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Sunday, 26 May 2013

my desk

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desk office space inspiration ikea iMac review
desk office space inspiration ikea iMac

As you may or may not know, I am a full time blogger. I do blog "professionally" whatever you want to call it. The pro's and cons and the rights and wrongs of this can be discussed at a later date but I thought I'd share "my blogging area" with you guys. Up until about a month ago I've always actually just bloggged sitting on my bed. I wouldn't recommend it as I could feel my back getting worse and worse by the day and it's just not all that of a productive area to work in! I don't think I'd go as far as calling it an office space, my blogging area is just a corner in my bedroom! Nonetheless this small corner is now where I shall now be spending most of my days. I typically work on my blog for around 7 hours a day. I tend to work on three to four posts most days as well as doing all the admin, social networking and editing for the websites. So it does take a fair amount of time and personal motivation to make sure it all gets done.

I recently decided to invest in getting a iMac after my well loved Macbook Air just decided it wasn't powerful enough for me to use on a regular basis. I could see it getting more and more sluggish and the space was dwindling despite my efforts to transfer things over to my hard drive. I couldn't edit on it and the screen just was way to small. I needed something powerful enough to edit videos, store all my files and not lag every 5 seconds. I have the 21.5inch iMac which I bought from the Apple Store. I'm not gonna go as far as saying you need a Mac to be a blogger, because I really don't think you do. I think pretty much any ol' laptop/desktop/ipad/whatever you want to use is suitable. It just depends on your needs! For me I needed something that could process my work quicker and make my workflow much better. Plus, unfortunately for my bank balance I am an Apple snob so I just *HAD* to get a iMac. It's worth noting I started off blogging on a regular laptop, moved to a Apple Macbook and then onto the Macbook Air. Like I said it just depends on you're own personal needs for what type of computer you might need. There really isn't a HUGE difference in them, and as long as it gets the job done it doesn't matter what make it is!

My desk is the Ikea Micke desk in white, It's the smaller one as I wanted one that would fit in the small space I had but still be big enough to put my new iMac on and a few other bits. It took me ages to settle on this one as I knew I wanted a white one but I just worried too much about it getting dirty. When I was looking I also knew I wanted something with a pull out drawer to store all items that I want to review in the next few weeks. I like to keep things close to me so I can look at what I have and what I might fancy posting about. I have a few Glossy Boxes in the drawer to separate products. On the desk I also keep my daily makeup, which I popped in a small Muji Acyrlic Storage unit, a Ikea plant pot which I use to store my makeup brushes and a little fake plant thing which I also got from Ikea to give it a bit of green. I also have a few of the Red Christmast limited edition Glossy Boxes to store extra bits in such as products I want to review, nail swatch wheels and my camera & phone chargers and my external hardrive.

I need to buy a new chair as I just quickly picked this one up from Ikea when I was there. I need one that's going to give me adequate support on my back as I do sit here pretty much all day! If anyone has any recommendations for proper desk chair's I would be really grateful.

I've always dreamt of having a iMac placed on a perfectly white desk. It brings joy to my inner interior designer's heart seeing it sitting there all pretty and perfect. There are a few bits I want to add on to my desk, including some pens and maybe some notebooks to write down notes and stuff. I also want to put some decoration above my desk to make my corner feel a little bit more creative feeling. Oh and I also need to get a mousemat or something as I'm already getting sores on my wrists from where my Magic Mouse drags! I'm so happy with my new workstation and so glad I decided to invest in it. I feel it's already increased my productivity and made me a lot more focused on the things I need to do each day.

Whatever your feelings on full time bloggers. At the end of the day I'm self employed and in turn being self employed is really hard. No more excuses for not being able to get stuff done now Lily!
Let me know what you think of this post and if you'd like to see more behind the scenes stuff on this blog!

72 comments

  1. Wow I really love it! :D Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  2. Your desk looks so tidy and beautiful!
    I love all your gadgets! Especially your camera.
    I love how the draw comes out to reveal all your beautiful make-up!

    Kelly || DayDreamsDaisyChains.com

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  3. I feel I might need to get a desk myself, as in September I start my Master's Degree and eventually I should also stop being on my laptop whilst sitting in bed.

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  4. And I am quite obsessed with everything white from Ikea at the moment haha

    xo Joana
    Grow In Fashion

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  5. Such a great set up. I love how everything looks so clean and fresh. x

    Tanya | Cat at Heart

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  6. I love your desk set up!

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  7. Your desk looks really tidy and neat, I have exactly the same feeling about white imacs on white desks! haha


    Sarah x
    sarahcptr.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I love how clean it is!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. such desk envy right now! also, I don't understand why anyone has any issues with blogging being someones full time profession. I think it's pretty damn awesome you can live of something you love. xxx

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  10. Hey Lily, interesting post :) There's a chair from ikea (black with faux leather and high back/arm sides) that I have for £35, but the most important thing is to purchase a lumbar support to put on the back of your chair if you are spending 7 hours a day, and standing up every 45mins-1 hour for a quick walk or stretch, otherwise you will find your back will get worn out easily. Happy Blogging! Gem (Physio!)

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    1. Is this yours? http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50212486/

      What would you recommend to use as lumbar support?

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    2. If it is that chair, I desperately need one for my poor back!

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  11. I love your desk. It's so pretty and neat. (mine always ends up looking like a tornado past over it, after a day >_<

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  12. Looks so fresh! I'd quiet enjoy seeing a 'blogging tools' post from what cameras you use to editing software etc etc.. X

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  13. Such a nice space, even though I'm not in school anymore I still use my desk just as much, it's so nice to have a cute space to blog, sort things out, plan things and yours has inspired me to make the set up of mine even better! Definitely would love to see more behind the scenes :)

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  14. Great little space! I love the minimalist feel :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Your desk space is so beautiful! And your blog is amazing, tbh and I'm now following!
    My blog: Teeniolect clarity

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  16. I was I had as much make up as you do haha :)

    xx

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  17. I love all the behind the scenes stuff-really interesting! Also, it's really cool to know that if you work hard at your job then you can live off something you enjoy doing. Something for me to keep in mind! TweetRocky

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  18. This desk looks so cute! I would love more behind the scenes posts.
    :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  19. Your desk looks awesome! And I would love to see more of those posts!
    <3

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  20. Love this! I was looking at this desk the other day but didn't know about it, looking at your post - I love it! I think i'm going to get the bigger version (with shelves) if it will fit in my room - I need to be able to work/revise from it too! I'd love to get a white imac but don't have the money and I need a laptop because I need to easily transport it between home/uni/campus. Plus I cannot use a mac AT ALL.

    http://emiliagrace11.blogspot.co.uk

    Em xo

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  21. I don't care what a person's job is. A job is a job. Uh, as long as it's not killing or hurting anyone in any way, hahaha. I blog on my couch with a HP laptop on a mini/portable table. Nothing fancy, hah.

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  22. ah your desk is lovely lily wish I had one like this!

    nationofdaydream

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  23. When I saw your Instagram photo of your desk a few weeks ago, I immediately fell in love! I've been after a small white desk for ages and this is so perfect. I don't need a lot of desk space to do my blogging and whatnot and I'd rather have more room for a dressing table than office space! I'm waiting to move out of home to buy new furniture and it's getting me all excited. Ikea just has everything. Right now, my MacBook Pro suits me just fine, but perhaps when I'm rich, I'll be able to afford an iMac, haha. Anyway, your desk setup is super cute and yes, working at a desk makes a huge difference! If I work in bed, I end up falling asleep, lol. Lastly, I think it's great how you've been able to turn a passionate hobby of yours into a full time job. I mean, if you love what you do and can make money from it, who cares what people think?

    http://vintagemachine.blogspot.com

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  24. Loved this post Lily! Your desk is lovely, and I love the white! I wish I could keep my desk this tidy! xxx


    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I wish I had space for a proper desk in my room, great post x

    Amy / srslylou

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  26. This is so pretty, I love the white mac on the white desk look, it just looks so professional and stylish!
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  27. Looks lovely! so tidy! I bought the plant pot for my makeup brushes too. My boyfriend asked if I would go to Ikea with him and me, loving a trip to Ikea, immediately said "Yes! Then I can buy my plant pot!" Cue his very confused face when I explained!

    www.hello-freckles.com

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  28. Absolutely love the desk layout! I so wished i had gone for white furniture for my room too! So tempted to sand them down and paint them white but that would be a mission! Thanks for sharing!

    www.aleelily.blogspot.com

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  29. Please put us all out of misery and say that it doesn't always look this pretty and clean and you had to tidy up first? Hahaha! Love the set up anyway, it looks lovely!

    http://blightedbeauty.blogspot.com

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  30. I've always wondered if professional bloggers like you ever get tendinitis from using a computer for so many hours. I spend about 4 hours a day and my wrists always hurt so much! :(

    I love your desk space and I wish mine looked like that too! xx

    Francesca
    Francesca
    http://petitfaon.blogspot.it/

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  31. I love your blogging area. It's super pretty and the plant makes it look relaxing :)

    j4miejohnston.blogspot.co.uk

    Jamie ♥

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  32. This has made me want to go and tidy my desk and make it look all pretty! x

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  33. Love your desk, looks like such a nice place to work! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  34. I love these types of blogs Lily. I know it probably won't happen but I really would love to be a full time blogger, I know how much time and effort also going into blogging so its probably extremely helpful to have somewhere like you do to work in, at the moment my sofa will have to suffice. I would love to see more post like this.

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  35. I'd love a desk this big, mine is so small it always looks cluttered,
    I've got iMac envy now - my little macbook pro is getting old and slower :(
    I'd love to see more posts like this too!

    xx

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  36. I've been wanting to get a new desk and this one looks the perfect size! I love the fact it has extra storage as i seem to always need more space. Although some people might seem beauty blogging as a career quite strange, i think it's pretty amazing that you've managed to turn your hobbie into a job. I'd love to be able to do it one day!

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  37. it looks so clean, and i love the plant!


    xoxo
    fashionable-addict

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  38. I am officially jealous! It's so tidy! I wish my desk looked half as tidy!! helloiammariam.com

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  39. I loved everything, the desk, the decor, the interior of the drawer, the material and of course the iMac :)

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  40. I love how fresh your desk looks! I never know why people object to those who blog professionally, I say good on you for being able to do a job you love, especially when you're so young as well! xxx

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  41. This is such a lovely workspace, so organised, I'd love a new desk but I just don't have the space and an I mac too but I don't have the money, ahaI'll keep dreaming :)
    Rosalie x
    rosaliejayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  42. your desk looks amazing, the perfect professional work environment!

    xx

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  43. OMG I love how organized it is!! I'm also saving for a new desk and iMac since I'm in school for Graphic Design and will probably be working from home as well, you're really inspirational and I hope my blog can be as good as yours some day too >__<

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  44. Looks awesome - we have new iMacs and white desks at office (I work at a design agency), it's weird how the interior can change your frame of mind. If you haven't already - I suggest some fairy lights to brighten up around your desk, none other than because it looks pretty!

    vivthediv.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. love your desk set!

    http://guesswhatfashion.blogspot.pt/

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  46. I love how you said being self employed is hard!

    I'm self employed too (not a blogger though) and completely agree and wish more people understood that. I've actually had people accuse me of 'not having a job' because I'm at home... beyond annoying!

    Love your setup! White interiors are gorgeous. :)

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  47. I love that desk i also need a small desk to put in a small space and i have been looking at this one! i am now sold on it.

    jess xx
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.com

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  48. such a gorgeous workspace lily - i'm very jealous! my desk is actually not that messy but quite cluttered. i'd love to get a new one and just become more organised with my space in my room. also super jealous of that imac of yours! unfortunately an apple laptop/computer just isn't an option for me at the moment but fingers crossed in the future! (to be honest, i'm going to need one soon because my current laptop is definitely on it's last legs...) X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. It's so perfect! I really want a pretty white desk too, but unfortunately I'm in student accommodation and they tend to give us fairly ugly ones where I'm living :(

    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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  50. Nice little office space you got there!

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  51. this is such an adorable set up, I know what you mean about the iMac on a white desk, they're just meant to be together right? At work I use a macbook air with a huge Apple screen and it does nothing but increases my craving for a big old iMac at home! xx

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  52. Love this! Im glad you blog full time :) x

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  53. Your workspace is great! Love the iMac on white desk action, it's very tumblr!
    I would never worry what people think of full time bloggers!

    Brunette in Louboutins A fashion & lifestyle blog.

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  54. your blogging corner looks cosy :)

    x Vivi
    http://ohlesmusings.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. I do love the layout, You will have to let us know what chair you get, coz am in the market for a new one!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  56. I love how tidy and neat your desk is! I too have dreamt of a big iMac on a white desk surrounded by cute stationary and pen pots! One day I will have one! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  57. Posts like this are my fav. I store my makeup in my desk drawer, too. ;)

    x

    http://thewearwithal.typepad.com/

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  58. I find it so weird that people have opinions and feelings about full-time bloggers. Since when is it okay to have an opinion about somebody else's job? I think it's amazing you've been able to turn something you love into full-time work. That's really something a lot of people wish they could do, find a job they love to do, and you've done it! Incredibly admirable, and definitely not something you should be afraid of talking about openly. If people have a problem with it (why would they???), then they're wrong and should stop talking.

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  59. I love your camera, what make and model is it? x

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  60. Lily! I LOVED this post, please do some more "behind the scenes". If you ever want an intern or a helper! Pick me! x

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  61. I have just bought this but in the white and pink option as I needed something small to fit in a corner in my room to do uni work on - was a real bargin price too

    what-katie-wrote.blogspot.com

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  62. I've always dreamed of an iMac on a white desk! When I have the money and space then I will definitely be setting up something like this! xx

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  63. Love your little area
    So cute and tidy
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    S xx

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  64. Great post Lily! I would love to see more of these! :)

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