Home Office Space

While in Toronto I’ve had to figure a few things out in our temporary home to better support my family’s needs. Like adding a little girlie flare to the guest room that became my girls room once they arrived. Speaking of, once the kids descended I was forced to find and create a quite spot for myself where I could get some work done. Hence, the lovely and peaceful home office space I cobbled together. I borrowed a few pieces of furniture I found around our rented condo and purchases a couple of pretty accents from local shops. I’m pretty pleased with how the space turned out and have found it to be a perfect spot for working on the blog, writing, reading and generally getting inspired. I thought I’d share it with any of you work from home mamas out there in need of a little home office beautifying ideas. XOXO, KT

Desk and side table
Desk and side table

All I could find in the condo was a small desk just big enough to hold my laptop or planner. For the stuff that spills over I bought a pretty little side table from HomeSense in Toronto. Ideally I would have had a larger desk with plenty of drawers for storing all my office supplies but I didn’t want to purchase one that I would be forced to leave behind when our time here comes to an end.

Desk, accessories and plant pots
Desk, accessories and plant pots

I added just a few accessories, some plants and a couple of my favorite quotes to give me something pretty and inspiring to look at between thoughts and sentences. I’m really loving everything rose gold at the moment and feel the color gives just enough pop to a room without overwhelming it. Lately I’ve been craving soothing, peaceful colors and neutral spaces. I guess the busier my life gets the more I need my environment to bring a sense of calm and tranquility to my frazzled mind. Adding in live plants and flowers (and maybe one or two faux) is my new go to for easily and cheaply beautifying any space or room. I pick ones that are incredibly low maintenance and that are easy to keep alive and thriving, like orchids and succulents.

Quotes, planner and plant pots on desk

The master bedroom in the condo is actually quite large so I decided it could serve several purposes. A place to sleep, think and work. So along with the desk I also added a comfy arm chair I dragged out of the master bathroom and a foot rest I purchased from…you guessed it HomeSense. I added a faux fur throw to make the chair even cozier and a pretty lap desk from Indigo Book Store to make it a little easier to write or work from the chair.

Master bedroom

With the bedroom serving as more than just a place to crash at night and well…you know 😉 it’s important to me to make the bed and tidy up so I’m never surrounded by clutter or chaos while trying to work or get inspired. Though to be honest I’m an every day bed maker kind of gal anyway so this isn’t anything new for me. When I have an early call to set my amazing husband will take up the bed making mantle because he knows how important it is to me. Gotta love a man who will do the little things to make you happy!

Master bedroom

Office Items

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  • Michelle M McFarland

    Love love love it all! You’ve created very peaceful spaces, I’ll be taking some of these ideas to my own home office!
    Thanks Katherine, I love your Blog!


    July 16, 2018 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Lori Mc

    A girl after my own heart! I love creative spaces that are calming! Love your blog!

    July 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Heather Berry

    Love this! I have a whole room for an pffice and Im still lost on how to make it functional, tranquil and give me space to create.
    Also love the video, showing real mom life. Because, kids just don’t always cooperate.

    July 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Gail Giancola

    Looks like a great space to work and maybe knit. Great ideas for me to use in my personal knitting/quite space. Thanks! Love your blog!

    July 16, 2018 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • jillian

    OH! And the perfect furry dog accessory to make every home the most inviting 🙂 Nice. All new ventures in life are so excellent. Fixing up your new space and a new job in a new city. Sound so fun.

    July 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply
  • henriette

    looks very nice 🙂 would love to meet you! your son are so sweet 🙂 you have a wonderful family many blessings

    July 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    It looks so fantastic and cozy! Both spaces look like some really great spaces to get those creative juices flowing or just relax after a busy day. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us in own homes. 🙂

    July 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm Reply
  • Marcia

    Hi Katie!!! Looks like you are settling in up there in Toronto! I like your practicality with making do with what you have on hand for the most part! Looks like you have made that place your own for the time you will be there! I LOVE that lap desk! Not only is it functional, but very cheery looking!! Keep up the good work and good thoughts, before you know it, it will be time to go home! Always, Marcia

    July 17, 2018 at 9:20 pm Reply
  • Laura

    I too LOVE Jane Davenport. I’d love to see a blog video of you creating with some of her inspiration. Can’t wait to see you on SUITS tonight!!!

    July 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Lovely ideas Katherine, you’ve created a lovely feel in the limited space! I am now inspired to get creative and rearrange some things in my home!

    July 19, 2018 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Laura Walker

    Obsessed with all of these items but WHAT IS THAT PLANNER? It looks like the planner of dreams!!! I have a mini office in my kitchen where I work from home most days. This has given me lots of inspiration, thanks. 🙂

    July 19, 2018 at 10:41 pm Reply
    • Erica Canant

      Girl! That’s a Happy Planner! I about squealed when I saw Katherine’s. I’m a tad obsessed with my Happy Planners. Go check them out! thehappyplanner.com

      If you want any more inspo on them, there’s a big and amazing community of us on Instagram. We share how we customize and use ours! I’m @ericacanant on Insta.

      You can find them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanns, etc!

      Happy planning girl!

      July 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm Reply
    • Tracie

      Its a BIG Happy Planner. I love them! You can find them at micheals, hobby lobby or Joanns.

      July 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm Reply
  • Katie

    What beautiful inspiration, especially for those of us that work from home full time! You have my wheels turning, thinking of small updates I can make to keep myself motivated! I’m also wondering about your planner and desk calendar…they look amazing! Thank you for sharing your space with us!

    July 19, 2018 at 11:10 pm Reply
  • Jess

    I love your blog! I live in Canada and I agree that Indigo and homesense are great. They have wonderful and cute accessories to make a home just how you would like it.

    July 20, 2018 at 4:16 am Reply
  • Faye Maylam

    Katherine your mini space is so pretty, you stuck to a gorgeous palette of colours. I too am a happy planner girl. The fact you can make them your own is the reason I’ve been using one since they were first released

    July 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Vanessa

    What a beautiful place you created. A few things can make the difference. i love that.
    By the way… Did you really say there is Schmutz on the cover of your planner?! Do you often use German words instead of the English ones?
    Thanks for sharing all of your ideas.
    A lot of greetings

    July 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Stephannie

    Your video tour was exactly what I needed to boost my creativity today! I’m a blogger who uses The Happy Planner too and I recently changed over to the BIG size to better manage my blog (which has fallen victim to a busy life without enough time in the day!). I love the beauty & simplicity of your ‘sacred space’ and agree 100% that we all need one. Thank you for sharing your space and I’m so glad to have found your beautiful blog too!

    July 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    I have the same planner and in love with the whole planner line! Would love to hear more on how you set your up and use it.

    July 29, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • Mary Anne DeWitt

    I love your space…it was just perfect. I love your planner, I too am a Happy Planner girl, best planner ever!
    Thanks for sharing your space with us.
    Mary Anne ❤️

    July 29, 2018 at 11:36 pm Reply
  • Jane Davenport

    I think I just fainted when I saw all of ‘my’ supplies on your art table! You definitely have rainbowitis (The love of art supplies). Thank you for sharing your beautiful space, your creative passions and snippets of your life. I CANNOT wait to see you in Suits! ❤️

    July 30, 2018 at 12:53 am Reply
  • Crystal Morgan

    Such a beautiful and cozy space – so many great ideas to create in your bedroom! I, too, am a Happy Planner girl and LOVE it (and all things rose gold)! That lap desk is adorable and so is your decor. Enjoy every single moment with your beautiful children, time flies way too quickly. TFS!

    July 30, 2018 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    What are the inserts you are using in your Happy Planner?

    July 30, 2018 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Gina Lighton

    Hi from a fellow Artemologist with severe Rainbowitis! Jane’s terms of course. Love to see that you journal and plan and have an adorable son. Your creative space is beautiful, that black table-yum! See you in Suits!

    July 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Nicci Dot CA

    Thank you for sharing your creative space! It is so nice to see …. and thank you for promoting and working in Canada. Much <3 . We have a great art journaling group on Facebook, if you are ever looking to share your pages or look for more inspiration. Enjoy Toronto 🙂 .

    love from White Rock, BC (near Vancouver)

    July 31, 2018 at 9:55 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Fleming

    OMG! As the creators of The Happy Planner, we are over the moon to see that you still love to use your planner and that you have made it your own! That is what Happy Planning is all about! Your creative space is an inspiration, as are you! Wishing you all the happiness that life has to offer! xoxo Stephanie Fleming // The Happy Planner 🙂

    August 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth Rhode Island

    I hope you will talk more about your artist in you, the art supplies, and how you made out with the supplies too. Because I am a artist myself , I love pencil drawings especially from real pictures usually takes me 10 min tops I love that size of your planner book , but I was looking to use that idea for making a regular book that I am working, thought book spine is awesome and the whole planner it self! I love your ideas on crafting and love your blogs too! I am so creative myself thank you so much!

    August 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Sandy VanHooydonk

    I have a bedroom, that is for crafting, sewing, quilting and one corner for yarn. It’s so disorganized, I can’t work in there. You have inspired, and giving me great ideas for that room. Your room is beautiful, organized and peaceful . I can’t wait to get started on mine.

    August 20, 2018 at 11:38 am Reply
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