Get The Look: A Small, Minimalist Home Office

I planned on doing a “get the look” for my first office (a small space between my living room and kitchen) in my first Chicago apartment. But when I started sourcing items, it ended up looking a little different. So this is how I would have decorated my first office today and is probably more in line with how I’ll decorate my home office in my next place.

Let’s talk about what I would have done differently.

The wall shelves and bulletin board were cute but completely useless, so I would have added some art and a thin ladder shelf for (functional) storage. Ladder shelves are great for small spaces because they’re very low profile but will still hold some office supplies.

White leather chairs have a tendency to get dirty, or at least mine did. The one I used wasn’t all that comfortable to begin with, so I would add an upholstered or cane chair (I’ve included both options below) and a throw pillow to make the seat more comfortable.

I loved those black file boxes (pictured on and below my desk) so a larger file box would be a nice addition.

Since there wasn’t really room on my desk for a lamp and I had one on the table next to my desk, I think plug-in wall sconce would have provided decent light for my office area.



Wall Clock

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Artfully Walls

Silver Hollywood

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Kiki and Polly

Equine Art

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The Container Store

Round Jute Boxes

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Container Store

Jute Bowl

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Container Store

File Box

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Pottery Barn Kids

Delaney Rug

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  • Hi Danielle! I love your chair suggestions, but do you have any ideas on swivel chairs? Or ones with wheels?