Until just a few weeks ago I had never owned a desk. Some of you may remember I rambled on about my premier desk purchase in one of my fortnightly behind the scenes vlogs – it was that big a deal to me! As a travel blogger I’ve worked from beaches, cafes and even park benches, but as our new apartment in Sydney had a study space I decided it was time to get a real desk.
As sad as it sounds decorating the office space and arranging items on the desk has become my weekend obsession. I must also disclose that during the week this desk looks nothing like you will see in these pics. (I’m silently berating myself for the coffee ring I can currently see to my right and wondering why I have left everything from my sunglasses to lip-balm lying around the laptop.) But for the sake of this post I have tried to make it a little bit pretty.
So drumroll please…
Step into my office.
(I’ve always wanted to say that.)
Our study is a section of the living room which has retractable walls. So during the day we pull them back and let in the natural light that floods the balcony but, if you need privacy or want to shut off from work at the end of the day, you can slide the walls over and not have to look at the business part of the house. I share the office with my partner who works from home every now and then. He has a techno-filled man desk at the other end of the room.
My desk tends to always feature several notebooks (pictured is my beloved Moleskine) as well as my paper diary. The candle is a gorgeous coconut and lime scent I picked up in Bondi Markets – it smells like a holiday in a jar. And these flowers are (don’t judge me) fake! I picked them up in K-Mart for a few dollars. I usually have fresh blooms in the house but when I know I am going to be travelling or working away for a while it’s great to have artificial ones you don’t have to worry about wilting.
The majority of the furniture in the office, and indeed the house, if from Aussie homeware store Freedom. You could say I have developed a bit of an obsession with them (particularly their cushions!).
I’ve only recently got around to putting some prints on the wall (with the genius 3M damage-free hooks in case my management company sees this!) and hope to build the collection over time. Currently in my ‘creative space’ is a print by Brisbane based typographer Jasmine Dowling, a custom illustration by Sydney based designer Sally from The Lust List, a random postcard I picked up in Copenhagen and a collage of Vogue covers I have collected from around the world.
I’ve been collecting international editions of Vogue on my travels since 2008, collecting copies from China, India, Italy, Australia and France, even though I couldn’t read a word of them. When it came to moving our stuff from London to Sydney I was on the verge of throwing them all out completely but luckily Vicky Flip Flop intervened with a brilliant idea. She suggested I keep the covers, that way I still have a momento with the date and destination of my travels, but am not paying a fortune to ship bulky magazines I cannot read. She also suggested I frame some of them in a collage and this is what you see on my wall today. (I have m0re but the colours didn’t fit the scheme – I need a second frame!)
For a more interchangeable way of having the people and places that inspire me near me as I write I have a cork board from Ikea, which I’ve pinned various pictures and postcards to. When we first moved here I ordered some prints of my instagram photos from Picture Postie so that I could have personal pics around the house whilst we waited for our shipping to arrive.
The suitcases are another of my nods to travel. I found these beat up old leather cases in a charity shop, somewhere in the midlands, I think. Today they store my boring bills and paperwork. I think it’s a pretty way of keeping these documents out of my sight (and temporarily out of mind!).
So that’s my office.
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