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Pottery Barn Lust

November 16, 2009

Yeah, there I’ve said it. I lust after some things at Pottery Barn. Not all but definitely some. Like you, I pick and choose from a variety of stores. But I’m loving lots of stuff in the PB organizing + office category because I have this office obsession lately — it’s all I think about. I guess it has to do with the feeling of want. You know, when you’re single you want the partner. When you’re a secretary you want the promotion. When you are a blogger you want the readers. And when you are working from your dining room table (me) you want the office space. So this is my desire-of-the-moment. An office space to call my own. What is currently hot on your want list?

Pottery Barn Lust

I dream of nooks and corners and windows to hang things in and a wall for my inspiration board. But I refuse to be one of those who are miserable while they wait. Instead, I’m collecting my inspirations so that once I do have an office, I will know exactly what to order to furnish it and make it my own. And then when it is finished, I will show you how it looks. When it comes to decorating ideas, my brain is on overload —  I cannot decide upon the color scheme, though I know at least 3 of the walls will be white and I’m thinking the 4th will be wallpaper or painted in a favorite solid color. I still love that accent wall trend out there and though it may die tomorrow, I’m thinking I can still rock it if I use a paper that I’m in love with.I know what I do want… plenty of storage and a bright space.

Pottery Barn Lust

Pottery Barn Lust

Pottery Barn Lust

Pottery Barn Lust

(I know this is a bedroom, but I’d love to have a storage bench in my office like this one.)

Are you currently thinking of a certain room in the home that you’d like to redecorate? Or are you, like me, looking for a new flat to live in and dreaming of all of the features you home it will have? If so, what are some features you are looking for?

I have a list that is a bit embarrassing to share with any property agent as I’m sure they’d roll their eyes and kick me out of their office. So I keep most of my “wants” in my head. But one want that I do share off the cuff is hardwood floors and enough rooms for an office and guest bedroom. I’ve never had space for a guest bedroom and want one so badly… and of course it will be a nursery if and when I decide to have children but until then it will be a guest room and I certainly will use it for guests as there is a list of people back home whom I’d love to have over for a visit. I don’t want to live large or anything, but I do want to stay where I move next so I’m thinking ahead a bit. I really, really have come to hate moving so the next time I move I want to stay in my apartment for 100 years. :)

I’m off to IKEA… I need a new mattress and no doubt I’ll come home WITHOUT a mattress but a bag of things that I did not intend to buy. :) See you later on today!

(images: pottery barn)






74 Comments

  • Reply Tara November 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I absolutely love and must have the wall cubby. It would be perfect for organizing my orders. My little guest book boxes would fit so perfectly.
    .-= Tara ´s last blog ..Wedding Guest Book Box- Black and White Floral Design =-.

  • Reply Victoria Klein November 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Mmmm organization – that is always the sweet spot for me. I’d love to have an inspiration board to manage all my ideas & curiosities. Currently, I’ve been all about the kitchen, thanks to dropping temperatures & my desire to make soup and bake almost every day.

  • Reply Andrea November 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

    MY boyfriend, a carpenter has just been commissioned (by moi) to make the first and third (picture) shelves for me! The third pic shelf will hold my vintage camera collection perfectly!
    .-= Andrea´s last blog .."Camera" ~Etsy Search #2~ =-.

  • Reply Kristin November 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I’m looking for a place to live… but whether or not I move is entirely dependent on my acceptance to SCAD’s MFA Interior Design program! I’m looking for a place that isn’t on ground level and offers plenty of light. Maybe even a small view of Atlanta? I want the freedom to paint my walls and a washer + dryer already in the place would be great! If nothing else… at least the connections for future appliances. And I’d love wood floors.

    Now if I could get all of that wrapped up with a pretty bow and below my budget that’d be a miracle! :-)
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..Spark Plugs * Chandeliers =-.

  • Reply thedoodlegirl November 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I would adore these beautiful and useful spaces in my home. It’s true…I’ll have to just collect ideas for now, but then I will be so ready when the time comes to buy! You’re right! :)
    .-= thedoodlegirl´s last blog ..Inspire Me Thursday: Spain =-.

  • Reply Elena November 16, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I love the gift wrap station! It would be great for me when I’m doing all my order packaging.
    I really need to redo my craft studio for efficiency, but still share it with my husband’s exercise bike. I don’t really have anywhere to put him, so I need to figure out how to reorganize the space. I should just get an organization/efficiency expert to look at the space, b/c this feels beyond my reach.
    .-= Elena´s last blog ..The Corey Clutch in Green Paisley =-.

  • Reply Andi November 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I am currently trying to finish decorating my nursery. Baby is due next week and the gender is a surprise. I have lots of wall art bookmarked on my computer…just waiting to find out what baby is to purchase. The nursery was supposed to be the office…so for a long time I was looking at and coveting many of the same storage solutions you are now. Good luck finding your perfect place!

    • Reply decor8 November 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

      Andi ahhh how cute and nice. I’m so happy for you — a new baby next week!? Wow, that is SO EXCITING. I bet you can’t wait to meet your new little friend. Have a lovely delivery and enjoy those first moments. :)

  • Reply Jen November 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I must have that duvet in the last picture. I can’t find it on the pottery barn site though. I’m guessing it’s not available in the US??

    • Reply decor8 November 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

      Jen – Yes it’s a PB duvet but I don’t see it on the site either — could be a summer only item. Did you check their sale page?

  • Reply Heather November 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

    That wrapping paper organizer is great. I don’t do enough wrapping to justify the space it would take in my office, but it would be so handy! My office has a lot of shelves, but unfortunately they’re built in (which is usually a good thing), but they’re not very deep so it’s a little tough to figure out what to do w/ them…which is why I haven’t!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Now What? =-.

  • Reply Shokoofeh November 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    wow it’s great!

  • Reply Erika - 2byDesign November 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Ahhhh yes, good ‘ole Ikea, drawing us in with the intention of buying one single chair but instead purchasing 3 frames, some wrapping paper, Swedish meatballs and a plant. Ugh.

    This post couldn’t come at a better time as just this morning I posted about my OWN wish to reinvent my work space! I need more color in my life (and let’s be honest, storage) and I think both the wall cubby and storage bench would fit the bill. And maybe the wrapping paper unit for my, ahem, random Ikea purchases.

  • Reply Lecia November 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I have that exact corner desk and second desk beside it set-up in my home office! And love it.
    .-= Lecia´s last blog ..the perfect social activity =-.

  • Reply Marianne November 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been dying to take a look at their site, but for some reason I can’t, I always get an error message saying I am not authorized. I’ve been trying to e-mail them, but it is hard to e-mail if you don’t have an address. I tried info@potterybarn.com, but got no reply.
    I wonder, do you have problems visiting their site since you now live in Germany.
    Looking at those lovely pics, I think I am really missing out on something :-(
    .-= Marianne´s last blog ..{Pale and Interesting} =-.

    • Reply decor8 November 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

      Marianne – No I don’t have any problems… Hmmmm… I’m not sure. Maybe you can try again?

  • Reply Victoria Bennett Beyer November 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I hope you find everything you are looking for in your new place. It’s tough to find the perfect space, but Germany seems to have been kind to you so far…maybe she will continue to be :)

    I have a studio in my new house (ok, I’ve been here a year, but it still feels new to me) and since we focused on furnishing the other rooms, it is sort of cobbled together. However, there is one thing that I never would have thought to put in there that works amazingly…an Ikea wardrobe. The pants hanger is perfect for fabric (or sheets of beautiful wrapping paper) and the huge pull-out drawers are organizational heaven for me. I’ve got beads in a shallow one, and painting supplies in a deeper one. If the drawers are too large, you can divide them up with baskets or custom wooden inserts. It goes nearly to the ceiling, so it uses every inch of available space.
    .-= Victoria Bennett Beyer´s last blog ..Leeks =-.

  • Reply Alison November 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I really like lots of things from the Pottery Barn office collection too, especially the wall-mounted gift-wrapping organiser. Sadly, I don’t have an office to put it in either!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..erinzam tag books =-.

  • Reply Portobello November 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Oooowwwwww
    this is a beautiful blog !!!

    Love the pictures!!!

  • Reply Chelsea November 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I dream of my Pottery Barn sofa…yes I dream about it. I am aware that there are very similar sofas out there with a smaller price tag, but why settle for coal when one day you can have a diamond….for now I am waiting on my diamond.
    .-= Chelsea´s last blog ..Big Exciting News Bliss =-.

  • Reply Robyn November 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Holly. I just found your blog the other day, it’s so much fun to read. Keep up the good work! My must have right now is more storage in my bedroom. I have a 1923 Cottage-Style Home with a total of 1 (yes, 1) closet in the entire house. My bedroom is a converted attic. I would love some built-in book-cases added to the perimeter of the room and a closet system.
    .-= Robyn´s last blog ..bastard burrito =-.

  • Reply Mausumi November 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I was so inspired by the shelves in the second picture!
    I have an old wine bottle holder that I just realized I can use to store and organize my cameras and photography equipment! Thank you so much for being so inspiring always!

    I am also considering signing up for your e-course! How do I register exactly? Will it be posted on december 1st?
    .-= Mausumi´s last blog ..All I want for christmas… =-.

  • Reply Green Wedding Photographer - Laura November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Right now I am in the very beginning stages of setting up a place in my home to meet with my clients. I had been dreaming of renting a space somewhere, but in the end decided I have better places to spend my money than on high rent. :)
    So now I’m turning my living room into a meeting area… moving the “living room” downstairs and repurposing some furniture to make my new space pretty. I’ve been growing weary of lugging all of my products to coffee shops and always triple checking to make sure I’m at the right place if clients don’t show up on time… then straining my eyes in that dim lighting on teeny tables.
    Furniture is going to start moving tonight… so I’m excited! :)

  • Reply tiffany November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    This stuff is all adorable! I’ve been drooling over the craft-table with cubbies in the 4th pic for a few years now. Perhaps one day…
    .-= tiffany´s last blog ..happy wedding weekend! =-.

  • Reply teresa November 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Loving your blog!
    I have a loft space…leading into our bedroom.
    Thougt I might need to create a sleep-over nook for guest with Pottery Barn daybed.
    UNTIL…I caught a glimpse of that very page in PB Catalog!
    I got my Greg’s attention…popped the page up…and said…
    “This is what I want for the loft!”
    Then began dreaming of having all of those adorable little spaces to store all of my THINGS…all the things that make my heart sink when I look at them…ribbon…buttons…markers…pens…paper!
    Then began to wonder…”How much will it cost for mine to look JUST like the one on the catalog page?!”
    I don’t wish to order it in pieces…a bit at a time…I want the entire shabang!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    XXOOXX

  • Reply Red Lipstick Style November 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    i love these office spaces. I’m redoing my office (well, its been a few months now, but its getting close!). I really like the white in these pictures. Mine in lavendar, black and white. I have a desk that I have to keep because I have no where else to put it, I’m painting a bookcase and I’m going to put up an inspiration wall. I think I’m going to get that piece with the rolls of ribbon hanging from, that’s a creat idea. I share this space with my indoor bunnies (no cages, they are like little dogs). So I have to have room for their accessories also.

  • Reply Kathi @ allthingswhite November 16, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I am currently dreaming of redoing our smallish sitting room. The couch and chair are dated and I can’t decide if I should recover at least the couch or just get new. Also love the thought of washable white slipcovers. Feel free to give me your opinions or experiences with these options! I am being way to indecisive.
    .-= Kathi @ allthingswhite´s last blog ..Vintage White Reindeer =-.

  • Reply alisa November 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    We’re just now putting up the drywall on a basement room that will be my new office. I’m so excited! I want the whole space to be bright bright since it is in the basement and has one big window but that’s it. I’m putting down bright white linoleum tiles to give it sparkle.
    .-= alisa´s last blog ..Happy Weekend! =-.

  • Reply mijk November 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I have an conversed attic that is our bedroom/office. At the moment we sleep in between movingboxes and I work on the diningroom table. Thing is we are broke right now. So it will be a shabby chic shuffle around what yu have office. But this christmasbreak it must be don. That and the new fairythemed bedroom for daughter who wants her own stamp opn the nursery… So my office might end up pink because that is the paint I have left ;)
    .-= mijk´s last blog ..Im Deutsche Wald =-.

  • Reply Victoria @ DesignTies November 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I have so many rooms on the go that I’m constantly thinking about what I want and where I want to put it. One of the rooms we’re renovating in the basement will eventually be my home office… and I can hardly contain myself with excitement at having a dedicated space! So I can totally relate to what you’re thinking/feeling. Fun post!
    Victoria @ DesignTies
    .-= Victoria @ DesignTies´s last blog ..Celebration Time!! =-.

  • Reply honey living November 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    where to begin – so many things to say.

    first, i am so with you on WANTS. i don’t know about you, but i totally find that sometimes i am more “wantful” than others and i have to reel it in while other times i feel pretty content.

    as far as the accent wall – i am also considering a wallpaper accent wall. i don’t like paint accent walls because i feel like it’s such a sharp contrast when the two colors meet at the corner and is just hard in a way i don’t like, but i have been thinking that wallpaper wouldn’t strike me that way.

    i know how you feel about moving – we’ve just been through a move and even with everything going smoothly it is still such an upheaval! to get settled and organized, i have been lost in the container store website dreaming of closets!

    can’t wait to see your new space!
    .-= honey living´s last blog ..color your world =-.

    • Reply decor8 November 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      honey living – that is such a good point about the walls meeting and the colors being such a sharp contrast. Yes, that’s true for me too now that I think about it. With wallpaper it is different isn’t it when it comes to that because if you select a paper that has the color of your other 3 walls then it all is pretty seamless don’t you think? Great point….

  • Reply blue bicicletta November 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Gorgeous office spaces! I dream of having my own studio–for now I share an office with my husband. Oh, how I love all of the counter space, storage space, and in general space in those rooms above! That set of wooden cubbies with the photos is so cool! I’ve often dreamed of having an old wooden card catalog.
    .-= blue bicicletta´s last blog ..Top Secret: a book =-.

  • Reply a fanciful twist November 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Miss Holly,

    Love these. I was using my dining table area for a little office myself for longer than I would like to say. All while turning a canning facility on our country property into a little office for me. I am so in love with my own space to sip coffee in and do computer things. I never knew it could be so much fun. I put a little sitting area in my office and a packaging station, and I am in office whirls of bliss. I think I will work on more organizing yet keeping it simple tactics for the future, as my space evolves. I love an organized space and that first shot is wonderful too.

    Your blog has been a place I have loved to visit in the past months, you always share such delicious slices of eye candy!

  • Reply Ashling November 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Hope you have a good time in IKEA. Those work spaces are so beautiful and bright, the perfect place for inspiration and creative thought. As a planner I am constantly looking at the form and layout of houses, and all the while wishing I had my own, hopefully some day soon :) I hope you find your dream apartment and as the saying goes “If you can dream it you can do it”

    All things nice…
    .-= Ashling´s last blog ..Wonderful Woodland Walk =-.

  • Reply My Owl Barn November 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I have everything in my office I need, but I lust for that wall storage unit. It’s simply gorgeous! Have fun at Ikea, I was there last weekend and bought things which were no where on my list :)
    .-= My Owl Barn´s last blog ..Luxury by Fringe Studio =-.

  • Reply Genelle November 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    First of all, I love the organized workspace pictures! I’m envious! I’ve definately transformed my craft room but it’s still a mess (never got around to finding a home for everything after I put in the new workspace).

    I’m going to redecorate my master bedroom. I’ve been looking for affordable bedding (a big task!) and something that can handle a 90 lb. dog! Right now I have a duvet cover that I wash every week. A comforter can’t be thrown in the washer that much so I guess I’ll find another duvet. I’ve purchased pillow forms and will make covers as soon as I figure out the bedding.

    I’m going to repaint too. Looking at a cool gray color and hope to add a wide stripe of pale silvery, blue (almost translucent).

    I’ve look at some art on Etsy and think it will work in the attached bathroom. It’s hard to find just the right thing to hang on the wall in the bedroom. Maybe I should make something “quilt-y”… Hmmm

    Wish me luck! I’m indecisive so it will take awhile to transform the room…

    Genelle
    http://www.scrapbookcompleted.etsy.com
    http://www.scrapbookcompleted.blogspot.com
    .-= Genelle´s last blog ..Secret Passage Chipboard Album =-.

  • Reply Sophie Isobel Designs November 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Oh my! This is so beautiful, I just want it all! Want an amazing was to organise and display everything. This post has made my day!

  • Reply juliette November 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I’m trying to figure out my office. I’m having a hard time committing to where I want stuff hung on the walls: pictures, shelving, etc…putting holes in the walls here is such a permanent mess!
    .-= juliette´s last blog ..Mixing yarn with ‘shrooms: twisty =-.

  • Reply cristin @ simplified bee November 16, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I want that wall cubby too!!!

    xo,
    cristin
    .-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..2010 Goal Setting, Getting Organized and Buttoned Up GIVEAWAY =-.

  • Reply Pink Lemonade November 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I’d love a wrapping station such as the one above but my top priority is a glamorous dressing room!!
    .-= Pink Lemonade´s last blog ..Upcoming Shopping Event: Harricana =-.

  • Reply think pink November 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I love the second picture, I would like an office like that, but with a little more pink in it;)
    .-= think pink´s last blog ..Nice try, mum =-.

  • Reply Nem November 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t really know Pottery Barn but it seems to be lovely! I’m pretty desperate for this compact desk solution from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/10139134. I don’t have much space in my house (even though it’s huge I live with my parents, grandfather, husband and daughter) so it’s ideal and very cute too. (^_^)
    .-= Nem´s last blog ..Etsy Seller: New Fashioned Whispers =-.

  • Reply Alice at SimplyTheNest November 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    After a stressful move into our current house I have also decided I am Never Moving Again. Even though my husband and I live in a little two-bed. We figure that if we ever need more space, we’ll put up a teepee in the back garden :-)

    Oh, and having seen these lovely photos, I have decided I want one of those wooden cubby holes for my home office to display holiday pics!

    Have fun in Ikea – I usually come home from an Ikea-trip laden down with random wicker baskets and vases that I didn’t actually intend to buy :-)
    .-= Alice at SimplyTheNest´s last blog ..A Sunday Morning Tour Of Our Neighbourhood =-.

  • Reply Olivia November 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I love PB too! I’m moving into a new apartment next month and I’m constantly on the lookout for some new decorations. Like you- I don’t have an actual office area at home- I could definitely use some cute shelving to get organized!

  • Reply roysie November 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I’m looking to redecorate my study. Right now it is a mess! I always come to your blog for inspiration. Love the pictures from today!
    .-= roysie´s last blog ..The days will be good =-.

  • Reply Veronica TM November 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    love the shelf in the second photo! i dream with a studio, maybe in the back of my house, where i can sew and craft, something warm, with windows overlooking the garden…some day.
    .-= Veronica TM´s last blog ..pasado imperfecto =-.

  • Reply Brent November 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I feel like Pottery Barn hasn’t changed anything they do or sell in 15 years.

    It seems a little “vanilla.” Stale and boring. Sorry.

    • Reply decor8 November 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

      Brent – Hey sweetie. Man I’ve missed you!!! Yeah, I agree as a whole, their look is very vanilla. I guess I should have clarified that I meant specific pieces but certainly not all together for a catalog-inspired room.

  • Reply Anna November 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I love office organizing! My craft corner is a little neglected, but I’ve been really loving looking at kitchen items. Now that it’s the holiday season, I’d love to have a big kitchen and dining room to entertain lots of family!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..DIY wall art =-.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente November 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Oh, yes….i always have a wish list…..sigh. Actually, because of lovely Leslie, I am wishing to decorate my guest room in turquoise and persimmon! :) I already have the turquoise lamps…now I just have to try to tie everything else together. :) Oh, listen! I covet lots of lovely things from pottery barn and these office supplies/furniture are divine. They really speak to my organized nature! It was lovely to see your sweet face over on ML today! Made my day! :) Hope you had a lovely monday my dear!
    xo
    Melis
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..please welcome…. =-.

  • Reply Debbie November 16, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I too love PB. I live about 80 miles from the nearest store. A couple years ago, I discovered the outlet where I purchased the project table in the picture. It was scratch & dent and I paid a fraction of the original. I have enjoyed it, but, it is huge! At least for the bedroom I put it in. Didn’t look that big in the picture or when I got it home. Very versatile though. I can take it apart & move the bookshelves to different rooms. I’ve had my eye on a PB Greenwich sofa for my small home. Chelsea mentioned buying cheaper, but I believe, in the end, you get what you pay for, and I too am willing to wait until I can afford what I want. I’ve bought cheaper in the past only to end up not happy with it, wishing I had gotten what I wanted in the first place. I’m chooiser(?) now.

  • Reply Beach Vintage November 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I love that little shadow boxed filled with teeny photo memories.
    .-= Beach Vintage´s last blog ..Grab Your Bread ~ {Bin} =-.

  • Reply Julie November 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Oh great, now I have organized office lust! Thanks for sharing these, I am halfway through organizing my office/shipping room and I needed more inspiration.

  • Reply Manette November 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I own the PB corner desk unit (in black) plus the matching desk with hutch for my husband and just love them. We turned one of our bedrooms into an office a few years ago. It has two large windows with great sunlight. Now working on re-doing my small master bedroom – looking for good ideas and love this post. Going from antiques and dark woods to clean, modern with vintage touch, white, blue/grey and orange and a padded headboard. Thanks for all the inspiration…
    .-= Manette´s last blog ..Perfect Harmony Sea Glass Pottery Necklace =-.

  • Reply The Office Stylist November 17, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Though I do love Pottery Barn, I think you can get very similar items and furniture at a fraction of the cost from Ikea + Target. It’s important to have an office or workspace that truly inspires you, and for me it’s not something that is right out of a catalog.

    Holly, I know what you mean about your recent office obsession….the supplies are tough to resist!

    Great post,

    The Office Stylist

  • Reply Jacqueline November 17, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I really adore the white storage and that lovely work space! Thanks for sharing this because i am also looking into such inspiration! Have a lovely merry happy week and day!
    .-= Jacqueline´s last blog ..Swimming in the fish bowl =-.

  • Reply theaxx November 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

    hahaha, great title. I’m afraid I have similar lust issues. It’s getting pretty bad, I may have to go to therapy to work it through a little… sigh. or look at the catalog again… just one more time…

    thea.
    xx
    .-= theaxx´s last blog ..May, with the greatest amount of pleasure & a huge… =-.

  • Reply Lydia, Clueless Crafter November 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I would love a studio where I could play around with craft, make a mess, not bug the husband in our chic, yet smallish nyc walkthrough apartment – a place to have unadulterated fun basically.

    I never really thought of PB as a go-to for organizing. I am totally addicted to The Container Store. Whenever I’m down by Union Square, I pop in for a visit, finding myself there for more like an extended vacation.
    .-= Lydia, Clueless Crafter´s last blog ..What-if Fridays =-.

  • Reply ljcadv November 17, 2009 at 10:51 am

    that wall cubby unit is on my list! has been since i saw it a few months ago. Major swoon! My hubby built me the bedford craft table that you have on your list too. Only cost about $200 to build instead of the $1000+ that they sell it for! I love it!!!!!
    .-= ljcadv´s last blog ..{Do you Wist?} =-.

  • Reply JTay November 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I try to remain patient in the waiting for my dream house by reminding myself that the planning and designing is awfully fun, and hopefully by the time I have that dream house I will have the plan just right!

    My husband and I are hoping to build a house out at the family farm, and I would be happy with a corner bedroom of the basement for a sewing room… but if we’re really dreaming, then I have a gorgeous art studio in a loft above the garage! It has big dormer windows that let in light from the North and South. It is awash in white, and I also toy with the idea of a feature wall – maybe in a vibrant apple green or a deep rusty orange… something that my husband would hate having in the house! :) I’d have a drawing desk for drawing and painting, sitting in a window. It would have an inspiration board, and drawers full of paper, canvases, paints, and coloured pencils. In another area I’d have a large sewing table with a big armoire to hold my buckets of fabric , an ironing board, and shelves for ribbons, buttons, and all those goodies . On the far end there is a pottery wheel and a small kiln room, and counter space with a big industrial sink… But that’s if I’m really dreaming!

  • Reply Alissa November 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I would LOVE that wrapping paper center! But I would really love a house with room for a wrapping paper center!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..H is for… Housewares =-.

  • Reply Richa November 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    A bright and airy workspace is just what I would love to have. My dream house (with my home office) is still a distant dream. But I think, like you I should also start planning the decor right away.

    Then I will know exactly what I want when I finally get there.
    .-= Richa´s last blog ..Nov 16, Stock up on Toys from Target.com =-.

  • Reply Justina Blakeney November 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I too work from a home office and have got a serious “office bug” at the moment, as I work from a tiny kitchen table in my little LA apartment. As a full time freelancer that works in graphic arts and crafting, I am so sick of switching out computers for sewing machines everyday.
    It’s a tough balance to decide when is the right time to make the big move huh? I’m so glad I’m not alone in the matter. Love these images– thanks for sharing, and inspiring, as usual!
    -Justina
    .-= Justina Blakeney´s last blog ..Just for Fashion shows in Mexico! =-.

  • Reply jess November 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    does anyone know where i could find those metal letters (the ampersand and the x)? i looked on the PB site and couldn’t find them… thanks so much!
    .-= jess´s last blog ..Published at The Knot =-.

  • Reply jess November 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    does anyone know where i could find those metal letters (the ampersand and the x)? i looked on the PB site and couldn’t find them… thanks so much!
    .-= jess´s last blog ..Published at The Knot =-.

  • Reply laura November 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    i love your blog, and your thoughts. i totally know what you mean about the wants. first i want this, and then once you get it, you’re (or at least i’m) on to the next thing. and so yes, for whatever crazy reason i care about people reading my blog (a friend called it being reader greedy), and then of course there’s the obsession over the home office space. we live in brooklyn and for a family of 4 our apartment’s a little cozy. we’re making the kids share a room so my husband and i can share an office, and boy are there rules! so that we can coexist. he loves to pile, in public, and i love organization, cubbies, things. so someday, when i dream, we will have a home with an office for me and one for him and then i can organize away in my own neat freak space! l.
    .-= laura´s last blog ..stumptown coffee: freshly roasted beans, hip baristas on broadway =-.

  • Reply Cajeta November 18, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I worked at Pottery Barn while i was in high school, so I’m not at all interested in buying anything from the store. It may look good because of the way they have everything placed in the catalogs/stores, but the quality isn’t there — it’s all marketing.

  • Reply bonbon oiseau November 18, 2009 at 5:20 am

    hey i hear ya! just having remodeled (so to speak) the office/studio myself with those pottery barn catalogs as inspiration..who knew it would come to that. I actually made that work station using 4 (for mine and my assistant’s) ikea expedit (the 4 cubby hole version) and a plank of polyurethaned plywood from the depot and it looks pretty good! Very versatile!

  • Reply Frau Mayer November 18, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Right now I’m dreaming of a flat which would have more than one room in it so that I don’t need to look at the piles and piles and piles and piles of books out of my bed. I’d have a walk-in closet and I’ declutter my basement and and and… Oh, the dreams!
    And, of course, those mushroom posters would be the first to move in!
    I’m also dreaming of a much softer color scheme for my next place, pretty tired of living with walls that are a bit too bright for my nerves :)

  • Reply Karen November 19, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The Pottery Barn “Bedford” set is pretty (and on sale, too, apparently). But I agree with The Office Stylist above, there are cheaper alternatives out there. Most of the furniture in my studio is from Target; since that photo was taken, I’ve moved my “Embellishment Center” (IMHO a better alternative for sewing supplies than the Pottery Barn “Wall-Mounted Craft Organizer” for about a quarter of the price) to the wall above my sewing machine.Another storage area uses a set of stacking Closetmaid units. Hoping to save up enough to get a desk for my computer area one of these days — right now, I use a hand-me-down kitchen table, which is okay for a surface, not so great for organizing papers and stuff.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Livery =-.

    • Reply decor8 November 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Karen thank you for that GREAT link to the Embellishment Center on Amazon — the price is great for that and I’m sure lots of readers looking to organize their home office will really like it. :)

  • Reply Answaki November 24, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Hi Holly
    I just love reading your blog, It is so inspiring. I recently started working from home (i design stationery) but I am struggling to get everything in order, to focus and get centered in my work. (I live in South Africa.)
    Sometimes I feel as if I wont be able to do this….a bit scary for me. I need structure more than I thought. I loved that post that you did a while back, where you said…”be a small giant” and “dont force any creative process”. I think that is so true, I am certainly going to apply it in my life.

    Anyway…keep up the stunning posts.
    Answaki

  • Reply mary November 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Holly,

    You can get that EXACT same bench from ikea in a white cotton duck.

    I love it!

    mary

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