I decided to make it official. In February of this year I took the plunge and got an office space dedicated to blogging! Working from home is convenient and all but I missed getting dressed up and having people actually see me! I rented an office space in a sort of co-working space in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. It’s not like WeWork where you literally sit next to random people, rather it’s an office with a door and privacy but we share common areas.
It was a daunting process when I set out to find an office. Many where “executive offices” that were way too big for me. I needed ample space, privacy and a good location. I didn’t need a whole floor to myself! At first I looked into the new type of “co-working” office spaces of WeWork and Industrious. Although they were nice and had fabulous amenities, I needed more privacy and the ability to decorate my office. Out of all places, I stumbled across my beautiful office on Craigslist! Yup, it’s not always a seedy website after all! It took me over a month to decorate and I can finally show you LuxeLifeDaily Headquarters!
THIS POST IS ALL ABOUT MY DESK. HOW IT WENT FROM CLUTTERED TO FUNCTIONAL. THIS WAS MY DESK SET UP FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS….
I went a bit overboard buying office supplies due to my excitement so you can see the clutter on my desk. I love things, so naturally I wanted to be surrounded by all my possessions. Even if that meant have a dozen brand new pens blocking my view of people I am meeting with. It quickly grew into an eyesore. I’m a huge believe in the saying “a cluttered space is a cluttered mind” and this clutter had me organizing more than actually working! To the left of my desk I have these two shelving units that I put back to back. That white machine you see is a iPad Square Reader which I use for my PR clients to take payment. It’s super handy and looks really professional. On my actual desk you see a pair of sunglasses (my favorite pair at the moment from Gucci), a Byredo candle in the scent Loose Lips (the perfect scent for a beauty aficionado as it smells like makeup!), The Virgin Mary (I need all the prayer and good energy I can get!), a tin of too many pens, another ugly tin organizer of post-it notes (I never use post-it’s) and some binder clamp things nesting on some coffee table books. Oh, there is also a Guest Book Pen they use at weddings. No clue why I purchased that. Then to the right is my iMac on top of a riser and my office telephone.
AN EYESORE! GLADLY, I CAME TO MY SENSES & THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS NOW….
Taa-Daa! Minimalistic & Chic! It’s amazing how much more elegant, modern, clean and sophisticated it looks now. The only things I keep on my desk are my business cards, telephone, two of my favorite candles, my iMac & of course the new love of my life, my Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda! I love that agenda so much that I’ll go more in depth in it in the next post as it deserves it’s own time to shine. That agenda has literally changed my life!
I moved the books that were previously on my desk to the table you see between the two chairs in front. It was a perfect accent to the table and seating area. How chic are the Chanel books? Instead of a “C” for Chanel, I put “G” for Giselle. I also removed the pen holder, iMac riser and tin organizer. It was just too much clutter! I put them in the white shelves which are still next to my desk.
Over the seating area you’ll see a painting of a Pineapple. So random right? I found it at Home Goods and thought it added the perfect amount of quirkiness & splash of color without changing the mood and style of the office which is sophisticated, modern and clean.
Where Everything Was Purchased:
- Desk, Letter G, Books, Wedding Pen (Ridiculous purchase!), Business Card Holder, Telephone, Tins, Table – Amazon
- Tufted Chairs- Home Goods
- Byredo candle from Net-A-Porter & Diptyque candle from Nordstrom
- Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda- Louis Vuitton Chicago Flagship Store
- Business cards- Zazzle.com ( Great place for business supplies but I suggest upgrading to the thicker paper. It feels much more luxurious!)
- Pineapple Painting- Home Goods
I absolutely love my work space now. I have much more room to be creative and brainstorm. I love to light the candles, put on some music and get to work. Sometimes I don’t even want to leave the office! I’m still getting adjusted to the iMac though as I’ve been a Macbook girl for years (actually typing this on my Macbook Pro). It’s a beautiful display but I much prefer the intimate closeness of a laptop.
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