3 #Girlboss Ways to Decorate Your Desk
As summer vacation days dwindle away, it’s about time to start thinking about buckling back down to work. If that puts you in a blue state of mind, cheer up by decking out your desk with some seriously sleek accessories. Our desks are basically our homes away from home, so all the more reason to frame a motivational printable, whip up a few gold organizing tools and employ some office hacks to turn your workspace into a colorful place you actually *want* to be in. This week’s edition of Decor Resolutions will help you decide on what you need for a stylish and functional workspace. Whether you’re eyeing a minimalist look or you want a little more spice at your fingertips, scroll on to see how we’d style a desk for the boho-chic babe, the minimalist and the preppy gal.
Keep the colors of your accessories bright and the finishes fun; there’s no need to be so serious while working. A glam desk will keep the spirit of summer alive even as the days grow shorter. Give yourself plenty of storage options with wire baskets and boxes, then get ready to work your core with the coolest ball chair ever.
Seletti Hanging Desk Organizer ($200+), Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Scarlett Birch Spiral Planner ($36), Threshold Copper Task Lamp With White Marble Base ($62), H&M Large Wire Basket ($25), H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder ($10), PBteen Fur Rockin’ Roller Desk Chairs ($149), Threshold Faux Succulents in Glass Terrarium ($13), Kate Spade Strike Gold Pen Set ($25), Kate Spade Ikat Nesting Boxes ($54), Consort Brass “OK” Hand ($150), Threshold Campaign Desk ($150)
HOW TO DECORATE A MINIMALIST DESK
For a more modern look, paint the legs of your desk black and keep the rest of the room simple with white, black and wood tones. A wire grid gives your inspiration board a minimalist edge, and a moveable task lamp keeps your space well lit. Make your perch a little more comfortable with a sheepskin, and store your pens, pencils and paper clips in faceted matte black vases.
AngelStar Forever Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant Art Print ($19+), Urban Outfitters Wire Wall Grid ($59), H&M Large Wooden Storage Box ($25), Faux Aloe in Pot Green ($13), H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder ($10), IKEA GERTON/ODDVALD Table ($120), Renwil Felix Desk Lamp ($218), Lulu & Georgia DwellStudio Faceted Black Vase ($15), Design Ideas 365 Calendar ($25), Walmart Modway Pyramid Dining Side Chair ($53+), Pottery Barn Sheepskin Rug ($99), Sugar Paper Swingline Stapler ($15)
HOW TO DECORATE A PREPPY DESK
Curate a super chic and preppy workspace with white, gold and stripes galore. Looking to organize #likeaboss? Use the space under your desk to your advantage. That’s where you can hide the not-so-pretty stuff in pink storage boxes. If that boring corkboard isn’t quite jibing with your style, go for a chic round chalkboard that’s also magnetic — you may never lose a note again.
PBteen Kennedy Task Lamp ($149), The Carbon Crusader Deep Thoughts Pencils ($4), Kate Spade Escape the Ordinary Scented Candle ($40), Threshold Small Fern in Ceramic Pot ($15), Nate Berkus Magnetic Chalkboard ($10), PBteen The Emily & Meritt Bow Chair ($269), Crate & Barrel Olin Black Striped Cotton Dhurrie Rug ($20+), Sugar Paper Letter Sorter ($8), The Container Store Pink Oskar Boxes ($20, set of two), H&M Glass Vase ($18), Xhilaration Turquoise Knit Throw ($25), PBteen Customize-It Storage A-Frame Desk ($199+)
How would you decorate your desk? If you’re looking for ideas, follow us on Pinterest for even more tips and inspo.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)