home decor

what’s on my desk

ava the cat

desk ℅ kit out my office

what’s on my desk? ava, a lot of the time. the day i got it and put it together she plonked straight down on top and it’s been a firm favourite since.

i’ve lived in this flat for almost 7 years now and in that time i’ve never had a desk. when i’m making collages, doing blog stuff or just browsing the internet, i’ve used my lap, the floor and sometimes a tiny foldable table. i can’t tell you how good it feels to have an actual desk to work on after all this time!

currently i’ve mostly just been using my laptop on it so i can type at a more comfortable height, and edit photos without a huge amount of glare behind me. i have a few new collages to share soon too…

colourful desk accessories

collage bits and pieces

now that i have a desk i can properly spread out when i can make my collages! i can use it for a backdrop for flat lays. i can eat my lunch on it whilst watching something. ooh, the possibilities! now all i need is a proper chair.

what’s on it i hear you ask? lots of plants of course, including a dracaena, christmas cactus and now my maidenhair fern. my inspiration board is actually a cooling rack (unused obviously) as i can’t afford a fancy big one. at any given time there’ll be illustration or blogging based bits like notebooks, stationery and my camera ready to grab.

there’s also a drawer on one side that is currently housing what i can only think to describe as ‘bits and bobs, ha. i chose a lovely bright yellow but kit out my office have lots of colour choices. if you want to know where anything else is from, ask away!


plants and vintage homewares

yellow desk drawer next to wooden drawers

full length desk photo

colourful desk accessories

desk and yellow drawer

i thought i’d list a few places where you can buy lovely home accessories that would look perfect on your desk (or elsewhere in your home), as well as also being functional in some cases. a must when you’re lacking space!

rose & grey | wayfair | west elm | redcandy | flamingo gifts | the future kept | oliver bonas | hollys house | an artful life | the people shop | etsyhopscotch | shedquarters | the hambledon | moonko | vintage actually | yay retro | pedlars | alfies studio | botany shop |

what sort of items do you consider as desk ‘essentials’, by the way? i think no matter what kind of work you do on your desk, a little bit of storage and a nice lamp is something most require. i’m gonna be biased and say at least one plant too. not everybody likes trinkets and keepsakes but i think they add a bit of personality to a working area.

post in collaboration with kit out my office. as always, all words and imagery my own. thank you to the brands that help support this blog.

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  • Reply Katrina Sophia 21/06/2017 at 11:50

    What a lovely space! I love the addition of plants.

    Katrina Sophia

    • Reply laura redburn 25/06/2017 at 22:35

      thank you! oh i couldn’t be without plants! 🌿

  • Reply Amy 21/06/2017 at 12:51

    Such a cute setup girl! Inspiring me to restyle my work space :)

    Amy // http://www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

    • Reply laura redburn 25/06/2017 at 22:37

      haha thank you! i feel like my area/flat is always a work in progress.

  • Reply Kate Whitfield 27/06/2017 at 14:32

    Thank you so much for featuring AN ARTFUL LIFE in your list of recommended shops to buy home accessories. Means a lot to us! :)

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