it looks like it has a little gathering area.
For some reason I think it looks a little more stylish than having it just on the desk itself, that’s my preference. I also have an Eiffel Tower statue I picked up when I was in Paris many years ago. Those small things I leave around my house and take me back to my travels.
Find a tray and put the things you reach for all the time on the tray – pencils, scissors, post-its and also add things that are just pretty, a candle, a miniature figurine, a bud vase with a flower, make sure it has some color.
Gold ceramic catchall tray: Pottery Barn (love this) / Dalmation tray: Paper Source / Acrylic stapler: Kate Spade / Acrylic tape dispenser: Kate Spade (also love tortoise) / Gold memo block: Home Goods
Now the unglamorous stuff – the tray below and the label makers in the back but are so necessary! I’m a label lover and Dymo is so great, I have two of them and yes, I need two even though one of them prints on a variety of different labels. If you’ve never used one before, I love this one so much! And I also own this one for other organizational needs that’s more on a plastic type of label – I label things like memory cards, all sorts of things!
I also want you to take a little closer look down below by my feet – you can see the wires and the holes that make it easy to put everything right there! Look ma, no wires! It’s wonderful!
^^ Where all the ex boyfriends go to die, or be preserved, whatever you want to call it, in my diaries since I was a little girl. Hahaha! Early blogging, only really complaining about them tee hee. I have to check if Benjamin is in there, I stopped writing in diaries a while ago after I began blogging, it was much easier to just write out my feelings here.
Plastic trays: The Container Store / Gold ruler / Drawer liners: The Container Store / Celfie Vase
Below has two pillows, the London map pillow, because I love London and I need to go back a third time with Benjamin – trying to convince him to see the castle where Downton Abbey was filmed and we can also head up to Scotland to see where Outlander was filmed! On the couch also sits my silk elephant pillow from Thailand and the pink silk scarf from Switzerland I framed.
If the furniture isn’t comfortable, you won’t sit in it or stay a while. Also be intentional with what you purchase – especially while traveling even if it’s domestic! You could find a local artisan makes a gorgeous wood figurine or pottery, or maybe a rock from somewhere that will serve as a paper weight (just make sure it’s OK to take anything from nature there are rules!). The more you fill your space with memories, the cozier and more personal it becomes!
Couch / Mirror: Serena & Lily / Brass framed rose print: Minted / Wall mount shelf: Anthropologie (similar) / Jute Rug: Pottery Barn / Ceiling mount light: CB2 / Cut glass bulb: CB2
And that’s the final update!! If I do another office update in another year then call me crazy haha! But I think we are pretty much done and I feel like this is perfection for me. I know some pieces seem rather expensive, but let me explain how I did it – these items weren’t all purchased at the same time. These items are staying here pretty close to forever if you know what I mean.
I replaced hand me down furniture, DIY bookcases and my lamps have stayed with me because they are quality and the pieces I replaced were pretty casual, I mean a $50 dresser, an IKEA bookcase, they are not missed. Honor your budget while you decorate for now but also save up and leave walls or spaces blank – it’s worth the wait in the end when you truly get what you love. These small office updates have been fun and the transition has been a slow process. I hope you enjoyed the office tour.
What’s your favorite part of the office? The desk? Skylight? Layered rug look? Please tell me what inspired you in the comments and if you have office decorating plans yourself!