Top 10 Design Bloggers’ Most Inspiring Offices
It’s safe to assume that design bloggers spend a good chunk of their days gazing at gorgeous interiors. With that said, it should come as no surprise that some of our favorite web-savvy writers, curators and designers have equally inspiring workspaces. Take a look through our roundup of beautiful blogger offices — you may just find yourself wanting to makeover your own home office, too!
Salt Lake City-based firm Studio McGee found a home base for their growing design business in a century-old downtown building. Benjamin Moore’s Super White (PM-1) transformed the dark, dated space into an airy office. “I feel most inspired in bright spaces,” says Shea on her blog. (She’s one half of the husband and wife duo behind Studio McGee).
In the Studio McGee office, a pin board from Pottery Barn is filled with fabric swatches and mounted on top of one of the building’s original brick walls.
Glossy white Ikea shelves were given a glam update with brushed brass hardware by the Studio McGee team. They also chose wire baskets to corral fabric samples at an arm’s reach.
When L.A.-based blog DesignLoveFest decided to expand their team, they moved their office into a loft with ample natural light. “I knew I wanted it to function as a workspace, but also as a studio for us to shoot blog content in,” says Bri Emery, the brains behind the successful design blog.
To keep the office makeover costs down, the team stapled canvas on the floor and layered rugs on top. “We are big fans of the West Elm white trays to keep our office organized and looking minimal. They are used inside our cabinets and on all of our desks,” they say in this blog post.
“We don’t spend all day boozin’ in the office but we are in the process of filling our celebratory cabinet with beverages,” jokes Bri. DesignLoveFest likes to keep their office filled with fresh blooms, and the copper fan is a must for keeping the loft cool in the summer months.
Brittni Mehlhoff started her blog Paper & Stitch in 2008 as a place to stash her design inspirations and it has since turned into her full time job. In her home office, the devoted DIYer painted the lower half of her walls in Valspar’s Warm Breezes (VR081D). “Next to my desk is my trash can. I may be completely crazy for this (haven’t decided), but I found that fire hydrant basket at a local store, Paris on Ponce. And yes, I am using it as a trash can,” jokes Brittni on her blog.
Next to her desk, Brittni decided to create a mini inspiration board. “I found it easiest to just tape stuff right to the wall, instead of bothering with a cork board, clipboards, etc. But I also have a couple of nails to hang things I use everyday, like scissors and a ruler,” she says.
Brittni admits she had to be clever when it came to covering up a few oddly placed power outlets in her office. Adding smaller pieces of artwork seemed to be the perfect solution. “To finish the wall heading downstairs, I decided to create an abstract arrow that points to the artwork,” she says.
“I also hung up these pendant lamps that I’ve had for years. I haven’t had a place to put them up until now, and while they don’t give off a ton of light, they create a warm ambiance,” says Justina.
Joanna Goddard’s captivating lifestyle blog Cup of Jo is just as good as coffee in the morning to perk you up. With the help of gal pal stylist Emily Henderson and senior designer Samantha Gluck, she was able to squeeze a convenient little work station into her bedroom for when she works at home.
Joanna paired a vintage campaign-style desk from her old apartment with a circular lamp from Serena & Lily, vase from West Elm and acrylic tray from Katy Skeleton.
San Francisco-turned-L.A. blogger Victoria Smith painted the floors white in her eclectic home office, as documented on her popular blog SF Girl By Bay. “I’ve intentionally left the space pretty sparse — in part so I don’t constantly have to move furniture around like I did with my last home office,” she says on her blog.
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are the sisters and business partners behind the design blog A Beautiful Mess. With two creative minds at the helm alongside a group of talented employees, it’s no surprise that their headquarters are dripping with style. We especially love the teal green ceiling and mix of high and low pieces. (Target and Amazon are some of their go-tos for office decor).
The staff at A Beautiful Mess agree that every work area needs a coffee bar. “We have two non-coffee drinkers on staff, and I have no idea how they function. I would be such a zombie without my morning coffee!” says Emma.
The second part of the A Beautiful Mess office has an equally gutsy painted ceiling. “Probably my favorite feature in this room is the striped ceiling. It’s so fun!” says Emma.
Toronto-based interior designer Jacquelyn Clark started her blog Lark & Linen as a passion project in 2012. Years later the popular blog turned into her own full-fledged design business. In her home office, a graphic black and white wall, patterned blue rug and collection of personal photos set the scene for Jacquelyn to do her work.
Jacquelyn’s home office is nestled against one wall in her living room. When she needs to take a break she can relax on her dreamy grey couch, which she scored on Craigslist! You can see the rest of Jacquelyn’s rental apartment on H&H TV.
Erin Hiemstra started her design blog Apartment 34 in San Francisco back in 2007. In her home office, a mid-century modern desk sits in front of a nice big window. “It’s just big enough to hold my computer and that’s all I really need. Sure, I loved all my gorgeous office accessories, but really, when is the last time you used a stapler – even if it is an acrylic one?!” jokes Erin.
When she was designing the space, Erin knew she needed it to work for her son Carter, too. Converting a bedroom into an office complete with a sofa and plush carpeting was the answer. Picture rails make a handy magazine rack and offer a place for personal photos.
In a quaint 1920s farmhouse in Holland’s small picture-perfect village of Zuiderwoude, Danielle de Lange runs her own blog and boutique. Danielle’s online store, Le Souk, is stocked with handmade jewelry and wares, but she’s also got a blog to boot. Her home office houses a second-hand Moooi desk, colorful kilim rug and vibrant artwork. For a peek into the homes of some of the world’s top online sellers (including more of Danielle’s) check out the book Chic Boutiquers At Home.