My home office is where I’ve been spending the majority of my time lately. As in at least eight hours a day. And sadly, although we moved in to this place in June, the office isn’t looking much different since the last update I did on it. Sadly. After we got the desks set up, we kind of called it good.
I’ve been thinking more about how I want the new year to feel going forward and feeling good in my surroundings is one of the things I want to focus on, especially since I spend about 90% of my time at home, working and living. I know I’m lucky to have a dedicated office space, so I want to put it to good use. Here are a couple shared home office set ups that I’ve been drooling over the last few days:
I absolutely adore the overhead storage. I’m in desperate need of a place to store some books and cookbooks I have on the floor right now. Also, the chairs! Very modern and I love the clean lines. Photo Source
Loving the separate bulletin boards and storage shelves. I also love the little lamps, although I don’t need any lamps for my space. The drum light is pretty fantastic and I think would look great in our home office. I think this set up and even the accessories are pretty close to what we’re going for in our space. Oh, and again – the chairs!! Photo Source
This room I am so in love with for a few reasons: 1) the chairs (yes, again), 2) the LONG shelves that go across the entire wall for some amazing storage that is as beautiful as it is functional, and 3) the accessories. This room is all sorts of pulled together and I just need to figure out how to incorporate a few of these elements into my own space. Photo Source
On a personal note: Now that we’re in the last few weeks towards the end of the year has me thinking SO MUCH about how far I’ve come this year. It’s actually quite amazing to know that when I quit my job last December I had absolutely no idea what I’d be doing today, 11 months later. And yet, I’ve never been more empowered to say that I’m doing what I love. I’m writing, I’m cooking, and I’m writing about cooking. I’m so grateful and thankful for everything that life has given me this year and that I’m able to pursue my passion. I’m thankful that without the toxic work environment I was in, I’ve been able to open my eyes to how much I can accomplish without a steady paycheck in hand. I am so proud of myself.
Every time I visit Pinterest, I’m amazed at some of the ingenius things people have come up with. I don’t know why I’m surprised, there are some very crafty folks out there – but there are sometimes when I’m literally just floored with some of the things I find on there. I thought it would be fun to share 10 of my favorite “Oh man, why didn’t I think of that before??” finds from the last few weeks.
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For this outfit to room inspiration, I decided to use this photo of Zooey Deschanel from a Cotton advertisement. I was really inspired by the classic pieces like the white top and button-front shorts. I love the feminine details of the frills on her blouse, the shiny pearls on her necklace, and little turquoise bows atop her heels. Very chic, indeed. This look is very fun and flirty, but I also wanted to incorporate some of the elements in the rest of the shot into my room. I love the metal on the bike and the lovely white flowers in the basket.
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I had so much fun doing the outfit to room post a few weeks ago, that I thought it would be fun to start making these a regular occurrence. This time around, I decided on this cute look from Ann Taylor Loft that is so easy yet visually interesting, it inspired me to create an office look out of it. I find that I’m a lot more willing to go a little crazy in an office space than other rooms, because I spend only a few hours a day there, and it’s a great place to get creative and bold, because work isn’t always the most exciting thing in the world. It’s nice to have beautiful and bright things around you to get you jazzed about checking things off your to do list!
When I look at this outfit, I see the animal print, natural fibers like in the leather and braided woven belt, and minimal pops of color that make a huge statement. I used this as inspiration for designing this space and combined sleek lines like in the desk, bookcase, and chair, but in interesting textures. The desk looks well worn, even though it’s a brand new piece. The bookcase is new and has really modern clean lines which I think is quite visually appealing when loaded with books and accessories. The chair is leather which is such a modern but classic texture. I loved the idea of keeping the furniture simple and tossing in feminine accessories in the crazy red and coral colors. That way, if the look ever became a little too overpowering, switching simple things out like the zebra printed pillow or the the bright red chandelier wouldn’t be too expensive.
This space is girly, but has touches of old and new, clean lines, but interesting colors and textures. What do you think? Would this space get your energized to get work done?
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Items top to bottom, left to right:
- Bodhi Desk, Anthropologie, $798.
- Parsons Tower, west elm, $499.
- Jute Diamond Rug, west elm, $$399.
- Red Chandelier
- Alexander Henry Zebra Pillow Cover in Black and Ivory 12 by 20 inch, MiCasaBella on etsy, $29.
- Curved Leather Dining Chair, west elm, $229.
- Coral (print), beyler on etsy, $25.
- Wavering Ombre Curtains, Anthropologie, $168.
- Collected Memories Mirror, Anthropologie, $698.
- Boka Persimmon Table Lamp, Crate and Barrel, $199.