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20 Enviable and Imitable Desks

Kick off a new season with a freshly designed workspace

Written and produced by Anna Logan
  • Graham Yelton

    Stacks of paper, bills, and mail aren't exactly chic design accessories. Workspaces should be a haven of productivity and conducive to creation of the best work possible. Elegant offices can range from cozy chic to executive suites. These 20 work spaces are the perfect inspiration as you begin to prepare your home for the upcoming school year.

    This calming neutral space, designed by Dana Wolter, is a dream in creamy chocolate hues. The monochromatic books are a fun and interchangeable design tool.

    Designer: Dana Wolter

  • Angie Silvy

    California Couture 

    This white-on-white space by designer Kriste Michelini is truly California chic. The vintage midcentury desk was made for the woman who loves to spread all of her work across the table.

    Designer: Kriste Michelini

  • Sarah Dorio

    Pretty in Pink 

    This perky space is perfect for a pink-obsessed kid. She’ll do everything from create her latest unicorn-inspired masterpiece to practicing her multiplication tables at this chic desk. 

  • Tim Street-Porter

    Stylish Suite

    Working from home doesn’t mean you’re resigned to the kitchen table. Designer Louise Voyazis took control of an entire room to create an elegant executive suite, complete with a Jan Showers desk, for this California couple.

    Designer: Louise Voyazis

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  • Kim Cornelison

    Kid Kingdom

    Give your kids the best of both worlds with a space that combines work and play thanks to a double duty desk and game organizer. If you’re lucky, they’ll wait to pull out the games until after they’ve done their assigned reading!

  • Kritsada Panichgul

    Shiplap Scene 

    Bright summer days don’t have to end with school's starting bell. These shiplap walls, upholstered wicker chair, and bright desk keep that jovial summer spirit going all year long. 

  • Michael Partenio

    Breaking Blue

    This workspace twists the ever popular blue and white color scheme by adding some deep wood accents to the room. These homeowners gave the room a lived-in feel by adding some adorable family photos. 

    Designer: Nancy Serafini

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  • Dustin Peck

    Elegant Escape 

    This elegant scene is fit for an equally elegant lady. The modern acrylic lamp is a perfect foil to the traditionally beautiful chinoiserie vase. The pastel painting adds a pop of color to the subdued shades of cream and blue.

    Designer: Laura Covington

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  • Werner Straube

    Outstanding Organization

    Organizing doesn’t have to be boring. These fun boxes are a dynamic and functional design choice for the clutter collector. 

  • Brie Williams

    Gallery Gazing

    Gallery walls are trendy, but this design trick puts a unique spin on the craze. This display of children’s books—with bright colors and beautiful illustrations—is an inventive way to organize your young reader's growing collection.

  • Jean Allsopp

    Vista Views

    This soothing space offers a getaway from the stresses of work. Relaxing blue and white tones paired with a picturesque vista out the window are a welcome distraction while paying bills.

    Designer: Mary McWilliams

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  • Nancy Nolan

    Pleasing Purple

    Using purple is a bold design choice that more people should make. This softlavender hue is brightened by pops of deep red and bright white.

    Designer: Tobi Fairley

    This Arkansas farmhouse is filled with color.

  • Werner Straube

    Masculine Mood

    In a room fit for a king, this stately desk reigns supreme. Rich wood tones and bright light play together across the expansive room.

    Designer: Summer Thorton

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  • Nathan Schroder

    Tranquil Teen

    Teen spaces don’t have to be full of bright, obnoxious colors. This room takes the opposite approach by using an all-white backdrop. The white-on-white desk area is complimented by blue and green throw pillows.

    Designer: Katie Scott

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  • Eric Piasecki

    Bibliophile Bliss

    For the avid reader, a wall of bound beauties is not only functional but a great way to display their personal collection. The tall, chocolate-colored wood evokes a library-esque atmosphere.

  • John Merkl

    High Fashion Hide

    Animal hide rugs are still a hot go-to item to bring some excitement into a room. Spice up a stark white workspace by adding in a similar rug and textile lumbar pillow.

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    Designer: Kari McIntosh Dawdy

  • Victoria Pearson

    Computer Corner               

    Sometimes, you only have space for your laptop. If that’s the case, take a note from interior designer Michael Ostrow and create a pleasing vignette complete with flowers and art. Adding these simple yet powerful elements upgrade a desk from drab to a design destination.

    Designer: Michael Ostrow

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  • Nancy Nolan

    Pretty in Pastel

    This pastel space is a great escape from a hectic life. Use calming hues throughout your space to keep everything tranquil while working.

    Designer: Tobi Fairley

  • Michael Garland

    Chrome Crooner

    Masculine energy abounds in this room. The classic dark wood and chrome accents are reminiscent of art deco design trends. Displaying the guitar sans case makes a quick jam session even easier.  

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  • Werner Straube

    Executive Escape                 

    This whole-attic office is the ultimate workspace. Bring out the CEO within by taking over a single floor of the home for an easy escape for work—or relaxation in that chic sitting area.