A Space Of My Own..

My Petit Canard Bloggers Desk

I remember getting my first desk when I was seven years old. It was white with orange legs and had a matching black padded chair. It was small and compact, but perfectly accommodating for a seven year old and her collection of colorful rubbers, pencils and notebooks. I remember my parents surprising me with it one day after school and feeling very grown up sitting at it for the first time, with good intentions to do my homework at it every evening. At some point the excitement faded and the desk got used less and less, until one day it disappeared from my room and was forgotten. That was the first and last desk that I have ever owned, and until recently it had never crossed my mind.

A desk or an office has never been something that I have placed much value on over the years. Both have always been reserved for work. Even in my days as a Consultant working from home, I was happy to make do working from our sofa or dining table uncomfortably for years. A home office with a desk was always a nice to have, but it was never on the wish list. But over the last two years things changed. Life changed and priorities changed. I returned to work from maternity leave thrusting us into the crazy world of being working parents, and at more or less the same time we bought our first house. For the first time in our lives, the nice to have home office became a must have.

So when we moved and gained an extra room, the husband and I were both pretty excited about creating a home office rather than the obligatory guest room. For months I dreamed about creating the idyllic creative office space, pinning away beautiful pictures of gallery walls and sophisticated desk arrangements with just the right touch of personality. But as our lovely new home office took shape, it started to look a lot different from the Pinterest offices of my dreams. Instead of the bright, clean, feminine and creative space I had imagined, distracting large Mac desktop screens and model cars crept in creating an increasingly masculine and crowded space. It appeared that the other half and I had rather different ideas of what created the perfect office space, and more importantly rather different working styles. I discovered, rather horrifyingly that the Mr favours what can only be described as organised chaos, whilst my working style is, lets say, more Scandinavian chic. Probably cultivated from my years of working in consultancy where clear desks and hot desking were the du jour.

No matter how hard I tried I just didn’t feel very productive or very creative in our new home office. The mess clouded my mind and it didn’t feel like a space that was mine too. I tried to make my mark on it, with a few little feminine touches here and there. A candle, some stationery, a lovely chair and I almost went as far as installing a gallery wall. But it didn’t change a thing. The fact remained that this was not a space that I could get lost in.

So after mulling over the idea for weeks, I finally decided to find myself a new space in the house. The perfect little space, tucked away in an alcove in our dining room. Not quite a full functional home office, but still a place that I can make into the perfect space to escape to, collect my thoughts in and let creativity find me. So I will be setting about a mini project over the next few weeks to bring my dream home office and blogging space to life. I have already picked out a beautiful desk and shelves from GLTC and cant wait to share how it all starts to come together, and so for the first time since I was seven I will have a new space of my own..

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  1. May 27, 2016 / 6:12 am

    Sounds lovely, can’t wait to see your new space. My husband has an office at home and there is no way I could work in there, its cluttered and just not my space! x #TheList
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Nice to know its not just my Mr that needs some help with the office organising! πŸ˜‰

  2. May 27, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Sounds great, can’t wait to see it. I’ve been trying to convince Mr H to buy a little desk for our spare bedroom, but he isn’t playing ball! The dining table and sofa it is for me then x #coolmumclub

  3. May 27, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Good for you! I bet it makes all the difference having your own space hon. I used to have mine and now I am on the kitchen table which equals major distraction so good move on your part! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x
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    • May 28, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks lovely! When we first moved into our new place we were often working from the little bar in the kitchen and then the kitchen table after we eventually got one. Sometimes I still do work from there as I prefer it to the office which is crazy. I seriously cant wait to get my space set up, hopefully before baby arrives in a few weeks!

  4. May 27, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    Oh I would love a nice home office, or a proper work space that felt like ‘mine’, rather than the desk I share with my husband! x #TheList

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      That was part of my thinking! I hope it pays off, I’ve been dreaming of the perfect little space for blogging for months now πŸ™‚

  5. May 27, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    That sounds lovely! I would definitely have turfed out my husband to the alcove though πŸ˜‰ I currently use a cheap computer desk from my student days but dream of one day have a beautiful home office!

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      I so should have! But then I would have the excuse of picking a whole new set of office furniture and decor πŸ˜‰

  6. May 28, 2016 / 5:27 am

    Our office area has shifted around the house with each child we had moving into our ‘office room’! We recently bought a gorgeous oak desk which matches our bedroom furniture as the office is now in s corner of our bedroom. I’ve avoided making it too officy as i prefer to keep it blended with the bedroom, but it is always cleared after use. The hubby works from home weekly but I enforce a clear desk policy! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub – can’t wait to see it!!

    • May 28, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Good for you enforcing a clear desk policy, my one just doesnt seem to be able to work like that unfortunately! I considered having a desk in our bedroom too as we have the room for it and its nice and bright, but then with a new baby on the way I dont think I’d ever leave the bedroom, ha ha!

  7. May 28, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    We used to have an office with a desk for me to do my planning and assessments etc etc, and then I found out I was expecting Arthur and the office was turned into his bedroom! We had the bright idea of turning our summer house/shed into an outside office and set about moving the desk and all my books into there, but then once Arthur arrived we realised that we couldn’t actually afford to have electricity and heating wired up to the outdoor office for us to work in there, and we also had such little room in the house with a new baby, the outdoor office quickly became somewhere to store all the stuff we couldn’t put anywhere else like the excersize bike, books, craft supplies, golf clubs, gardening stuff, decorating stuff etc etc…. Now I can hardly even get in there!! I totally wish I had a desk (or even room for a desk) for my blogging! #KCACOLS
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  8. May 29, 2016 / 7:12 am

    Ohh I know how you feel, I would love a little but of the house that was just for me, where I could sit and blog to my hearts content. We just don’t have the room at the minute. I can’t wait to see your new blogging corner once it’s finished, good luck with your project xx #KCACOLS
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  9. May 29, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    I wrote a home office wish list recently, but I think I’ll wait until we buy a house before I take the plunge! Then I get a fresh start, and not use it as a storage space for junk! Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you next week!
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  10. May 29, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I recently made myself a lovely little space on our daybed for me to work at and slowly over the last few weeks my 10 year old daughter has taken over it. It has her books, tablet and cushions on it, so now I have to find another space. Enjoy making your space lovely.
    #KCACOLS

  11. May 30, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Hurray – good luck. I don’t have a space really (usually end up typing on the bed while the baby naps in his room) but when I make the effort to arrange cushions and things in the dining room I really like being perched at the end of the table. I am a long way away from having a home office but it’s important to make the most of what you have, I think! Looking forward to seeing what you create. #kcacols
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  12. May 30, 2016 / 6:20 am

    Dreams of a space for a desk is high in our house too! The study, which was an extra bonus when we brought our house, got swiftly turned into a play room for the girls and we haven’t found a space right for a desk since! I dislike my bed or the dining room table I must admit. #MarvMondays
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  13. May 30, 2016 / 7:33 am

    That’s really exciting! I can’t wait to see the final result, love an interior post x #marvmondays

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      My first of hopefully a few interior posts! Cant wait to share this one, so excited about bringing it all together πŸ™‚

  14. May 30, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    We have no extra room for an office right now, but when I did have the space, I also found I didn’t spend alot of time in that room! I use the dining table in our living room as a makeshift desk now and it’s nice to still be around the hustle & bustle of family whilst getting some bits & bobs done, though can be distracting. Looking forward to seeing how your little space looks! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      I’m hoping that becuase its in the dining room and more in the centre of the house I might spend more time in it than I do in our home office! Also hoping that because I can actually design it exactly as I please itll also be a place that I actually enjoy being it (no pressure lol). Fingers crossed it comes together how it looks in my mind πŸ˜‰

  15. May 30, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    It sounds fab! I bought an IKEA corner desk recently and it’s made such a difference to have somewhere to stash all my blogging and work stuff and know nobody will disturb it. x #marvmondays
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      That sounds great! You should share it, always looking for additional inspiration πŸ™‚

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks Fiona, thats definitely the other challenge once you have one πŸ˜‰

  16. May 30, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Loving the idea of a little place to blog from. I look forward to before and after photos. #thelist
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks, really looking forward to sharing it on the blog πŸ™‚ I’d better start shopping for some bits for it!

        • June 4, 2016 / 12:25 am

          The delivery of my desk is delayed so Im really up against it now! Not sure I’ll get it all set up in time, especially if the little one decides to make an early appearance!

  17. May 30, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Good for you! Everyone needs a work space of their own, mine is a little corner of our dining table, not much but it’s a super sized table and we’re just 2 people, so I can keep my little pile of books and my mug of pens. It’s all mine (: #marvmondays
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      That sounds great! I love multipurpose spaces, and if it works then it works πŸ™‚

  18. May 30, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I work from the dining room table so this post made a lot of sense to me too! Our lounge in pretty big and one day more toys will be in bedrooms and I think that space may be MINE! Can’t wait to see your end result. Thanks for hosting. xx (ps you should see my hubby’s work space as he works from home…..OMG! x
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Maybe the “organised” mess is a man thing, ha ha! I cant wait to share my new space. I really hopes it comes out how I imagine it to look in my mind! One day, just one day you’ll have yours too! πŸ™‚

  19. May 30, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Ah it sounds like it will be really fab huni. I got a desk for a corner of the living room, but within a week or so I was back on the couch πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      I’ve always dreamed of having my own space like this, it feels like such a treat to finally get to have one. I cant wait to share how it all comes together πŸ™‚

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      That seems to be half the challenge, avoiding it being take over by partners or little ones!

  20. May 30, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Ooh I’m so jealous! I’d love to have my own little desk and work space. (I’m typing this with the laptop balanced on my knee of the sofa!) I also got a desk when I was around 7 as a Christmas present. I awoke to a pile of planks as it was a flat pack one and as my Dad went to assemble it on Xmas eve he found all the screws were missing haha. I’ll look forward to seeing your finished office area when it’s done.
    Thanks for hosting #marvmondays x

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Oh dear, that must have been slightly traumatising for an excited 7 year old! Your blogging arrangement sounds very much like mine at the moment, which is usually in bed or on the sofa. Looking forward to having a decent view and a comfortable seat for once πŸ™‚

  21. May 30, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Ah it’s so funny how men have a completely different idea of what a work space should look like. We have recently decorated our spare bedroom and turned it into a guest bedroom / office space and I’m so excited to have a proper space to blog from. Although not so excited about sharing it with my husband and all his work stuff πŸ˜‰ I look forward to seeing your new space! xo

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:07 pm

      That sounds so exciting! I’d love to have a guest room too. I’ve seen some of your recent pics on twitter/instagram and it looks like its been coming together perfectly πŸ™‚ Enjoy the new space! x

  22. May 30, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    I can’t wait to see the finished space! I love the GLTC and have my eyes on some bits from there at the moment for the playroom and my office. So important to have your own space. Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays xx
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      I cant wait to share it! I’m so excited about picking lovely pices for it over the next few weeks and seeing it come together πŸ™‚ GLTC have some lovely bits, if you need any recommendations I’d be happy to share some!

  23. May 30, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Ah your space sounds lovely! We have a home office, but like you said, it’s not at all like the beautiful spaces on Pinterest. One day maybe…. #MarvMondays
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    • May 30, 2016 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks lovely! Really hoping it turns out like I imagine it will πŸ™‚

  24. May 30, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    We’re turning the little bedroom into a dressing room/office. The wardrobes are in there but I need to decorate and get a desk. Can’t wait to see yours and get some inspiration! #KCACOLS

    • May 30, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      That sounds great! I’d be pretty happy with that arrangement. Look forward to hearing about your too πŸ™‚

  25. May 31, 2016 / 7:03 am

    Ohhh I can’t wait to see what you create; I ended up setting my office up in our conservatory because I loved the light in there and I added flowers and candles to make it more me like! Look forward to seeing what you put together xx #DreamTeam

    • May 31, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      That sounds really nice! The one negative about my new space is that it doesnt have great natural light. I bet your conservatory has lovely light! πŸ™‚

    • May 31, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      So excited about sharing it, I cant wait to get everything set up! It looks like it might be a bit tight between now and baby arriving though so fingers crossed it all comes together in time πŸ™‚

    • June 4, 2016 / 12:33 am

      I completely agree! I feel so lucky to be able to have one as I really didnt think it would be possible to carve out a second office in our house πŸ™‚

  26. May 31, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    How exciting lovely I am looking forward to seeing some pictures of your space! #kcacols
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    • June 4, 2016 / 12:32 am

      Seriously cant wait to get it all set up, although it might be later than I was hoping as I found out this week that my lovely desk has been delayed πŸ™

  27. June 1, 2016 / 1:17 am

    I’m excited to see what you come up with. I have almost always had to share an office so I know what you mean about not being able to make it all yours. I’m considering turning my unused sun room into a craft area/home office. Wish me luck Hope yourso turns out the way you want it. #KCACOLS

    • June 4, 2016 / 12:26 am

      Oooh, an sunroom/come office sound fabulous! At least in the summmer.. You should definitely go for it if you feel the same as me about your shared office πŸ™‚

  28. June 2, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    I could never manage in a whole office of my own. I need distractions to keep me focused. #kcacols

    • June 4, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Its so interesting to hear how other people work! Some people love the distractions and the background noise and others less so. There are definitely times when I feel a bit more motivated with a bit of music on or food to keep me company πŸ˜‰

  29. June 3, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Ooo it sounds fab! I’d love to have a space for creativity but instead the computer desk is next to the TV and I normally sit on the sofa with my laptop!! Can’t wait to see the result! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 4, 2016 / 12:18 am

      That sounds very similar to my previous set up too! Its hard especially when you have a little one to escape the front room or dinner table so I can imagine there might be a few occassions where I find myself blogging along to Peppa Pig in the background πŸ˜‰

  30. June 3, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Ooooo! I am so excited to see how it turns out! I have just made a bit of an office space in the playroom, and whilst it currently is far from my Pinterest ideal image, knowing I am one step close really helps my motivation! Hopefully soon we can get our bums to Ikea so I can make my space exactly as I want it (until next year when I want to change it again πŸ˜‰ ) #KCACOLS xx

    • June 4, 2016 / 12:18 am

      That sounds great! Some space is definitely better than no space πŸ™‚ Hopefully that trip to Ikea helps make it more the office of your pinterest dreams too πŸ˜‰

  31. June 5, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Ooohhh I am really looking forward to seeing what you pick out for your space. We have a home office, but my desk gave way for a much needed sofa/guest bed. I. I now share Mr Buttons desk, but am finding the same problem as you. I think it’s great that you have taken matters into your own hands to claim something back for yourself. Very exciting Thanks for linking up to the #DreamTeam X
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Oh no, what a shame! Its a tough one, guest bedroom / home office?.. Sometimes practicality has to win out I suppose. Perhaps you can find another area of the home to carve out for yourself too πŸ˜‰ x

  32. June 5, 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Do you know what? I decided two months ago I’d get a desk from Ikea and paint one of the walls in the lounge and create my office space. Still haven’t done it and need to because I go from the dining table to the breakfast bar to the sofa. Not ideal considering how many hours I spend blogging. Can’t wait to see pictures. #marvmondays
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    • June 7, 2016 / 11:22 am

      That sounds like exactly how I used to work – breakfast bar to dining table to sofa and back! You should definitely get a move on this if you have the space lady πŸ™‚

  33. June 6, 2016 / 5:53 am

    Love this post. It makes me nostalgic for my old desks. One was the one my mum used for her freelance journalism so I felt like a little reporter in waiting and the other was my bedroom desk covered in lyrics and doodles.

    Glad you found your own space even if it wasn’t quite how you had imagined it!

    #dreamteam

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:23 am

      It sounds like you have had some pretty amazing desks in your time. I would have loved to have one like that when I was younger πŸ™‚

  34. July 17, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    This sounds like a great idea! I would love to have my own little office space. Your blog is beautiful. #MarvMondays
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