When my boyfriend came home from work the other night, he found me amidst a spontaneous and ill-considered reorganisation of the once-organised master bedroom. I guess he’s used to my impulsive interior urges because he only shrugged and smiled in a but-we’ve-only-just-furnished-this-room kinda way, before squeezing through the inch of space I’d left him to jump into the shower. He didn’t even question why his bedside table has been replaced with an Ikea vanity. He’s a keeper.
My desire to re-arrange the furniture is a real problem. What can I say? I am a perfectionist, and unless the space is just so I will keep arranging and re-arranging until I get it right. So you can imagine how particular and over-critical I was whilst designing my desk space. I work from home, therefore my desk is my life.
In the bedroom we’re using as an office there is a little alcove (see below) that we thought would be perfect for my desk. With the work-space tucked away, we can still use the room as a bedroom with the addition of a sofa bed and a cosy rug. There are very few spaces in the house that I am 100% satisfied with, but this I adore.
To bring the space to life, we used some pretty funky geometric wallpaper. I actually picked this up in Ikea (shock horror!) because it was only £5 a roll! The desk itself is from Ikea too, and comes in at a purse-busting £16. I used Rustoleum spray paint to transform the legs from white to gold. The desk chair, lamp and shelves are also from Ikea but I sprayed the once-wooden brackets in the same gold as the table legs to create some kind of harmony between the floor and the wall!
For the notice board, I used this from B&Q, which is actually in the garden department. It becomes a fully-fledged notice board once adorned with these little wooden pegs (around £2) to hold pieces of inspiration. For a blogger/freelancer a notice board is an essential but I wanted to do something better than a simple cork board. I love the industrial vibe of this steel panel. They come in all sorts of sizes so you can pick one to suit your space.
The artwork at the top is totally DIY, aside from the black frames which were both around £3 from The Range. The first was sketched by my boyfriend whilst watching Eastenders. (He copied an Eiffel Tower print we saw on Pinterest.) The second, a Photoshop re-make. (Again, copied from Pinterest and printed.) Why pay ridiculous amounts of money for a print I can do myself?
The large copper vase is from Jarrold in Norwich, picked up for an amazing £6 in their seasonal sale, and the bronze hare is from The Range at £6. I have a thing about hares and rabbits. What may look like marble bookends are actually rocks, spotted whilst walking my dog through the woods. I could see the granite inside said rock and it looked really pretty so like any normal person would do I threw the rock against the concrete to split it in half. Et voila!
Finally, I don’t think any desk or work-space is complete without
1) A little succulent or a plant.
This mini cactus is from Sainsbury’s and it says its guaranteed to live for 12 months, so hopefully I won’t kill it.
2) A gorgeous-smelling candle.
Mine is from Homebase and it’s only £4!
3) Fresh flowers.
I spray painted a tin that once held a variety of pulses with that trusty Rustoleum spray paint to create a cute DIY vase.
4) A pretty notepad.
I have no idea where this one is from but if you’re in the market for a notebook you can’t go wrong with Paperchase.
When I’d finished shooting these photographs, I turned around to put the camera down and was greeted by this face. She’s obviously really happy with my new throw and sofa cushions. (Ikea – in case you hadn’t guessed.)