Well, this is it guys! This is where I spend the majority of my working days drafting ideas, editing photos, and writing blog posts. It’s totally accurate for you to picture me sitting in that chair right now as you’re reading this.
For a while this space had become overgrown with clutter and fallen apart as my style changed and I became uninspired by the scenery. A workspace redesign was not only badly needed to make me want to work in this corner of my living room again (instead of the sofa), but to also improve storage options and function while still achieving that monochrome minimalism I’m so obsessed with.
I’m essentially relieved to finally be able to share this with you because it’s been very, very hard to contain my excitement about it. The space finally looks like me and it’s finally really comfortable to work in. To add on to the excitement, West Elm partnered with me to make this redesign possible, which is an absolute dream and really cool to bring our style-mesh to life.
I’d say if there was one hero here, it would be the desk. It’s almost twice the width of my previous one and has more than twice the storage capacity with the double file cabinets. The extra desk top space is SO NICE since I’m the type that likes to write and draw on sprawled out papers while being able to refer to my open planner and notebooks and laptop at the same time while also having a plate of food nearby with a glass of water and a green juice. Space is nice, that’s all.
The shelves above the desk were there previously only I switched things up this time by painting the brackets black (they were gold before. Remember when I’d paint everything gold?) and replacing the shelves with white ones.
I wanted to keep these shelves as clutter-free and minimal as possible while still storing some desk essentials, which these lacquer magazine holders are helping me do perfectly. Also, when I used to imagine what my workspace makeover would look like, I remember visualizing an alarm clock just like this one being in the scene, which is a weird detail to know so far ahead of time but I find it adorable and best of all useful since it’s the only clock in our living room. Hard to read from afar, sure, but it’s there!
The bookcase next to the desk is where I’m storing some materials, props, and other knick knacks, a lot of which is stashed away in all those boxes.
I had a ghost chair before, which I favored for being way more comfortable than expected, but it wasn’t sit-for-6-hours-straight comfortable. This chair is, and it’s surprising because at first sit I thought it was too firm but it turned out to be perfect for me. I love the simple shape, clean lines, color, everything.
The lamp felt like the missing piece of the puzzle. Marble and bronze are never not a favorite around here. No question it was meant to live on my desk.
Everyone agrees that inspired work happens in inspiring places, and that’s exactly how I feel about my little corner workspace. It has come such a long way in what felt like a really long time of difficult decision-making, mostly over decluttering (favorite). I’m still working hard on my goal of making sure every single thing in this home is useful or something I adore, and this workspace is a really good example of a win in that direction for me.
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