Hello hello everyone! I trust everyone’s week is off to a great start so far. It poured buckets of rain all day here yesterday, but I loved it. I oddly love rainy days – even on Mondays. They’re relaxing but also make me feel super productive all at once. Speaking of productivity, I wanted to share my sacred space of productivity with you guys today – my home office! My favorite area in our house so far is my little office. I feel about a bajillion times more productive than I did working at our kitchen bar in our old apartment. And it’s been super vital in this last month and a half that I’ve been working from home!
When I was planning out my home office, I knew that I wanted it to be bright, neutral, and fresh looking. I felt like this would help keep me focused, clear, and motivated yet positive and creative. I decided to go with white and light beige furniture to keep the brightness about the room. I accented with a grey upholstered mirror and grey velvet curtains to keep things from looking too washed out. As far as decor went, I mixed gold and silver metals. I felt like this maintained a neutral palette but still gave the room some dynamic!
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on my home office but still wanted quality items so all of my furniture is from Wayfair (excluding the foot stool which is from Amazon). The floating shelves above my desk are recycled brown shelves from our apartment that I simply painted white. Most of my decor is from HomeGoods (you can always find the cutest things for a fraction of the cost) and things like my lamp, curtains, and floor mirror I’ve had for years! It’s always good to reuse things that you already have if you can. 🙂
First up is my actual desk and work space. I wanted a simple desk with just enough storage for the necessities so that I wouldn’t end up with a bunch of unnecessary clutter in my work space. On my desk I just keep a lamp, my planner, a small plant (I swear by the power of a plant in the room!), stapler and tape dispenser, and my pen and pencil holder! I also keep my laptop (obviously) and an Amazon Echo Dot. Charlie got me hooked on these things and, I’m tellin’ ya, they really do make so many things easier! I turn my lamp on and off with Alexa (the Echo Dot), I can change the thermostat, check the weather, add things to a shopping list, and so much more!
I added some floating shelves and a photo above my desk to fill the space on the wall. I tried to keep the decor simple so that it wouldn’t be distracting so I made sure to keep my neutral palette consistent. And it’s great having photographs around to remind you of the things (or people) that you love and make you happy (which are typically the things (or people) that keep you motivated). Most of the decor on my shelves is from HomeGoods and my floating frame was a gift that Charlie got for me from Artifact Uprising.
I got a light beige desk chair with rivets (I’m obsessed with rivets – I feel like it real elevates a piece of furniture). I love this chair because it’s actually practical (i.e. comfortable) as a desk chair and isn’t hideous! It’s a bit deep so I wanted to add a pillow to it for when I wanted to sit up a bit more and when I found this camel pillow at Pier 1, well, I had to have it for obvious resasons. Hehe. I also changed the knobs on my desk because #girlyaf. Hahah. I got my knobs from HomeGoods as well, but Anthropologie has a great selection of knobs!
On the wall that’s opposite my desk is my bookshelf and floor mirror. I wanted my bookshelf to be functional but, me being me, it also needed to be attractive. No eye sores for this girl. So I decided to mix in office-y things like file folders and, ya know, books with decor.
The top half of the shelf is a mix of gold, white, and silver decor and my file folders. I found these super cute file folders and the holder at Target and thought it was perfect for being functional yet attractive. 😛 I also added another plant to my bookshelf because… well, I guess because I’m a crazy plant lady and love house plants. 🙂
The bottom half of my bookshelf is also a mix of gold, white, and silver decor along with my books and magazines. The way I went about decorating my bookshelf was to avoid having the same shape or color side by side. So for instance, I separated the rectangular shapes of my file folders and my picture frames by putting a round object in between them. I also made sure not to have two gold objects or two silver objects on one shelf. It’s like Tetris for a stylish bookshelf. 😛
The odds and ends
The rest of the office came together pretty easily. Underneath the window I added a foot stool which is not only a nice looking piece, it’s also great for when I want to prop my feet up and it’s perfect for storing my hat collection! My dad would call that “functionally magnificent.” 🙂 I wanted to have a small clothing rack to plan outfits and such but there was no space for one so Charlie had the brilliant idea of adding some decorative hooks to an empty wall. The hooks worked out even better because I can actually see the entire outfit aaaand it’s a fun alternative to taking a flat lay. 🙂 And finally, my little office mate needed a place too, so I added a dog bed beside my desk! I love this dog bed because, again, it’s not hideous and Aspen absolutely adores it! He’s never been one to lay in a dog bed until this one, so it’s really a win-win all around.
CURTAINS | FOOT STOOL, almost identical here | FLOOR MIRROR – I get a ton of questions about my mirror and unfortunately it’s several years old from West Elm but I also love this one and this one | TRASH CAN, similar here | DOG BED | WALL HOOKS
So there ya have it! My home office! I hope you guys enjoyed the little tour and it gave you a little insight into how I planned things out. I know everyone is interested in seeing house progress so I’m trying to share things as they come together. 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions, requests, or anything like that! See ya again on Thursday. 😉