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A Workspace Update!

May 11th  •  Posted in Home

A few months ago I’ve shared what my workspace looked like at that time and you might remember I was on the market for a desk update already then. I’ve been thinking about giving my workspace a little twist ever since – at the end of the day it’s the place where I spend the majority of the hours of my days, so I felt it was about right to make some changes in order to achieve a more functional and inspiring space for me to work in! I wasn’t happy with my huge wooden desk – it feels even weird right now to go back and look at those pictures and think that was one of those days when my desk actually looked tidy! Apparently I didn’t really know what tidy means. I’ve been itching for a clearer, minimal work station for a while now, and only recently I realized my previous furniture disposition would have never make the cut for what I was looking for.

The thing with doubling up your bedroom as your “office” (and when said room is small by itself) is that you can’t really afford a huge desk. It took away space that could be used to store things in a much less cluttered way! Plus I’m such a hoarder (can you tell?) and I pretty often feel like useless things are apparently all I need or will need to survive. That’s one of the main reason why I came to realize the more space I have to pile useless things up around me, the more I’d do it, and the solution to see an end to it was reducing my space drastically with a way smaller desk than what I was used to. It seemed kind of extreme and for months I’ve pondered the decision, but in the end I was extremely sure about the change I wanted to do, and things are going pretty awesomely on the organizational front so far. I seem to really have achieved what I was pursuing!

You might want to stay tuned until the end for a little bonus article by me on how to keep a small desk organized and inspirational at the same time, avoiding to over clutter with a three easy step guide! But here’s my new workspace…

A workspace update.

IKEA DESK ; IKEA PHOTO FRAME ; H&M MINI VASE ; IKEA CANDLE

A workspace update.
A workspace update.
A workspace update.

IKEA GLASS + COASTER ; IKEA CANDLE HOLDER ; STANDING STICKY NOTES ℅ BORNPRETTYSTORE*

*Use code CAFEG10 to get 10% off on Born Pretty Store. They have the cutest, cheapest stationery!

My new white desk is from Ikea and you’ll never believe me if I tell you it was only £34! I KNOW! Yet it feels and looks such awesome quality. The desk top comes separately from the legs, so you can actually pick your favourite combination out of a bunch of different styles and colours for your desk legs, which I found pretty lovely! However I went for a simple and minimal white top + white legs combination, and I’m pretty happy with it!

You’ll find out more about what I think about decorating a small workspace in the extract you can find at the end of the post, but I’ve added little personal touches with simple, white and minimal objects that not only make my desk look pretty, but which I also find inspiring and motivational, such as photo frames, little vases, my amazingly smelling little lavender bunch I’ve picked last year from a field, a vanilla candle I love burning on a Sunday and little succulent plants to add a touch of greenery to the space.

A workspace update.
A workspace update.
A workspace update.

IKEA POTTED PLANTS ; MUJI 2 DRAWERS BOX

Getting a smaller desk means there’s so much more space now and I was able to move my furniture around and change its original disposition to a better looking and more spacious layout. I’ve moved my old bookcase (that originally was hidden behind the door) right next to my desk, and completely rearranged and decluttered it all, adding touches of greenery and cute Provencal homeware even there. The plan with it was to paint the shelves white when summer comes, but I’m actually pretty pleased with how it looks even now, so maybe the light wooden shelves will stay like that for a bit longer.

You’ll be surprised by how many multi-functional storage solutions you’ll find. I was hoarding empty Ladurée macarons boxes without a real purpose, until I realized the smaller one was perfect for storing my USB pen drives and SD cards! I’ve also arranged all my pens, pencils and brushes in what once was a candle holder and it looks pretty great!

A workspace update.

MUJI NOTEPAD ; MUJI 0.5 PEN ; PETITE MILA CAT POUCH

A workspace update.

H&M CANDLE HOLDERS

While tidying things up, my stuff was drastically reduced, which means my shelves can now actually look minimal and tidy instead of a cluttered mess. A great solution to store what you don’t want to eliminate but not keep visible, is to store them in storage baskets. I’ve recently bought a couple of these flower patterned storage baskets in lilac and white, which not only pair amazing with the colour scheme of the entire room, but are also great to be placed on the floor right under the last shelf of the bookcase and store everything you need to keep in them.

A workspace update.
A workspace update.
A workspace update.

IKEA SIDE TABLE ; H&M COPPER WIRE BASKET

A workspace update.

WOODEN TRAY { SIMILAR } ; H&M MINI VASES

I can finally have a well deserved solo space for my small side table that I use and have always used to store things, but that was hidden under my huge desk until only a month ago, and it was such a pity! It’s a beauty against a wall by itself, and even better with the little wooden tray I had no idea where to put only a few weeks back. I’ve placed in there a couple of candles I love, together with the vase I was using to store my pens and pencils before, with actual plants in there for once, succulents actually! I love the touch of transparency of the little vases I’ve recently bought, which are great homes for flowers picked from the garden too. I have a thing for clear glass but also copper homeware, if you haven’t already noticed!

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And there you have it, my new work station! I’m very proud of how it turned out and I wish I could share a before and after if only I wasn’t too ashamed of what a mess my desk looked like before to take actual pictures of it… sometimes a change is highly required, you know! I hope this post can inspire those of you who aren’t happy with their current work station to change things up if you can (it really only took us 9 hours and £34 to do it!), because I truly believe an uninspiring workspace has something to do with lack of creativity and productivity.

Also, I’ve put together a little piece of article about how I manage to keep a small desk inspiring and clutter-free with three simple steps. If you want to download it for free, you just need to hit the newsletter subscribe button below and an email will be sent to your inbox with the download link!

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Let me know what you think and, if you download the extract, how you’re getting the most out of a small desk (if you have one)! 😉 x

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#IKEAtemporary

April 14th  •  Posted in Home

#IKEAtemporary

I guess you’ll be tired by now to hear me rave about IKEA that much, or maybe not, maybe you’re fans of the Swedish best invention ever too? When I hear people saying they never visited IKEA because there’s not a store near them, I feel such a lucky girl to be able to go and wander between the biggest amount of inexpensive beautiful designed homeware whenever I like. I seem to always come home with something new to add to my too crowded shelves, but I’m never really sorry about it!

Ever wondered how an IKEA store would look like in a big city? This year’s best news to me has been opening an email saying IKEA was going to open a temporary store in the middle of Milan, a place where to celebrate food, homeware, furniture, kitchens and future, whose themes go hand in hand with Expo. And what better theme than food, I’d add?! You know how enthusiastic I am about all things food – my favourite place in the house must be the kitchen and cooking and baking my favourite ways to spend my free time, not to mention I’m discovering a certain curiosity towards foods I don’t already know these past years, and there’s no better thing to me than trying something new to my mouth. So #IKEAtemporary was totally calling my name since I read they were opening on April 10th.

Even though we were able to be between the 100 invited to their Swedish breakfast on their opening day, everything seemed to be against us that day and we weren’t on time for that, but surely we didn’t give up and found our way to their new temporary store for lunch and a visit!

#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary

#IKEAtemporary is exactly what a food enthusiast dream store would look like: you’re welcomed by a wooden structure where all kind of vegetables were sown and little plants of tomatoes and pepperoni are growing strong in the middle of a classic urban Milan street, and when you walk under the arch that introduce you to the store, tables with lanterns on and blankets on the chairs to warm you up while you’re enjoying your food, and wooden boxes filled with their FRÖER range and everything you need to grow up your own kitchen garden, are the things that you’ll be introduced to. You can immediately see where they’re trying to go with it, it’s a celebration of food in every of its form, they want to encourage to start growing your own food, be curious about what you eat, wonder, bake, make.

It’s a place where to shop all things kitchenware – a paradise for my eyes! You’ll find IKEA’s kitchen range all lined up in one store, and only that! You can shop IKEA food and see how different types of kitchens were designed and put together for different types of families or people.

#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary

We obviously ventured ourselves towards the food, the one you can actually eat and not only watch. The #IKEAtemporary restaurant is introducing some new entries in IKEA’s food, introducing us to their new veggie balls (and you won’t believe how happy I am now, after hearing so much about their meatballs but being vegetarian and not able to eat them!), their new veggie and Swedish cheese pizzas and a lot more food! We matched our veggie balls with roasted potatoes (which were the best thing ever!) and tried all their fruit flavoured waters – it was such a dreamy lunch I can’t really recommend enough if you’re in the area and are craving something different!

#IKEAtemporary
#IKEAtemporary

I bet you’ll have understood by now I’m extremely enthusiastic about it all! I can’t really wait to see their SINNERLIG range in stores this summer after spotting a preview of it there, and to go back to #IKEAtemporary and try and explore more food!

#IKEAtemporary will be opened for 5 months until September 30th, and I can’t suggest giving it a visit enough if you’re as enthusiastic about food as I am and are around Milan this year!

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Winter Vibes

November 24th  •  Posted in Home

a home update ;

In any season more than winter I feel the need of adding new themed pieces to the home: when the days become colder and colder there’s something so warming about new candles, warm-toned little objects to have around and a soft and cozy blanket to lay under while sipping hot tea on the couch. I couldn’t help but buy some winter themed homeware and this is totally making me a happy girl lately. I love the feel of having new things around and definitely find it very inspiring too, especially if it’s themed to my favourite time of the year – though I’ve tried to not go too overboard with the Christmas spirit already!

I’ve got this amazing H&M Duvet Cover Set and everytime I look at it I feel like I were in winter wonderland: I love the white and subtle gold colour combo as well as the flowers, leaves, branches and little birds print that looks so beautiful and winter-y. I also think the duvet cover set looks pretty awesome if paired with my trusty soft beige Ikea Gurli Throw which is the softest thing that has ever been and it’s pretty handy to have at the bottom of the bed when the nights are colder and require a double covering action. Not to mention I’m pretty obsessed with the Vintermys Ikea Candle, that smells just incredibly nice, like a delicious christmas biscuit, as well as with any copper-toned decor piece!

Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes

H&M Duvet Cover Set

Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes

Ikea Gurli Throw + Ikea Enigt Mug

Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes

H&M Copper Metal Wire Basket + H&M Copper Metal Tealight Holder

Winter Vibes
Winter Vibes

Ikea Vintermys Candle + Wooden Tray { similar }

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