Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but our desks are more than just a space. They’re the home of our productivity, creativity and most importantly, our stationery. If you didn’t already know, today is the first day of National Stationery Week (the best week of the year, obvs!) and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with Paperchase to show my desk some love. It’s time for challenge Desk Refresh!
I’m always popping into the flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, and with 3 floors there’s plenty of inspiration. At the moment there’s an amazing rainbow of desk essentials on the 1st floor (and on the website) and so I was in my element – the hard part was narrowing it down!
When planning my shopping list, I was cautious not to go too far – with a refresh obviously I was looking to make a change, but I still wanted to keep my style and personality whilst taking it to another level. I was thinking: Desk 2.0.
Wanna come shopping with me and see some behind the scenes action? Well you’re in luck because I vlogged the whole thing:
But if you’re too impatient and can’t wait 6 minutes for the grand reveal, welcome to my new desk space:
As a creative, I love to be surrounded by inspiring things – prints, magazine cut outs, tickets etc. But that also means that I have a lot of ‘stuff’ and so having plenty of storage options was very important to keep my desk tidy and organised, especially when you’re as easily distracted as I am. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder, and so I found it kinda scary to wipe the slate clean and sort through everything.
Of course I kept all of my favourite photos and memories, but my desk now feels curated. I don’t think I’ll ever be one for the minimalist life but it feels good to have some breathing space, especially as I’m naturally drawn to a lot of bold pieces.
As soon as I saw this letter rack by Block, I knew I had to have it – who knew I’d be so enthusiastic about a letter rack!? (Does that make me a proper grown up now?) Both the graphic influenced geometric design and bold colour won me over, as well as the practicality of being able to display some of my memories.
Talking of storage, that yellow stationery box really pops, hey? Especially paired with the swish UnderCover viridian medium storage box – perfect for hiding all of my mess (a.k.a my excessive bulldog clip and post-it note collections. Plus that colour is very on-brand for my blog too! 🙂 But the storage options didn’t stop there, as I chose the bold but simple red magazine file and the Get organised silver metal magazine file. I love the industrial look of the metal grid file (of course I do; Graphic Designers love grids!) which is perfect to show off some of my cool design books and thought it would help balance all of the colour.
I’ll admit that I was a bit worried it might look like a rainbow had just exploded on my desk, which is not everyone’s cup of tea, I know. Colour clashing the right way is actually a lot harder than you’d think but there is a method to my madness. I know the saying is ‘Less is more’, but if you couldn’t already tell I don’t always agree with that – it’s all about balance in my eyes.
I’m definitely feeling a lot happier working here anyway, and it just goes to show that with a few pops of colour you can transform a space. Using the Spectrascope bold paper tapes (which come as a set of 8) I added some geometric inspired details – what do you think to my washi tape photo frames?
I also added a pattern detailing to my old corkboard frame and my new frosted white stapler – it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of imagination and a roll of tape or two!
Last but not least, no desk is complete without a great mug. Being both a design geek and a Londoner, I couldn’t resist opting for this All Change London Underground stations mug. As much as we might moan about it, us Londoners love our tube and would be completely lost without it! (I also picked up one of the zip wallets from this range – it’s living in the red magazine file.)
If you couldn’t already tell, I had a lot of fun with this – my desk was definitely due an update and I already feel a lot happier and more motivated. And with that, I’m going to make a cup of tea and crack on with some work. Hope you enjoyed seeing my desk refresh and maybe it’s sparked some plans for your own space? Are you a colour lover like me, or would you opt for something more subtle? Let me know which pieces you’d choose for your dream desk. Feel free to tweet me (@natashanuttall) – I love seeing other people’s creative spaces and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!
Thanks so much to Paperchase for making my desk refresh dreams a reality. You’ll be glad to know that all of the items I purchased are available online, just incase you can’t make it in store. Happy National Stationery Week!
This is a collaboration with Paperchase – I was kindly gifted some items to refresh & style my new desk. Thank you to Paperchase for supporting me & allowing me to create some fun content to celebrate National Stationery Week. As always, all opinions etc are 100% my own – I love everything featured!