One of the most exciting parts about buying my first home (except having a kitchen all to myself...) was the idea of creating a new blogging space. With the rest of the house fairly neutral, thanks to the good taste of the previous owners, I wanted to make the smallest bedroom into a bright and creative office space to spend my time blogging and working on freelance projects. It's just about come together now, so I thought it was time to show you my little office.
If you're a regular to Recipes & Reviews, you might remember my old blogging corner from back in 2014. The same old faithful Charles Eames style chair and Next desk are still around, but there's a new addition which I'm rather obsessed with. THAT Orla Kiely wallpaper... I lusted after this pricey wallpaper for so long than I eventually treated myself to it with some John Lewis vouchers. At £61 a roll (gulp!) I'm forever thankful to a local decorator for being able to cover the whole wall in one.
I also couldn't help a few additions from TK Maxx, Tesco and Tiger, as well as this light box and a cactus penpot from Primark. So far I've really enjoyed grabbing a cuppa on a weekend morning and getting on with my writing. It feels healthy to take myself away from any distractions. Well, except for all those foodie Instagram accounts to scroll through.
I have always wanted somewhere to organise my ever growing food prop collection too. A girl can never have too many paper straws, tea towels and Kilner jars, right? So from chopsticks to cheeseboards, I've attempted to arrange my food styling pieces in a way that I can see everything I have. It really does bring me joy to scan the shelving looking for a particular plate to go with my colour scheme or theme.
My food props range from charity shop finds to eBay treasures. Not forgetting lots of tea cups and lovely cutlery handed down from family members who know that I would find a new home for it. Or for birthdays, I'm no stranger to sushi platters and teaspoon sets - and I'm not complaining. I use lot of wallpaper samples and textured card for my backgrounds too, although I'm never sure when this collection will end!
I mostly love individual plates (although if there's a set in a charity shop I can't let them be split up) with newer pieces from Pip Studio, Wayfair and M&S joining the stack. At the moment I'm looking out for unusual serveware and cake slices - an extra excuse to bake something tasty really.
What would your office essentials be? If you're a blogger, how do you arrange your photography props? And where do you like to write? If you'd like to see another recent home post, you can see my kitchen tour here.
For more foodie prop inspiration, check out these posts from fellow food bloggers: