05/05 DIY / Our Apartment

Work Space Reveal

Work SpaceGuys, I’m so so so excited about this one!  A while back I had mentioned I was working on this area and shared a bunch of DIY projects related to it, and now I finally get to show you guys how it looks all together.  Before I walk you through the changes, let’s take a look at how things were before…


Not terrible, but definitely looks very temporary.  Because I’d be spending so much time here (hello, blog life!), it was important to me to make this space more inspiring and functional, and with that comes the necessity to increase storage, so I started by replacing the wall poster with a couple of shelves.

Work space shelves

The shelves are the Ekby Hemnes shelves from IKEA.  Also from IKEA are the Ekby Valtar brackets, which I spray painted gold, of course!  On top of the shelves is where I express my love for boxes and tchotchkes.

Desk styling

On my desk is my fabric covered magnet board that I use as a mood board, consisting of magazine clippings, photos, and anything else that’s inspiring me at the moment.  It’s been pretty fun posting things up on it  and I plan on updating it regularly.  Also, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the gold accessories galore, and I’ll be including a DIY and source list for everything on my desk at the end of this post, so stay tuned!

Desk accessories

Acrylic tape dispenser and staplerI shared the acryclic tape dispenser and stapler on Instagram a while ago and y’all went nuts for them!  I’m nuts about them, too ;).  And I also recently posted a little sneak peek with the African roses, which you guys loved as well.  Isn’t it great how we can all love the same things together?  You guys are the best <3.

Ghost chairWe’ve arrived at my favorite part.  I mentioned in my Ghost Chair Inspiration post that I got me one of these babies and I love her more than I ever could have imagined.   Surprisingly comfortable, and mega gorgeous.  The best chair splurge of my life, and it makes me look forward to sitting at my desk even more.

Desk decor DIYs and sources listSo here it all is.  Everything that’s numbered is either a DIY I’ve shared on this blog or the source for the item, but mostly they’re DIYs!  Check them all out here:

1) DIY Washi Tape Boxes
2) DIY Heart Wall Art
3) DIY Fabric Covered Pencil Cup
4) DIY Fabric Lid Boxes
5) DIY Typography Wall Art- Be Brave
6) DIY Gold Pencil Cups
7) DIY Custom Magazine Holders
8) DIY Fabric Covered Magnet Board
9) Acrylic Tape Dispenser
10) Acrylic Stapler
11) DIY Gold Desk Dishes
12) DIY Washi Tape Pens
13) DIY Monogrammed Cup
14) Ghost Chair
15) DIY Striped Accent Wall

*UPDATE* I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the gold lamp, so here’s the link for it:  See it here.

Desk full of DIY decorDid you notice everything is mostly gold, black, and white?  How appropriate, since they’re my FAVS.  Red naturally made it’s way in since my work space is in a corner of my living room, which has a lot of red accents.

Gorgeous small workspace with black and gold accentsAs already mentioned, the striped accent wall tutorial is yet to be posted up, so make sure to come back for that!  If you have any questions about anything else in my work space that I didn’t cover, leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.  Or if you just want to say hi that’s cool too :D.


66 comments on “Work Space Reveal”

  1. Gorgeous! So pretty! Now, you need to come over to my house and design my workspace. It is on my list of things to do this summer and hopefully I can make it look as nice as yours. I love all those pretty boxes!

  2. It looks AMAZING! What a difference just a few small changes made. I can’t wait to hear about your accent wall! I’m soooo ready to get working on our office!

  3. AH-MAZING! This is seriously gorgeous. I love that it totally portrays your style and you added the personal touches with the mood board. I always wondered if those ghost chairs were actually comfortable!

  4. This is gorgeous!!!! OH my goodness! You have really inspired me to take my home office to the next level. It’s incredible how the stripes on the wall and accessories make it so ooh la la! I just pinned the %@~! out of this haha. GORGEOUS. Great job girlie.

  5. Wow! What a difference! It looks absolutely amazing. If that’s what my work area looked like I’d have no trouble buckling down and doing work all day. Great job!

  6. LOOKS AMAZING!!!! I love the diagonal striped wall and ghost chair. Having a nice beautiful space to work in makes such a difference. I love it, Amy!

  7. Well, no surprise here… it’s stunning!! You kept it classic just like your style and it’s lovely! Totally loving that accent wall, too! Can’t wait to see the post on it. Great job.

  8. What a lovely work space you’ve created. The striped wall is such a great focal point and the inspiration board is surely to bring many more awesome DIY projects.

  9. The acryclic tape dispenser and acrylic chair are my favorite parts! I love all the storage and personality you added to this work space! I would love it if you’d link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–I love to share big transformations like this with my readers!

  10. You are so organised! Your workspace looks amazing and I love how the wall decoration goes so well with the rest of the details. It’s all in the little things! x

  11. I love the striped wall with all the gold accents! I love how the gold really takes it from casual to sophisticated! :) Looks great!

  12. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! I’m not sure where to look first. I don’t think that I would get any work done here as I would spend all of my time admiring it. lol! Thanks for sharing at The Inspiration Exchange – I’ll be featuring it tomorrow. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

  13. Beautiful! I love the square framed art on top of the bookcase. Do you know where you got it?


    1. Hi Lesa! Are you talking about the black and white one with overlapping circles? I got it from HomeGoods last year. Chances of find it are probably slim, but it’s always worth the trip since they always have something cool over there :)

  14. I LOVE this! What a gorgeous, eye-catching and inspiring space. I can’t believe how totally you transformed it, and with so many DIYs too. That’s the most impressive part to me, since I’m terrible at DIY’ing. All of the black and gold are just perfect, and I’m in love with my ghost chair as well, so I love that you have one! The IKEA shelves are probably my favorite. You made them look SO chic with the gold spray paint. So lovely!

  15. Hi !

    I discovered your blog on Pinterest via this article ! I’m really in love with your workspace and wanted to share it like an inspiring source in my own blog (here is were you can find the article : http://plume-de-libellule.com/deco-tu-tiens/ ) I really hope you will like it and you won’t mine if i took your pictures for exemple.
    I’m a french jewelry designer and trying these days to do a hole make over of my workspace and here you are with all your good ideas : i’m just in love !!!!

    Thank you for beeing so inspiring and so fun and sorry for my bad english !

  16. I am soo in love with this work space!! I recently moved and finally have a little work area for myself and I just have no idea how to decorate it… Thanks for the inspiration! I am definitely going to follow you. Also wondering where you got that great lamp? Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Veronica! I just realized the link to the lamp I put in this post is incorrect, so sorry about that! You can see the lamp here

  17. I am in love with this space! I am doing something very similar in my bedroom but instead of a work space it’s my makeup area. I just bought the shelves and brackets from IKEA today. Did you have to prep the brackets in any way or did you just spray paint them? Thanks!! :)

    1. Thank you Gina! I didn’t prep the brackets at all. Unless you’re going to be touching them all the time (which my guess is that you won’t) there really isn’t more you need to do than just paint them gold. Mine have held up perfectly so far!

  18. Where is the ghost chair from? Also, the acrylic desk accessories and fur pillow? For some reason the links listed aren’t working :( or maybe it’s me?!

    1. Hi! I just tried the links and they are working fine. Try them again? I didn’t link to the fur pillow because I purchased it locally and isn’t available online. Thanks for asking!

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