Interiors: My London Home Office & Workspace

April 27, 2015

This, dear reader, is my personal pinnacle of human achievement: a workspace I don't have to hurriedly throw a sheet over whenever I have company for shame of the mess that dares not speak its name(s). Mostly chips and dents in the desk, a rainbow-hued avalanche of Sharpies, and camera lenses haphazardly rolling about -- is that a lens cap in my mug of tea? Yes.

Finally, a home office that combines the best of my two professions; the embellished diversity of an artist with the picture-perfect aesthetics of a lifestyle blogger (peer pressure? Try Pinterest pressure). Oh, add to that delightful mix the organisation of an adult (who, me? Ha! Fake it 'till you make it). Didn't I say that lately I've gone a bit DIY-mad, attacking my apartment with marble contact paper and gold spray paint? Well, I didn't stop with the living room - it seems that no flat surface in my home is safe from my sticky tyranny; so two rolls of marble contact paper + a squeegee + an exhaustive recital of every curse in the dictionary later and I had myself a faux-marble topped desk. I even sprayed a picture ledge gold for good measure, attaching it to the wall where it now holds my camera lenses and other doodle-majiggies. 


 IKEA Linnmon/Oddvald desk combination, customised with marble contact paper  Kartell 'Ghost Chair' •  IKEA Ludde sheepskin • IKEA Ribba picture ledge, painted gold with Rust-oleum 'Bright Gold' spray paint  •  Muji acrylic drawers  •  Kartel 'Bougie-lamp' inspired desk lamp Vintage trunk, great-grandfather's Vintage frame



My mood board; made from a vintage frame, foam board, and some ribbon. Now obsolete thanks to Pinterest.



The blogger staples: Muji acrylic drawers, Sharpies, and washi tape. Am I a cliché? Yes, and I love it. 





Aren't things so much more delightful in miniature? Case in point; mini gold-bar (really a USB stick), mini camera (my new blogging camera, the Olympus Pen holds its own against my DSLR), and mini orchid in its own mini faux-marble pot (once a H&M Home candle). Tiny cellphone! Tiny dog! Tiny purse! Tiny everything!  
















My workspace has come a long way since it was a table propped up against a grotty wall in a South London artist studio. That studio was a pointless exercise of have vs. have not as all my best writing work happens at home anyway. Cutting back was the best thing I ever did, although wrestling a desk into the back of an Uber XL was not one a fond memory I'd cherish. The desk came home with me where it languished, unloved, in the nook beside my bed as a catchall for the crap-of-the-day. Eventually I shovelled all the sweet wrappers, dog-eared business cards, shopping bags etc. off poor ol' Linnmon. Then out came the marble contact paper, the acrylic drawers for my pens, empty candle jars to hold my pencils, and the rest is now history. I finally have a proper workspace slash blogging corner, now what? Maybe my writing, photographing, general internet-ing will take a turn for the better. Maybe not, maybe I'll end up blogging from my sofa as I always have and the desk will end up relegated, once more, to the role of junk magnet. We shall see. I'm counting on all the faux-marble-topped goodness to somewhat encourage me to keep the space tidy, just another day more. x

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36 comments:

  1. LOVE the moodboard, it's so beautiful. Have to admit I've got major desk envy right now, especially over your Posh Broke & Bored pencils (my inner stationary nerd is very happy with those). Currently my desk looks like a paper factory has exploded all over it... Hmmmm..!



    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

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  2. So pretty <3 I love the marble effect desk and how you store your lenses all lined up looking pretty :) x


    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

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  3. The cutest of them all? Your freakin' customized pencils (how what where ugh I can only wish I had those :p)! Also you've convinced me, I'm going on Amazon now to get some contact marble paper - I've always wanted to do it, but your post was the deciding clinch! Nothing says Welcome Monday than buying some marble paper....


    Cherie x
    SINONYM

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  4. I love your PBB personalised notebook!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  5. This is so classy. I've been having a big of a desk revamp at work (spring cleaning if you will) but unfortunately I'm constrained a bit by the need to make sure everything is temporary and can be restored to exactly how it was with no damage. So washi tape is my new best friend!

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  6. I mentioned in your previous post that I did love your space! I´m inspired to create my own very soon! And get away from my bed haha, something that is mine, I look forward to it. I love this post, so much inspiration for me

    dropping by to leave you my daily love,
    have an awesome week, xx
    Dana - http://booquepress.com

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  7. Much snaps for organization skillz!

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  8. This is literally heaven! Is the marble sticky contact paper ok to use on kitchen surfaces do you think? Or would it need to be a less abused space for it to keep nicely? Been contemplating it for a while haha! I would love to be DIY mad I just don't seem to be able tocarry anything out haha!

    Kim x

    And On That Note She Wrote|Bloglovin

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  9. Kim! I'm not sure marble contact paper is the best idea for a surface like the kitchen counter, I imagine the heat and humidity would warp it pretty quick. Just to be safe I only stuck to coffee tables and desks. But I found a kitchen counter faux-marble DIY using paint (yes, paint!) which could be worth trying? x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  10. Danielle I think I used up all my organisation skills on that desk haha. I hope that's not the case, I'm enjoying this sudden spurt of neatness! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  11. Thank you Dana! I'm glad my post inspired you - now, go forth and DIY! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  12. Lisa! Washi tape is the temporary-DIY-er's dream come true! I've taped all manners of things to my fridge doors (they're built ins and stain easily) and months after, I peel them off with no residue. Washi tape is definitely the way forward. Good luck with the desk revamp and show me when it's done! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  13. Thank you Angie! It's really just my name card stuck on my notebook with some double sided tape haha. The easier way to customise something. You should give it a try! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  14. Cherie, my pencils are customised by The Carbon Crusader on Etsy! You should check them out, they also do hilarious slogan pencils! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  15. Thank you Anna! You should do the same with your lenses - having them lined up is sooooo pleasing! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  16. Lauren you can customise your pencils the way I did on Etsy! The seller is The Carbon Crusader and they also do cute slogan pencils like "What Would Blair Waldorf Do" etc. x

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/thecarboncrusader?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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  17. Thank you Michelle! Vintage frames ARE brilliant - you can turn them into mood boards, jewellery displays, anything! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  18. oh my gaaaaash I think I need to get on this now! I mean it's national stationary week and all, right? xx

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  19. Jewellery display?! You are a genius!! xx

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  20. Can't take credit for that - it's Pinterest that put the idea in my head! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  21. OMG WHAT?!!! Paperchase binge in 3, 2, 1...


    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  22. I just adore reading your blogs, you have such a lovely way of writing, it's so personable and natural and humours and not at all try-hard. I also love what you've done with the desk, the colour-coding sings to my heart and I am jealous of the row of camera lenses, such a great idea. Even tho I am too obsessed with Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/thedameintl/pins/) I still love to see my inspiration on my pin board on my desk. You've also taken such lovely photos. Ok, am I gushing now??

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  23. Gush away! Your kind words of encouragement make me want to be a better blogger (and desk decorator!) I too, love the idea of having inspiration pinned to my 'offline mood board' but sadly Pinterest is far too convenient for me to upkeep the real thing. Ah, Pinterest, you sultry mistress you! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  24. Princess LambchopApril 29, 2015

    Jasminne, you are so funny with your "pinterest pressure"! SWOON at your marble contact paper desk, I am glad you had the guts to try it, despite the aggravation it came out great!!!!

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  25. Ohh man I had a feeling it wouldn't be but I had my fingers crossed! Eeek that looks fab actually! The house we're in was owned by a little old lady who obviously liked her colours, the cupboard does are blue and the sides are all different styles so i'm desperate to get on ith it haha! thank you so much for sharing the paint with me, who would of thought a paint could leave a marble effect??!! Crazy!!
    xx

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  26. hellothemushroomApril 30, 2015

    Love your new work space. I've been trying to do the same in my room, I'm sick of having too much mess around me. The contact paper is a really good idea - did you find it was easy to apply? I bought white vinyl fabric to cover the desk I have in my room - I didn't want to do a permanent change as it's not really mine, but I think it will have to do :)

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  27. Sara the contact paper was a real b*tch to apply, especially at that size! It took Henry holding one end as tautly as possible while I used a squeegee to lay it flat. I had to go over it with a squeegee at least 3 times to get all the bubbles out! If it's a desk-sized job I recommend getting someone to help. If you don't have someone holding on to the other end, it's going to be a real struggle! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  28. Thank you Princess Lambchop! SO MUCH AGGRAVATION THOUGH. But no beauty without pain, eh?! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  29. I like the sound of 'colourful lil' ol' lady chic'! But yes I can see how its making you want to turn everything into marble. MARBLE AWAY! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  30. hellothemushroomApril 30, 2015

    ugh that does sound complicated... I'm hoping that the fabric works well as it will only lay flat on the desk, like a table cloth that I'll just cut to measure!

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  31. Your desk is everything I could dream of having! So beautiful, now I need that chair, that lamp and to smell that candle.

    www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Esme MadelineMay 11, 2015

    How lovely! This is a dream blogger office - marble everything, gold accents and candles in terraniums, it screams classiness and taste :-) I wish I had the arty-crafty wisdom and supplies to DIY like you! (Gorgeous personalised pencils by the way - where are they from?!)xx
    Esme | esmemadeline.blogspot.com

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  33. Esme, they're by the Carbon Crusader on Etsy x

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  34. I've included links to where you can buy everything so you can have your own PBB desk! x

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  35. I LOVE that this is marble contact paper. It looks so expensive and professional! Gorgeous set up!
    Rebecca | Autumn Leaves

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  36. Donna DybleMay 20, 2015

    I am exactly the same. I have the perfect space all to myself which has the perfect ingredients for a blogging space, but alas its always buried under a pile of junk. I am SO stealing that contact paper idea though & then i will HAVE TO clear the clutter off the top of my desk :) Great post x

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