Since the middle of last year I have been a very lucky girl and have upgraded my previous blogging space of a laptop on my knee to a fully fledged desk area. This made me very happy at the time and continues to do so now – which is sort of funny when I remember being so excited to not ‘need’ a desk space anymore on leaving uni and being all excited about the prospect of never having a desk again… oh how I changed! My desk space is 100% my happy place at home – despite it now also being my work space, it always makes me happy to spend time here. So I thought I would do a little post run down on the space and a few of the little details.
My desk probably isn’t the exact ‘typical’ blogger desk – it’s not white for a start (the legs are, and the Alex drawers underneath) but I went for a wooded top as the majority of our furniture in our flat is a mix of white and wood – so it made sense to continue the theme. The desk is a pretty simple one from Ikea (one of the ‘custom’ ones were you select the legs/top etc). The chair I sit at (not shown in main pic) is a wicker one with a fake sheepskin rug as a cushion/blanket over it. You can see it from the instagram of when I first got the desk space set up above. It’s probably not the best chair for my back and all that…but it’s pretty and does feel comfy!
As for the other details… these are explained below:
One – Anglepoise lamp (Debenhams). I love this lamp, mostly because it makes me feel all busy and important to have a ‘proper’ desk lamp. Also, because it’s white it lightens the area – beyond just the actual lighting point. Plus it means I can light the desk so I avoid squinting through darkness at night.
Two – My wedding magazines. I’ve pretty much stopped buying these now as mainly found them helpful for the ideas stage. But now we’re in the last few months of countdown, I just use these for reference mostly. If you’re newly engaged though definitely stock up – there’s something really exciting about browsing a wedding magazine that Pinterest – whilst exciting in itself – just doesn’t deliver like the flick through a mag.
Three – Owl mug and silver bunny. Little details, but adore both of these. The own mug is from West Elm on Tottenham Court Road – I absolutely adore that shop so if you get the chance to stop by you need to, they do the BEST interiors stuff. The little silver bunny is a little nod to my animal obsession – it’s actually a ring holder but I tend to just have it as a decoration. Behind the owl mug you can also see my little personalise tea-cosy that reads ‘A beauty junkie in London’ – this is filled with lots of random beauty tools and things. Sharpeners in all shapes and sizes, nail files, lash curlers and tweezers etc…
Four – iPhone and Porter magazine. My phone is never far from my side when I’m blogging/working. Mainly for Instagram breaks… and I usually have a rouge magazine or pile of papers lying around. This is also the spot where I leave my blogging diary/plan when working and my list of posts and ideas.
Five – My computer. I bought myself a iMAC in October last year, around the time I decided I was going to go full time with my blog. It was 100% one of my best purchases – I do still have a laptop of course for on the go stuff and for when my freelance work takes me to other offices. But the desktop really does make a world of difference to blogging for me. Not really in terms of performance or anything – but just how comfortable it is to be in front of a screen all day. It’s easier on my eyes and the bigger screen means I’m not hunched over. Plus it looks pretty…
Six – My desk beauty bits. This is mainly a little manicure station, but also contains a few other beauty items that I like to have within reach all day. Key favourites include my Clinique Hand and Nail Cream, Seche Vite, Superdry Tweezers and my various Cuticle Essentials. All stashed on top of a pile of some of my favourite monthly mags – Elle and Vogue.
Seven – Desk orchid and Ikea flower pot. Both pretty typical additions to a blogger desk – the Ikea flower pot used to be used to store brushes, but after a big clear out I only need one for that (not shown) so this one is empty at the moment and sits on the windowsil behind my desk. But it’s pretty, so happy to have it on show. The Orchid was one I picked up from my local Tesco of all places… apparently they’re really easy to look after so hoping that my usual ability to kill anything that is kept in a pot won’t happen with this… in colder months I’ll usually have a candle sitting here too.
Eight – Make-up drawers. I keep most of my make-up (the stuff I have bought/tested/blogged about already) in some wooden ikea drawers on the windowsil behind my desk. Size wise, it’s perfect – but I do want to switch for some of the white plastic Muji (not the clear ones) but haven’t gotten around to it yet. But whilst you can’t see all the drawers..that’s what that is peeking out!
So there we have it – a little mini-tour of my blogging space! What is not shown is the chaos beauty products stacked upon beauty products just out of site… Leave me a comment below and let me know what your blogging or happy space is like – or link me to a picture of it so I can have a nosy!