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Most interior designers have that one project that started it all. Some have glamorous stories such as: decorating a rich neighbor’s pool house, remodeling a jet-setter’s pied-a-terre in Paris, and/or scouring the globe for a rich collector’s much-desired rare finds. Mine involved stealing cat-pee-covered country-style side tables from curbs in Tallahassee. Of course, by the time I sanded them with the roughest grit possible, hand-painted them canary yellow, then gave them a glossy finish with spray lacquer, they looked amazing. Am I bitter? No. In fact, I look forward to the hype of back to school this-and-that to see what I can find that’s affordable for champagne-taste-on-a-beer-budget students. As the back-to-school season is in full effect, I scoured the interwebbies to find some excellent pieces to make humdrum study spaces a bit more fun. From a designer pen to a do-it-yourself organizer, here are five great pieces for your own study space which won’t break the bank but possibly look like they did. And you won’t even have to deal with cat pee, such a deal!
Russel and Hazel FoldersWhat’s exciting about opening a 3″ ring binder packed with reports and homework assignments? Absolutely nothing. Enter Russell + Hazel. Their translucent Yummy Folder Set sports graphic delectables sure to distract students from the grueling academic tasks at hand, at least for a moment, before hitting the books.

Jonathan Adler Chevron Ink Pens - HGTV design blog

Leave it to Jonathan Adler to make something as uninteresting as a basic pen insanely fun. His Chevron ink pens are as chic as any of his furniture pieces, art or lighting. Considering you can’t scribble notes or write a thank you letter with a chair or a chandelier, these writing utensils are the perfect justification for those who cannot afford big ticket Jonathan Adler items to splurge on his desktop products.

White Student Desk

Quite a few major retail chains have made a killing selling their versions of the basic parsons desk. Well, since the look is super basic and they all pretty much look the same, what’s the sense in shelling out $300 to $500 bucks when Overstock has something just as great for only $135.99? Well, of course, if you’re the type that enjoys throwing money away for absolutely no reason, I’m sure that’s fine. But since 99% of students are two bags of Ramen noodles away from starvation, I’m sure saving an extra $164.01 is rather helpful.

DIY Phone Book Organizer

Who the hell needs a damn phone book these days, right? Googling a number is 100 times faster and the Interwebs are much more regularly updated. Well, if you’re in need of a desk organizer and you enjoy taking care of our planet, take a look at this clever DIY project at Curbly which puts those Jurassic books to good use. (Plus, you just saved money you can put towards this beauty from Emeco.)

Navy Chair

Okay, so I’m an interior designer, right? This may or may not imply that I sometimes favor the way things look over how comfy they are. For example: my office packed with aluminum Navy Chairs from Emeco. Well, this iconic chair now has a more comfortable sibling, the 111 Navy Chair. It’s made up of 111 recycled plastic bottles and is way less harsh than its metal lookalike. Available in gray, green, red, orange, black and white, there’s certain to be one which gels well with your study space decor.

Anyone find anything else super duper awesome on this here information superhighway that young minds with humdrum study spaces should be aware of?

Tell me in the comments below.

11 Responses

  1. Sarah Wise says:

    The chairs are great, but I'm not sure about the sharp corners on the desk. Good price though… I like this one, also available in white: http://www.deskshowcase.com/IVG2/Y/ProductID-2037

  2. I want one of those chairs! They're awesome!!! I also like the basic parsons desk – it's simple and inexpensive, and would be perfect for a dorm room.

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  4. CplusE says:

    Designing a budget-friendly study space — what fun! I like this quirky but stylish Skyline Desk Organizer:


    If you are tired of boring paper clips, try some of these deer-shaped ones instead:


    And why not annoy the heck out of your teachers by stapling papers together with nonsmiling smiley faces:


    This trestle desk from Target is inexpensive and has roomy storage shelves, useful for those who are stackers rather than filers:


    I love the fact that this adjustable swivel desk chair comes in pink or blue microfiber as well as the boringly ubiquitous black vinyl:


    If you are looking for a truly unique desk lamp and don't mind a bit of fussy adjustment, then perhaps this robot-shaped lamp is for you:


    How I wish all of these items had been so easily accessible when I was a student!

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    I would appreciate it if you would not use words like h-ll and d–n ( about the organizer). I consider this website to be a safe website for children. Let's use a better choice next time, please. Thanks.

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