office storage

Liz Frantz

Best of the Blogs: Offices & Desks!

 

I’ve been obsessed with making my desk both functional and pretty these days, so I turned to some of my favorite blogs for top-notch inspiration. And look what amazing desks I found! Each one has a unique element that I can’t wait to try in my own space.

 

1. First up? The beautiful desk of Style Me Pretty‘s Abby Larson on The Everygirl

What I love about it: A desk isn’t complete without a bouquet of fresh flowers! I love the pop of color they add here, along side a cheerful lacquer box.

 

Photo Credit: The Everygirl

 

2. I’m crazy about this pretty space from Lindsay of Sadie and Stella

What I love about it: A bouquet of pink pencils and the vibrant drapes! Not to mention a little calligraphy art and a window view to make this space a perfect place to cross off to-do’s.

 

Photo Credit: Sadie and Stella

 

3. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators created this pretty and functional office space. 

What I love about it: The white built-in storage in this space is just what I need. Too many papers/file folders/magazines –too little time!

 

Photo Credit: Rambling Renovators

 

4. Jordan of Oh Happy Day shared shots of this unique workspace

What I love about it: The industrial-chic desk and wall color – which makes me feel like I’m floating. And who wouldn’t love spools of pretty ribbon at your fingertips?

 

Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day

 

5. It’s pretty easy to guess what I love about Shay of So Shay‘s office, featured on  Made By Girl.

What I love about it: The gold accent wall! Shay explains that she painted this wall herself and that it wasn’t as difficult as it might look. Read about how it came together here.

 

Photo Credit: So Shay/Made By Girl

 

6. An amazing office makeover from Jenny of Little Green Notebook

What I love about it: Oh, too many things! But I especially like that Jenny gave new life to the barely green parsons desk and the red credenza. The bold red is totally unexpected, and coordinates with the window treatments and rug beautifully.

 

Photo Credit: Little Green Notebook

 

7. This office area from Style Spotter Jen of I Heart Organizing has my heart. 

What I love about it: The blue cabinet nobs and the spring-y (and perfectly organized!) file folders. I’d love for my space to look just like this.

 

Photo Credit: I Heart Organizing

 

8. I love this office shot from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere

What I love about it: The chalkboard to-do list! I’m officially on the hunt for a vintage chalkboard or frame so I can make one myself.

 

Photo Credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere

 

9. Katie of Bower Power has a bright and cheerful work space at home.  

What I love about it: The way she’s used baskets to store but conceal office essentials, and the natural light pouring in!

 

Photo Credit: Bower Power

 

 

What do you love about these spaces? I have a long list of ideas and can’t wait to makeover my own office. More storage, file folders, chalkboard to-do list, colorful credenzas … I have a lot to do! Tune in next month when I’ll share some of my favorite blogger furniture refreshes. Do you have one you’d like to submit for consideration? Drop me a line at BHGBloggers@Meredith.com.

 

Happy Decorating!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: A Do It Yourself Office

 

Skip the normal desk and make your own! Using two Alex Drawer Units plus a Vika tabletop (via Ikea) you can easily do this! Attach the tabletop to the rolling drawers using metal L-brackets. Add a Zig Zag bookshelf (via Brianna Kufa Metal Designs) to the top to keep books within reach, add a light and some accessories: done!

 

 

1. Greenroom Binders via Target

2. Zig Zag Bookshelf via Brianna Kufa Metal Designs on Etsy

The Zig Zag Shelf in the original image was from Ikea and was discontinued.

3. Vika tabletop via Ikea

4. Lalla Lamp via Amazon

The lamp in the original image was from Crate and Barrel and was discontinued.

5. Alex Drawer Units x 2 via Ikea

6. Porcelain Milk Bottle vase via Crate and Barrel

7. LexMod Wood Pyramid Chair via Amazon

If you prefer the style of the chair in the first image, they have one at Ikea (but not in green).

8. Dalian Canister, Tray, and Dish via Anthropologie

9. Large Wire Basket via Fern Living

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Hide-away Printer

As the owner of a new giant printer, I instantly fell in love with this DIY from PBJ Stories. I just had to share it with all of you. Any time I can save space and hide clutter, I’m SOOOOO happy! I actually own this Hemnes dresser (from Ikea), but it’s still too small for my giant all-in-one printer. SO, I’ll have to keep searching for the perfect dresser. For now, PBJ Stories said I can share her DIY with you.

How she did it:

- This Hemnes dresser is perfect for this DIY, because the dresser fronts are attached by wooden dowels. Makes them easier to remove. She used a utility knife to detach the base from the front. If you need a little extra help, use a rubber mallet to knock it out.

- Use 3 utility hinges to attach the bottom of the drawer front and drawer base together.

- Attach a right and left support hinge to each side of the dresser drawer.

- Drill a hole in the back of the drawer. This is perfect to string the printer wire out the back.

- Add your printer, you’re done!

You can see more photos and more details on how she did it here, on PBJ Stories. Stop by and say hello!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Images: 1. Hemnes Dresser, IKEA 2. HP All-in-one printer, HP 3. Stanley Hardware Utility Hinge, Amazon 4. Stanley Retractable Utility Knife, Amazon 5. KV Lid Support Hinge, Amazon // Hide-Away Printer images, PBJ Stories


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Fridge Work Station

Running a business from home can be, well, a little crazy. Especially with a kiddo running around. I finally got tired of losing my lists, pens, pencils, and anything else I seem to need everyday. SO, this brings me to the Fridge Work Station. I don’t actually sit next to my fridge and work, but I now know where all my office supplies are. Using a bunch of old empty tins, we are officially organized. Plus, we now have a chalkboard to leave to-do’s or love notes. 

I know technology is supposed to negate the need for paper notes, but you just can’t beat the classic pen and paper. Having all necessary info right out there. It’s hard to miss.  I tried all those handy apps to help keep me organized, but those haven’t been as helpful as I had hoped.

It’s a quick project, here’s how I created it:

Supplies needed: 

- Super strong magnets (I suggest purchasing these at a home supply store)

- Strong permanent glue

- Empty tins (I used 4)

- Small chalkboard

- Optional: A small vintage wooden box + wire to wrap around it

- Freebie lists to print: Shopping, Notes, and Blank

How-to:

- Using the glue to adhere the magnets to the back of your tins and chalkboard. Wait 24 hours (to let the glue dry). And, that’s it!

- If you find a vintage wooden box, and don’t want to glue magnets directly to the box: wrap and tie wires around the end. Glue the magnets to the wire (instead of the box).

- If you want, print out the freebie lists I provided.

- Enjoy your organization.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Jen Jones

i spy: dreamy office storage

Spotted!  A mixture of high and low end storage to create dreamy home office organization!

 

If you are looking to add incredible amounts of fabulous storage to your office space, you can snag this look with shelving and coordinating baskets from IKEA and Pottery Barn.