LIFESTYLE // University desk tour

Monday, 12 October 2015

Hey there!
There's nothing better than a pretty desk to get you motivated to do some work - am I right? I have really tried to make the most of my desk this year. However, this is more easily said than done considering that blu-tack is not allowed in my house - #rentalpains. This meant the next best thing had to be buying the largest cork board I could find thanks to Rymans. A few hours later (imagine a movie-style montage) and my desk was complete!



As you can see, I have managed to pick up as many inspirational quotes as I could. These are from various places including Pinterest, TK Maxx, Paperchase and Marks and Spencer. My favourite, and so it takes centre place is the gold 'you got this' print which was one of 10 I got in a pack from TK Maxx. There were 3 different packs and I wanted them all but there are only so many inspirational prints you can have adorned on a wall (unfortunately!) Oh, and the frame was an absolute bargain at £1 from Tiger!


My photos were a variety of prints from Polargram and Boots  (who both do square prints!) with some jazzy Wilkinsons push pins. Some ribbon and Primark copper star lights later and the cork board was looking beautiful! Obviously my desk wasn't cluttered enough and so I added post it notes galore (because I'm a little obsessed) and a 65p mason jar for use as a pen pot. 

Primark had some lovely candles for £1 each so they were picked up instantly. Finally, I just put a couple of fake flowers in my favourite wine bottles ever. Greek wine is surprisingly good and can have beautiful bottles. The geometric print meant that I may have taken more than 6 home #sorrynotsorry. 


So that is how my desk is looking this year (whilst it's still tidy!). Sure, it's not exactly sophisticated or Pinterest-worthy but it was done cheaply and I'm happy with it! Rented student accommodation can be dodgy at best and so difficult to make it feel homey. However, it really is the little things like some photos, fancy cushions or bunting that can make what was horrifically clinical into something you cannot wait to get back to.

Have you spent time decorating your desk this year? What tips would you give to make the most of limited space? Let me know!

30 comments :

  1. Eeek, so cute! And I love all the quotes - those bottles as well are SO PRETTY.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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    1. Thanks lovely! One evening the manager of the hotel cottoned on and realized we bought the wine for the bottles and so gave my parents a couple more. They're just so pretty though!

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  2. This is so cute :) I love all the motivational quotes!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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  3. Ahhh! Your desk is perfection!!! I love it!

    Be | lovefrombe

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  4. omg how cute is this?? my fave are the framed quote :) makes such a great decor! i wish my desk was anywhere as near clean as yours!

    theleeday.com

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    1. Thanks lovely! I must have spent a fortune on inspirational quotes but I cannot help myself!

      :)

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  5. Gorgeous details! I love everything especially the framed quotes and fairy lights :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks lovely! The lights were such a bargain!

      :)

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  6. I have a lot of the Paperchase prints on my desk too! Looks fab, I love the fairy lights around the cork board x

    Abi | abistreetx

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    1. Thanks lovely! Paperchase prints are such a cheap way to add a bit of colour to your desk!

      :)

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  7. awww what a lovely little desk arrangement! i actually prefer the look of it on a cork board. i need some inspirational quotes in my life right now. xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

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    1. You do! Even M&S have inspirational quote greetings cards - you need to get on it!

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  8. Your desk is lovely! I adore the motivational quotes you have got

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XXX

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  9. You say this isn't Pinterest-worthy but it so is. Would you mind if I pinned it to my DIY board? I've been planning to overhaul my corkboard for the longest time! Great post; I love seeing people's creativity, it's very inspiring :)
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
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    1. That is so lovely of you - thank you! It's had a little move about since I have taken these photos although I need to get the washi tape out too (it never ends).

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  10. Your desk is so beautiful! I'm definitely going to be taking some serious inspiration for my own desk.

    Beka. xo
    littleworldofbeka

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  11. Oh, what a beautiful desk! I have to take a few hours to reorganize mine, and add some photos of my friends. My corkboard is surprisingly empty. But that's because I'm too lazy to put anything on it hahaha <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot lying about and printed a few things out. You know once you start something and then you find more than what you need? This was one of those times.

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  12. This is such a cute desk! I love all of the motivational quotes, they are so cute :) I love the colour themes and lights too - it makes it all so homely xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Thank you! You have got to love an inspirational quote!

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  13. Your desk is a work of art! I don't even drink wine but I NEED that wine bottle in my life!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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    1. Thank you so much - that's so lovely to say! They are absolutely gorgeous wine bottles. My mum took about 10 back (not even joking).

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  14. This desk is amazing! I need to keep my eye out for cute prints since my desk is looking a little bare these days!

    Ally
    Hustle & Whoa

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    1. Thank you so much! There are so many places that do them these days and far too many to choose from!

      :)

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  15. Cute desk, I have to make something simillar :-)

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Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate every single one of them and will get back to them as soon as I can :)