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Creating a Workspace that Inspires Creativity

February 10, 2016

I’m one of those people who goes big and refuses to go home. Which is usually a great quality until I look around and realize that my apartment floor is impossible to see under the various boxes, clothes, or books that I’ve strewn around as I’m decorating or rearranging rooms to achieve that perfect aesthetic.

So I’ve found it important ever since college to have a workspace that’s separate from the craze of everyday life, a space that helps to stimulate the creative energies and helps me focus on what I’m working on. A tidy and clean desk helps me to similarly clear my mind and, because I reserve this space specifically for writing, I know that when I sit down it’s time to get down to business and not to be distracted by what’s new on my Instagram feed or whether to hang my new Warhol prints in my bedroom or living room.

Luckily those at WeWork understand the need for creative spaces and because of that offer shared office spaces all over the world (I’m not kidding, they’re everywhere!), so that whether you’re an entrepreneur, start up, or large company, you can reach your potential.

While blogging is not my full-time job, I am very passionate about writing and I’ve been a fanatic about photography ever since I worked for a photographer in high school. Which means that I spend most days when I’m not diving headlong into corporate America, looking all around me for inspiration and lugging my camera everywhere with me.

My desk, at any point in time, holds everything that I need to let the creative juices flow. These include my laptop, random notebooks that I’ve jotted ideas in, my camera, flowers, coffee mugs, mittens (I never know when inspiration strikes and I’ll be running out into the snow!), samples that I’m writing about, and pictures of friends and family. And to be honest, the only thing that I find myself lusting after is a white desk. I don’t know about y’all but I love the look and feel of a chic white desk and every time I see another blogger post a picture of her workspace I feel insanely jealous!

Do you guys have a creative workspace where you work? I’d love to hear what you’re dream workspace would look like!

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  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Wonderful!

    Florals&Smiles

  • SWEETIE TULIP

    My creative workspace is my bedroom…a tiny tiny one to be precise…with a white desk;), my computer, pens, pencils, colours, notebooks, magazines, some of my favourite pictures with friends and family, a candle and last but not least my favourite cup of boiling tea…
    xxx
    Martina
    http://sweetietulip88.blogspot.it/

    • I’m so jealous of your white desk! A cup of tea and a candle really help me get into the writing mood as well!

  • I’ve set up my creative workspace in my bedroom. I got a big desk where I can fit all the essential tools and a nice lamp for good lighting. I think the key to creating a creative workspace is good lighting and of course having a comfortable spot to work without interruptions. Great tips!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • Thanks! Getting confortable is so important when sitting down to get business done!

  • Christine

    Thanks for sharing! I tend to work from the coffee shop down the street when I am not at home xx

    • I used to get work done in the local coffee shop on campus when I was in college. I always loved the atmosphere!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Awesome post girl. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I love filling my work space with all things happy!! A good planner and a cute coffee cup are musts!!

    • I’ve started collecting cute coffee/tea mugs and I love curling up with them while writing a post or reading a book!

  • I don’t have my own space devoted to blogging. I’d love that. I do love having a good cup of tea!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • I’m the same exact way! Having my own “blogging space” helps me focus on what’s at hand!

  • Biana Perez

    This is so great!! I definitely need a more creative home workspace – since it’s not really a designated space it can be hard! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • Thanks! I didn’t really have a designated space before I moved into my current apartment but I love having my desk to write at!

  • First of all, I just have to say that your first paragraph pretty much describes me to a T! Ha, it made me laugh!! I’m really glad I’m not the only one…
    Also, I love having a good workspace, and I am one of the lucky ones with a beautiful white desk… however, my boyfriend usually has his stuff alllll over it! My must-have’s though are definitely notebooks galore. I love a good notebook or daytimer, I have multiples all around my house for whenever some inspiration strikes!

    • Haha I never know what to do with my boyfriend’s things when he comes to visit! I have so many planners and notebooks!

  • Your phone case is so cute! I’m a notebook/planner junkie (I use too many at once, it’s probably counter-productive haha). Inspiration can strike anywhere so a small one in my purse is ideal. I work at a corporate job, too, so I can completely relate. Bringing your camera everywhere is a great idea.

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com/

    • And even if I forget my camera, I always have my phone ready in case inspiration strikes! I’ve been probably a little too obsessed with planners since high school, so I have a physical one on my desk and then one on my phone to keep track of posts and appointments!

  • Cute photo! I definitely do have a space where I can get creative!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    • I feel like it’s so important to have a creative space! Otherwise I would probably end up taking a nap in bed haha

  • Ever since I got a home office I became so much more productive. It’s my little creative corner! I wrote a post about it a while back: http://thewestcoastexplorer.me/2015/11/11/my-little-creativity-corner-styling-your-desk/

    XoXo,

    Tamara
    http://www.thewestcoastexplorer.com

    • Love your post! I also love my creative space because it’s a great excuse to buy cute homeware!

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    This is so true! I am way more productive now that I have one! I loved this post! Thanks so much for sharing, I hope you have a great day! Much love!

    XO JNESS

    jenessasheffield

    • Thank you so much! And I totally agree!! I feel like I just sit down in my little corner and I’m suddenly having idea after idea for new posts!

  • Edita Lozovska

    Totally agree – us creatives need to be surrounded by creativity – art, magazines, a beautiful view – we need to be inspired always!

    Edita

    http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk/

    • Art magazines are my absolute favorites!! I always make sure to have those and travel magazines in my apartment!

  • Molly Hogan

    Totally agree – I need a good space to work in order to be productive!!

    XO
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

    • I’m the exact same way! Plus it’s a good excuse to buy cute new homeware!

  • That is pretty cool.
    You are right that in order to be productive, everyone deserves a good office space.

    http://www.thebandwagonchic.com/

  • Great idea! What better way to inspire your creativity by surrounding yourself with creativity 🙂

    A great post 🙂

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net xo

    • I love how you phrased that! I totally agree with you!

  • Mary Kate

    Sadly, my full time job is in the corporate world, so not really a place for my creative juices can be let out- hopefully I can transition to blogging full time at some point though!

    Mary Kate
    http://www.mynewchicagolife.com

    • I have a corporate job as well, and so I love that I have a space in my apartment that’s specifically for creative thinking rather than just for crunching numbers!

  • I keep mine white and simple. Having a good desk always helps x

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

    • It really does! I’ll eventually get my hands on a white desk someday!

  • Thank you for the ideas and inspiration dear! xxxxx

    http://www.romantiquely.com

    • I love writing about topics like this, so I hope to do more similar posts in the future!

  • Danielle

    Great ideas! This looks like something I need to do!

    Danielle

    http://www.blushblossom.com

    • Thank you! I’m all about having a separate space from real life to get the creative juices flowing!

  • I agree, it’s important to have a creative workspace. Thanks for sharing =)
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

    • Having a place to sit down and clear your mind after a busy day is so important!

  • Stripes n Vibes

    Beautiful working space can be very inspiring and I’m slowly trying to make my working space look more neat))

    Tanya
    http://www.StripesNVibes.com

    • It really can be! I can be messy at times too, so I make a special effort to keep my desk neat at all times!

  • My ideal workspace would be a distressed wood desk and lots of storage space

    • You would love my desk then. It’s been in my family for years and has a natural distressed look!

  • Great post! I agree, I have to have a clean space in order to have a clear mind. Love all the patterns!

    Marianne x http://www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

    • Thanks! Clearing my head after a day spent in the office is so important!

  • I now have a white desk too and I love working from it 🙂 Really helps me tackle what needs to be done and let some creative juices flow 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

    • I’m so jealous of your white desk!! They look so chic!

  • I can’t wait to have my own designated workspace! Since my husband and I are living overseas I’m usually just working on the couch or kitchen table. Tea is a necessary staple for me all the time!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • Tea is definitely a necessity for me while I’m writing! I used to work from the couch in my old apartment, but I’m loving having my own creative space now!

  • Rasa Virviciute

    Love that mint notebook!

    Have a great weekend! xx

    http://www.aimeroseblog.com

    • Thank you! I’m always looking for cute notebooks and planners at Target!

  • We have the same phone cover!;-) My workspace is my laptop by the window with my cuppa tea/coffee at hand!

    • Rifle Paper Co. has the cutest phone cases!! I wish that my desk was a little closer to my window but I love having my own “space” anyway!

  • I agree, it’s so important to have a workspace separate from everything else in your life, they help with inspiration and productivity as well 🙂 I’ve been to a WeWork office in London, they’re super quirky! x
    Blog

    • I absolutely agree with you! And that’s so exciting! I passed by one of their locations in NYC this past weekend and loved that it was so centrally located!

  • Totally agree with you lovely! I find a good clear workspace clears your mind so you can really focus. Really love your mint notebook with the gold dots, and your iPhone case is gorgeous! Xx

    http://www.theemasphere.com

    • It’s so important to be able to clear your mind from the stress of everyday life! It’s very similar to mediation for me!

  • I love working in the kitchen of my town house on campus, there’s so much sunlight and it always makes me feel productive. Plus, my desk is so distracting because I keep all of my makeup, books and notes there. The kitchen is like a clean slate! Plus, it’s where the snacks are, hahaha.

    paige • eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Natural sunshine is the best when writing! I love to be outside during the summer because of that!

  • Iryna | RedBarberry.com

    Haha, the feelings are all too familiar with dividing your time between Corporate America and blogging 🙂

    Iryna | RedBarberry.com

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