Inspiring, Functional Workspaces

Your place of work—be it an office, cubicle, or makeshift station—is more than likely an environment where you spend the majority of your day. Do you feel inspired by this space, or is it strictly business? Perhaps somewhere in between? I’ve found that the most productive spaces provide both: creative stimulation, as well as basic functionality. How this duality is achieved relies entirely on your personal taste. You could be drawn to…

{bold florals in a home office, via}

{a monochromatic, clean space, via}

{a vintage-inspired workspace, via}
{or the vibrant, spacious office of my dreams, via}

Regardless of your profession, taste, and literal amount space, here are a few essential components of a workspace that I believe achieve style with purpose:

Embellished bulletin boards. A staple of every office, patiently waiting for you to infuse it with some character. Simply tack or staple on some fabric, and voilà! it becomes a statement piece instead of a boring slab of cork.

{fabric-covered bulletin boards, shown here}
{multiple patterns & materials, via}
{diy inspiration using upholstery nails & fabric, via}

Clipboard organizers. Another great way to organize your work is to hang a cluster of clipboards on a wall. Better yet, cover the boards with fabric, paper, or any other material to add an additional layer of visual interest.

{diy clipboard wall, via}
{ various groupings, via}
{papered boards that add purpose to the wall,  via}

Photo strings. A quick and easy decorative element that will transform your workspace. Instead of jumbling all of your notes and pictures onto boards, consider stringing them up using wire and clips. Extra points for color-coordinated groupings like these!


A stylish mouse pad. An office necessity that has boundless potential for personality. For a look that matches your taste, cover your existing mouse pad with a fabric remnant (tutorial here). Great affordable options are also available from online retailers.

{homemade with a scrap from an old purse, featured here}

{blue & white chevron, $9.50 sold here}

{coral ikat, $11.60 sold here}

{pricy, yet luxurious pink & gold leather, $35 here. I bet you could diy with a piece of leather & metallic paint!}

A unique calendar. Both decorative and functional calendars are available that put their standard-issued siblings to shame. Plus if you invest in a nice month-to-month set, you can frame your favorite prints when the year is over!

 {Top photo shown here, bottom row is on sale for $14 here)

Month-to-month prints are also available to download & print (for free!) from many graphic designers. I love this free calendar, featuring a rustic cabin scene that changes with each month’s weather. This is a great free option as well.

If you need additional space to organize your schedule, why not trade your staples-brand dry erase calendar for something a bit more unique? This one is available in pretty much any color under the rainbow, and can be used for years to come.

{dry erase wall calendar, $35 here)

A fun coffee cup. I don’t know about you guys, but in my world work+coffee go hand-in-hand. Accessorize your desk with a fun mug that you wouldn’t necessarily incorporate into your set at home…you only rock one cup at work, so you might as well make a statement with it!

{these West Elm mugs have been on sale for $6 for weeks, so get ’em while you can}
{I love the gold detail on the lip of these mugs, $8 each here}
{as always, anthropologie has an adorable selection of mugs. At $12 a pop a whole set would be pricy, but it’s totally doable when only buying one}

PLANTS. The more the merrier. There’s nothing worse than feeling trapped inside a building, so bring a piece of the outdoors in with an (almost) death-proof variety here. Plants come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s bound to be a few that could call your workspace home…plus you can whisper sweet nothings to it when you’re stressing the eff out over your never-ending deadlines. They’ll listen, I swear.

{succulents & more from here, here, and here}

And finally, above all…

Kindness and hard work will get you much further than any chic inspiration board or flashy mouse pad….although no one’s saying we can’t have it all! Happy decorating,

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