Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wednesday workspace

This week I was inspired by Cassandra and her lovely office to tidy up my desk and take a photograph to document the fact that I can be organised - sometimes.

The first thing I did which made a huge difference was to move the printer to underneath the table. At the minute I have just propped it on a stack of magazines, but I'm going to investigate a more stylish but permanent solution.

The desk is from Ikea. I've seen it in a few offices, including this one. At some point I would like to change the legs and substitute them for turned wooden legs.

The lamp is from John Lewis, and the pen pot is a mug from Petra Boase, a present. I broke the handle off the mug within a few days of being given it, so I felt that I had to give it a second chance in life, albeit with a new purpose.

I've stashed all my papers in brown boxes from Muji. I started off with their clear plastic in-trays, which I really liked, but as this corner is in my living room, eventually I wanted to hide the papers away. On top, the grey box with a ribbon is an upside-down shoe box from Jigsaw.

I've seen some lovely boxes and box files at Heals (the Orla Kiely range) and at Liberty - but as both are out of my price range for what they are, I'm happy with my plain brown options for now.

I won this chair on eBay, but it's on it's way out. It is from the 1960s and I love its style, but it is not height adjustable, and I think it is important to have a comfortable working environment. I also have an office chair from Ikea, and that is not comfortable either. But as it's in my living room, I want a chair that looks good too. Any ideas?

I think my little arrangement really brightens up the space. The picture is this Charlie Mackesy postcard of an angel and a cellist. The box was a present - a box of Orla Kiely Butler's chocolates which came in this funky box.

Remember how I said I added a special touch to the milk bottle arrangement? I love this tiny hummingbird - one of my favourite possessions.


Isn't this a vast improvement on this untidy space? What you don't know is that I just scooped all the mess off the desk and moved it out of view. But I'm making a lot of progress. I'm also planning to wallpaper this wall with this wallpaper, one of these years.

14 comments:

Meghan said...

Those yellow flowers are awesome. i love that medal desk too! Great space!

Dee Beale said...

I love your chair.

Callie Grayson said...

fantastic office space!

Moon said...

I love your workspace. It's so peaceful...
It looked like a mess, but now it looks amazing and really tidied up. You did a great job!
Otherwise, I don't think you should use that wallpaper. Your workspace is perfect and gorgeous as it is right now.

Adie said...

What a peaceful space! I think I would enjoy working somewhere this tranquil (even if there was a big pile of insanity just outside the frame!)

Rachel said...

Wow! You're so tidy! I love how cheerful your daffodils are.

AggeJ said...

I have my office in my living room as well and right now I am using an old card table. I really like that desk and I love the chair you one on e-bay. I grew up in the sixties and really can relate to the ultra modern syle of the chair. You really did a nice joby organizing your enviorment. Thanks for all the great ideas.

RhiannonM said...

I just followed that wallpaper link all the way to the Cole and Son website and spent about 30 minutes playing with the wallpapers... they are SO amazing! Absolutely thanks for sharing! I am now going to go look for walls to paper in the house of anyone I know. No one is safe from awesome wallpaper! : )

pixelhazard said...

Oh what a shame, that chair is cute. My work space never looks that tidy

Apt. #34 said...

Love that chair. So excited to see spring flowers blooming - even though it snowed here yesterday!

Jennifer Ramos said...

Try justmyshopping.com that is where i got my office chair... I got lots of great compliments on mine so far! : )

Jen Ramos
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Flora said...

Congrats on the clean up and I applaud your organising skills, you must feel like a new gal!
Love the hummingbird too.cute idea

citysage said...

LOVE your space Lynne, and it's a shame that chair doesn't work as a desk chair, because it is SO smashingly fab!

Rachel said...

I always enjoy the workspaces you feature on your blog.

i really like the new look of your workstation. The chair looks comfy too=) it's amazing how cleaning up the clutter can make a space look so inviting!