Showing posts with label desk du jour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label desk du jour. Show all posts


1. A little bow skirt for just $24.

2. Bailey and Carly wrote awesome posts that echo some of my own struggles this past year. I'll add only this quote: "Don't worry about the people who talk behind your back; they're behind you for a reason."

3. Beautiful photos from Bradley's wedding.

4. Cool styling idea: wear your sweater backwards.

5. I posted my new 101 in 1001 list — be sure to check out the lists linked at the bottom for extra inspiration and tweet me if you decide to post your own list.

6. Love the leather pocket on this striped tee.

7. Need a brunch recommendation, New Yorkers? Browse a few of my favorites here.

8. Rain boots in two seriously cute color combos.

9. These frozen lighthouses are breathtaking (but make me ready for spring).

10. 52 places to go in 2014, according to the New York Times. I'm thinking a trip to Nashville is in order...


Remember when I asked for you all to send me pictures of your desks? Well, Eddy and I finally had a chance to go through all of them and let's just say I have some insanely stylish readers. Time to step up my game with my own workspace! Here are five of my favorites...

{Lauren, Sunday Beach}
I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at Alt Summit in January and she is every bit as sweet and stylish in real life. I love her floating shelves and of course her monogrammed pencil cup!

Like me, Suzanne positioned her desk in front of her window to make the most of her home office's natural light. How fun is her DIY upholstered Parsons chair? So fun to use two different fabrics!

{Julia, Lemon Stripes}
I love to see a desk decked out in Design Darling! Julia's monogrammed business card holder and pencil cup make a dynamic duo. P.S. She's even rocking my favorite flowers!

Is it clear that fresh flowers and monograms are the way to my heart? Clearly Lisa's a fellow Sharpie fanatic :)

My friend Amy's apartment is actually the cutest thing I've ever seen. She makes me want to hold onto every pretty piece of paper I've ever received! 

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Want a chance to be featured on Design Darling? Email a photo or two of your desk to eddy@designdarling.com and we'll pick our favorites to share on the blog. Keep the workspace inspiration coming! 


{Katie's desk featuring Design Darling monogrammed pencil cup}

One of my oldest series on the blog is Desk Du Jour, where I'd share a favorite workspace and occasionally a few products to help achieve the same look. I'm anxious to bring it back as a regular feature (especially now that I'm trying to post twice a day again!) but this time I need your help. I'm dying to see where you work — whether it's a cubicle or a spot in your apartment — and how you've made your workspace a colorful and stylish place to get productive. Each week I'll feature a favorite or two with a link to your blog if applicable. 

Have a cute desktop you care to share? Email your name, blog, and a quality (preferably non-Instagram, at least 500px wide) image to eddy@designdarling.com. I can't wait to see what you've got!


This picture (found on this cool new site) makes me so happy. Clean white desktop, laptop open, lots of pretty little extras (like the ones I sell here). Yes please!


Elizabeth Blitzer in Lonny

Fresh flowers, a pretty candle, and stacks of books make for a super cozy workspace, don't you think? I'm also coveting her Sharpie collection ;)

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I was instantly taken with this unique desk setup on a round dining table. Different? Yes. But just as practical? Totally. I love being able to spread out while I work and this seems like a great solution, particularly if you're using a laptop that can be moved in case you want to use the table for its intended purpose!

I thought I'd do a fun round-up of pretty things for your desktop. Notebooks, office supplies, pens and pencils... What's your workspace weakness?

*Workspace discovered here, please comment if you know the original source!

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It's been much too long since I've shared one of my favorite workspaces! This one comes from Catherine Sheppard's home tour on Glitter Guide today and I must say I'm enamored with the inspiration board hanging over her desk. Catherine says she sometimes removes everything and starts from scratch. How fun is that? I can't think of a prettier place to get productive!

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Desk Du Jour

It has much too long since I've done a desk du jour post! When I spotted this lovely little desktop here, I knew it would be perfect inspiration for a cozy Sunday... 
Black and white plans for something surely fabulous, a pretty crystal lamp, gold-bound books... I think my quartz votive holders would fit right in with this pretty muted palette. What do you think of this space? Stay tuned for more desk du jour eye candy in the coming weeks!

Three Tricks For Decorating Your Desktop

It's bright and early and for most of you that means time to head to work! Having seen the inside of a cubicle or two myself (and, truthfully, never wanting to return), I thought I'd share a few of my favorite tricks for transforming your workspace.

1. First of all, add color. There's no reason your desk needs to be as drab as your cubicle mate's! File folders and lacquer boxes will help you get organized and provide a pretty pop of your favorite color.

2. Second, make it personal. The monogrammed desk accessories in my new boutique are a great place to start, but I also recommend bringing in a couple framed family photos and changing your desktop picture to a favorite shot from a recent vacation. You spend enough time at your desk — it might as well be a place that makes you happy!

3. Third, keep it clean — especially if your desk is in plain view of your boss or your clients. That means stacks of papers find their way into a (preferably hot pink!) file folder, stray supplies get tucked into a desk drawer, and every item on your desktop serves a distinct purpose. You're not styling a coffee table — decorative objects have little place on an organized desktop. But replacing your ugly black tape dispenser with a pretty acrylic option? Now we're talking.

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Of course these tricks are equally well applied to a home office (and I'd do well to follow my own advice!). If you need more inspiration, check out my "desk du jour" features (can you tell I have an office obsession?). What are your tricks for organizing your office space — and how does your desktop stack up?

Desk du jour

It doesn't get much preppier than good old pink and green. This cheery space is the work of interior designer Ana Cordeiro...
I decided to whip up a little inspiration board for those of you eager to recreate the look!

Ferm Living vase ($42) / Container Store lacquer boxes in pink and green ($18 each)

What do you think?!

Desk du jour

Have you ever seen a prettier home office? This one belongs to Amanda Teal and it's safe to say I'm experiencing major office envy... 
I love her Chippendale chair, inspiration board, and organized desktop. On a related note, I went to the New York International Gift Fair with my mom yesterday and picked out amazing desk accessories that you'll see when my new boutique launches on March 1. Umm, can you believe that's only 30 days away?!

Mission Organization

For someone who's as obsessed with office supplies and organization as I am, I sure have a hard time keeping tidy. Thankfully there's no time like the start of a new year to vow to turn over a new leaf!

What are your organizational goals for 2012?

Desk Du Jour {Poppin!}

You already know I'm in love with Poppin, so please imagine my utter delight when they reached out about collaborating on a desk du jour feature here on Design Darling! These pictures of Public Relations Director Meredith Zenkel's desk had me beaming from ear to ear...
Ta da — instant inspiration for the cubicle-bound! A colorful inspiration board, fresh flowers, and a lime green file cabinet make Meredith's workspace creative and functional.
A close-up of Meredith's current inspirations! I spy Andy Warhol and Hermès — how's that for a little mid-day creative boost?
This wouldn't be Poppin if it weren't stocked with colorful and contemporary office supplies! I'm dying to make this calculator ($7) and these scissors ($8) to my collection. 
You know I love a monogram — and what better way to personalize your workspace than with your very own initials? Switch that "Z" to an "H" and I'd gladly trade desks ;)
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Thanks Poppin for the fun sneak peek into this fabulous desk du jour! What do you think and how does your workspace stack up?

Ideas For Your Office

1. Hang clipboards in a grid to keep your desk clear and your walls chic.
2. Surround yourself with art, books, and flowers to keep the creative juices flowing. A little leopard print never hurt anyone.
3. Use translucent pieces like a glass desk and lucite lamp to make your colorful inspiration board a strong focal point.

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Clean/cluttered, colorful/neutral, modern/traditional? What does your workspace (real or imaginary) look like?

{all images here}

Desk du Jour {Back to Black}

In complete contrast to Tuesday's light and bright office tour, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite black and white spaces. As much as I adore white walls, there is something so graphic about colorful book spines tucked into black bookcases. Maybe it's all about striking a balance, like the black and white stripes in the second space or the black moulding and white ceiling in the third. What do you think — would you dare to paint your walls black?

{via here}

Desk Du Jour

These pictures of Amy's desktop on her blog Coffee Talk made me smile. Her workspace screams organized chaos in the best way possible: high-tech, magazines everywhere, and coffee at the ready. What more could a girl want? 
What does your ideal workspace look like? If you'd prefer not to discuss work matters on a Friday, I'll understand. Happy weekending!
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P.S. I'm first class on Gabrielle's blog Savvy Home today. See what I mean here!

Desk Du Jour

Lately Loving...

The circular shape breaks up the straight lines of a fireplace and a desk, creating an organic and undecorated look that I just love.

P.S. The third edition of The Design Dialogues is coming at you first thing tomorrow morning! Just wait 'til you see who's featured...!

Desk Du Jour

Glossy glamour.

{Photographed by Joe Schmelzer}

Desk Du Jour

This was one of those weeks where I constantly felt like there weren't enough hours in a day. Between a whirlwind trip to New York, a sudden sickness, and figuring out how to use a new phone, I'm spent. In a perfect world, I would spend the weekend sleeping in and catching up in a home office like this one. What does your perfect weekend look like?