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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Delightful Desks

We can't believe it is already "back to school" time. Seeing all the ads for school supplies and dorm accessories has made us think about that stylish yet functional part of nearly every home- the perfect desk area. Whether you use it for studying, blogging, or paying bills, it IS possible to have an office space in your home that looks fabulous.
Here are some inspiring desks!
Kelly Wearstler has toned down her signature look a bit for this study! We love the pair of bookshelves flanking the chest of drawers, and the desk centered in the room. Perfect!

We love the canopy and lantern Nick Olsen added to his fabulous NYC apartment. It looks great, and if you know Nick, you know he probably managed to do his (amazing) work on a budget!
What a fun splash of pink in this otherwise black-and-white space! We recognize the little ikea lamps (I think they are around $5!) on either side of the desk, and the hot pink chair is just so much fun!
Athena Says, photo courtesy of Elements of Style
Gray and white! We love the moulding here that really frames the desk area perfectly! And this desk has to be one of our favorites, with the curved lucite legs. We would guess that it's from The Paris Apartment. Not alot of storage, but with laptops and jump drives, who needs file drawers anymore?!
Sawhorse desks are popping up everywhere! And we love the unexpected pairing of the clean lines of this modern desk with a traditional, dark wood chair. The pink walls and inspiration board make the space so pretty and feminine. And of course we love the oushak!
Ruthie Sommers Love the color of the walls in this cozy little corner!
Rayman Boozer, photo courtesy of Style Court This West Elm Parsons desk is one of our favorites! We love how it is paired here with the ghost chair, zebra rug, and pair of lamps!
Mary McGee, photo courtesy of Decor Pad For a masculine office, Nate Berkus just nails it! Once again, we love the sawhorse table and the chrome chippendale chair- looks great on the striped rug.
Nate Berkus
Lavendar walls! I'm not sure if I have the guts to do this in my house, but it looks fab here! This room is so elegant (and functional).
Elle Decor
I would happily pay my bills (okay, maybe "happily" is a stretch) in this bright, cheery space! Love the yellow lucite chair, lampshade, and bulletin board. And take note of the silver mint julep cup turned vase (or pencil holder)!
House Beautiful We are obsessed with Molly Sims' house that was in InStyle a few years back. How fab is the cluster of shiny black framed mirrors over her desk paired with her black jet crystal chandelier? And we love the beautiful wallpaper.
Designed by Kishani Perera, seen in InStyle This feminine office is our favorite of the bunch! We love the blue walls and white desk, contrasted with the black and white photos. The lamps are gorgeous, and the shades mirror the chinoiserie style of the beautiful desk.
Mary McDonald for Domino Animal prints really work in a study! We love these gray and white zebra curtains with the gray chippendale desk chair and parsons table. We think you could easily copy this desk chair with this guy and a can of spray paint.
House Beautiful, photo courtesy of Newlywed Diaries Like the rest of her apartment, we love former Domino editor Tori Mellott's fabulous little office nook! The splash of pink on her saarinen chair, and the pair of lamps on either side of the desk is such an elegant look.
Tori Mellott Love the idea of elegantly framing children's artwork and hanging over a desk. And this lamp is just the perfect periwinkle blue!
I cannot for the life of me remember where I found this photo. Does anyone know? Thanks!! Charlotte Moss's desk is definitely over the top but fabulous. What an amazing art collection! I'm not sure I would take it quite this far, but it definitely works for her. And we are really loving art hung salon-style over wallpaper!
Charlotte Moss
Love the yellow and turquoisey blue in this Celerie Kemble designed office. Such a great color combo that we don't see too often, and the vintage feel of this room is so classic.
Celerie Kemble How gorgeous is this formal-feeling desk area?! The extravagant gold leaf detailing on the desk, the leopard chair, and the zebra rug- sounds like an over-the-top combo, but it really works! And it's refreshing to see an old-fashioned Rolodex every now and then.
Amy Fine Collins in Elle Decor
Another gorgeous chrome sawhorse desk. We love the navy inspiration board (I guess that is the fancy new name for "bulletin board") and the orange geometric curtains. The green tufted chair with a little bolster neck is fab too!
Amanda Nisbet
Which one is your favorite?!


Anonymous said...

They are all so amazing, I don't think I can pick a favorite! I do love Nick Olsen's awning detail- it reminds me of a beach cabana. I'm seeing a lot of sawhorse legs on these desk, which is such a streamlined, airy look. Great post!

Julie said...

All fabulous. Amy fine Collins and Kelly's are my favorites. Thank for the inspiration.

ela1235 said...

I absolutely love the last one!!

Julie said...

It's so hard to pick one that I like the best. I'm currently shopping for a desk, so this is great inspiration. All I need now is the MoS talent for finding bargains and I'll be set. Great post!

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

I adore all of these spaces!!! I hope to do an office or space somewhere in my house soon! This will give me great ideas!! Great post!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Okay...I love the desks/office space from Domino, Athena Says (with the pink and black color contrasts), Steven Miller Design (with the curtains and the border around the desk) and the Amanda Nisbet. I cannot choose just one!

The Consummate Hostess said...

These are incredible and great inspiration! I am working on desk space currently.

Eclectic said...

Thanks for the inspiring images!My office in is major need of an overhaul....I must get movin'! I especially love the look of Mary McGee's office and Ruthie Sommers. And I wish my magazine collection looked as neat as the one in Celerie Kemble's office!

Upholstery Portland said...

These are neat desks. Mine is so boring right now I need to spice it up a bit.

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