The Everyday Enthusiastic At-Home Workstation

Is anyone else still stuffed from this past weekend?  I cooked all day Sunday for our little family's Easter feast [just me, Drew and Vivi], and by the time we sat down to eat, I was starving.  

Work hard, play hard, right?  Well yea - I did.  

And then its Monday again and back to the grind.  But isn't the grind so much more exciting with an awesome workstation/desk?  I am feeling good about finally crossing my desk styling goal off my list.  Of course, I know that design is never truly done per se, but in my book, this one is pretty darn complete.  

My workstation is located in our game room which is open to two sets of stairs that lead either up to the main floor or down to the master level.  It sounds fancy, but I can assure you that this is just the price you pay for living in a house built on a hill - you have a lot of what I call "mini floors" and lots of stairs.  

I like working in this space because the area is open enough to get great light and I can feel the movement of the family while I am working.  

When Vivi has a miracle moment of independent play, I can hop over to my desk quickly and dive right in [for all of 5 minutes because that's about how long her independent play lasts].  

When I envisioned my desk, three adjectives kept popping into my mind - functional, inspirational and authentic.  

These words became the foundation of my design.  

I used to think that design was 100% visual perfection - rules are followed, a certain look or theme is achieved, etc.  Now I realize that I like what I like and while this will evolve over time, the lasting feel of my designs will remain.  Because, well, they represent me and I'm the one living here.  

More importantly, I am the one working here.  

Just to show you how easy design can be when you stick to a broader frame of my mind with your guide words, I've separated most of the elements around my desk by category - Functionality, Inspiration, and Authenticity.

Functionality

Ikea desk - Clean look, lots of drawer space and the right price.  I bought this tabletop and added this trestle and this drawer unit.  To protect the tabletop from general wear and tear, I lightly sanded it and coated with a few rounds of polyurethane.

Printer cart - This is actually a coffee table from Ikea, but it also makes a fantastic printer cart with storage!  Plus I like the way the matte metal looks against all the wood and carpet.

Poppin mint tray - To corral the things I use most [I used to work with the drop drawer to my desk open because I used these few supplies so often - doh!]

Incoming and Outgoing task trays - Whenever I have something that needs action, I place it in the incoming box.  If I have something that is completed, but just needs to be filed, then I place it in the outgoing box for later filing.  

Acrylic calendar - The whole blog [and my life] would literally fall apart without this calendar!  It's an EE DIY original!

Super-soft throw - Most mornings, I am up and working at my desk by 6 am.  Let me tell you, it is HARD to get out of a warm bed at that hour to sit in a very cold desk chair.  This throw [and my preprogrammed coffee] is the only thing that gets my butt up! [Throw from Homegoods].

Inspiration

Color - I have always been drawn to specific colors - mints, metallics, fuchsia pinks, neons, yellows...the list could go on forever.  Color awakens my brain.

Living plants - Obviously, I'm all about adding some green to my living and work spaces.  It somehow makes the area seem lighter.

Beach art print - I found this online at Urban Outfitters [similar here] and fell in love with the calming scene.  The wave, frozen in motion, finishes with it's grand crash in my mind.  I can almost hear it!

Shake print by Elise Joy - This print was painted by one of my favorite bloggers [it's the largest framed print].  I find her to be so inspiring both as an at-home working mom and as a blogger/maker.  

Authenticty

Old books - I LOVE old books.  I love entering a used book store, smelling that amazing old book smell and diving into the shelves to see what treasures I can find.  I am particularly drawn to books with bright covers and paperback classics printed in the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Seashells - These shells were plucked from a sleepy little beach town called Mexico Beach located on the Florida panhandle.  My grandparents have a beach house there and I grew up visiting every summer.  It was one of the happiest places of my childhood.

A Mommy/Vivi photo - No work space would be complete without a joyous photo of Vivi to admire.  Our printer is running out of ink and printed this very blown out version.  I love the extreme contrast though and so it says.  Plus, I feel like all you notice are Vivi's happy eyes and smile.  I love it.


Well, there it is guys - The official Everyday Enthusiastic workstation.  Though oddly I am writing this from the kitchen table, you can safely assume that just about every other post is coming straight from that desk.  :)  Have a great week y'all!

This post appeared first on Everyday Enthusiastic.  All ideas in this post are of my own opinions including any mention of companies and/or affiliate sites.  No sponsorships were involved in the creation of this post.  Photographs taken by Meredith Wheeler using a DSLR Canon Rebel T3 and edited using Photoshop CC.