Creating a Home Office Space with GLTC

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This is my space. My little slice of paradise, my island of solitude. A space I can finally call my very own. When I set out on my little project to create a workspace I had no idea where it would lead me, or what it would look like.

Well, I did have some ideas but I didn’t know which way I’d go. All I knew was that I was desperate for a space to call my own, so when Chris and I found some space in the house that I could carve out I was ridiculously excited, and when GLTC said they’d like to team up with me on this project I was deliriously excited.

My Petit Canard GLTC Shelves

Creating a home office

Ever since we went to the GLTC showroom opening back in Spring two beautiful pieces had caught my eye. GLTC maybe a children’s retailer, but many of the pieces of furniture that they make are so versatile they can be used by adults as well as children.

It’s taken me at least two months longer than I had anticipated completing this makeover, distracted by the arrival of our little man, two big family weddings and a holiday, but at last, it is finished and I can finally share the big reveal with you all!

Finding inspiration

It’s a look that has come together almost by itself. A kind of evolution almost. Built around the two stars of the show, the GLTC Fleming desk and Clifton wall shelves have really provided the framework for this space.

I started this project with how I wanted it to feel; inspiring and energising yet calm and built a look around that, curating individual pieces that fit with that type of space. I am a dreamer and a believer, fueled by positivity and the art of the possible so it was important to me that my space not only reflected but inspired it too.

There is a lot of white. A lot more than I thought there would be. My initial mood and inspiration boards pulled me towards three distinct themes; monochrome scandi chic, white with fun pops of pastels and then white with accents of copper and rose gold.

I loved the freshness of the monochrome look but wasn’t sure I’d find inspiration there. I was tempted by the playfulness of the pastels but wasn’t sure if I’d achieve the grown-up look I wanted, instead deciding to use it as a theme for our little hallway storage project (look out for another reveal post soon!).

In the end, I realised I kept coming back to copper and rose gold which I’ve been slightly obsessed with for the last year and is perfect for my new space.

Styling The Clifton Shelves

It’s the shelves that make this space. It always is. This is where you find character and personality. A glimpse into who someone is and what they are about. Hopefully, mine says that I am a dreamer, a believer of possibilities and writing our own stories.

In a strange way, I feel like the pieces on my shelves found me, piece after piece coming together to create a space that makes me feel happy and inspired whenever I sit there.

It’s a style but functional space with books that I can easily pick up and put away quotes that I love and want to be reminded of and things that I think are pretty to look at.

My Petit Canard blogging space imageLight Box | Tell A Beautiful Story Star | Dream & Inspire Prints | Ceramic potted succulents | White LED star |Ceramic Origami Bird | Rose Gold Clock | Copper Potted Succulent | Dream & Inspire Prints

Styling the Fleming Desk

The desk.

This desk *sigh*.

I fell in love with this beautiful desk the moment I saw it in the GLTC showroom. There was something about the simplicity of it that just grabbed me.

Of course, it was dressed in a mocked-up set of a child’s bedroom but I could just see the potential it had for a home office space. I love the bright white and pine contrast, the design of the draws and the nifty little flap it has to hide cables or other things. It even has little holes for storing pens, or perhaps makeup brushes if one were to use it as a vanity table, wink wink.

I’ve kept things simple on this space. I’ve talked before about my love for bright, airy and clear spaces to work from so I only have what I need on a day to day basis.

At some point, I will probably add some photos which are definitely missing. I think it’ll be lovely to hang some Polaroid prints of the children and family on some twinkly lights or twine going across the bottom shelf. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how this space looks and feels.

I love and am proud of this space, tucked away in an alcove of our dining room. It may not have a door, but it’s a place I can find inspiration and get lost in for a few minutes or hours if I’m ever lucky enough to find myself with that much free time in my day. Plus, I get first dibs on the fridge and kettle for endless cups of half-drunk cold tea!

GLTC Flemming Desk

GLTC Flemming Desk Styled

GLTC Flemming Desk StyledCohen Table Lamp | Desk Calendar | Starbucks Ceramic Travel Mug| Diptyque Figuier Travel Candle | Blog Planner | Kate Spade Dear Me Notepad | Ce La Vie Notepad | Kate Spade Sticky Note Set | Joules Cushion | Next Boudoir Chair

Disclosure; we were very kindly sent the GLTC Fleming desk and Clifton shelves to review as part of our role in the GLTC Testing Team. We have lots of fun in what we think is one of the best jobs in the world, but we also take our role and responsibility very seriously which means you will always find a fair review and honest opinion of everything we test for GLTC.



  1. September 2, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Wow, this space is beautiful. So calming and energising at the same time, I am beyond jealous!

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you, thats exactly what I was hoping to achieve! 🙂

    • September 2, 2016 / 10:52 pm

      Thank you, im so pleased with how it turned out 🙂

  2. September 4, 2016 / 5:24 am

    This is a beautiful space. Looks so calm and I just want to sit here and relax/work 🙂 I need a space like this for me ..

  3. September 4, 2016 / 6:51 am

    This is gorgeous!!! I built myself a lovely workspace before I was heavily pregnant but then got too fat to sit comfortably there to blog! You’ve inspired me to get back to using it. I love the white and rose gold theme and the positive quotes. xxx #KCACOLS

  4. September 4, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    That is beautiful! I need to set myself up something similar for working from home, right now my “desk” is the sofa surrounded by dollies while SB watches Pokemon 😉 #KCACOLS
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  5. September 4, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    This is gorgeous! Love all of the white and it looks so stylish with the copper. I have a similar space tucked away in our spare bedroom and I really love having some place to work and call my own. xx #KCACOLS
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  6. September 4, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Love this. I am in the middle of doing the exact same thing (also using an alcove in the dining room!) Doing it on a budget so have had a shelf as a desk (no swoon worthy desk for me, sob!) but I’m definitely going to lay my hands on a few of your bits & bobs. I have lots of copper throughout the rest of the house, so that clock is a must buy!! #KCACOLS

  7. September 4, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    I have to admit that my blogging space is literally me sat on my couch with my feet up on my big pouffe with a cup of tea resting on the arm of the sofa.. your space looks so calming and now I want to tell the oh to build a conservatory.. too far? lol #KCACOLS

  8. September 5, 2016 / 5:14 am

    This is really lovely. It’s so simple and free from distractions, a real little sanctuary for blogging. I tend to blog downstairs but much prefer to be on my own so might have to get my desk back out so I can shut myself away!
    I love the light box too, I’ve been eyeing them up ever since I first saw yours!! #MarvMondays
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  9. September 5, 2016 / 6:37 am

    This looks like a lovely space to sit and work so peaceful. I am dying to a space of my own. I have planned where it will be – more out of necessity than anything else and I know how I want It to look but getting round to actually doing it is another thing altogether… So for now my bed and the sofa will remain my work space. Boo. #marvmondays
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  10. September 5, 2016 / 6:44 am

    What a fantastic idea, and you have certainly created an absolute beauty of a zone!
    I love all of the white, and the desk is so pretty. The shelves are great too – I agree, I think they can make a room feel much more personal.
    I think you’ve inspired me to carve out my own niche at home. Might go and do a walk about right now and decide where I shall commandeer.
    Thanks for that inspiration! xx

  11. September 5, 2016 / 6:45 am

    Oh wow Emily it is fab and looks very calming. You have done an amazing job! #marvmondays
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  12. September 5, 2016 / 6:53 am

    Oh wow what a lovely little space you’ve created! I love the desk especially and love the simple design too. It looks really lovely and must be so nice to have a space for yourself. I really need to sort my own work space out and this has given me a little inspiration! 🙂 #marvmondays
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  13. September 5, 2016 / 7:30 am

    I love it – that desk is gorgeous! We’re about 6 months away from getting our home office set up (building work required!) so I make do with the sofa for now #marvmondays
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  14. September 5, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Oh I looooove it!! The shelves are dreamy, and the desk looks perfect too. I would love a space like this in our home! xx

  15. September 5, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I am in love with your west, and light box. I’m also very jealous you have such a lovely space, I am still stxk on the sofa with a cushion as my desk #MarvMondays
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  16. September 5, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I am very jealous right now! Your space looks Absolutly beautiful. Two months eh index schedule isn’t that bad, at least you’ve gotten your little space done. I’m about 8 months behind on mine haha and I’m no where near finishes. You have chosen some lovely stuff to display. #Marvmondays

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  17. September 5, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Ahhh bliss, massive space envy! Can wait to have a bit more room to create a little nook in our house. Beautiful, enjoy! #KCACOLS

  18. September 5, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Ohh I love it, it looks so clean and fresh, a fab area for working in 🙂 Thanks for hosting! #marvmondays

  19. September 5, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Wow! This space is gorgeous… Now I’m jealous. It looks so bright and airy. Succulents and cactus are a great addition, I love them too. #MarvMondays
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  20. September 5, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    I love it! I’d love a workspace just like that but unfortunately we have no room left in our house so I’m confined to sitting on the sofa! #MarvMondays
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  21. September 5, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Ok, I’m very jealous, as I sit here in my kitchen surrounded by the dishes the need to find their way into the dishwasher! It all looks so calm and not to mention pristine! Enjoy …. #MarvMondays
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  22. September 5, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I adore this workspace. I so need something like this. I spent a lot of my time with my laptop resting on the highchair and I’m sat on the arm of the sofa. I will definitely be taking inspiration from your space. #MarvMondays

  23. September 5, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    How Instagramably lovely! I especially like the chair, it’s all very Carrie Bradshaw

  24. September 5, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Oh my!! I love this, it looks so chic. I can’t wait for us to move, I’m hoping to create a little space of my own so I can blog somewhere other than the sofa! GLTC are definitely on my list of places to look for furniture. x #marvmondays
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  25. September 5, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I absolutely love this space and am so impressed with how versatile the furniture is from GLTC – it totally works in a more grown up space too! And I’m also an addict of copper and rose gold too. No wonder you’re so pleased with the space, it’s gorgeous #MarvMondays
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  26. September 5, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Wow, I love it! I absolutely love the monochrome look and this is just perfect. I also love GLTC, there stuff is amazing. Jemma x #MarvellousMondays

  27. September 6, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Oh wow, this is a beautiful little work space, I am very jealous! My dream one day is to have my own little office with a gorgeous space like this one side for writing, and a sewing machine on the other side for crafting! Love the “dream” and “inspire” prints especially #marvmondays
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  28. September 6, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Such a beautiful space. Absolutely love the little plants, I may have to go and buy some! ^_^

  29. September 6, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    This is a truly lovely work space you have here. Will it remain white with two kids though?! Our black desk has the eldest’s hand prints all over it! #MarvMondays
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  30. September 7, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Oh Emily, you’ve chosen some beautiful things. It looks amazing. I love workspace/office reveals. It is so classy and stylish. I love all of the little pieces you’ve selected to make it special. You’ve got some of my favourite things that I have been covetting…Lightbox – check; Copper pots – check; succulents – check…Plus lots of shelf space. Well done. It must be a pleasure to work at your new desk.

    And who knew GLTC had some proper grown up stuff as well! #MarvMOndays
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  31. September 7, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Wow what a very nice space to work in, I am very jealous.

    I agree when I went to GLTC I saw so many pieces I would like for my parts of the house rather than the kids rooms xx

  32. September 7, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Beautiful fresh space! I think having something to look at which you find pleasing is so important. It sounds superficial on the surface but it’s how we find inspiration and stay motivated and I think you’ve picked great pieces for a clear mind 🙂
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  33. September 7, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I love this set up! The shelves are stunning and desk is so simple. Thank you for sharing this project. I hope you have great fun creating there. x

  34. September 7, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    What a gorgeous space and that desk is just stunning! It must be so lovely to have your own little corner to work in, I always end up with a laptop on my knee in the lounge! xx
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  35. September 8, 2016 / 10:14 am

    That’s an absolutely gorgeous space!Looks so calm but so practical too. I should take a photo of where I am blogging right now surrounded by toy emergency vehicles and crisp packets! Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back next week.

  36. September 8, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Such a gorgeous space! You are indeed a natural interiors stylist – everything looks perfect and what an inspiring space to work in. I too recently discovered the wonders of New Look’s homewares – funky and functional, and well priced too. Looking forward to the hallway reveal, too! K x #HomeEtc

  37. September 9, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I am so jealous! I love it. My work space at the moment is a rather messy, us styled dining table! #KCACOLS

  38. September 9, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    What a stunning office environment it’s gorgeous!! Makes me want to uncomplicate mine! Which is also very white but had various files for work, would much prefer this set up. Gorgeous!! Thanks for hosting #MarvMondays xx
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  39. September 9, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I adore it. It is gorgeous. I love all the white. And that desk is fab. I am very envious as I sit here typing at my grotty dining table. I really love the way you have styled the whole space. It is clean, fresh, light and the perfect space to inspire creativity. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays
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  40. September 10, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I absolutely love seeing bloggers workspaces and this is just gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. You must feel so amazing sitting there working away. I really want to create a lovely deskspace but struggling to find a desk suitable for both of us right now hehe!! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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  41. September 11, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Oh, madly jealous here, sitting at my cramped litte desk squeezed in between the playroom and the sitting room 😉
    You’ve styled this beautifully. The GLTC furniture looks fab. Hard to believe it was made for children!

  42. September 12, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    It looks AMAZING!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! This has given me the lick up the bum to sort my new office out and make it look pretty — am stacked up with boxes at the mo!! I must sort it out. I LOVE being on the Testing Team — best job ever!! 🙂 Thanks for linking up lovely 🙂 Caro xx #HomeEtc
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  43. September 26, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    What a lovely inspiring little space to sit and write! I just foun you via the #HomeEtc hop and am looking forward to reading more x

  44. January 12, 2018 / 9:20 am

    I too recently discovered the wonders of New Look’s homewares – funky and functional, and well priced too.

  45. January 18, 2018 / 8:26 am

    What a lovely inspiring little space to sit and write!

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