FIVE TIPS FOR A MORE INSPIRING OFFICE

January 16, 2016

Decorating

Brass desk with cups of pens and pencils on @thouswellblogBrass desk with Jonathan Adler Moto X on @thouswellblog

One of my resolutions this year is to rethink my workspace and create a space that’s more clean, intentional, and inspiring. Although I want my desk to be functional, I don’t want to lose a sense of fun in the space, which is why I’m excited to share Jonathan Adler’s new phone designs for Motorola. They are the perfect colorful accessory to add life to a clean office, and their patterns perfectly capture Mr. Adler’s colorful, whimsical aesthetic. Since I’ve been staying in San Francisco with Celia Tejada while I intern under her at RH (more on that soon, see sneak peeks on my Snapchat: thouswell), I took the opportunity to gather some inspiration from Celia’s own office so I can return to Atlanta with a fresh perspective on creating a more inspiring workspace.

Desk chair with sheepskin and patterned pillow on @thouswellblog

Invest in a comfortable chair and sizeable desk

Your office should be comfortable and stylish, like any other room in the house. Staying focused and inspired depends on your environment, so splurge on pieces that will encourage your most productive and creative workflow. While having a large desk will allow working on larger projects and spreading out your work, the larger surface area can get covered very quickly, so make sure to follow up with an efficient system of organization.

Brass desk with cups of pens and pencils and Jonathan Adler Moto X on @thouswellblog
Brass desk with office supplies and Jonathan Adler Moto X on @thouswellblog

INFUSE WHIMSY WITH ACCESSORIES

Workspaces are primarily functional, but the fun happens with the accessories. Keep an organized and cohesive set of office supplies that can be quickly reached on your desktop, and bring more color and pattern to your technological accessories, like the new Jonathan Adler Moto X. The Moto X has a top-rated 21 MP camera, all-day battery, fast-charging, and has advanced water protection, so it’s very functional besides being well-designed.

Modern feminine office with brass desk and gallery wall on @thouswellblog

DON’T LET THINGS PILE UP

Now I’m no expert at keeping my desk clear and organized, but I know it’s one of the most important ways to keep a clean, focused workspace. Create a filing system and keep a trash can nearby to quickly file away or dispose of extra paper, so aren’t left with distracting piles around the perimeter of the desk.

Organized shelves in a home office on @thouswellblog

SAVE ON SHELVES, SPLURGE ON ORGANIZATION

While beautiful bookshelves are certainly inspiring, this is one area where function trumps form. Save on simple, less-expensive shelves, and then spend a bit more on bins, baskets, and boxes to organize the contents of your shelves into a clean, easy-to-locate system. Put pretty collections (like ribbon) in large glass vases, and tuck away the other stuff into woven bins and fabric boxes.

Inspiration board on @thouswellblog
Inspiration board details on @thouswellblog

DEDICATE SPACE FOR INSPIRATION

Dedicating a space for your favorite objects and images (whether you cut them out of magazines or print them from your favorite sites), provides a focal moment in the room and direction for creative projects. Creating an inspiration board is a great way to set the tone of your workspace, but it also can quickly overflow, so set a schedule for updating or clearing the board so it stays clean and curated.

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This post is sponsored by Motorola but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

  • I absolutely love your inspiration board! Did you make it yourself? I’d love a DIY post as I have a really large wall over my desk that I’m wanting to decorate, but since it’s in our downstairs guest room I want to make sure it also looks really presentable as guests are in there a lot 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

    • Thanks Molly! It’s not mine, but I could definitely do a DIY inspiration board project once I’m back home!

  • That gold desk and those pencil holders are so dope! Hmm… my office space needs a makeover too. Thanks for the inspo!

  • Kevin! Another great post with some actionable and practical ideas! Thanks so much! 🙂