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The Desk Set: Posh & Parisian

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I found two lovely desks this week. The first is a unique purple and gold accented desk that has a vintage-luggage-meets-modern sensibility. I love all the geometric patterns in the room.

(photo via Habitually Chic)

The second is a lovely, wood roll-top desk mixed with a bright, mid-century chair for an eclectic look. Of course, its from a home in Paris. Parisians have an innate ability to mix and match everything for a perfect blend of chic and lived-in.

The Desk Set: Cluttered but Clean

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(From left to right, top to bottom: Better Homes & Gardens, Brownstoner, Jeremy Bittermann for The New York Times, Danielle de Lange.)

I hope these spaces feel colorful and inspiring. So many of the images I find around the internet of workspaces lately have been stark white and barren and don’t feel like inviting workspaces. These spaces felt tidy but productive with evidence of people actually utilizing the space for a variety of tasks.

Desk Set: DIY Pipe Desk

Pipe Table Anatomy

I posted another set of instructions for making a cool, cost-effective pipe table but I feel required to bring it up again. Maybe its a reminder to myself to make one?

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body finished the surface of this table in a dark stain which gives it a more refined look. She did the whole project for under $200 and its real wood and metal, not Ikea particle board and laminate.

(via Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body)

Desk Inspired

Desk Inspired: Aaron Draplin

Portland-based, Hand Eye Supply has created the site Desk Inspired to feature short interviews and photos of workspaces of some very interesting creative folks. The articles feature the tools and methods they use in order to be creative each day. The photography is gorgeous and many of their favorite work tools are available for purchase through Hand Eye Supply.

Desk Inspired: Bawa

Well-Appointed Desks Must Have Music

This morning NPR announced the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest based on their successful series of performances hosted at the desk of NPR All Song’s Considered host Bob Boilen.For the contest, musicians were asked to submit a video performing a song in front of a desk. Entries included:

desks dragged into nature, onto hilltops, into and around oceans, through offices and kitchens, classrooms and science labs.

What makes a desk a great workspace? Music. And how better to celebrate that than with a few Tiny Desk Concert performances including the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito.

You may now dance at your desk.

Adding some color to your workspace

After a week in the sun, I am having a hard transition back to my beige cubicle and windowless view. So I was hunting for some accessories to brighten up my workspace. Here’s what I found:

Peach workspace wall

A bright chair cushion or an accent wall in a bright color would go a long way to spicing up my work area.

Bright art and hangings

Fancy, fun hanging pieces like the paper and fabric chandeliers here would enliven a dreary corner. Colorful framed art would also help.

A colorful light fixture, rug and guest chair would definitely add a little punch.

A colorful light fixture, rug and guest chair would definitely add a little punch.

Bookshelves and framed artwork

Framed art, large signage letters and a bookcase would be a great addition to a workspace if I had the space.

Orange accents

Colorful storage boxes are a quick way to clean up clutter and unify the space. Now, if they’d just open the Ikea in Kansas City, I’d jump all over this.

Find more inspiration at Rue Magazine art director Maia MacDonald Smith‘s Office Space Pinterest board. Or visit the Well-Appointed Desk Pinterest board.

(click on the photos to visit the sources)

A Desk that Hides the Cable Spaghetti

Minimalist Desk

This clean, simple desk from Artifox helps keep all those cables contained in a pocket beneath the work surface, hidden behind a hinged wooden door. Finally, no unsightly cords!

The top has a finished slot to allow charging of portable devices while simultaneously hiding the cable clutter and propping the devices up into a viewable angle. The right hand side of the work surface features a built-in whiteboard too (I wonder if they offer a lefty option? They do!). Finally, there are pegs under the desk to hang headphones, bag or other daily essentials. Beautiful, simple and elegant.

Minimalist Desk hiding cables

(link via Design Milk, desk from Artifox starting at $1,199 US)

Wood You Look at That?

I’m loving reclaimed wood or deep stained wood desks lately. Whether the look is rustic, mid-century or ladylike, I love them all. Maybe its a desire to have a work surface that’s not made of MDF or faux wood veneer.

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(via An Open Sketchbook)

(via An Open Sketchbook)

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(via aESTHETICa)

(via Homedit)

(via Homedit)

(via My Old Country House)

(via My Old Country House)

(via Funky Junk Interiors)

(via Funky Junk Interiors)

(via Corey Russell on Etsy)

(via Corey Russell on Etsy)

(via Urban Wood Goods on Etsy)

(via Urban Wood Goods on Etsy)

(via Brunch At Saks)

(via Brunch At Saks)

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(via Fashion Clue)

(via Jen Serafini)

(via Jen Serafini)

Is your desk wood, metal or some other material? Are you thinking about upgrading?

DIY Desk from Ikea Parts

DIY Ikea Office Desk

Looking to get a customized desk, try Ikea and mix-and-match a tabletop and cabinetry to create an inexpensive work area. House of Hawkes made a lovely workspace with a butcher block-style top and white cabinetry. It’s making me kind of excited about the Ikea store opening in Kansas City this fall.

(via House of Hawkes)

Rustic Pallet Desks


In my search for woodsy, natural feeling workspaces, I stumbled upon the idea of building desks, tables and shelving out of reclaimed shipping pallets and wooden crates. There was an extensive article on where I found many of the photos shown above. Some refinished the pallets, sanded or stained to a lovely finish while other options left the material in its raw state with all the stains and wear-and-tear from its previous life clearly visible. The fold-up pallet desk is a good option for those with little space or for the kids to use for homework or craft projects.

Instructions for building your own pallet fold-away desk cane be found at Thistlewood Farms.

Evergreen Office Spaces

With all the grey, bleak weather around these days, I got the itch to redesign my office speace with lush greens and natural woods. I want to create an oasis of greenery, woodsy beauty indoors.

Putting a desk near the window takes advantage of natural light without being distracting.

I love how functional this space is – and crammed to the gills. The Vitra vintage plastic wall (available new from Design Within Reach for a mere $475) caddy is a great way to keep tools handy and makes an office space feel more like a workshop.

Holiday Cheer: Office Style

holiday red desk

Do you string fairy lights across your cubicle wall or put a tree on your desk to get into the spirit of the season? If not, maybe its time to put a little holiday cheer in the office? Hang some decorations from your bulletin board or wall.

free Santa Claus stationery

Maybe download some printable stationery “From the Desk of Santa Claus” to write your lists and notes?

wreath over desk

Hang a wreath or a stocking from your chair or on the wall in your office?

Holiday Desktop Wallpaper

Or for an understated sense of holiday cheer, download a desktop wallpaper and tune into a holiday radio station or Spofity playlist and sing along to a little Bing?

Vanity Fair Desks


Each month, in Vanity Fair magazine (and on their website) there is an annotated photo of a famous person’s desk. For the pen geek, its a treat to see that Jerry Bruckheimer collects ornate fountain pens, that Lorne Michaels office looks just like the set created for Sutdio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Trey Parker and Mat Stone’s office is just as messy as you thought it would be. I love Aaron Sorkin’s vintage Pen & Pencil ashtray shown in the photo above.

They also have a digital version of the My Desk column called My Phone that shows digerati’s home screens and they discuss their favorite apps.

(via Vanity Fair)

Desk with a View

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(via Decor8)

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(via 79 Ideas)

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(via Domino)

I’m feeling like what my work space needs, more than anything, is a view of the outdoors. Does your office or workspace have a window? Is your desk strategically placed so that you can peek out of it every now and then? If not, it might be time to move so that you can see the glorious colors of fall (or if you’re on the other side of the world, the glorious greening of summer).

(via Decorista)

(via Decorista)

The Desk Looks Good On European Paper


The folks over at European Paper, an online paper goods shop located in Colorado (not really Europe at all!), have taken some of my desk and office pins from Pinterest and combined them with some of their lovely paper goods and featured them on their blog. Click on the images to see EP’s product recommendations that coordinate with these work spaces.

And stay tuned, their shall be more collaborations between The Desk and European Paper. Are you excited? I am!


Lucky Office Indeed

Lucky Chen's desk

Not to usurp the awesomeness of Lucky Magazine’s editor-in-chief Eva Chen’s new office but the once hallowed home decor magazine Domino is back as an online magazine and shopping portal. Just so you know.

Chen desk details

View from Chen's desk

Now, back to Ms. Chen’s office. Its a lovely light, bright, colorful space complete with sofas to lounge upon and flowers galore. Its a bit of an ideal ideal but I do love the nice clean, white desk for all the computer equipment. And I really need to keep more flowers and greenery in my workspace. I do think it cheers things up immensely.

I would, however, have put a large wooden table and chairs where the couches and coffee table are. I prefer a good working area to meet or spread out all those pages for review and editing, then couches to veg out on.

farm table

I’d recommend a good work table like this wood table with vintage metal school chairs. (via Alison Milne)


Or this beautiful blonde wood table with Bend Lucy side chairs (via The Place Home)

(via Domino)

Wooden Desk Wonders

Brad Ford's Secondary Workspace (via Canadian House & Home)

Brad Ford’s Secondary Workspace (via Canadian House & Home)

Michelle James Brooklyn brownstone. Photo by  Nicole Franzen for Remodelista (via Dust Jacket Attic)

Michelle James Brooklyn brownstone. Photo by Nicole Franzen for Remodelista (via Dust Jacket Attic)

(via The Woodgrain Cottage)

(via The Woodgrain Cottage)

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(via SF Girl by the Bay)

Wooden desks wear beautifully and look great. Here’s a few for your “new desk” file. (The last desk with classic early 60s and built-in shelving is my favorite for sure. You?)

(Click on each photo to go to the source website)

Corporate office with flair: Meghan Goulette at Rockit Ranch Productions


A peek inside the office of Meghan Goulette, Director of Marketing at Rockit Ranch Productions shows a space with traditional modern office furniture with her own aesthetic touches to make it feel more personal and luxe. She keeps a vase of fresh flowers and a vase of oranges to give a joyous pop of color. She added some in-box trays in lime and a black ceramic dish to hold her personal items. On the wall, she added zig zag striped fabric panels for notes and inspiration. Hot pink storage boxes on the shelf help hide any additional clutter.

Do you have any techniques for jazzing up corporate office basics?

(via The Every Girl, photos by Jennifer Kathryn Photography)




Interior design team and brothers Doug and Gene Meyer shared images on their blog of their desks and the massive collage walls of inspiration in their Miami studio. They actual employ a collage technique in a lot of the spaces they design for clients. Its a feast for the eyes and a great way to brighten the space over your desk if you don’t have a window view.

PS: I love the steel tables (make your own at Ikea or buy a colorful metal desk at CB2) on wheels with the green upholstered Eames aluminum side group chairs and citrus yellow filing cabinets (the Bisley drawers or the CB2 TPS file cabinet are similar). What would you cover the walls with?


(via Doug and Gene Meyer blog)

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