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End of Year Round-Ups:

Paper and Notebooks:

Pens, Pencils and Ink:

What Say Workspaces

old map and traditional desk   whole wall of inspiration

I am at home sick which leads to staring blankly at Pinterest, Tumblr and Google Reader wishing I could be doing something more productive. But I found more workspaces so I thought I’d share them.

small desk with mushroom colored wall and floral illustration wall hanging

tufted white office chair and glass topped desk

I found all these workspaces on the Tumblr site What Say Beauty which is mostly about fashion but occasionally posts a lovely workspace, office or desk.

trestle table desk and metal drawers

(Click on image image for a direct link to the original posts.)

Workspace Dreaming


Do you know what happens when I have a few days to just relax and kick back? I start imagining the perfect workspace/office retreat. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking a break but I feel the time away gives me perspective about what’s important and what needs more or less attention. After awhile, I look forward to bunkering down in my home office/studio to reading, writing and blogging.

lime green aqua and pink mid-century wood dek

And I am already thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions and making 2013 the best year ever. First on my list of priorities to revamp the office this year. Do I aim for quirky French market? Or classic mid-century or maybe bright and playful?


The more I think about the modern home office, the more I think that I need workspace but I don’t need a dedicated space for my computer since I work on a laptop, it can easily be tucked away when not in use, leaving space open for writing and other projects. I’ve considered switching to a large round communal table as the central focus of the office with drawers, shelves and cupboards along the walls.

round table

What do you hope to do with your workspace this year?

(photos via What Say Beauty, Decor8, Blood And Champagne and Nordic Design)

When is an office less like an office?

Microsoft office

Are employees more creative problem solvers when they are not tethered to a specific desk or cubicle? Is the new modern office an open modular space with cubbies or offices for when you need privacy and then open, airy spaces for idea-generation and collaboration? The interior design firm O+A has designed the workspaces for many of the best known west coast tech firms. I love the casual, homey vibe of a lot of these spaces.

AOL office

Why go to a coffee shop to work if your office has coffee-shop-style nooks AND you can draw on the walls with white board markers or chalk?

AOL office

Industrial elements like particle board benches and exposed HVAC give a quirky loft-style look to AOL and Dreamhost’s spaces.

Dreamhost LA office

Dreamhost LA office

With more and more mobile tools, its easier than ever to work on-the-go from a laptop, ipad or tablet or even from a mobile phone. Is the age of the cubicle over?

Square office

Would you feel more productive in spaces like this or more apt to goof off?

(all images from O+A)

Color in the workspace

Maybe its the autumn weather but I’ve really been attracted to workspaces with more color– deeper, darker, richer colors. So many of the office spaces I find are white, white, white. Let’s embrace dark woods, color and wallpaper!

Maple and Magnolia via Urban Farm Girl

via Pinterest

I am thinking I might like adding wallpaper to my workspace to add some pattern and color… you?

A well-worn brick wall isn’t something you can really recreate but I would definitely showcase it if I had one too.