Dabney's Treasure Hunt: Inspiring Workspaces

Dabney's Treasure Hunt: Inspiring Workspaces

Dabney Frake
Aug 2, 2013

I talked a lot in my first post about my process for coming up with style favorites — if you missed it, the keywords are tortured and labyrinthine. Today it's all about figuring out, and sharing, what that style is. I'm starting with one of my all-time favorite spaces above: Jenna Lyon's office at J. Crew, 

For the rest, I headed on over to Apartment Therapy house tours and Pinterest. Together they are a great repository of images and inspiration in action. You can see my full collection of gathered images here.

Looking at these spaces, I've identified some things these photos have in common. As I'm thinking about my new room, they'll be my primer for moving forward.

Random Mess: First off though, for as much as I plan to keep my new room clean, it will most likely never been orderly and minimalist, so I relate to Jenna Lyons' office, a lot. Things will be piled, stacked and a little nutty. Thanks to her again for showing how she really works, via UK Vogue.

Bright Base: White walls and floor keeps everything feeling light — no matter what gets brought in for decor. There's also a certain safety to it. If I change my mind down the road, I can also return to home (white) base. Lotte Fynboe's desk space is clean and Scandinavian in its roots. 

Collections: Graphic art and interesting (there's that word again) accessories. A true collection will most likely happen over time, but this is the good, fun stuff. Paula Mills' home office demonstrates this nicely.

High & Low Mix: I've had some George Nelson cabinets for years, which I'll use, and more nice vintage chairs than I care to admit, but I'll add some inexpensive stuff into the fold. For instance, I like how Joel Speasmaker's workspace pairs a vintage Eames DCM chair with a simple desk from Ikea.

So, that's the plan. 

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