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One of the unexpected perks of being freelance now, is that I have free reign to make my office space as personal and inspiring as I like. I’ll admit, my first month as a freelancer was spent working on the couch with piles of papers and sketches steadily growing in haphazard towers around me. But my aching back pulled me back to the realization that I simply had to start working at a desk again. I bit the bullet, and bought some ergonomic, and quite awesome looking office chairs.

This is of course a cheapy knock-off version of this gorgeous Eames chair. Pretty comfortable for reproduction furniture. I’d say their most egregious flaw is probably that the quality of the upholstery material is a little on the cheap side, but I plan on reupholstering them in leather when the time comes. That might seem counter-intuitive, but I think it makes far more sense than spending R 15 455 on an original. (Can anyone out there articulate exactly why designer furniture is so damn expensive? Seems out of step to me, in a case like this, where the Eames’ design ethos was centered around providing good design to as many people as possible…)

Ergonomic chair = happy spine. Next, I’ve focussed on finding other gorgeous office spaces to give me a little decoration direction. I’m loving Erin Gates’ office featured on The Everygirl. I’m drawn more and more to scandi flavoured interiors with clean palettes of mostly black and white with smallish pops of colour.
It’s an aesthetic that works particularly well in office spaces.

Jennifer Hagler’s office, featured on Design Sponge, is a great example of a monochrome palette with touches of colour. I really enjoy how simple and functional this space is.

Once I actually got used to working at a desk again, I realized just how many things I needed to flesh out a functioning one-lady-show design office. I’m talking like… I didn’t even own a stapler – if that indicates my level of desperation. There are of course the bigger purchases I’m working towards, like a printer, scanner, some pantone books (holy heck, how expensive are those things?!), shelves and some mobile storage. And then there are the smaller purchases, like said stapler, to look forward to.

But I’d be lying if I said I’m not enjoying spending a little dough on the things that give my space that Little Ghost-y personal touch, and make my workday a breeze. Here are some of the smaller, more fun and possibly decorative things I have my eye on…

I love these Stick Up weekly calendar sticky notes from Poketo. They’re kind of like a real-world version of the Teux Deux iPhone app I use to death.

And just for sheer gorgeousness, these Hello Notes from Tokketokk. These are great in lieu of actual branded compliment slips.

This walnut and porcelain desk catch-all is a simple and elegant solution.

These numbered push pins from Present&Correct have been on my Must Have list for a while. Think I’ll just cave and get them now. Seriously, life is too short to pine over push pins, Nicole!

These foiled journals are pretty to the point where I probably wouldn’t even be able to start using them. I do that sometimes.

Like these customized ‘Me and You’ pencils by Knot & Bow.

And I’m tempted to get this motivational print, just because it reminds me of a bit of Leslie Knope and her gutsy, girly ambition and self-belief :)

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