When we converted my brother’s old room into an office space, I didn’t know I was going to need to use it every day for 12 weeks.
I created this space as somewhere to sit and blog now and again, or to come to sit and read. I never knew I would need an actual office.
But boy, thanks to Covid-19, am I glad I do have the privilege of a spare room that I have transformed into my little cosy workspace.
I’m going to be running you through my home-office set up, so that you can get some office decor inspo, and so I can share some fabulous small businesses too.
D E S K
This desk sat in the flat pack box for two years before we put it up – it took a while to get the home office going. I bought the desk from IKEA, and knew that once I owned it, there was no takesies backsies from mum and dad regarding the decorating.
Mine is the MICKE desk, in white, and it costs £89 to buy now (pretty sure I paid more than that, so you’re getting a bargain). The desk comes in two parts, as you can separate the top storage/shelf part.
Inside the cupboard is three shelves, and the storage is quite deep, so you can fit quite a bit of stuff in there. This is where I tend to keep PR gifts that I need to photograph and write about. Then there are two drawers, a small and a large. I keep paper, notepads and weekly planners in the large drawer, and washi tape and pencils in the small one.
The large flat section beneath the top shelf is actually a whiteboard space and is magnetic, so great for sticking up notes to remember, or phone numbers I need to call.
N O T E B O O K S
As you can probably tell from the quality, thickness and beautiful patterns (and the fact I don’t stop banging on about the brand), all of the notebooks on my desk are from Papier.
I have my leopard print 2020 diary for all of my virtual appointments, meetings, training and calls – since gigs and girls nights are out of the window for now.
Then I have my olive green monkey print notebook for all of my Grow and Glow content, Disney Marie notebook, and pink and red notebook for anything and everything. Lastly I have my jaguar weekly planner for anything fitness related (or documenting the fact I did 15 minutes of yoga in the morning so I can applaud myself).
I do have even more of these diaries and notebooks – so do my parents! I’ve been ordering them as gifts too, as they make such a gorgeous gift. You can still get £10 off your order with my code here.
B O O K S
Ahh, my pile of pretty pink books. Most of these I read last year, but others, like Alexa Chung’s IT, I’ve owned for years.
From bottom to top we have Girlboss, but Sophia Amoruso – the story on which the Netflix series was based.
The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** – you can read my review of this beauty here.
Playing with Matches by Hannah Oreinstein – a book I bought at JFK airport on my way back from New York. Review of that one is here.
Alexa Chung IT for alllll the style inspo.
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink… and other lies for stories from inspirational women and their views on feminism – review here.
What Would The Spice Girls Do? A brilliant book by Lauren Bravo, who I seriously admire as a writer. I’m actually reading another of her books at the time of writing – How To Break Up With Fast Fashion.
Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba is a ‘toolkit for working women’, which you can read about here.
And finallyyyy, Eat, Sleep, Slay – a quote book for when I need a little motivation or inspiration.
P R I N T S
I’m a sucker for a print, not just because they look great as decor, but are perfect for flatlays and blog photos.
From left to right on my top shelf I have:
Floral cactus from Paperchase
One Smile, One Hug, One Day at a Time card from Tesco
(Above) Leopard in a bikini from Florence and Ottie
(Framed) You’re In Love with a Psycho from Space Oddity Gifts
(Above) Heartbreaker print from Fanclub Clothing
(Framed) Leopard Print Lightening Flash from Indigo Storm
(Above) Floral card from Tesco
(Below) Watermelon Dachshund from Tabby Rabbit
(Framed) I Ain’t Your Hun, Hun from Poundland
Leopard card from Tesco
(Framed) Boob postcard from Paperchase
Then last but not least on my desk in my Oliver Bonas frame is my Florence and Ottie prints of Phoebe and Frank, which I wrote about here.
R A D I O
My Emma Bridgewater DAB radio keeps me company whilst I’m working. This was a gift from my parents for Christmas after I longed for it forever. I actually have the heart print pattern painted onto my nails at the moment!
It perfectly matches the pink and red theme in the office, and has a real retro vibe.
F U R N I S H I N G S
Dotted around the desk I have a few bits and pieces to fill shelves and brighten spaces.
First up is this Hannah’s Home Art Macrame Hanging which I picked up at a makers market earlier this year – it was only £5!
Within my prints is my handsome Gold Tiger Ornament – his name is Tony, because he’s grrrrr-eat. Get it? Tony the Tiger? Frosties? He was just £5 from Primark.
My Frankie Sausage Dog Ring Holder was a Christmas gift from Jake, after I spotted him in Oliver Bonas. His little pink collar ties him in with the room nicely.
The pink potted plant was £2 in the Primark reduced section. This looks fabulous in blog photos, and houseplants are so in… at least this is one I can’t accidentally kill.
This Wildheart Candle came in my Niyama Wellness beauty box, and it smells just like a spa. With Jasmine, Chamomile and Rosewood, it’s very focusing and grounding.
Last but not least is my Sass and Belle Leopard plant pot. I picked this up in the Charms and Chains sale for £3, and actually have two of them! I’m yet to find a plant to pot in them though, so for now it’s just chilling on my shelf.