My youngest daughter making a visit to my office.

A Tour of My Office: How to Keep Your Desk and Office a Happy Place 31 comments


My office

My office

Instead of the usual What to Read this Week, I thought I’d go off-topic. I’m pretty sure that most of you who follow my blog have a desk and spend most of your weekdays there. Me too. Over the past couple of decades, I’ve found ways to make my desk and office a happy place to work. Here is a tour of my office to give you some inspiration.

Me too.

Over the past couple of decades, I’ve found ways to make my desk and office a happy place to work. Here is a tour of my office to give you some inspiration.

Build Your Own Little Forest

Plants are the very first thing I added to my office decor. Currently, I have an arrowhead plant, two aloe veras, a pineapple tree and a fibrous begonia. They add color and life to my office.

In a Forbes article, Burton Ways, a an interior designer, color therapist, and author said: “Integrating plants in the work environment not only beautifies the environment but has been proven to reduce absenteeism, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase positive feelings, lower noise levels, decrease room temperature and lower humidity.” I guess I am on the right track with this whole forest in my office thing. Here are my little office babies:

I guess I am on the right track with this whole forest in my office thing. Here are my little office babies:

Okay, so my pineapple tree isn't that big yet...

Okay, so my pineapple tree isn’t that big yet…

My aloe decorated with a feather, a china dome, a My Little Kitty clip and a crystal frog.

My aloe decorated with a feather, a china dome, a My Little Kitty clip and a crystal frog.

My arrowhead plant, which I've had since I was a teen.

My arrowhead plant, which I’ve had since I was a teen.

This aloe vera is decorated with all kinds of stuff. It's like my little office Christmas tree.

This aloe vera is decorated with all kinds of stuff. It’s like my little office Christmas tree.

I love the happy pink flowers on my fiberous begonia.

I love the happy, pink flowers on my fibrous begonia.

Bright Colors

There’s nothing like bright colors to wake you up in the morning. My office is decorated in touches of cobalt blue and sunny yellow.

I repainted my filing cabinets so that they weren't ugly.

I repainted my filing cabinets so that they weren’t ugly.

I have happy blue and yellow pom pom things hanging from the ceiling.

I have happy blue and yellow pom pom things hanging from the ceiling.

Keep Fun Things On Your Desk

I always have a few fun things on my desk at all times. One item is a vintage Timex watch that I like to play with when I’m trying to come up with an idea for an article.

My vintage Timex watch.

My vintage Timex watch.

I also have some beauty stuff like lip gloss and fragrance spray on my desk because…well, just because.

beauty products

Just because.

Inspiration Wall

In my line of work, it is important not to run out of ideas. I have a whole wall of inspiration beside my desk. It has blog post ideas, notes, photos, paintings, posters…

inspiration wall

This isn’t even the whole wall!

Enjoy Your Visitors

The best way to keep your office a happy place is to welcome visitors. My office, which is a sunroom built onto my home, has a regular parade of small humans coming and going.

My youngest daughter making a visit to my office.

My youngest daughter making a visit to my office.


About Alina Bradford

I've been a DIY, lifestyle, tech and health writer for almost two decades. Dang, that makes me sound old...Anywhoo, feel free to follow me on Twitter. I'm @alinabradford. Real original handle, huh?

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are granting: Alina Bradford, Plum St., Paris, TX, 75460, permission to email you. You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email. (See our Email Privacy Policy (http://constantcontact.com/legal/privacy-statement) for details.) Emails are serviced by Constant Contact.