Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Office Inspiration

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In February we'll have lived in our cottage for a year! I can't believe how fast time has gone by. It feels like yesterday that we were desperate to get this place. Not only does it feel like we just moved in, it looks that way (at least in some areas). We're lucky to have two bedrooms in our tiny cottage, but the layout has caused some decorating challenges. I'm eager to get the spare room finished so I can use it as an office and stop working at the kitchen table all day. We've had to squeeze all our dressers into the spare room and closet. The plan is to turn it into a dressing room/office. While that may sound chic it's going to be crowded. The other issue is the four windows taking up all my wall space. I can't hang all my favorite paintings (but the views make up for it). Despite these challenges I'm determined to make head way on this room. Here are a few tips I plan to use to create a glamorous workspace:

1. Get inspired 
Always be on the lookout for inspiration. Whether it's online, in a magazine or out in the real world. Take notice of what you like and make a list.
2. Presentation is everything
Use trays, bowls and boxes to showcase your knick-knacks and supplies. Like this checkered tray from Haus Interior or this milk glass compote from Octavia Brown.
3. Add a little scent 
A nice smelling candle creates a welcoming atmosphere and is a pretty decorating piece. My favorites are from Dipytique and Kobo.
4. Fresh Flowers 
Flowers give life to any room and are known to increase happiness. I love bunches of peonies, hydrangeas, and tulips.
5. Buy pretty stationery 
Stock up on delightful stationery. Not only does it look lovely on your desk, but a beautiful handwritten note is a rare and special thought these days. I like Kate Spade and Paper Source.

{images via  from Pinterest and Seen and Said and The Love List image #3}

43 comments:

PSbyDila said...

Lovely pictures!

blog.PSbyDila.com

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

I'm in the process of decorating our new office too! I have the opposite problem...Plenty of wall space, not enough light... :)
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

J'Anns Boutique said...

Great pics! love the inspiration, cant wait to see pics when ur finished :-)

http://jannsboutique.blogspot.com/

Chelsea's Girl said...

Love the office inspiration photos!

http://chelseasgirl.wordpress.com

ediot said...

fantastic photos. i love all of these. very inspirational. unfortunately i haven't got an office. wish i had. that and a workspace..
hope you're having a great week
xx

emmakisstina said...

I love those office inspiration photos. I also want a gorgeous space like that. I am so excited to move to a new apartment this weekend! Can't wait to start decorating!!! xoxo

Mallory Ferland Ramos said...

that's a lot of shoes in that pic :P i love the first office! i sit in a huge empty room with white walls and high cieling and there is NOTHING! chair and a desk that creeps up the wall. anything decorative for the house (or even supplies) is too much money where i live in Brazil, i hope to find decorations in the US that can "travel well" in a suitcase :D

La boîte à bijoux de pauline c. said...

Nice pictures!

Pauline
http://laboiteabijouxdepaulinec.blogspot.com/

Closet Fashionista said...

What great inspiration!! I want to live in cottage, haha :D Who needs a big house when you can have a perfectly cute little one :)
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

joelle van dyne said...

i can't wait to see what you come up with! the inspiration photos are beautiful- i would kill for a desk like the one in the 1st photo. ~joelle

i\'d rather be shopping said...

fantastic inspiration! i adore the herringbone floors in the 1st pic and the yellow fireplace...saving those two for my future house!

xo,
joAnn

The doll on fashion said...

The custard yellow fireplace in one of the pictures is great!! x

The doll on fashion

Dancing Branflake said...

Such great offices! I am so excited for you and your new office for your new ventures. And seriously, I love having fresh flowers in an office. So important!

Caroline said...

Wow, I so wish my work space looked like this! I love interior design and architecture. I'm snowed in today, so maybe I'll do some online shopping for a new desk chair and other items...

Ronisha said...

Thanks for the info .... I love it :)

xoxoxo

The Bright Bit said...

my office could definitely use a revamp - these inspire me!!

www.thebrightbit.com

DiamondsandTulle said...

Beautiful inspiration pics! I've had that dressing room with the antlers and the settee in my saved files forever. I can't remember where it was from. I also always love a ghost chair and peonies. Those never fail. :)

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

The Pantry Drawer said...

it's weird, my office space is definitely the area that gets the most decor attention. stationary, lighting, separated compartments... i love it all!

www.ThePantryDrawer.com

Danielle said...

love. love.love.love. all of these

however, I went to BLO in San Francisco on NYE for my hair appt, and the chairs you sit in are ghost chairs. totes got me off that idea as a ghost chair as an office chair. after 10 min i was sooo uncomfy..but they are GORG

Stephanie said...

great pictures, love them :D

http://www.style1509.blogspot.com
Live.Laugh.Love. - everyday.

ThE fAsHiOn WoRsHiPeR said...

Such great & creative work spaces :)

XoXO-Kelli K
http://thefashionworshiper.blogspot.com

Kathryn said...

One can never have enough fresh flowers. Bunches of peonies are my favorite too! I want to start doing inspiration boards like that just to keep track of everything. xo

Kathryn

http://sweetteaandchampagne.wordpress.com

p.s. I'm so glad you liked your sketch! :) Your comment made my day!

Alex said...

I love these photos - my new apartment is so small that I also have turned my desk space into a dressing table as well. Simply gorgeous.

http://popculturemyth.blogspot.com/

Tiffany Ashley said...

Great pics- Love the sixth photo- I saw it a while back and it has totally been inspiration for my home office which I am in the process of setting up!

Great post-

Would love for you to stop by Delightfully Chic <3

xoxo- Tiffany
delightfully-chic.blogspot.com

Moosette said...

What I wouldnt give to have my office look like one of these! For now fresh cut flowers will have to do!

Wolfpack Culture said...

All of these photos are so beautiful and inspiring! Definitely saving this post for future reference because I'm in the process of working on my own office space!

http://wolfpackculture.blogspot.com/

BASIIK said...

I've been so into interior decor lately, these shots are lovely.

http://basiikblog.blogspot.com

Leah said...

I love these pictures! They definitely are inspiring, I want to redo my studio now!

xo L
www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com

Lindsey Regan Thorne said...

So in love with the look + feel your going for girl!! Love the images!

Cara-Mia said...

Thanks for the inspiration! These are all amazing. :)

Caroline said...

I love this and all of these finds!! XO!

Tayler said...

love these! definitely dragged into my inspiration folder on my desktop!!

http://bighairandbikinis.blogspot.com/

THRIFTED.net said...

very inspiring! That transparent chair is amazing!

thrifted.net

Jamie said...

loving these. like my mind is wandering - home depot and ikea on my way home!? :)

www.workyourcloset.com

Jamie said...

Great pictures! I made my office nook creative and pretty so I enjoy sitting there everyday and getting work down. It really makes so much difference!

http://www.glamlatte.com

Katie said...

We're redoing our office this year and I definitely need some inspiration!

Lucine said...

I'm so inspired with all this stuff!!!! wow!

http://lucine-a.blogspot.com/

Josie said...

I love these pretty, inspiring images! So gorgeous and chic. I can't wait to see how your office turns out!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Andrei said...

Your place is adorable!!! I just moved into an apartment, and I want to decorate it cute really badly... I just don't know how :/ I'm not terribly good at the whole interior design thing.

Heidi said...

I LOVE the closet in the fourth picture! I want that closet so bad! One day...:)

Julie and Lauren said...

Amazing inspiration pics! One is better than the next.
Now all I need is an office... Xx.

http://bornandbread.blogspot.com

Ginger Snap'♥ said...

Wow i love the office really lovely. Very inspiring also.

Octavia Brown said...

Love your office inspiration. Just finished revamping my home office. It's been a few tries, but finally found a color scheme I love. Good luck with yours!

www.octaviabrownnyc.blogspot.com

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