Styling A Multi Use Work Space With Busy B Stationary

creating a multi use workspace in a bedroom

As a work from home mum, it’s been getting increasingly difficult to remain organised as my business grew, I needed a base to keep everything together and keep personal paperwork separate from anything work related.  The beauty of being self-employed is I set my own hours but the reality is I’m often checking emails while my cooking the evening dinner, I try to set aside a couple of hours during the day to sit down and focus on my to do list so running around to trying to find everything wasn’t a productive use of this time.
I needed a workspace.

End of.

Not if no buts.

I NEEDED a work space. Somewhere without the distraction of the chores that lay around me, toying with my mum guilt. Somewhere I could escape to, where everything was to hand.

But I WANTED a beautiful workspace, one where I longed to sit and tick off my to do list. Where I could indulge my stationary and interiors passion and sneak in a hint of femininity in my male dominated house. This would be my corner.

Creating a multi use workspace in a bedroom with beautiful stationary from Busy B and simple styling techniques on my up cycled dressing table / desk

 

Luckily I had just completed a bedroom furniture makeover which included a beauty of a sold pine dressing table which I’d up cycled. This was my space, the one area of the house where I could keep my stuff and not feel selfish. But I also longed for a space to get ready in the morning, I needed two spaces. Could I be that greedy and indulgent? We yes actually, I could, with a multi use workspace / dressing table.

To define these roles between home office and dressing table, I separated the desk down the middle. One side is make up, jewellery and perfumes , the other is adorned with coordinating Busy B stationary from their new fashion range. It brings a shot of colour to by grey furniture and the navy compliments my make up bag.

There are clever little features of the Busy B range which help keep life a little more organised in a fun a funky way; take the work and personal sticky notes, separated by their 2 mini styles and 1 large, help keep me on track with family and business and much prettier to have in show than the standard yellow which remind me too much of being in an office.

while the expanding file is a handy space to stash my paper work and keep it separate from the household finances. ( it also comes with blank stickers to label your own sections in addition to the ones in the photo)

I use an sized A5 notebook, just the right size for my handbag, so I can jot down ideas and must do’s while out and about and it doesn’t take up precious desk space once I’m home.

And there’s the pen. Oh the pen! I’ve had a pen thing going on since starting secondary school many moons ago. I can’t abide cheap scratchy ones but have resisted the temptation to buy any nice ones of the years simply because I loose them (mainly to my children) Luckily neither of my boys are going to want to take this one to school.  And keeping it in it’s case makes  it less easy to loose and much quicker to find  at the bottom of a bag. It’s been over 5 days without going awol which is a record for me!

So that’s how you style a multiuse workspace in your home. I’ve created an area of my bedroom which doesn’t look too office like by choosing beautiful stationary which I don’t mind having on display and and area which I can escape to and get things done with out distractions.

With fresh blooms, photos of my children to remind me why I’ve opted to work from home and my favourite aromatherapy hand cream close by. I have everything I need for this Mumpreneur to release her creativity on the world.

Failing that it’s just a really nice place to hide from the kids.

Mummy’s working boys, go find your dad.

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Disclaimer 

I was gifted some Busy B stationary to complete my home office makeover. 

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20 Comments

    • 19th April 2016 / 8:59 am

      Thanks Gemma, I’m so into grey at the moment, its a lovely warm colour around the home. The note book is pretty lush isn’t it.

  1. Rachelswirl
    18th April 2016 / 8:51 am

    One day (like in the next few years I am hoping ) we will get an extension. We will then have a study !!!! Until then I use my MacBook on my knee or on the kitchen table. You have set up a gorgeous space there!

    • 19th April 2016 / 9:00 am

      Thats the same set up I was using but I was too distracted by house things. I find it so much easier to escape to a quiet corner of my house.

  2. Psychic Nest
    24th April 2016 / 12:54 pm

    I totally love your work space, your desk looks fantastic! Working from home, you definitely need to have some sort of space that is made for work. At least I know from personal experience that this helps me to work better. I also play lounge music on the back. It improves creativity!

    Zaria

  3. 26th April 2016 / 8:22 am

    Wow! I love this look! What a clever use of space and the stationery complements your desk perfectly 🙂

    #TriedTested

  4. 26th April 2016 / 9:37 am

    Oh wow! What a lovely place to work….I love your desk.
    The stationary is so pretty x

  5. 26th April 2016 / 11:06 am

    I really love Busy B stationery but can’t believe I still don’t own any! #TriedTested

  6. 26th April 2016 / 2:12 pm

    What a beautiful dressing table! Great use of a desk as I too work from home but never anywhere to actually call my own to work! I too am always checking emails and writing quick notes to myself for later on scraps of paper whilst building lego houses or playing with my daughter?!
    I need to do this! I will be popping over to Busy B and taking a look as I could do with getting organised!

    #TriedTested

    • 27th April 2016 / 6:57 am

      I was like that but found all my paperwork was spread all over the house!

  7. 26th April 2016 / 2:32 pm

    I love Busy B, I have their calendar & busy diary. I’m hoping to set up a desk in the new house for a quiet area where I can do some work & blog #triedtested

    • 27th April 2016 / 6:56 am

      I’m hoping to get the calendar if I remember it starts in August! I love the idea of have a work & family planner in one space

  8. 26th April 2016 / 7:12 pm

    I adore Busy B stationery – it is practical but still pretty enough to have out on my desk! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  9. 26th April 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I love getting new notebooks, new stationary always makes me feel really organised! It’s nice that you have found somewhere you can focus on work. #triedtested

  10. 29th April 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Oh I have total work space envy! love it. I have a corner in the living room, with a desk that is attached to the wall and folds down at the weekend. Its lovely though, right by the window and in the thick of the action xx

  11. 10th September 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Ohhh I want one…I don’t work from home but that’s not the point haha, it’s gorgeous and I hope its prosperous for you x

  12. 10th September 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Ohhh I want one…I don’t work from home but that’s not the point haha, it’s gorgeous and I hope its prosperous for you x

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