An Interiors Post – Creating a compact study area

Before we had the work done on our house, I didn’t have a space of my own for working or blogging. I would move from the kitchen table to the kitchen island and back again, leaving leads trailing and people flailing as they tripped over them.

So, when the chance came for me to think about what we wanted from our new space, it was important to carve out a work corner. It didn’t need to be big but as it’s not hidden from view, it needed to be tidy. (The rest of my files and paraphernalia are currently in cardboard boxes but they will be stored in a cupboard that has yet to be built.)

As to the furniture, I looked at lots of desks and finally chose this John Lewis gravity desk in walnut (£250). The design really appealed to me. I didn’t want anything too “officey” looking and it was just really different – plus it wasn’t extortionate. The shelves are, as you might predict, the high gloss lack shelves from Ikea.

I love listening to the Radio and my husband bought me this Roberts Revival Mini Radio from John Lewis for a recent birthday.

The tall vases are handmade by Susan Nemeth and I’ve probably had them for ten or so years now. I love ceramics and particularly the colours that Susan uses. The squarer shaped vase is by Jessie Higginson. I carried around a postcard with her work on it for a very long time and then a few years later some of her vases appeared in a local shop and my husband bought this one for me as a present. That was about 16 years ago now and I love it now just as much as I did then. The vases used to be in our living room but the colours seem to work well with the colour of the wall, so they’re living here for a while now instead.

And I know that this sounds a bit up my own bum but as everything is on display on the desk, it needed to be pleasing on the eye whilst also functional. I had some John Lewis vouchers saved from Christmas and so I treated myself (and it was a treat, to the point that I had slight palpitations) to this Kate Spade staplertape dispenser and letter tray whilst my husband bought me the Kate Spade tumblers so that I had something nice to drink out of when I was working. Bless him! The notebooks are from Home Bargains (the gold striped one) and the turquoise and white one is from Kate Spade at Selfridges, although it’s no longer online.

The chair that I am using is one that we already had and it’s the Macadam folding chair from Habitat. These chairs cost £10 and come in variety of colours. They are brilliant, really sturdy and comfortable plus fantastic for their price. I must admit to quite fancying the pale pink one too. To soften it up a little, I bought this faux fur cushion in silver stripe from John Lewis (£15). A review that I have just read says that it sheds fur over everything but I haven’t noticed that to be the case. Although I could well be walking around with a furry bottom without knowing!

And this is my study area in context. Tucked away at the back of the room it is cosy and all mine (for now – wait until the A-level revision starts. I fear that I will be back on the kitchen table!)


  1. Linda Smith
    July 31, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Your desk area looks beautiful. Hope you do better than me at keeping your desk tidy. What colour is the paint on your wall please?

  2. StyleGuile
    July 31, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Hi Linda, Thank you! I'm sure that the tidiness won't last for long! The paint is Whiston Shadow from the Hemsley paint range at Homebase. X

  3. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I think if I had your lovely kitchen and beautiful table I would be working there and just moving the laptop & papers over to the desk when it was mealtime! Love Kate Spade too but I know what you mean about the prices! – Maria

  4. Freya Cutting
    August 4, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Hello….are you able to tell me more about your kitchen chair please…can just see it peeping out above your table. thank you so much Laura

    • StyleGuile
      August 5, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Hi Freya – yes, of course! The chairs are from John Lewis and are the Philipee Starck for Kartell Masters Chair. They are £154 each and I ordered them because they weren't in store. We have two for now. I would like to collect some more though (in time)! Ours are the grey colour but love the other colours too 🙂

    • Freya Cutting
      August 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      thank you x

  5. Advaitaa Homes
    February 6, 2017 / 6:34 am

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