Monday, January 3, 2011


Photo of Tori Mellott's desk courtesy of Domino.

I have a dilemma, dear reader. My workspace is incredibly uninspiring. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of earning my dough by means of engaging and delightful activities. I am, admittedly, a corporate drone. Until recently (eh, 2009 is still recent isn’t it?) I was able mitigate the situation by working in an abundantly creative environment. I was at liberty to decorate as I saw fit and had an entire office to do so. Now, I’m in an open workspace which subscribes to a rather unsympathetic clean desk policy. The office is nice, one of the nicer offices I’ve worked in, but one of steel, clean lines and starkness. It’s just fine to get the job done which I’m paid to do, but it leaves me creatively exhausted by the end of the workday. As one who dabbles in my passionate pursuits after hours, I arrive home with a dry well of inspiration. I want to arrive at work each day eagerly, knowing that I’m only a few hours away from whimsy and exploration. I need an overhaul.

The rules of engagement are:

- Décor must be orderly and fairly inconspicuous. No large artwork and nothing controversial.

- Something which mixes form with function will much easier pass muster than something merely decorative.

- Must be lovely!

I have a few ideas knocking around in my head but would love your thoughts as many of you inspire me on many levels.


  1. Would you be allowed a lamp with a a bulb that provides a soft glow? I work in an open office enviro, and one of my coworkers has a nice, unobtrusive yet stylish, table lamp. And perhaps a couple of vases or soemthing with a dash of color? Not the most original suggestions, or perhaps even helpful, but just my two cents! :)

  2. i love black& white pics on my desk. May be you decorate it with some personal things that inspire you.

  3. Hmmm, what about an inspiration board above your desk with all things that keep you motivated during the day? I have always found that to be a nice addition to any sort of office.


Inspire me! Go on, I dare you.