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:
A bright chair cushion or an accent wall in a bright color would go a long way to spicing up my work area.
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.
Framed art, large signage letters and a bookcase would be a great addition to a workspace if I had the space.
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.
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Who wouldn’t feel more creative working in this treehouse in the woods? This is (or was) Neil Gaiman’s writing shed. It was featured in a book called Shedworking. I think its fabulous.
Genine Zlatkis is a prolific illustrator with a great style and her studio is amazing. She posted these pictures of all her supplies, organized so neatly, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.
I recognize a cup full of Sakura Pigma Microns, Pink Pearl and assorted erasers, and the recognizable ferrule of a Dixon Tocnderoga pencil.
Genine also created some rubber stamps recently that would be perfect for decorating letters and envelopes and sold here.
(via Genine Zlatkis)
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 My Old Country House)
(via Funky Junk Interiors)
(via Corey Russell on Etsy)
(via Urban Wood Goods on Etsy)
(via Brunch At Saks)
(via Fashion Clue)
(via Jen Serafini)
Is your desk wood, metal or some other material? Are you thinking about upgrading?
Kinfolk editor Nathan Williams’ desktop computer at home along the Oregon coast via Hear Black.
There are ten great (if sometimes obvious) tips for keeping a clear desk and a clear head over on Remodelista. Clean, sort, organize and manage your time are things we all need to be reminded about occasionally. I’m particularly fond of the advice to use Unroll.me to remove your name from slews of subscription emails and SelfControl to forcibly block sites from yourself for certain windows of time (hello, Pinterest!) for we of little self-control.
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 MyInteriorDesign.it 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.
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.
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.
Maybe download some printable stationery “From the Desk of Santa Claus” to write your lists and notes?
Hang a wreath or a stocking from your chair or on the wall in your office?
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?
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).
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!
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.
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.
I’d recommend a good work table like this wood table with vintage metal school chairs. (via Alison Milne)
As working becomes more mobile, more wireless and more collaborative, do we still need a desk, a cubicle or an office? The Public Landscape Office suite by Yves Behar from fuseproject for Herman Miller addresses just this question.
Do you prefer a flexible, open workspace or a more traditional desk, office or cubicle?
I’ve posted a couple other articles about the new less-office-y office. Check them out here and here.
Brad Ford’s Secondary Workspace (via Canadian House & Home)
Michelle James Brooklyn brownstone. Photo by Nicole Franzen for Remodelista (via Dust Jacket Attic)
(via The Woodgrain Cottage)
(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?)
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A peek inside Mary Kate McDevitt’s Brookyln studio.
(via Mary Kate McDevitt)
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)
While I mostly focus on workspaces of the average modern office worker, today I thought I’d share this video I found of Casey Neistat’s highly-functional and slightly OCD video studio. This will also offset some of the complaints that I often collect and share workspaces that are too ideal, too “magazine”. This is a super cool space designed and organized exclusively to serve those who work in the space.
There are two other videos in the series as well, Part 2 and Part 3. So, go get your lunch, queue them up and enjoy!
Even Don Draper needs to upgrade his office furniture every season or so. The set designers for Mad Men worked hard to make the office furniture appropriate for the time period using both vintage and reproduction pieces. The article on Midcentry Modernist goes into extensive detail about the specific pieces used and the subtle upgrades made throughout the series.
(via Midcentury Modernist)
This week, I thought I’d cull through all my desk, pen and office supply boards on Pinterest and give you some visual Link Love. Check the sidebar to find me on Pinterest and follow the boards that interest you.
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From aqua to navy, blue is a soothing color and a great backdrop for those shiny silver and black computers we all use. I have collected, from all over the internet, an array of bluetiful desks from tres feminine to manly and retro.
Do you prefer a natural work surface or would you consider using getting a can of paint and having a more whimsical desk? If not blue, what color would you choose?
I love seeing he workspaces of authors and other famous folks. So finding this treasure trove of photos of workspaces totally made my day.
William F. Buckley at the eye of his personal paper storm.
This is cluttered space where writer William F. Buckley is a converted garage. He spent a lot of his life and even died here.
Neil Gaiman’s writing hut
The writing hut used by Neil Gaiman is one of the most amazing little places. I would love to have a place like this someday thought I doubt I would write anything as loved or amazing as The Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, or American Gods.
Churchill at his standing desk.
The new focus on standing desks and treadmill desks aren’t a new thing. Winston Churchill was a believer in a standing desk fifty years before the Nike FuelBand.
There are a dozen other workspaces to see on Art of Manliness. Enjoy!
(all photos via The Art of Manliness)
Today I want to share some home office inspiration, from feminine and floral to sparse and even a dark, dramatic option. Enjoy!
Mid Century made modern with vibrant wallpaper and metal work surfaces via The Decoist, by Charles DeLisle / photo by Art Gray
Glam and sophisticated space via The Decoist, by Cynthia Mason Interiors
This lovely office belongs to Karena Schuessler, former shoe designer. She lives in Berlin and now collects and sells unique design pieces.
(more information can be found at Freunde von Freunden. Link via Decor8)
Kelle Howard-Deane, from Habitat + Beyond Kids:
One of the great things about owning my own business is that I get to work from home. So it was very important to me as an Interior Designer that I have a space that reflects my style and is an inspiring and energizing place to come to work! I love everything about my office, it has all the essentials… flowers, candles, pink walls, my iMac, a skull and, of course, some animal print!
(Image Source: Kelle Howard-Deane, via Belle Maison)