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You guessed correctly if you chose option A. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn chose a soft gray Eames chair to anchor the brightly-colored wall and desk in this contemporary kid’s room.

Colorful Kid's Desk Area

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Chris is the winner of this month’s HGTV magazine and a West Elm portable planter. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

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I saw this sleek floating shelf/desk — the MAMBA by Victor Vasilev for MDF Italia — on Pinterest the other day, and it struck me as the fantastic version of the floating desk how-to that Kayla posted earlier. They’re both space-saving and do double-duty as desks or shelves, but MAMBA has a little extra oomph.

mamba desk

The lines are clean and the shape is definitely serpentine (could the name MAMBA come from the deadly snake?), plus there’s a lamp built right into the unit. Genius! If good looks could kill, the MAMBA would be the end of me.

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I’m swiftly making progress on my 2012 goals, how about you? I had a hair appointment yesterday, and went with the red color I talked about trying, so I can check that item off of my list. (For the record, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.) Next item on the list? Writing a novel. I didn’t jump on NaNoWriMo last November partially because I didn’t have a good writing space at home, and was dreaming of a gorgeous green desk. Now, I think I may have a new favorite dream setup. This John Reeves Design Aqueduct Desk:

aqueduct desk

It’s so visually strong and classic, isn’t it? (Naturally so, since his site describes the Aqueduct Collection as being “inspired by the tiered repetition found in iconic British and European Roman Aqueducts.”) And I could put all my inspirational books on the matching bookcase! While it’s fun to dream of having enough space or budget for these beauties right now, I think this is the year I will write that novel regardless of my surroundings.

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Can you believe it’s November? Every year I psych myself up to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for the initiated, but even though I start with the best of intentions, the month always gets away from me. I don’t blame it on my talent or general stick-to-itivness, of course. Clearly the problem is my lack of a functional writing space. A room of one’s own, if you will. Or at least a desk of one’s own. Like this breathtaking vintage leather top desk from 1stdibs.

green vintage desk

This classy-yet-sassy little number is a French piece from the 1970s that still has the original leather top and brass detail. It’s been lacquered a delicious kelly green, and is straight from a Beverly Hills estate. Quite a history, no? If this desk could talk! I’m certain the desk’s interesting pedigree would inspire me to write an equally interesting novel while sitting at it. Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Tell me in the comments! (Maybe we’ll all find writing buddies there.)

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If you’re going to spend most of your day at your desk, why not make the space as inviting as can be? I love the way that nailhead trim classes up a headboard, and it turns out that it’s equally good at jazzing up a bulletin board.

nailhead bulletin board

Designed by Courtney Hill Interiors, this little nook maximizes the small space, and that easy, chic addition to the bulletin board makes anything you’d pin there more elegant. Even if it’s only your epic To Do list.

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By now, you realize that Ken and I like things a bit… quirky.

DIY Office Desk Makeover- Erin Loechner

A smart DIY for an inspiring office.

Never the couple to leave a piece of store-bought furniture untouched, we’re big fans of customization in all forms — even when it’s not an entirely necessary upgrade.

DIY Office Desk Makeover- Erin Loechner

It's a perfectly good desk, right? Eh.

Take, for instance, our existing, run-of-the-mill office desk. It’s perfectly functional, but a bit… boring. And when you work from home, an office should be anything but boring. This weekend, Ken and I put our heads together to create a unique desk that we’d be proud to work at daily. Behold! We pulled it off:

DIY Office Desk Makeover- Erin Loechner

A vast improvement in our eyes.

Inspired by this quirky place setting placemat, we loved the idea of creating a silhouette-based illustration that would make us smile, while reminding us to keep our desk clean and tidy. With a designated spot for our phones, beverages, headphones and laptops, the desk leaves the rest to the imagination.
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If you had a Hollywood Regency style checklist to cross off, this little number from RoomService would hit all the marks: Glamorous, over the top (in a good way), and loaded with colorful lacquer.

aqua hollywood desk at room service store

The site says that the size and shade of the piece can be customized, but anything in the neighborhood of Tiffany blue fills me with a girlish glee, so I’d take it as is. The question isn’t whether or not to buy a piece like this, it’s whether to use it as a fanciful desk or a posh vanity.

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If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’re all big bibliophiles. (Being editors, it kinda comes with the territory.) So, naturally, we swoon over majestic bookshelves or clever uses for old hardbacks. At the risk of repeating ourselves, how cool is this stacked book desk we spotted on Design*Sponge the other day?

The post, which features stylish shots of a Brooklyn couple’s loft, gave this image the caption: “Daniel’s desk is an object of wonder that he created using old books (and a clever optical illusion).” We were already hooked by the look, but the added idea of an optical illusion mystery intrigued us. If the desktop is not actually balancing on the towers of tomes, how is it constructed? Are the books just placed carefully in front of the actual desk legs? Could the legs have thin shelves build into them, like the “invisible bookshelf” towers I have in my apartment do? (When filled to capacity, the shelves disappear between the books, so it looks like I have a massive game of Jenga on my hands if I want to read.) How do YOU think it works?

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I often feel like I have to have my home office (read: desk in the living room) be perfectly set up before I can get any work done.

wood office desk

I might be able to thwart my procrastination tactic with a double-wide beauty like this — or really, any of these cool workspaces. I’m especially fond of the partition that separates it from the living space; just enough privacy without being shut away from the rest of the house. Dying to know what they did with their computer wires. Any ideas?

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Wondering how to deal with the hard-to-hide cables and cords that accompany modern technology?

office cabinet

Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day shared her turquoise-tinged solution: a corner armoire turned home office space. She converted this used Ikea piece she found on Craigslist with some simple hardware and paint. (The color is Benjamin Moore’s Casco Bay.) A great solution for tucking away computer equipment and office supplies when they’re not in use.

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This week I took a last-minute trip to Washington DC to participate in a forum organized by the Department of Labor and booked a room at the W Hotel located hardly a block from the White House. Having traveled extensively in the last five years since I became a professional blogger, I’ve seen every sort of hotel room that exists, and once came face to face with a discarded condom wrapper underneath my pillow. Didn’t know it was physically possible, but I jumped like a cat and ended up hanging from the ceiling by my fingernails.

Last year when I was thirty-weeks pregnant I embarked on a three-week book tour visiting nine different cities and sleeping in nine different hotel rooms. And those rooms were all perfectly fine, some very nice and at times lovely. But you know when you’re watching a makeover show and a client sees her redecorated bedroom for the first time? And without fail she will say, “I feel like I’m in a boutique hotel room!”

She did not stay in the hotel rooms I stayed in.

Of course, she’s probably not thirty-weeks pregnant, either. That can affect your mood.

Until this week. Until I walked into this room, saw the decor and fell madly, deeply in love. It was everything I imagined my dream home would look like. From the eclectic mix of furniture in the sitting area (I love how they covered such a traditional, hard-edged chair in white leather and paired it with a soft suede, semi-circle couch):

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 We just moved into a newly redesigned office, but before the move we were working in the most boring corporate space you could imagine: white walls, gray cubes and lots of florescent lighting. When people used to come in to pitch a show, they’d be shocked by our office. Most people think that when they come to HGTV, they are going to walk into some beautifully decorated haven. After two years of working in such a bland space, I can personally attest to how important a well designed office space is. First and foremost, a well designed space will make your employees happier, it will show them that you value them and want them to enjoy their time at work. A happy employee is invaluable, OBVIOUSLY. Second, bringing a client into a dreary uninspired space will probably make your business seem a bit, well, dreary and uninspired. Your office space makes an impression before you do and my mom always said that the first impression is the one that lasts.

So without further ado, I present to you, dear HGTV Fan, my list of the top five most awesome, inspiring, all around bestest offices in the universe…

Welcome to The Redbull Headquarters…

Yes, that's a slide.
Pingpong Teleconference, anyone?
industrial chic!

 

 

 

Lego’s Development department…Can you say Dream Job!?!?
 
 
 
Welcome to the Googleplex, where you can get a haircut or a massage, bring your dog to work, go swimming or play pool or volleyball…All during work hours!
Pool anyone?

 

 
 
Here is Mind Lab, a government ministry…That round room is all white board for you to just go and write ideas on…How Cool!
 
 
 
Last, but certainly not least is Palota…They work in old shipping containers…So smart!

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