Alternative titles being "Where Did Your Individuality Go?" and "10 Signs That It's Time to Get Off Pinterest."
Speaking of Pinterest, search for the term "blogger office," and immediately a stream of gold, white and pink workspaces fills up the screen.
Pretty workspaces – there's no denying that.
But creative or distinctive?
Not so much.
Scroll far enough, and you'll soon start recognizing just how cliche the decor is.
With everyone suddenly becoming more attentive to the details and design of their homes, clothes, meals, hobbies, etc. (and the constant documenting of it all on blogs and social media), it's inevitable that once-fresh ideas become cliche. Individual style preferences have been reduced into a handful of common denominators: the bouquet of freshly cut peonies atop the aggressively styled desk, the faux sheepskin thrown strategically across an acrylic chair and the carefully curated clothes rack complete with faux-haphazardly strewn about storage boxes.
I'm fully aware that my own office is at the top of the cliche decor list.
But I can't help it; I genuinely like the combination of gold and white, accentuated with pops of pink. Major bonus points if polka dots are involved.
I do wonder, though, what bloggers' offices and entire homes would look like if Pinterest didn't exist.
Would we still be drawn to all things Kate Spade? Would it ever occur to us to display clothing and shoes as works of art? Most importantly, would gold be as big of an obsession as it is today?
Perhaps once we finish the house renovation I will forgo cliche decor a la Pinterest and start afresh. But for now, here's a glimpse into my current office, cliches and all.
CLICHE 1: The strategically placed faux fur
CLICHE 2: The carefully curated gallery wall
CLICHE 3: The gold desk accessories
CLICHE 4: The piles upon piles of fashion magazines
CLICHE 5: The explosion of spray painted decorative objects
CLICHE 6: The Kate Spade nesting boxes – or a DIY version from IKEA
CLICHE 7: The color coordinated stationery and notebooks
CLICHE 8: The lone sequin hanger
CLICHE 9: The totally impractical acrylic piece
CLICHE 10: The article of clothing displayed as decor
Are you guilty of these cliches? Got any of your own to add to the list? Where do you usually get inspiration for your own decor? What are some of your favorite decor blogs?
Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!
DIY: Desk, Floral Pompom, Floral Initials // IKEA: Bookcase, Chair, Faux Sheepskin, Candle, Frames, Pink Magazine Holders, Pink Storage Box // FOXY OXIE: Wall Art // c/o See Jane Work: Letter Tray, Stapler, Tape Dispenser, Pencil Holder, Nesting Box Set, Pink Pencil Set, Striped Magazine Holder, Notepad Set // c/o Glitter and Bow: Sequin Hanger // Target: Stationery and Thank You Cards, Metallic Round Vase, Wrapping Paper, Washi Tape, Gold Paper Clips // c/o Sparrow Boutique: Sequin Dress
Loving the article, very good information for a man, it helps us understand a little bit more what women enjoy in life, ha. My girlfriends office needs redecorating whilst she is away, and this has given me lots of ideas, thank you so much!
What is the DIY Ikea Kate Spade Nesting boxes you speak of? I can’t find the pink ones you have anywhere :(
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Ha! So fun. I just wish I HAD an office — right now blogging from my laptop on the couch and feeling super unprofessional. ;-)
Thanks so much, Christina! Hope you had a good laugh! XO
Aww Rebecca, thanks so much for your sweet comment! Happy to have made you laugh! I’m a firm believer in not taking myself too seriously!
I’m all for natural light in the workspace, as it tends to improve productivity, but if I sat directly in front of the window, I feel like I would never get anything done!
Haha that’s too funny!! Complete opposites there I guess. :) I can’t stand looking at a wall! I get claustrophobic!
Loved this article.. except my office is a BIG mess!
Hi Liz, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts! Maybe I should’ve added “clean and organized” to the list, considering that it’s totally staged! If my office is ever as clean as it appears on these photos, that probably means I haven’t been working! So you’re not alone!
Hahahahahaha I TOTALLY have that chair (like, 3 of them to be exact.)
Love this article!
x Tiff @ http://www.thehautehaus.com
Hi Tiff, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! Those IKEA chairs are a total steal compared to the original Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chair, which retails around $1,600 for a set of four!
Unfortunately, I won’t have an entire office in our new house that we’re currently renovating, so I’m thinking to buy five more (from IKEA) and use them in our dining room. Where do you use yours?
YESSSSS! I think they’d look amazing in a dining setting!
I have one in the corner of my bedroom and two in my home office!
x Tiff @ http://thehautehaus.com
also, totally just stalked you on instagram and twitter! followed! (i’m tiffanywoodxo by the way!)
x Tiff @ http://thehautehaus.com
Hahaha this is so funny. I’m sure one day when I have enough space in our place to have a home office it will look something like this. You forgot one though, don’t forget about inspirational gold foil prints that say something like “Hustle”!
Oh, yes! So many more cliches to add to the list, but thankfully there are a few out there that I’m not guilty of! I purposely tried to stick with ones that apply to me for the sake of the article.
I actually won’t have an office in our new home (that we’re currently renovating), so I’m sure there will come a time when I’ll be missing this space, cliches and all. On a happier note, I will likely be selling all of these goodies – you interested? :)
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Kayla! Hope to see you chime in on future posts! XO
Oh, yes! There are quite a few I could add to the list, but I was sticking to ones I was guilty of myself for the sake of having a photograph to go along with it.
The tassel garland, the monogram coffee mug, fresh cut peonies, the Kate Spade agenda, the decorative urchin, the platter of color coordinated macarons… The list goes on and on. :)
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! XO
Hey, as long as we’re aware of our cliches and don’t pretend to think we’re original, then bring on the peonies and macarons! :)
Wouldn’t you agree?
I love this! Although I wish my office looked like yours! My kids would have a party in an office like this! :)
Aww, thanks so much for your sweet words! If you only knew how many times people have said to me, “When I have a baby girl, I want to decorate her room like your office!” LOL Sorta makes me want to re-decorate REAL QUICK! :)
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, gorgeous!
Your office is so beautiful! As an interior designer I’m always interested to see how trends affect what people put in their homes. I’m guilty too of hopping on the gold and pink bandwagon but that’s because I’ve always loved gold and pink! I think as long as you continue to incorporate elements that are authentic to you, incorporating majorly trendy elements are totally fine :)
Hi Diana, Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! You’re always so encouraging and sweet – thank you!
I totally agree with you – as long as we’re aware of our cliches and don’t pretend to think we’re original, then it’s all good, right?