A brief tour of my workspace

Hopefully you’re the keeper of a beautiful and inspirational workspace. While my day-job office desk is particularly uninspired, I do take much joy in my home workspace … even if I do change it around from time to time.

Last week the lovely Franca gave a guided tour of her study and challenged her readers to share photos of their own writing, thinking and blogging spaces. Seeing as most of my office is currently in a half-renovated state (I’m looking at you ugly pea-green coloured carpet!), I thought it would be best to just focus on my immediate desk space.

I’ve positioned my desk right next to a big window – it’s perfect for catching breezes and when the curtains are flung wide open (as they most often are), I find it the perfect place to indulge in a little daydreaming. I like using white as a backdrop, and I love using red to add splashes of colour, so this furniture is very much ‘me’. I do like to keep things relatively organised here … it keeps the mind clear so the imagination can get all messy.

If you’ve known me for even just a little while, you’ll know how much I like animals … and I am particularly partial to collecting them in glorious black and white. Aside from some lovely critters, here you’ll also find my Gromit ‘mo’ card drawn by the Mr, and a couple of beautiful mini-prints from talented photographer, Kellie.

Across the top is a selection of favourite books that I like to keep close by … almost as a reminder of what fantastic writers can achieve.Β Unsurprisingly, this collection also reveals a few of my favourite authors – people like Joan Didion, Haruki Murakami, Carson McCullers and Paul Auster.

Aside from my lovely Mac, my main desk space also holds a range of magazines (some of which are still waiting to be read), my bunny art print by Belle and Boo, and lots of hand-written notes scrawled on lots of bits of paper (a curse of any writer I’m sure). On the right, you’ll also spot my large Gromit toy who uses my printer as a chair.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my office – it was fun for me to see how much my desk reflects different parts of my personality. It’s also amusing to see how very different my home desk is from my office desk at work. After my room renovations are completed (which may be some time yet), I’ll be sure to invite you back in for a more complete tour.


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    How awesome is your workspace. πŸ™‚ very inspiring.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Aww … aren’t you just the sweetest? (yes)
      I think you’re a complete inspiration, so that’s such a wonderful compliment.

  2. Gabrielle

    I remember doing this in the blogospher over a year ago (when Tessa had just turned 7) – my office is much messier than your lovely space (but like you, I do love splashes of red throughout the house and I have a wonderful Mo card with Snowy sporting a big moustachio – just love that card). Here is the link http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/the-mess-i-call-my-office/

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – That’s so cool … your office is lovely Gabrielle! I love all the books you have … I can see they are the result of an active, inquiring and creative mind. I also really love that lamp!

      Red is a wonderful colour to add a bit of ‘life’ to the place I think … we clearly share the same excellent taste! πŸ™‚
      … and we’re Mo card buddies too … haha! πŸ™‚

  3. Kylie

    How lovely! I’d very much like our office to look this nice. Someday…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Thanks! But you’ll notice I’m very selective in the views I’ve shared … that pea-green coloured carpet is not visible, and my messy bookshelves are thankfully nowhere to be seen! πŸ˜‰

      In any case, I’m completely jealous of your gorgeous plantation shutters and lovely bathroom!! πŸ˜€

  4. Galit

    Enjoyed peeking into your workspace!! Very lovely corner you have.
    I still work on mine as it is such a mess and therefor I mostly end up at the kitchen desk…
    Loved the photo of your books and keeping it for inspiration πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – Thanks for your kind words about my workspace … I find that while the fundamentals stay the same, I tend to change up the little bits and pieces which accessorise the space (just to keep things interesting).

      I used to always use the dining table as my work space before I had my own desk – there’s something rather wonderful about spreading out properly like that! πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad you liked my books … I like to keep them in view to hopefully inspire me to keep my own words flowing freely.

  5. Franca

    Thanks for doing this, it looks great! The bunny with the orange bow is my favourite!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Franca – It was my pleasure! Thanks so much for the offer to take part … I had a lot of fun sharing my little workspace. I love the bunny too … and one thing I tend to do around the house is add bows to pretty much everything! Haha! πŸ™‚

  6. Debby

    A lovely serene space to work in I really like the donkey

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Thank you! When I keep it clean it is definitely a wonderful serene space to work in … it’s only when my notes start to pile up that it tends to drive me a bit mad. When that happens I know I have to stop everything and tidy it up! πŸ™‚

      I love the donkey too … as you can see I like surrounding myself with all sorts of animal goodness.

  7. Andrew

    What a workspace!! The delicious environment is calming, yet practical. I especially like the favourite authors nearby and each little touch, area of your workspace makes a contribution to the overall area.

    Cheers for sharing.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks so much! A calm and organised workspace is certainly something that I try to maintain, so I’m glad that comes through in the photos! πŸ™‚

      Depending on which authors are currently inspiring me, I like to rotate the book selection above my desk … they offer a gentle reminder of the wonder of words I think.

  8. jan

    I love it. So uniquely you. It’s easy to see why you can develop so many creative ideas sitting here with your many companions.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      HI Jan – Thanks so much! It’s lovely to have my own space at home … and it’s somewhere that’s slowly started to reveal different parts of my personality and various inspirations … I’m glad you like it! πŸ™‚

  9. Beth

    Thank you for the tour! I am the same with magazines – I have so many that I haven’t read properly, but I can’t resist new inspiration when new editions come out!

    Thank you also for your really kind words on my blog – I really appreciate it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Beth – Thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you liked the tour of my workspace.
      I’m shocking with magazines, I figure I’ll get to reading them all ‘one day’ … I’m really trying to break the habit of buying them, but I know – it’s so hard!

      It’s lovely visiting your blog, so the kind words are my pleasure.

  10. kellie

    Lovely! And it is so nice to see my little prints in people’s spaces. Thank Trace!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kellie – Thanks! The only trouble with your prints Kellie is that I WANT MORE! They are really hard to resist in all their colourful loveliness! πŸ˜€

  11. Thea

    I love white workspaces. I really want to show off mine soon – it’s been a lot of work to declutter it. I had that same picture of the coloured pencils until the dog chewed it up. Bad dog! x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Thea – I adore white workspaces too, in fact I really like white used as a backdrop pretty much anywhere in the house. I’m planning a slow transformation of all my interior spaces … one day they will all be brilliant white! πŸ™‚

      I’m looking forward to you sharing your workspace … I think our work areas offer insights into our personalities that just can’t be said with words … Oh, what a cheeky dog chewing up your picture!! (my dog would probably do the same if he could reach it!).

  12. bobbi

    First of all thanks for your support!!! I am happy you liked the shop.
    Secondly, i love our new blogdesign, but maybe I have already told you this.
    And finally, I love your workspace!! You should see mine. It’s terriblet, it’s the less inspiring workplace you coan think about. As messy as hell, even if I like to keep it clean ( I’m quite obsessed with that, it’s the virgo in me) .You have the Mac, all those books and decorations, and the desk is lovely. I wish I could be so elegant. And i love gromit!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh (re: my support of you and your shop), you’re very welcome. I’m so excited your shop is taking off and amazing the world with it’s loveliness.

      Thanks for your kind words about the blog redesign, I’m really loving it too.
      I’m sure your workspace isn’t as bad as all that – remember messiness just equals high levels of creative energy and imaginative thought processes! πŸ˜€

      How interesting that you’re a virgo, I’m a scorpio … so I think that just gives me an excuse to hold a grudge when people do me wrong … haha! πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad you like Gromit too … haha, he’s long been a favourite character of mine. Actually that Gromit toy used to really freak my dog out, I think perhaps he thought Gromit was a ‘real’ dog, so he’d growl and carry on … what a silly puppy! πŸ™‚

  13. Katie

    Clean lines and perfectly functional! I wish my workspace gets as much light πŸ˜€

    The animals are just too adorable and it’s always a fine idea to keep books by you.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Thank you, I’m glad you like my space. I love white, clean spaces. The Mac is a new addition, but I think it fits in perfectly to its surroundings! πŸ™‚

      I used to have the desk in a different position, but I found I wasn’t getting enough natural light from the window … that fact necessitated the move to its current position.

      I’m glad you like my animal collection, and I love keeping books close by … I have little stacks of them all over the house I think … near the bed, near the couch, at my desk … you never quite know when or where you’ll be inspired! πŸ™‚

  14. Fourth Daughter

    So neat! My creative space is in too much of a mess to even contemplate photographing.
    I love your new header.. what a sweet rabbit!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – Thanks for your lovely words about my workspace and the new blog design … I feel like getting both of those things right has been a long work-in-progress. It’s lovely to have them all sorted now! πŸ™‚

      My chemistry teacher used to say that he had a messy room because the natural state of the universe is chaos … so perhaps you can just adopt that theory? After all, science doesn’t lie! πŸ˜‰

  15. Sandrine

    Hello Tracey, I love the balance between calm, order and creativity that I can feel from your work space.I share a similar little colour pencil print on my inspiration board! πŸ™‚
    I have sorted my work space a little while ago but it already looks like it needs another tidy up!lol
    Glad to read that you made it safe through out this stressful time.
    Take care x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – Thanks so much for your thoughts on my workspace. I’m flattered that you can see calmness, order and creativity in my world … they are all things I aim to achieve each day. It seems that lots of people love Kellie’s gorgeous mini-prints … they are so bright and colourful! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your concern re: all the recent floods, things are returning to normal for me … but I know a lot of people are facing a long road back to normal. It’s great the community is pulling together and helping out though.

  16. Ricardo


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – Haha, yes I love Gromit too! He’s been a faithful hound friend of mine for a while now. I can’t imagine him not keeping watch over my printer! πŸ˜‰

  17. Mel

    Your workspace is *beautiful!* Mine is a complete tip…. The laptop lives on the coffee table in the living room (unless it’s on my lap, or tucked away down the side of the sofa if friends have come round). My craft stuff is all crammed into – and spilling out of – storage units behind the sofa. Oh, and some of it is in more storage units in the dining room. And some is on a bookcase upstairs.

    I think I have too much stuff!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Aww … thanks so much for your lovely words. It sounds like you like to keep things pretty mobile at home, and that sounds pretty wonderful too. There’s nothing quite like being able to move about, following inspiration or surrounding yourself amongst the action.

      I love the visuals of your craft stuff poking out all over the place … your creativity is clearing spilling over and that’s something to be encouraged!! πŸ˜€

      PS. You can never have too much craft stuff! πŸ˜‰

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