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Hi there, and welcome to my little slice of internet. I'm a graphic designer currently living in a small 2 bedroom apartment in Melbourne. This space is a refuge from my day to day life. A place for things that excite me, people who inspire me and places with amazing interiors.

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My West Elm Workspace Makeover

My West Elm Workspace Makeover

My gosh it's been ages! After taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging to focus on settling into my new home in Melbourne, I've decided it's time to jump back into my little space on the internet and get back into writing... And what better place to start than with my recent workspace makeover with West Elm.

Now I'll be 100% honest, I'm a MEGA fan of West Elm and have been before they set foot here in Australia. I remember regularly browsing their online store staring lustfully at everything (that iconic Martini Side Table) before wailing like a banshee because I couldn't purchase them here. Thankfully those days are over and there's no longer any need to throw a toddler tantrum because I can literally duck down the road and pay a visit in-store, yay! Actually, no, I will chuck one 'tanty'. The recently opened West Elm in Brisbane is beyond gorgeous. Seriously. Jaw dropping AMAHZING. It opened about a month after I moved to Melbourne... tops. Not saying the stores here in Melbourne aren't amazing too, but c'mon!

You can therefore imagine my reaction when West Elm reached out and asked if I was interested in collaborating and making over my workspace. I basically lost it, but was able to get myself together, say yes, and quickly start brainstorming ideas. In my typical style, I wanted something that completely contradicted itself; clean and simple, but with enough stuff to keep the sense stimulated and interested. The area also had to be functional, both in regards to fitting within our not so large apartment and fulfilling its role as a workspace. Without surprise, West Elm had everything I needed.

Starting with the desk, the Mid-Century Mini Desk was an obvious choice and worked out perfectly. With space saving dimensions, storage space and looking like a million dollars, it ticked every box. It was also incredibly easy to put together, which is saying something (just ask my boyfriend how useless I am with a toolbox and you’ll understand). Though I was really tempted to go with the acorn colour, I ended up picking the white. Why? As the desk would feature in our main living space, I didn’t want it standing out TOO much. White is probably the easiest colour to work with when trying to make something blend in.

  Styling & Photography  Matthew Harrison

Styling & Photography Matthew Harrison

The next step was picking a chair. I was considering sticking with my old black bucket chair, however, was recommended having a look at the Scissor Spindling Dining Chair (yes, dining chairs have a place away from the dining table). I think we can all agree it worked out to be a good decision; its openness, beautiful contrast and interesting shape created the perfect focal point to the space without being too over-the-top. Not much else needs to be said except, “OMG THAT CHAIR!”

  Styling & Photography  Matthew Harrison

Styling & Photography Matthew Harrison

Finally, the Clint lamp. Oh the lamp. I think we had our first encounter sometime last year, maybe around March or April… who knows/cares. The point being, it was on the West Elm website for like a week then disappeared. The distress it caused me was something else. I would repetitively and hopelessly check back hoping it would appear and I’d buy 15 and devote a room to its beauty. Didn’t happen. Sorry, I’m being dramatic. As always, patience pays off, it came back in stock and it made it into my makeover. I love its size. I love its marble base. I love the brass. We’re engaged. You're all invited to the wedding.

  Styling & Photography  Matthew Harrison

Styling & Photography Matthew Harrison

After sorting out the basics, it was time to put together the final bits and pieces. Foliage & pots, stationery storage and stylish decorations were sourced from West Elm’s amazing homewares range. I picked my favourite scent, courtesy of Scent of Home, and grabbed a nice book from the lovely Hunting For George Pop-Up Shop and I was done! I took some photos and tah-dah, workspace made over!

  Styling & Photography  Matthew Harrison

Styling & Photography Matthew Harrison

I can’t thank West Elm enough for gifting me the beautiful pieces of furniture and home-wares I used and seriously recommend you check out your closest store to see all their beautiful work, though I’m sure you already have. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch everyone soon.

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