My Office Update for Under $200 (at decor8)

My second guest post at decor8 is up as well!

decor8 guest post

I’ve got a couple of design boards showing how I’d like to update my office for less than $200.

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  • megan
    August 27, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    i wish i could find a big ampersand like yours! i checked pottery barn and they’re sold out; several other sites didn’t have anything similar. any suggestions?

    love the office makeover ideas, by the way! you’re so stylish. :)

  • katelynjane
    August 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    So going to look at that right now…I need to do something about my office, any help is awesome! Congrats on the guest post, I’d just love to write a post there…

  • Rebecca
    August 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE the purple-y color layout!

  • Tracey
    August 28, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I like the design boards themselves- use them as wall art in the new office! Isn’t it fun to decorate “on the cheap”- my favorite way to do it!

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    August 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

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  • Violet
    August 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Of course I love the purple & pink pillow =D I just found your blog and it’s so inspiring =P

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    August 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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  • maryam in marrakech
    September 1, 2008 at 10:08 am

    oooh this looks fab! I am clicking over.

  • Emily
    September 1, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Nicole! Your post jumped out at me because I saw the Helmer drawers from IKEA. I figure you must like them, because you bought them twice! I know the drawers don’t have tracks and are not built for heavy contents, but are you happy with them for office supply storage?

  • Kacia Ng
    September 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Nicole!

    I was just wondering if you know whether or not your paperclip desk is still being sold anywhere. I’ve loved it ever since I came across your blog almost a year ago, but never thought to ask where it was from. And now that I know, I’m not sure it’s still available!

    Thanks for all your great posts. I don’t comment often, but I am always reading!


  • katiedid
    September 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Although I like both, I vote for the red chair version. I have the same IKEA shelves in my own office. They are such great storage….hold much more than you would think. You have such a great style.

  • Making it Lovely
    September 11, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Emily, I love the Helmer drawers! I fill them up with stacks of paper (which can get kind of heavy), and they’ve held up just fine.

    Kacia, it looks like they’re not carrying my desk anymore. There is still a wood version available from Blu Dot, but it’s more expensive. If you’re looking for a similar white desk, I really like the graph desk from CB2.

  • elle
    September 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    i have the same paperclip desk and underneath it’s an ugly mess of exposed cords, powerstrips, external hard drives. Would love to know how anyone solves this ugly kind of problem. thanks in advance.

  • Emily
    September 27, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Many thanks! I’ve been considering and re-considering for several months but really wanted a real person’s opinion. I will make a trip to get a set soon. Now I’m excited–they will replace one of the last survivors of my dorm room furnishing days.

  • Emily
    October 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    It took me longer than I expected, but I made it to IKEA on Friday and put my new Helmer together this weekend. I love it. What a classy update to my rolling plastic drawers (embarrassing!) I’m so happily surprised by how roomy the drawers are. Even my blow dryer fits. Without stops, it’s a little awkward to have something heavy like that in these drawers, but I just need a place to keep that out of sight, so I’ll manage. I’ve filled the other drawers with misc. office supplies, various gadget cords, hair accessories, and sewing accessories, and they work just fine. Thank you so much for your recommendation!

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