House Guest // Recently

May 30, 2013

Let it be known that I've already scolded today's house guest for making me look bad. I mean, who visits someone else's blog parading all of this gorgeousness?? Emily, that's who. She's sharing her stupid fly office and -- bonus -- also sharing how to get the look yourself! Yes, please.

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Hello all!  I'm so pumped to be here "house guesting" for the marvelous Tobe.  She probably already told you, but I'm Emily from Recently, and being here at Because It's Awesome is nothing short of, well, awesome in every sense.  (I know you've never heard that one before have you Tobe?) :)

Now, let's get down to it, shall we?  Today I'm sharing my newly polished office nook, along with some elements that I think any inspired office space needs.

Our home was built in the early seventies, so, besides a few annoying elements- like a skylight in our bedroom (a simple rain shower sounds like world war three, yikes!) - there are some super rad additions, like this built-in desk area in our kitchen/breakfast room.  It was my husbands idea to add the chalkboard wall when we moved in, and we added a coat of magnetic paint under the chalkboard paint, so it has the bonus of being magnetic as well.  He's a smart one, that man of mine.

I did some rearranging, organizing, and overall "fluffing" recently to bring our compact office nook up to par.  My goal was to create a space that was as inspiring as it was organized.  I'm a photographer (and blogger of course!) so I need my work area to be a source of constant inspiration and encouragement.

Since it's in the hub of our home, the desk is used as a catch-all for bills, receipts, car keys and school work.   Because of that, it needs to be overly organized, or I might go crazy.  That's where plenty of bins, boxes and trays come in handy.  It's also where much of my work happens, so I make sure there are more than enough objects close by that get my creative juices flowing. 

Since I know Tobe's readers must love to be inspired as much as I do, I rounded up the elements I think are most important to creating the perfectly productive office area:


Don't forget, you needn't spend your entire budget to outfit your office.  I found many of my favorite desk items at local resale shops, thrift stores, and estate sales for a steal.  As if you needed another reason to hit up your favorite flea markets, right?  


SOURCES:
lamp: gem lamp from furbish studio // lacquer boxes: c.wonder // acrylic trays: the container store // blue dot coffee mug: west elm // decorative bowls: anthropologie // pink le pens: design darling // my clear chiavari chair (pictured): find it on amazon  // my lamp (pictured): I found it at a resale shop, but you can also get it at wayfair  // creativity takes courage print: the recently society6 shop // tulip abstract photograph: the recently society6 shop // get it done notepad: rifle paper co.

Tobe, I hoped you loved my post as much as I loved being here!  Thanks for having me everyone!

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p.s. You might recognize Emily from one or all of the images from this post, as they made their way all over Pinterest at lightning speed. While you're check that out, might as well stay awhile. You won't regret it.

19 comments:

Sadie + Stella said...

This space is killing me, FYI. I am beyond obsessed.

Amanda said...

What a beautiful work space! Super jealous over here!

stephanie said...

ummmm..... how bout that chair for $65?? -- get out!! may have to pass this onto my readers! What a find and what a beautiful work space!!

Proper Hunt said...

Seriously looove Emily and her spaces!! She's so inspiring!

Emily | Recently said...

Just being here makes it look ten times better! :) You rock so hard Tobe. Thank you mucho for having me!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

No freaking way, how stunning that desk area is!! That Emily, I tell you, she has all these secrets under her sleeve, doesn't say anything and then boom! she shows you a peek into her home and your jaw drops!

The Now said...

Must pin all of this!!!!! I wish my desk could look like this but I'm just too disorganized. I need more pretty organizers I think... I'm sure that will help for a few weeks. haha xo

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

We totally had that same letter organizer growing up! She has managed to make it look much more chic than I remember it ;) It's a lovely space!

Dominique DeLaney said...

What a gorgeous space!! She is one of my favorites...definitely some fabulous DIY's up her sleeves!

Alexa said...

Oh hey Emily! You are amazing, and it's so fun seeing you over here on Tobe's blog! Love love love this space and I want you to come decorate my home for me. Please! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

her desk is dreamy! love the gold letter organizer

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You rocked another space Emily. You rocked it hard girl!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Oh such great inspiration here! Just in time for my makeover of my cubby hole office :-) Happy weekend!

{The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller said...

So darn cute! My absolute fav element is that-to-die-for lucite chivari chair! I wish i could even pretend to be organized. Thanks for introducing me to Emily, much check out her blog soon!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

such a pretty and functional space! Love the chalkboard paint, lamp and chair.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

This is the perfect office!! Such a great workspace. EMily has divine taste!!

Kim said...

I absolutely love your style! I've pinned your pins a few times now and I was wondering if you could check out my blog about decorating!

http://collegeapartmentchic.blogspot.com

livewhatyoulovekris said...

LOVEEE that background chalkboard she has there, what a pretty space!!!

Shaina Longstreet said...

Absolutely LOVING this space. The colors and different textures really speak to me. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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