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Making Small Offices Beautiful

This week I wanted to revisit offices and share a few more ideas on storage and accessories for any size workplace. From desk areas integrated into other rooms to offices housed in converted closets, a gorgeous, efficient workspace doesn’t always have to be spacious! Designing a home office is all about making the most out of the space you have and bringing in your own personal style.

Love this idea from House BeautifulThere are actually two functional work surfaces – the large desk and the white shelving behind. Plenty of storage space! You can close off the second one with drapes for a softer, less cluttered look. This person is so organized though…you would never want to hide the artwork or beautifully stacked books on the shelves.

Hidden behind closed doors, this closet office from Elle Decor utilizes every inch of the space. The shelving provides plenty of storage, and the bright magazine butlers and using walls for message boards  keeps it fun and organized!

Here’s another converted closet! Love love love using the insided of the doors for pinboards - a great space saving idea! The mirror adds a more spacious feel and hanging it higher is smart.  I don't think I could look at myself all day when working-haha

Niches are perfect places to create home offices. Tucked away and private feeling this one has it all with its double work surface, drawers, storage, a window and beams!! I really woulnt mind the pretty purse as well.

Another niche example and another wonderful handbag, the arch and window really make this space beautiful! Adding home accessories to offices, like the two lamps and flowers here, adds the homey element to home office. 

About the size of a closet, this cozy office incorporates a reading nook. Although I would need to exchange the accessories for work supplies, the pillows and collage of framed art makes this space a fun décor element to the room!!

This office has the one thing I love and need most in a workspace – storage! – and a lot of it! Baskets and magazine butlers are a great way to hold large, oversized pieces or rolls of paper or binders while still being pretty.



I almost bought one of these vintage mail sorter desks for my office but thought the chair may not be comfortable enough. Love the industrial chic look they add to a room!! 

  To incorporate an office in a multipurpose room, skirting the desk gives it a slip cover feel. You could hide filing cabinets, a CPU or other less attractive items underneath!

I love this skirted desk as well!  So smart that the linen matches the less attractive functional desk behind. It then just blends in!  I found this one on Heirloom Philosophy.


Brilliant!!  An office under the stairs!!  Tucked away and beautiful the art and acessories really create a charming addition to the room.

Kitchens are the heart of the home, so they’re great spaces for study areas. The pretty framed art in the center really incorporates this area into the room. 

This lovely French-inspired built-in desk area is so nicely integrated with the bedroom. Adding decorative moldings to built-in elements really gives them a custom furniture feel.

This would be great for a kids’ homework area!!! A bookcase converted into two desks – wonderful idea for storage and such a clever use of space.

Stunning! When lots of storage isn’t necessary, this combination of drapes, antique mirror and floating desk would look great in any bedroom or living area. I think I would love to do this in a guest room or if I had a fab closet as a dressing table.

I have always loved hand-painted paneling since I stayed in a boutique hotel in France which had it adorning it's walls. This painted detail frames the space creating the perfect framing for the art collage and desk--which I love the lucite legs of!!


Here is a more elaborate panel idea. The green hand-painted panel design, pulls the desk color and is a perfect way to keep a white space but add that fun pop of color!!

Who doesn't like Tiffany blue?  From Domino: The Book of Decorating-this office has lots of personality. From the Asian furnishings lacquered white, to the tree mural with fab black and white photography collection to the closet panels used as memo boards, this office would definitely be a wonderful destination.


This workspace in a Parisian apartment is a fun mix of patterns with the wallpapered wall and message boards. Just because an office has to be functional, doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty – adding lamps, artwork, chairs and accessories spruces up drab spaces and provides lots of style and character.

This home office gives that European flair-love the finishes on the furniture pieces here!!  Incorporating antiques into an office designs lends so much character to the stuffy office feel--this one makes me want to redo my office space!!  

Hope a few of these offices inspired you... If you'd like to see even more office ideas, check out my pinterest page!   I am headed off to the Dallas Market to buy for the store.  I have never been before so it will be so fun and I'm taking my daughter Kirby and right hand Segreto gal Karen with me.  I'll share with you what I found for next weeks blog!! ‘Til next week! xo Leslie

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Lovely examples. I am a form-over-function girl, so I like the one in the Paris apartment with two bergeres and a candelabra best of all.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

Just love the last image .... so beautiful....and I love how they incorporated a little bench next the the desk in another image....I will be pinning away...
Have fun at the Dallas Market!!!..I love the Dallas area!


You found some little gems! I love that Industrial desk set up too...would be great for an architect or contractor (like my husband!)

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercindy hattersley design

Thank you, Leslie! They are all beautiful. So many favourites....however, the one I think I can most picture myself in is the hidden away niche with the beams (and pretty purse). It gives the feeling of being tucked away and cosseted.

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Hi Leslie,

I have not seen many of these images and they are so amazing!
Of course I love many that include works of art; oh and I still want to find a comfortable white office chair at a great price!

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January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

I'm such a fan of small offices. They can be so chic as you have shown. I'm totally inspired!

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFashion-isha

Very inspiring small offices you have shared in here, I'm a fan! 3rd, 4th and 6th photo are I like the most. :)

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February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShiene L

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