I’ve recently become fully self-employed which is both exciting and terrifying!
I’ll write a post about my transition from full-time employment to self-employment another time (once some time has passed and I’ve fully appreciated the ups and downs!) but for now I thought I’d share the new workspace I’ve created for myself.
I wanted something that was pretty but practical and functional. I’ve really enjoyed putting it together but have to remind myself that I need to actually use it to work at, not just gaze lovingly at it!
It was important to me that it was set up in a room that could be closed off from the rest of the house. I think partly so that mentally I know when I enter that room, I’m there to work, but also that at the end of the working day, I can close the door to that room (both metaphorically and physically). It might help me to switch off a little more than if I can see my desk and work all the time. I’m sure there’ll be days when I’ll work in the garden or from the sofa, but in order to put myself into work mode, this felt really important to me. I don’t have the space for a room that is solely an office so I’ve made a little work corner in our spare room. I do occasionally sleep in there (if Rob’s snoring is particularly loud or if one of us is ill) but aside from that, I’ll predominantly use it to get my work on.
As our new house is Georgian, and the general decorative style reflects that, I wanted my desk and chair to fit that as much as possible too. So I’ve incorporated modern elements but mixed them with vintage items.
I bought a second-hand desk from eBay that I thought was perfect but it turns out my maths skills are not up to scratch (who am I kidding, I knew that already) and when looking at the space available for a chair to fit underneath I didn’t take into account some built in drawers within the desk. When my desk and new chair both arrived, I realised I couldn’t even fit the chair under the desk, let alone with my legs on it!
After a minor panic Rob suggested that the table we use in our breakfast room might fit. Although it’s a bit narrower than the alcove space I have, it actually works really well! It belonged to the previous owner’s grandma and it’s a really lovely table.
I bought the chair from MADE.com and I absolutely love it (buy it here). I didn’t want a traditional office desk on wheels because it just wouldn’t suit the style of the rest of the room; it would look too modern. I wanted something that was supportive but also comfortable and attractive. I was choosing from a few different styles and this one was a bit of a gamble: I wouldn’t normally go for orange but I love the pop of colour it’s added. I’ve teamed it with a gorgeous cushion from Dunelm to support my aching back during pregnancy!
The lamp is also from Dunelm and I love that it looks a bit industrial. It’s adjustable so you can change the angle of the rod the lamp sits on as well as the head itself.
I wanted a little crate for my stationery bits but couldn’t find anything quickly (I wanted everything ready for the first day I planned to officially start working and for nothing to put me off from that) so in the meantime I got a little wooden box – also from Dunelm – which I eventually hope to mount to the wall. I’ll also add some shelves at some point for filing paperwork and to house a few plants.
In the meantime my pretty single stem artificial pom pom flower adds another slice of colour – I think the purple compliments the orange chair nicely.
The cute desk planner is from BettyEtiquette on Etsy and it’s already helping me to set realistic goals and tasks for each day and keep on top of my workload. I’ll use it in conjunction with a diary to track deadlines.
And I got a couple of copper things: a geometric tealight holder and a document file, both from Wilko. The document file obviously hasn’t started being used yet but I’m sure it’ll get pretty packed rather quickly!
I love how I’ve created this simple look on a modest budget – but I’m always looking for new inspiration and ideas. I’ll likely move things around and adapt the space as I go to ensure it keeps working for me. I’d love to see your own working spaces or tips on what helps your desk work for you – please share them in the comments below!