office envy


The holidays are behind us and now it's back to work! To help motivate you on this cold Monday morning, I have put together a post featuring inspirational office spaces, followed by a guide to help me you create your own spiffy office space or improve your existing one--much more fun than working... 

The inspiration:

Danielle Moss house tour via Apartment Therapy

Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson via Design Sponge

Aerin Lauder's Gabriella Crespi desk via Harper's Bazaar

I found the following to help recreate a similar office space based on the inspirational images above. Read on...

The desk is the focal point of the office--I love the following four kinds:

1) Mirrored:
$499 from Z Gallerie

2) Lucite, acrylic, or even glass:

$379 from CB2

Glass Desk $499 from Wisteria

3) The "X" desk:

$1,950 from Jonathan Adler

$159.99 from World Market

4) And--as I'm saving the best for last--the infamous Gabriella Crespi "Z" desk:

Gabriella Crespi desk via 1st Dibs

A fun chair to compliment the desk:

$97.69 from Staples

$449 for a set of two 

$64.93 from Goedeker's

Let's be honest, fun chairs don't always equal comfy chair (beauty is pain, right?), so here are some plush pillows for you back...or your bum:

$38 from Whitlock & Co.

$70 from Spark Modern

$26 from Willa Skye Home

Lighting is key:

$29.99 from Target

$59 from Land of Nod

$33.49 from Office Max

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!:

$28-$68 from Neiman Marcus

$24 from See Jane Work

$52.50 from Tory Burch


Witty writing tools:

$7.50 from Row House 14

$12 from Charm & Gumption

$8 from See Jane Work
Some inspirational art:

$15.57 from Miss Poppy Design

$25 from The Pink Pagoda


Baies candle
$60 from Diptyque 

$40 from Kate Spade

$45 from Tory Burch

And some fresh flowers!:




Vel Criste said...

All beautiful inspirations and finds Emilie! I need a small one for me too, right now all I have is the kitchen office which the kids dominate. Love the stapler!

Emilie ShellAndChinoiserie said...

Yes! You deserve a grown-up desk from which write that beautiful blog of yours!!! The gold stapler is my favorite, but alas it always seems to be out of stock--let me know if you find it!

Nancy said...

I just bought the west elm parsons (though in green)...loves it! now I just need to add some pretties like you listed. thanks for the inspiration :)

Emilie ShellAndChinoiserie said...

Sooo jealous! Post pics when it arrives and gets all dolled-up!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

What a wealth of inspiration for my upcoming office makeover. Glad you gave a source for the ghost chair. I was worried I might have trouble finding one. Happy New Year Emilie!

Emilie ShellAndChinoiserie said...

Happy New Year! There seem to be some out there--just have to dig a bit to find a good one ;) Have fun with your makeover--I hope to see updates!

sharon smith said...

Every time I see my desk, I wonder....why don't I have a little vase stuffed with the most beautiful flowers? After seeing your post, I'm going to make it happen! Now back to work I go.....

Emilie ShellAndChinoiserie said...

Yay! Wishing you pretty and fragrant working!

Andrea said...

Such a timely post, as I am working on putting my home office together!! Thank you for the inspiration! This is such a fantastic roundup!!

The Glam Pad

Emilie ShellAndChinoiserie said...

Ooooh! I bet it's going to be absolutely beautiful--can't wait to see it!!!

Michelle Woeller said...

The X-desk from World Market is at a great price point, and I love the inspirational pencils! Your post has inspired me to give my office a little tweeking! Elle

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