Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Small Spaces: Desk with a view

As a busy new mom I don't have time to keep my entire house clean all at once - so I thought it would be best to feature one small piece of my house at a time. This week I'm showing off my desk with a view!

We live in a beautiful building in the South Waterfront of Portland: Atwater Place. As you can see, we are blessed with A LOT of windows.

Image via Hoffman Construction
But this blessing also comes with a challenge - where do you place your furniture if not against the walls? I love this challenge, because I firmly believe furniture should never touch the walls, that's what art is for!

Living in just under 1,600 square feet, we have to make use of every nook and cranny we can. We needed a place for our desktop computer, and since my husband is adamantly against computers in the bedroom (not very sexy right?) we ventured out to IKEA to find the perfect desk.

We found a sleek and thin beauty perfect for a small space. We ordered it in gray, but when we got home turned out to be black - a happy mistake because the finish of the desk reminds me of our beautiful piano.

Now where to put it? Everyone wants a corner office right? So I had a choice, either I block the view and take up window space, or I use this beautiful pillar as an anchor.
This small IKEA desk fits perfectly in the corner, making great use of an otherwise tricky spot because of the pillar. The ghost chair is gorgeous at this desk! Pin It

The ghost chair is such an elegant touch (I'm not too fond of traditional desk chairs) and it doesn't take away from the light provided by the floor to ceiling windows. I added the round cushion for a pop of color.

It would be a sin to block this river view

Since this mini office has to be in the middle of my living room, I wanted to make sure it always looks nice.
Small spaces - A living room, office and breakfast nook all in one area

I added a few details with accessories - a feminine bouquet and the more modern clock and ampersand to balance things out.
Little details on a desk make the space more personal and less stuffy. I just love how reflective the finish of the desk is, bringing the outside view in!

And storage for a small office is an absolute MUST - the drawers are huge and keep all of the mess hidden.
Pretty on the outside, messy on the inside!

So there you have it, my little office in the sky! Do you have similar space challenges in your home?



40 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful home and desk area! I love it all. That ghost chair especially! It was nice to meet you on Saturday, I'll be following your blog now.

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    1. Thanks Sam! I got the ghost chairs for Christmas and I was so excited that I CRIED!

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  2. I love your site. Such lovely use of space and beautiful photos.

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    1. Thanks! Next step is to learn how to use a real camera instead of the ole iPhone!

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  3. Your place is amazing!!!! I love your decor style and would love to see more pics of your home!!!

    It was so nice to meet you at the blogger meet!! Keep in touch!!

    <3 Denise

    http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Denise - as soon as I get around to cleaning the rest, I promise there's more to come!

      The blogger meet up was SO much fun, I can't wait for the next one - hope to see you there!

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  4. What a view! That is a great area of Portland...what a fun place to live!

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    1. South Waterfront is a really neat part of Portland, thanks Stephanie! There are some fun facts about how green this neighborhood is, check out the website: http://www.southwaterfront.com/

      Thanks for reading :)

      xoxo

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  5. absolutely great design!

    http://forallthatjas.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Jas, I just ventured over to your blog - LOVE!!!

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  6. Wow! Your place looks amazing! Love the desk and chair.
    It was great meeting you at the blogger brunch! See you at the next one. :)

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    1. Hi Danica - it was so much fun meeting you at the blogger lunch! Next time I'm forcing you to make the craft with me - hahah that was a serious struggle!

      Thanks so much for reading xoxo

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  7. I love the Space! You have a new follower :)
    Check me out http://wannabegreenash.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I just checked out your blog - love the tea party idea for a little girl! That will be one she remembers for a lifetime!

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  8. SO jealous of your beautiful home. : ) The view is breathtaking and that workspace is so amazing.

    Amanda

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I popped over to your blog and saw that you're visiting Portland :) you are going to love it!

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