Am I the only one who combs Pinterest and Instagram for all the office goals inspiration? Surely not! I always get a voyeuristic thrill and am inspired by checking out how others design their workspace.
Just in case you happen to join me in this obsession, I thought it’d be fun to show you around my home office.
My workspace doesn’t come with a designer price tag. In fact, I’ve intentionally kept my office setup very affordable. There are a few changes I’d like to make, and a few things I’m hoping to add/replace over time. Of course, the space is constantly evolving. That said, it’s somewhere I really love to be. It’s taken awhile to get to this point — I think I’ve had at least 5 different floor plans in this space over the years — but I feel like the layout and setup I have now really works for me.
A quick point before we dive into the tour: special thanks must go to my guy who always does most of the heavy-lifting when it comes to putting together flat pack furniture (which basically covers all the big stuff: my desk, the shelving, the couch) and not losing it when I asked him to change the location of my big mirror for a third time earlier this year.
Now, come on in and I’ll show you around…
THE SPACE :: My office is upstairs in our home. An established artist, the last owner used this room as her studio. With the size, big windows and natural light, I can understand why she picked this room. I’m pretty confident that my office space these days is actually bigger than the entire footprint of my first 1-bedroom apartment! I’ve got plenty of space for my desk, a cosy couch, and storage. There’s even room for me to roll out my yoga mat and/or bust out some dance moves when the mood strikes.
THE VIBE :: In reality, more often than not, my workspace is far from magazine ready. I’m not a natural minimalist, even though it’s an idea I’m becoming increasingly interested in because of the sheer volume of people I come across reporting that less stuff translates for them as more peace, happiness, freedom and life… which all sounds pretty damn desirable to me!
For this reason, I’ve intentionally kept my workspace to a palate of warm white, dark grey and natural finishes to reflect the calm, spacious, comfortable vibe I’m aiming for in my office.
LIGHT :: I know I’m lucky to have such so much natural light pouring in and filling up the entire, raked-ceiling space. A few months ago I refreshed everything by painting the walls white and I love how fresh and bright the room feels. It’s my favourite thing about the space! The way everything’s laid out means that I can catch the sunrise from one window and watch it set from another.
STORAGE :: I have 2 main storage areas. The biggest comprises 2 tall open metal shelves I picked up from a closing down storage shop ages ago. I use square wicker baskets and folders to try and keep some semblance of organisation here. Different baskets hold tech gear, postage stuff, art supplies, and travel gear. My Blue Yeti Pro USB Condenser Microphone lives here. The drawers are overflowing with evidence of my stationery addiction.
I also have a couple of open lower shelves where I keep extra bits and pieces. Think: thank you cards, wrapping paper, an indecent amount of washi tape, etc.
One other little storage area I have is a railing with some simple white ceramic vessels from Ikea. It’s in easy reach from my desk, so I like to keep scissors and a bunch of different pens here.
SOUL :: Meaningful knicks knacks I love are everywhere: special gifts from friends, a small sculpture my parents displayed in the house I grew up in, hand picked crystals, and several hand thrown bowls made by my dad. I have a few special framed photos and certificates dotted about. These little touches make me feel happier instantly anytime they catch my eye.
I’m also a lover of little architectural details, and I’m assuming that’s why I can’t seem to stop adding vessels of different shapes and sizes about the place. Seriously, as I’m typing I’ve just now realised I have 9 different vessels — vases/pen holders/one that’s just full of different lip glosses — on my desk alone… Favourites include the plant pots on my coffee table. (My marble base desk lamp comes from the same place!)
DESK: Earlier this year I actually downsized my desk to this one from Ikea, and I’m much happier with the size it is now — mainly because there’s less area for mess to gather. The favourite thing on my desk has got to be my massive 27” iMac screen. I work directly off my MacBook Pro most of the time, but when I want to sit at my desk, I love plugging that baby into my massive screen!
LOUNGING: If we’re ever on the phone, know that this is probably where I’m sitting while we chat. I like to mix things up every so often by sitting cross legged on the floor and using my handmade wooden coffee table, which I picked up from the markets a billion years ago but still love, as a desk. When Sarah comes to town and we co-work for the day, this is where we’ll sit. And this is also the spot where my pups, Stan The Man and Olive, like to sleep. The 2 patterned cushions are Australian designed, and the one in the middle is velvet: so comfy.
GREENERY :: As well as plants making for beautiful features, I’ve been reading about eco-therapy recently. Did you know science proves that time in and around nature can be potent for our wellbeing (think everything from reduced anxiety, improved focus and better sleep!). So, I’m getting more and more into indoor plants – especially architectural ones. I’d love to add something that drapes down over my tall shelves; I’m still on the hunt for the perfect thing.
I love to have a small vase (ok, ok, now I’ve come clean about my vessel addiction, the truth is I usually spread a single bunch of flowers out across 3 small vases) of Australian natives on my desk for freshness.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this ‘lil tour of my workspace, and that it’s inspired you to think about how you could make your space feel more like you!
PS You can find similar pot plants, lamps and other furnishings at Hunting For George.
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Photo credit: Lauren Campbell
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