dream rental:: office space

Aaaah my office. The room I am most excited to start on once we move in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to design our shared spaces, but it’s wonderful to be able to decorate a room completely reflective of you. I can have girly touches in this room. I can paint the walls bright white without a fight. I can close the door and play The Shins and lay on my cowhide rug because it’s allllll mine. So this is the room I daydream about almost constantly.


I fear an overcrowded office. Well-aware of the future messes that will be contained in that room, I need the rest of the room to have a clean look (ya know, to offset the disasters that will ensue).

Desiree-Spinner-Office-by-Trent-Bailey-Photography-00134 Glitter Guide 

office-pink The Every Girl

office-inspiration  Design Files via Dwell

Function is at the forefront of the design in this room. Pretty, but functional. Styled, but useful.

office-orgDomaine Home

Here’s my inspiration boiled down:

1:: White. A lot of it. And where there isn’t white, I want browns, golds, a bit of blue, and some peeks of pink.

2:: Function. I won’t waste too many shelves on styling because I need them to be filled. Creativity is key here because I need so much to happen in this space (write, photograph, create), that I need to have unique places to keep supplies.

3:: Fun. Unexpected. Fresh. I want a room that is constantly inspiring me, a room that I can spend all day in without being creatively “stuck.”

The first room we need to paint is our bedroom, but I want to dive right into my office as soon as we are even partially settled in. I am honestly so so excited to share the progress and eventual final result.

Here is where I need your help! I need tips, tricks, advice on how to store things functionally but with a nice aesthetic. I’m leaning towards a peg board for some often-used supplies, and I have a file-system for important papers and documents. What I need to figure out is how to store craft supplies, paper products, styling materials, things of that nature. Right now, all of that stuff is in a dresser that is impossible to open and close and I destroy something every time I try and I end up just throwing it all in and shoving it closed with my fingers crossed that I didn’t ruin everything. I’m rambling-but for real-what do you do to hide storage or at the very least-make it look pretty and not cluttered?


4 thoughts on “dream rental:: office space

  1. Love your inspiration! I’m so excited to finally have an office too… And I’ve got a basement full of peg board I was thinking of using. I’ve seen some painted peg board that looks really fun- I was thinking of lining my closet with it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for storage because I need ideas too! So far I bought a caddy from Ikea that I might paint so I can have my most used supplies right by my desk.

    1. Oooh that’s such a good idea to line your closet with it! I won’t have one in my office, the “closet” actually leads to stairs to the attic. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  2. I love all your inspiration pictures (and is that an Ashley Goldberg print?! Love her!) – I’m doing an office remodel and will need to figure out answers to the same dilemma…once the drywall dust settles. :) Can’t wait to check back and see what you come up with!

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