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Thursday, 9 October 2014

My New Desk: A Tour!

Until about a month ago having my own desk wasn't even on my radar. A change came about when I was offered a table to review/mention and suddenly I was so excited about having a proper workspace and pictures of beautifully styled desks were all I was searching for on pinterest.

Last week the project fell through with some things happening that meant I wouldn't be able to recommend the company, but I certainly wasn't about to give up on my desk dream in a hurry. We braved Ikea on a Saturday, stopped off at the restaurant for some fuel, dodged our way though screaming children, and left with a beautiful new table.



I chose the Linnmon/Adils table in high gloss white and it was worth every extra penny for the gloss finish as opposed to the regular white, it's so wonderful! During almost every Ikea trip I've ever made I've found myself lusting over the Forsa lamp, but I've never had anywhere to put one until now. Needless to say I didn't waste any time adding one to my trolley as we walked through the lighting section. Lastly I opted for the Adde chair in white, which feels so much more sturdy than I was expecting from something that was only £10!

For me fairy lights are a must and I put them up pretty haphazardly but I love them. I rescued the Elvis russian doll from my mum's shed - she has quite the russian doll collection but after a recent declutter poor Elvis didn't quite make the cut. I think he looks quite handsome on my desk though, so I'm happy to have him singing away over there in the corner. I like to use empty Neal's Yard jars as tea light holders because they give off the prettiest blue glow that's just lovely.






My absolute favourite additions though are all from Rockett St George, a fabulous homeware & gift emporium that carries the most beautiful and unique pieces. How wonderful is it to come across a business who clearly love what they do so much, and pay such close attention to the little things? Their customer service is also impeccable and I know that I'll be making many more orders in the future.

The piece that prompted my order initially is this charming vintage style desk tidy. It was so much more difficult than I expected to find a reasonably priced vintage style paper sorter that wasn't shabby chic, so I'm thrilled that I found this one! The bottom tier has my University workbooks, the middle tier is for notebooks and to-do lists & the top tier is for any blog related things (& The Elder Wand, of course)! The little blue & grey bird that I've clipped on was an impulse purchase, but at only £2.50 I don't feel guilty about it at all and I think he's incredibly sweet. He looks like a Bertie, so that's what I'm going to call him!

Finally is my gold ceramic star candle holder, which I'm just using as a beautiful decoration minus a candle. Honestly? I totally bought this because it looked like a little curiosity that Professor Dumbledore might have had in his office. Yep, that's the actual reason and I don't regret it at all!

Along with a lot of photographs & prints I also have a Ribba picture ledge on the wall. At the moment it's holding some records, a star decoration, a lipstick shaped pen from the latest Birchbox*, a copy of Howl A Graphic Novel, an anniversary edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a worry doll & a sweet card from Rachel that I had to frame because it's so lovely! 

Other details from left to right:
+ Butterbeer cup from the Harry Potter Studio Tour
+ A pile of books I want to read soon
+ An Aromatherapy Associates candle box* I'm using as a pen pot.
+ Laptop case from My Little Box*
+ Ikea Ribba picture frame
+ Glass bottle from Ikea that I've filled with glitter & an artificial flower.
+ Another Neal's Yard jar
+ Bunny scissors & paperclips
+ Coaster fashioned from a spare kitchen tile

Do you have a desk that you work from? 
I'd love to see pictures of your space if you have any!

- xo


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98 comments:

  1. This is BRILLIANT! :D

    I love the coloured lights on the wall and all kinds of YES to Dumbledore's star!!!!

    Gorgeous desk as well. I'm really digging the glossy top xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

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  2. Your desk is so cute and practical, I love all the details - you've really added your personality to it all! Love your reason for buying the gold ceramic star candle holder, I totally get it xx

    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk

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  3. you have such an eye for making everything look magical, makes me want to redecorate! Have you ever done a room tour post? Would love to see that! X x x

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    1. Ohh this is the only presentable corner of any room haha! xx

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  4. This has to be the prettiest desk I have EVER seen! I especially love the lights and how you've styled the photos & prints. It's so, so beautiful, I don't think I'd want to leave my desk if this were mine! xx

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  5. ahhh love your desk space - it's making me want to make my own desk into something so much more inspiring and pretty! in love with the vintage desk tidy, definitely going to have to make a VERY necessary purchase...! xx

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    1. Thank you! Really recommend the desk tidy, it looks fabulous! xx

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  6. This looks amazing Jenni. So individual and a nice inspiring place to be. I love the Elvis Russian Doll and the Dumbledore star! I need to get a nice little workspace sorted for me too. I just use our living room table at the moment. Lianne xx
    Rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  7. awh, so cozy! Wish I had a bit more imagination to re-decorate mine :)

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  8. I love it! The desk tidy & fairy lights are especially cute. I really wish I could get a proper desk but theres just no room for it xx

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  9. It looks lovely Jennie! I hope to one day have space for a nice desk! x

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  10. This is the most idyllic set up for a desk I've ever seen! So beautiful, I love all your pictures and fairy lights and Bertie is just adorable clipped on there! <3 x

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  11. Wow, I love your desk! And I hate mine lol.
    I like the lights especially, but I can't find them in Spain >.<

    X

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    1. Aww I'm sure yours is lovely!! xx

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  12. I love it! I'm on the hunt for a new desk right now but want a big and slim corner one, so my options are limited. It's so nice to have a little work space tucked away.

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  13. I love this! It's such a beautiful space - much better than my desk which is covered in old papers and dust...!

    Beccy : Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  14. It looks lovely Jennie, so cosy!

    Holly - hollyinyourpocket.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. I love the fairy lights. They add a nice touch to your workspace! This has given me some inspiration for when I get my own desk.

    Love M

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    1. It's so much nicer working by fairy light than any other! xx

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  16. I love the addition of the cute little bird - d'aaw! xxx

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  17. I absolutely love your new desk area, it's such a magical little space! Must be a joy to work at.
    I spotted your candle holder in a previous post, LOVE that.
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  18. It looks so inspirational :) like from fairytale :)

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  19. So lovely! I really like those lights, they're such a nice touch and make it look so cosy and comfortable! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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  20. Jennie, this space is beyond amazing! I would love to have my own as organised and cute as this! x

    dontcrycowboy

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  21. Such a lovely workspace!

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  22. My workspace is shameful, needs a good tidying! That desk tidy is just the kind of thing I need. Love your desk, it's all so cute...especially the fairy lights! x

    Josie’s Journal

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  23. What a beautiful work space!

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  24. Such a gorgeous desk space! I always love looking at other people's desks as everyone is so unique. Mine looks awful compared to this though :( I have to store all my uni folders on it so it's very crammed and messy! One day it shall be this lovely!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  25. Just omg I am in awe of how amazing your desk looks. I seriously cannot deal. Mine looks beautiful for about a day and then work and chemical structures and lab notes fill it with empty mugs and it just looks like a mess again. This has definitely inspired me to make my desk look pretty again - mine is horrific in comparison!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  26. So pretty! Love love love the lamp! <3

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  27. It's a beautiful desk! Are those Instax pictures sitting in the corner? I have something similar too, but my pictures are nowhere as colorful as yours!

    xx becky // star violet

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  28. I love, love, LOVE your desk area! It feels so personal and inspiring, and completely motivates me to do work. The desk area I have now still has post-its from previous work on the back wall. The trouble I have is that I dual monitor. I'm definitely going to have to revamp my desk area!

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  29. Ooh I love it, so cosy but neat! My desk is a mess, haha.

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  30. Love it! It looks so cosy and organised :) My desk is currently unbearable, oops!
    Danielle xo || mylilyotv

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  31. Your desk is a-maz-ing and so organized! I love how the lights reflect off the polaroids on the wall. So pretty <3

    Chamomile Dealer

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  32. It looks amazing! I have the same desk at my parents home and I love it - you're right, the gloss finish is amazing, it's a great photo background too. It's so nice to have a cozy place to work!

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    1. Definitely worth the extra few pounds for the gloss <3

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  33. the fairy lights are so pretty, i have so many fairy lights on my room is unreal

    lots of sparkle

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  34. It looks lovely with all the lights, and I love how tidy everything is! xx

    Toasty

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  35. This all looks lovely, I'm just amazed that someone invented Elvis Russian dolls!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha I think there's a russian doll for everything! xx

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  36. I LOVE your new desk! I do not really have a working desk but I wish to have one when the boyfriend and I get a new home together. When that time comes I will be thinking of your desk as inspiration!

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  37. What a lovely working space. Fairy lights make everything more magical.

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  38. Such a gorgeous space! I love the collection of photos/postcards on the wall, they're perfect for daydreaming looking at them.

    I wish I had room for a space like this, unfortunately I don't at the moment - but this looks perfect!

    Em | Hmm maybe...

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  39. I'm so in love with this! I may actually do uni work if my desk looked like this.


    Jaynie Shannon; Beauty and Lifestyle

    xox

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  40. love all the lights, it looks like a really relaxing work station!

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  41. Hi,

    where did you buy your coloured fairy lights???? :)

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    1. I can't remember, but they're just coloured christmas tree lights <3 xx

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  42. Such a great workspace! Since I'm in school and my television takes up half of my desk space, I hope to make a workspace as cool as yours in the future.

    xx
    Chelsea// The Social Rundown// The Fashion Rundown

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  43. Your work space is so nice Jennie! Mine is no where near as cool as this at the moment
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  44. I love love love your new workspace! It's so Jennie! Such wonderful little details everywhere and lots of inspiration to take from your table - I especially like the idea of the blue Neal's Yard jar as a tealight holder :) xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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  45. I'm getting my Dad's desk next week and I find this post very inspiring! Seriously in love with your lamp lol! Like major lusting for it. Now if only we lived closer to an ikea! :)

    xo

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    1. Yayy! I've seen them on ebay <3 xx

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  46. This is such a gorgeous desk space! I love of your little trinkets - choosing something because it looks like something Dumbledore would own is the BEST reason I have heard for shopping before, and Bertie is such a cutie! I've been looking for a desk chair for weeks now and I'm annoyed I didn't notice the Adde chair in Ikea - it's so simple and perfect.

    x

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    1. Thank you! I totally had to have it <3 xx

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  47. OH MY GOD! Your desk is absolutely stunning. This has deffo given me a lot of inspiration for mine. I am loving the lights. <3

    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie/

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  48. a) This is brilliant and now I want to do one with my desk

    b) I'VE GOT THAT LAPTOP CASE! X

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