home office

Desk Storage

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Tealight jars

- Make the perfect desk storage for those bits and bobs that can never quite find a place: 

  • USBs
  • Erasers
  • Paper clips
  • Ink cartridges
  • Drawing pins
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Post-It Index Tabs
  • Mini staplers / staples

I don't use these items all the time, so these jars sit on my home office shelf within easy reaching distance. They also have the option to be hung - so if you're stuck for space you can add hooks underneath your shelf (like this) and hang them!

Spice Jars

IKEA spice jars also offer similar storage, however they're better for smaller items as they have a narrow top and come with a lid:

Desk-spiration

Desks have seriously upped their game in recent years. What used to be basic work stations are now beautiful additions to your home, which you can customise around your style and work motivations. Here are some of my favourite from the aspirational world of Pinterest (select image for source):

For another savvy storage idea for your home office, take a look here.

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Easy Art

What you hang in your house is a big reflection of who you are and what you like. Whether it's a picture you bought on holiday, a vintage map of your hometown or a special photo capturing a happy day. But sometimes there are certain designs and colours you'd love in your home, which you don't have on hand ready to hang, or can afford! 

Step up: CARDS!

This is one of my favourite Quick Tricks because it saves a lot of money, especially if you get frames from IKEA. There are so many cards out there featuring beautiful designs and colours, why not give it a go?

A few of our favourite things: London, Paris and (for L) cycling (Paperchase cards, IKEA frames).

A few of our favourite things: London, Paris and (for L) cycling (Paperchase cards, IKEA frames).

Why put wedding cards in storage when you can display them and remember your happy day, every day?

Why put wedding cards in storage when you can display them and remember your happy day, every day?

Wise words for our kitchen.

Wise words for our kitchen.

A scene from one of my favourite stories (glumptious - great word).

A scene from one of my favourite stories (glumptious - great word).

Inspirational card art for when you need it.

Inspirational card art for when you need it.

In-joke: We framed this card I bought L a few years ago as he accidentally did this once (he singed his eyelashes when trying to light the BBQ...!).

In-joke: We framed this card I bought L a few years ago as he accidentally did this once (he singed his eyelashes when trying to light the BBQ...!).

MY FAVOURITE CARD SHOPS

  • Oliver Bonas (especially birthday, wedding and new home).
  • Paperchase (such a big variety - artistic, modern, comedy).
  • Department stores always have big ranges but I really love the cards in Fenwick.
  • Not on the High Street (especially when you're looking for something in particular or personalised).

CARD-SPIRATION:

Take a look at the Maison Bailey gallery wall over on Instagram.

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Craft Storage

I love IKEA hacks as they're a creative way to challenge a product's intended use. The ones I've seen online are true genius. You can also alter items to fit your taste / home style better (like this idea).

This quick trick is one of my favourite hacks: turning an IKEA STENSTORP plate shelf into the ultimate craft storage. Ours is fitted onto a wall in our home office and stores fabric, wrapping accessories and jars of buttons and ribbons. It's the perfect storage solution as it reminds you what you have, everything is easily accessible and essential surface space is kept clear.

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