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. ๐Ÿ™‚

– 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ย 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!ย 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!ย home-blog-officeThe print is from SS Print Shop, frame is from Home Goods and passport holder is from here. My vase is from 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 here.ย white-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!

Lauren Ashley
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  1. Kaitlin @ Heaps of Me

    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.

  2. Annaliese

    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

  3. Morgan

    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!

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  4. Bee

    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!!!

  5. Jordyn

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

  6. A Peachy Sonder

    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!!

  7. Elana

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sara

    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!

  9. Morgan

    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!

  10. Kat

    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.


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  17. Arielle B

    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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  22. jollza

    wow its gorgeous !

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


  23. Makayla

    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!

  24. Caitlin

    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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  26. Ashleigh

    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!

    1. Lauren Ashley Post author

      YAY! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. Taylor marie

    Hi i was wondering what your wall color is i’m in love with it and trying to redecorate my room and i think i found the perfect color!!

  29. Madeline

    Hi, I was wondering what is the name of the paint you used for your walls? I absolutely love that color!

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  32. Jenna Yoder

    What a beautiful office space! Great inspiration for what I’m creating, I love how clean and fresh everything looks. I’m working with a small space as well, so this is very helpful!

  33. Janisa Reeves

    So thanks to this pic I’ve gone crazy buying stuff for my home office. I bought this chair, the shelves and brackets. You have amazing taste. Thank you for this picture. You gave me great inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. Sarah

    Hello! I know this is late, but do you mind me asking where your beautiful shelves were purchased from? Hoping to revamp my work space. Thanks!

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  37. Brianna

    Where did you get the shelves? And disregard my last comment, I just found the desk online. I would really love to buy these shelves for my new room!! Thanks

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  39. Laura

    I love that you went through and listed everything in your space… down to the smallest detail. Very reader-friendly! The space is gorgeous. Great job!

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  41. Sanah

    This desk is amazing! I know you said you bought the desk from ikea but when I clicked the provided link the page was unavailable. Does it have a description maybe or something I can use to search for it? I really love this desk and want to purchase the exact one if possible.

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  44. Divine

    Can you tell me where you got the white and gold computer chair? I checked Rachel Georgeโ€™s site and itโ€™s not on there.


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