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DESIGN YOUR DREAM WORKSPACE ON A MINIMAL BUDGET


By: Jenna Murillo 
Owner of Workspacery

Never underestimate the impact of your environment. How and what we surround ourselves with has a massive influence on our behaviors, and when it comes to the workspace, this includes our happiness, inspiration, and productivity.

We sit down at our desk or workspace to create, collaborate, connect, curate, and so much more. Creating a space that inspires action, focus, and joy means you’ll be much more likely to do your best work in that space and in that moment — and along with your work, you’ll be putting your best self out into the world. With the increasing amount of work that is done behind a computer screen, this is absolutely vital.

Creating a workspace that does all of this for you, a space that inspires and energizes you, encourages positive interactions and quality work isn’t as difficult — or expensive — as you may think. A minimal budget and a little creativity can help you create the space you’ve always dreamt of.

Your desk is the base of your workspace, so focusing on elevating this item will directly affect the rest of your space and have the biggest impact. If your current desk just needs a little love, consider painting or staining it to achieve a color you LOVE. Or, cover it in contact paper or adhesive wallpaper to achieve a slightly different look.

If your desk is past the point of help or you just want to start fresh, go online and look at thrift stores. You can find great deals on desks through IKEA, Wayfair, Amazon, and others. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and look at small dining tables, as well. Check out the “slightly damaged” section of stores in your search. Creating a beautiful workspace isn’t about having the fanciest desk; it’s about starting with a simple base you love — you can never go wrong with simplicity — and building your space from there.

01. UPGRADE A DULL DESK


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Jenna Murillo Owner Of Workspacery

02. PUT THOSE OLD BOOKS TO USE

Who else here has a serious coffee table book obsession? (Slowly raises both hands.) Lately, I’ve been running out of coffee table and bookshelf space, and I’ve started incorporating them into my workspace, instead! Remember that rule about your computer height sitting directly across from you, not too high, not too low? Most computers will naturally need a boost, and stacking it on top of a few coffee table books is a perfect way to give your screen some height while incorporating color and decor into your space.

Use varied sizes of books for elevating other items as well. Experiment with keeping the book jackets on vs. removing them for a different look and color palette. Or, take a cue from Joanna Gaines and turn the books around so the pages are facing you — this creates a more uniform look so you can worry less about the color of the spine.

No pretty books on hand that you love? Hop over to your nearest thrift store to grab a few from their book section; I often find coffee table books there that I love for the design alone. For $1-$2 a book, you can’t beat this creative styling solution.

03. CREATE FUNCTIONAL “STATIONS”

As much as I love a beautiful workspace, one that is both pretty AND functional is the magic combination to creating a space designed for both inspiration and productivity. Think about the type of work you do and the tools that you use on a daily and weekly basis. Are you constantly needing to sketch ideas or take notes? Is your planner an integral part of your workday? Do you need easy access to headphones or a tablet?

Before you dive into filling your space with pretty decor pieces, build stations into your workspace that give you easy access to the tools that help you work productively and efficiently. Group coordinating items together so you’re not reaching all over, opening all the drawers to get set up for one task. Creating functional stations in your workspace will set you up for success each and every day.

04. ADD SOME LIFE AND TEXTURE

Now comes the fun part — let’s decorate! Fresh flowers or plants are a great way to add life and texture to your space. If you have a black thumb like me, don’t be afraid to grab some pretty faux blooms from your nearest craft store; they may not give off the same aroma, but they still offer a beautiful way to add color to your desk.

Speaking of aroma, use candles and essential oils to incorporate an inspired scent. Citrus scents are great for concentration, lavender can help alleviate stress, and rosemary is commonly used for fighting fatigue.

05. INCORPORATE VISUAL INSPIRATION

Photography, artwork, quotes, and mantras are great ways to incorporate visual inspiration in your space; these items are also the ones I encourage you to update on a regular basis so you can stay newly inspired. The key here is to work in items that inspire YOU — not just something that looks cute for the ‘gram. A quote you live by or a photo that takes you to your happy place will have the best impact when it comes to visual inspiration.

Get creative by looking for artwork and prints in unique places. Gift bags, wrapping paper, old wall calendars, and magazine pages are all great sources for pretty artwork in your space. Or, purchase a digital print you love on Etsy and have it printed at your local print shop. Explain how the print is being used, and they’ll happily suggest the best low-cost paper option for you that will still produce beautiful results.

Designing a workspace you LOVE doesn’t have to be a complex, expensive process. A few simple, creative upgrades will help you create an intentional space designed to encourage happier and more productive work days. Stay inspired, friends!

Design Your Dream Workspace on a Minimal Budget

By: Jenna Murillo
Owner of Workspacery

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Never underestimate the impact of your environment. How and what we surround ourselves with has a massive influence on our behaviors, and when it comes to the workspace, this includes our happiness, inspiration, and productivity.

We sit down at our desk or workspace to create, collaborate, connect, curate, and so much more. Creating a space that inspires action, focus, and joy means you’ll be much more likely to do your best work in that space and in that moment — and along with your work, you’ll be putting your best self out into the world. With the increasing amount of work that is done behind a computer screen, this is absolutely vital.

Creating a workspace that does all of this for you, a space that inspires and energizes you, encourages positive interactions and quality work isn’t as difficult — or expensive — as you may think. A minimal budget and a little creativity can help you create the space you’ve always dreamt of.

Your desk is the base of your workspace, so focusing on elevating this item will directly affect the rest of your space and have the biggest impact. If your current desk just needs a little love, consider painting or staining it to achieve a color you LOVE. Or, cover it in contact paper or adhesive wallpaper to achieve a slightly different look.

If your desk is past the point of help or you just want to start fresh, go online and look at thrift stores. You can find great deals on desks through IKEA, Wayfair, Amazon, and others. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and look at small dining tables, as well. Check out the “slightly damaged” section of stores in your search. Creating a beautiful workspace isn’t about having the fanciest desk; it’s about starting with a simple base you love — you can never go wrong with simplicity — and building your space from there.

01. Upgrade a dull desk

02. Put those old books to use


As much as I love a beautiful workspace, one that is both pretty AND functional is the magic combination to creating a space designed for both inspiration and productivity. Think about the type of work you do and the tools that you use on a daily and weekly basis. Are you constantly needing to sketch ideas or take notes? Is your planner an integral part of your workday? Do you need easy access to headphones or a tablet?

Before you dive into filling your space with pretty decor pieces, build stations into your workspace that give you easy access to the tools that help you work productively and efficiently. Group coordinating items together so you’re not reaching all over, opening all the drawers to get set up for one task. Creating functional stations in your workspace will set you up for success each and every day.

Who else here has a serious coffee table book obsession? (Slowly raises both hands.) Lately, I’ve been running out of coffee table and bookshelf space, and I’ve started incorporating them into my workspace, instead! Remember that rule about your computer height sitting directly across from you, not too high, not too low? Most computers will naturally need a boost, and stacking it on top of a few coffee table books is a perfect way to give your screen some height while incorporating color and decor into your space.

Use varied sizes of books for elevating other items as well. Experiment with keeping the book jackets on vs. removing them for a different look and color palette. Or, take a cue from Joanna Gaines and turn the books around so the pages are facing you — this creates a more uniform look so you can worry less about the color of the spine.

No pretty books on hand that you love? Hop over to your nearest thrift store to grab a few from their book section; I often find coffee table books there that I love for the design alone. For $1-$2 a book, you can’t beat this creative styling solution.


03. Create functional “stations”


04. Add some life and texture


Photography, artwork, quotes, and mantras are great ways to incorporate visual inspiration in your space; these items are also the ones I encourage you to update on a regular basis so you can stay newly inspired. The key here is to work in items that inspire YOU — not just something that looks cute for the ‘gram. A quote you live by or a photo that takes you to your happy place will have the best impact when it comes to visual inspiration.

Get creative by looking for artwork and prints in unique places. Gift bags, wrapping paper, old wall calendars, and magazine pages are all great sources for pretty artwork in your space. Or, purchase a digital print you love on Etsy and have it printed at your local print shop. Explain how the print is being used, and they’ll happily suggest the best low-cost paper option for you that will still produce beautiful results.

Designing a workspace you LOVE doesn’t have to be a complex, expensive process. A few simple, creative upgrades will help you create an intentional space designed to encourage happier and more productive work days. Stay inspired, friends!

Written By:
Jenna Murillo
Owner of WorkSpacery

MID-ISSUE VIBES

Now comes the fun part — let’s decorate! Fresh flowers or plants are a great way to add life and texture to your space. If you have a black thumb like me, don’t be afraid to grab some pretty faux blooms from your nearest craft store; they may not give off the same aroma, but they still offer a beautiful way to add color to your desk.

Speaking of aroma, use candles and essential oils to incorporate an inspired scent. Citrus scents are great for concentration, lavender can help alleviate stress, and rosemary is commonly used for fighting fatigue.

05. Incorporate visual inspiration


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