As I mentioned in this week's kickoff post, my favorite kind of home office evokes eccentric, glamour. Ideal for home offices where you don't do much more than use the Internet, this kind of space emphasizes rich colors, bold shapes and luxe surfaces.
Who does it best: Kelly Wearstler, Celerie Kemble, Alessandra Branca, Miles Redd, Jeffrey Bilhuber
Markers: A mix of modern, baroque and vintage furniture, mismatched textiles, deep jewel tones, rich pops of color, metallics, classic, kitschy, and sentimental art, piles of art books, bold prints, crystal and a fair amount of glitz.
Love the bold yellow, rows of books and ghost chair that keeps the look clean. Also love how the desk follows the yellow/white border on the shelves. (via Style Redux)
Alessandra Branca, Elle Decor
Kelly Wearstler: Two chairs can be better than one...
via Style Redux
Pamela Skaist Levy (unstyled version with computer appears below!)
So if you're in the mood to shop for this look, here are a few great styles for desks, lighting and accessories:
Clockwise: 1. Folio desk in coconut shell from Baker 2. Emily Desk from MaineCottage.com 3. Leather-topped La Boheme desk from Ralph Lauren Home. 4. Hepplewhite dressing table, 1stDibs.com (H/T House Beautiful)
Clockwise: 1. I love the idea of using a sconce to light a desk placed up against a wall. It's very chic, can be angled to meet the task at hand and frees up valuable desk space (Williams Sonoma Home), 2. and 5. Christopher Spitzmiller's divine ceramic lamps have a permanent spot my ultimate home wish list, but any richly colored gourd lamp can make a big impact on a desk. 3. I first discovered this corkboard lamp in Domino (the Loeffler Randall spread) and fell in love with this idea. You can pin brooches, photos, postcards and even magazine cutouts to this lamp for an instant inspiration board that isn't dependent on wall space. 4. Jonathan Adler is the master of quirk that never devolves into kitsch. This sun lamp is forever one of my favorites.
Clockwise, top to bottom: 1. and 7. I always try to keep a small dish or bowl by my desk to corral random supplies that would look messy otherwise like rubber bands, post-its, staples and erasers. (Anthropologie) 2. A truly glam desk needs a decadent desk accessory in gold. This elephant and monkey tape dispenser from Iomoi is the perfect example of function meets excess. (Iomoi). 3. I always keep a candle at my desk in the hopes it will bliss me out when I'm at my most stressed. I usually use a small scented candle, but I think a big, bold candlestick adds drama, height and visual interest. Bonus points for crystal candelabras. (Anthropologie). 4. and 6. I love the idea of using small vintage apothecary jars to hold smaller desk necessities like paperclips or thumb tacks. I also always use a decorative glass or tea cup to hold my pens. I find that, when done right, this can almost look like a bouquet. (Anthropologie [again] -- and seriously, can I get a commission? Sometimes I feel like I work for them with the amount of times I post about their products :) ) 5. If my last post, didn't make it clear enough, I am obsessed with a good notebook! (Archie Grand). 8. To complete the "bouquet" look referenced above, you might want to invest in gorgeous pencils, like these from Iomoi.
By the way, one of the best ways to get an ultra-unique desk like the ones above for cheap is to buy a desk with good bones at a flea market or garage sale and revamp it. Check out this post from In the Tweeds to get some inspiration on for your own DIY desk project.