How To Make A Small Office Space Work!

ikea-hemnes-deskI’ve been promising to do a blog post on my office space, but was waiting for everything to be a bit more ‘put together.’ Being a college student and having to make my small space work is something I’ve been struggling with, but I finally made this little corner in my home’s bedroom perfect for blogging, writing, doing homework and more! I’m so happy with how it came out. I love white and gold and wanted to add little touches of color here and there.

Believe it or not, this desk is actually from IKEA! My mom actually went to Ace Hardware and got gold knobs (for less than $4 each) and we switched them out to make the desk look a little high-end. Also, the shelves and brackets are from IKEA and are called ‘Elkby.’ I spray-painted the brackets because they were white and I wanted to add a golden touch! I love the way they came out and how it brings in the gold from the desk and my amazing chair from Rachel George. This chair is so comfortable and the height adjusts, which is extremely important for me.

Since my workspace is small, I decided to decorate vertically, rather than horizontally! I did add the little pink ottoman from Target and I like to put a bowl with Starbursts in it… because who doesn’t love candy?

Some tips for keeping your workspace unique and a place where you’d want to work on things:

– Create it for you. Not for anyone else. Sure, get inspiration from Pinterest, but create a space you’ll want to be.

– Remember that you’ll be spending a lot of time here… write a list of things that make you happy, and try to incorporate them into your space.

– Keep things around you that inspire you. Fashion books, style magazines, flowers, etc.

– Keep water by you at all times! You don’t want to get dehydrated. 🙂

– Make it fun and colorful! Get prints that really represent your goals, make you happy, remind you of memories, etc. I’m in love with NYC so I have that New York print by me. I also love the print I have on top which says, ‘Work Hard, Stay Humble.’ Keeping little reminders around you really go a long way.

– Have an easily accessible phone charger. I love this one that I have pictured on my desk. It looks like an old-fashioned phone, but is actually a phone charging stand!

– Surround yourself by things you love. 🙂

water-vasesI recently got these glasses and gold coasters from Renee Redesigns and I’m so in love! These glasses can be used for any types of liquid and they really keep the water fresh and tasty! I get really dehydrated so having water on my desk is a definite must for me.  I also always keep this candle on my desk because it smells so yummy and helps soothe me when I’m a little bit stressed out.candlegiraffe-ring-holderI have a lot of jewelry and way too many lipsticks. I keep them stored here and here. I also love this Framebridge frame of one of my Instagram photos. They frame your photos for you and for such a great price! new-york-marble-printFor my business cards, which I get made here, I love to keep them out on my desk on this gold zebra dish! I’ve had this dish for a while and absolutely love it. You could also use it for jewels! home-blog-officeThe print is from SS Print Shop, frame is from Home Goods and passport holder is from here. My vase is from Target.blog-officeSome decor details… H.Nichols Illustration print, The Container Store magazine/file holders, frames are from Home Goods… pineapple can be found here.essie-nail-polishI get all of my fashion books from Amazon! My favorite perfume herewhite-gold-chairblog-office-spacethe-fashionistas-diaryIf you have any additional questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Thanks so much for reading!

50 Responses to How To Make A Small Office Space Work!

  1. Beautiful space!! I have that Paris book, and I just got some other desk books I’m obsessed with! They are white and gold, so you will love. Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home and Rachel Zoe Living in Style.
    Xx

  2. Annaliese says:

    Oh my gosh I can’t believe that beautiful desk space is ALL YOURS! My dorm room desk this past year looked sort of similar the way that it was decorated and set up, but I always let it get messy. :-p Probably since it was just a dorm desk and not my actual office space!

    Is it bad though that I do my best blogging either in my bed or in more public places like libraries? (Seriously l LOVE writing in libraries- whether it’s my school library or the library in town).

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  3. Morgan says:

    Love the white and gold!! Two nights ago I was scrolling through pinterest at 6:30pm and after getting “pinspired” I decided to rearrange my room! I have an antique vanity that I converted into a desk because I think I will get a lot more use out of it that way #bloggerduties .. I will definitely have to look back at these pictures to get inspo as I start to decorate my space!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  4. Mikayla says:

    Thank you for the tips! I am moving into my sister’s room which isn’t horribly small but isn’t huge. These are great tips for helping me with a small space for me to do school at. I love your gold and white theme.

    Mikayla | http://www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

  5. Jenny says:

    The white and gold is beautiful and this looks a lot like how I am planning to decorate my future office space.
    Definitely going to save this post for some inspiration.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  6. Bee says:

    this is just what I needed. I want to make a small study/ blogging space for me and this seems cute and does the work!!!

  7. Jordyn says:

    Your workspace is so clean and beautiful. I love the white and gold combo and all of your decorating looks so polished and chic!

  8. Your space is so cute! I absolutely adore it. I think it’s important to keep yourself surrounded with things that make you feel inspired- it’s the perfect pick me up when you are bogged down with work.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Elana says:

    Wow! Your office is so beautiful! I can’t wait until I have more space for an office. I’ve pinned it for future inspiration 🙂

  10. Tugce says:

    Your desk looks amazing!!! I love the combo of white and gold!!

    http://www.athreadofcouture.com

  11. Your work-space is SO gorgeous! I absolutely love every element – right down to the gold coasters! Pinning this for design inspiration 🙂

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen’s Designs

  12. Dream desk! I do find that functional space really improves my workflow. Need to up the ante on the aesthetics of my own workspace though. 🙂
    Alessandra // The PumpUp Blog

  13. Lauren says:

    These are such great tips! Thanks so much for sharing them!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  14. Sara says:

    Love this blog post! I also have a small work place. It’s tough but like you showed, you can make it work! Thanks for linking everything! By any chance, do you remember where the telephone charger is from? I can’t stop obsessing over it! It’s so cute! Thanks!

  15. This is so beautiful! Jealous! xx, kenz
    http://sincerelykenz.com

  16. Great things on your desk, thanks for sharing.

    Xo Camille

  17. Carmen Renee says:

    I love the space Lauren! So chic, but touches of girly 🙂 I have been wanting to decorate my space, but have yet to do so! These are definitely great tips!

    Best,
    Carmen Renee
    http://www.simplycarmenrenee.com

  18. Morgan says:

    Lauren, this office space is stunning! I love how you made each piece your own and customized you desk and shelving! This is the perfect inspiration for me to up my desk game! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!
    Morgan
    themissmorganlife.blogspot.com

  19. Kat says:

    I must have missed this. So gorgeous! I have those candles everywhere . My space is gorgeous sometimes but gets cluttered so fast. Great water reminder. Most migraines start from mild dehydration. I’m so bad about getting enough.

    Xo

    http://www.PersianKittyKat.com

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  21. India says:

    Love it! Can you tell me what the paint color is?

  22. Humaira says:

    Looks lovely. What color are your walls painted in? I think I’ve finally found my color.

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  25. Annemarie says:

    I love your space! I am also in love with that bag hanging on your chair… Who makes the bag?

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  29. Such a sweet work space! Add a little bulletin board with our cute pushpins.
    They’d complement your office perfectly! 🙂

  30. Arielle B says:

    Hi! I absolutely love your setup! I was curious if you or your mom remember what gold spray you used on the mounts?

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  33. Michelle says:

    Where exactly did you get the gold knobs? Our hardware store doesn’t have any…

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  35. Sheri says:

    Can you please tell me the wall color?

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  37. jollza says:

    wow its gorgeous !

    i really love your office , the organization as will as the colors. all are chic & fab .
    thanks for sharing .

    jollza

  38. Makayla says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Gorgeous space. Wish I had that when I was in school. Will use all the info here to create my office when the time comes. Thanks girl!

  39. Ashley says:

    Where is your lamp from? Love the space!

  40. Caitlin says:

    This is so pretty! What spray paint did you use for the shelves? There are so many different kinds, and I’m trying to find the right one for my room!

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  42. Ashleigh says:

    Your space is so inspiring to me and caught my eye because my office space is in a corner as well! It’s the corner of my bedroom and styling it is hard since it needs to blend with the rest of the room. Your post was really helpful and inspirational! I’ve gotten a lot of ideas for what I want to do. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Lauren Ashley says:

      YAY! 🙂 It’s definitely difficult but once you find your style, it works perfectly! i actually moved my office now but still love that old nook of mine 🙂

  43. Bethany says:

    Hi there! Where did you find the gold brackets for the shelves!? Thanks – Bethany

  44. carly says:

    Hi! can you please tell me the wall color?

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