By Marni Fogelson

Published on August 1, 2017

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Photography by MARISSA COX OF RUE RODIER

See you later, sad and boring cubicle desk. These desks provide inspiration for every space possible, whether you have square feet to spare or are trying to carve out a place in your apartment to get the job done. You’ll actually look forward to focusing once you sit down to these work/study setups.

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Photography by DAILY SAVINGS

Tiny spaces call for inventive measures. This setup repurposes an apartment closet into a home office. Meticulously organized desk essentials are vital in a tight area, along with shelves that make the most of the vertical space. 

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Photography by TURBULENCES/DECO

Framed by two bookcases, this unconventional desk design comes complete with multiple shelves to keep essentials within arm’s reach. Woven baskets corral papers, desk calendars, and devices, while the top shelf becomes the perfect storage spot for items too precious to toss.

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Photography by ASHLEY GIESEKING

There’s a lot to love about this side-by-side workspace, designed by Amie Corley: The pops of emerald green complemented by the detailing on the white drawers, blush pink chairs, and plenty of wall art. 

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Photography by CHRISELLE LIM

Industrial style combines with elegant and romantic details to create a dreamy setting. The Flokati chair softens up the space by contrasting with the bare floors, painted brick wall, and even the desk’s sharp details. Open shelving nearby allows the actual desk to remain sleek and clutter-free while still holding inspiring office staples such as a family photo and fresh flowers. 

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

A desk with this much going on could easily veer into messy territory, but it has several design elements that keep it on a clean and crisp track. The space looks vibrant and less cluttered courtesy of an abundant use of white. Exclamations of color and inspiring media, such as photographs and book covers, make the desk feel fresh and fun. 

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Photography by TERESA LAURA CARUSO

Inspiring quotes? Check. Palm Beach-esque pink and green details? Check. Sleek white desk with roomy drawers? Check. Money Can Buy Lipstick blogger Teresa Laura Caruso’s recently refreshed office doesn’t take up much space, but a few key elements (namely the leafy wallpaper and the pink cabinet) make it stand out with a bold yet playful touch.

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Photography by PHIL BERNARD Design: Cassidy Neves and Sophia Brancoli

Leave it to blogger, Cassidy Neves of Styled by Seven (with help from designer Sophia Brancoli), to transform a basic black and white desk setup into something light, bright, and fun. The desk itself is luxuriously long and kept tidy with just a few decorative accents. The black spritzed wall adds a playful hint of drama while plants offer punches of vibrant green.

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Photography by NINA CHOI

This dark-stained wooden desk, selected by designers Joshua Greene and Katrina Hernandez, grounds a bright blue office without dulling it down. Large enough to be transformed into a dual workspace, the desk is also ideal for meetings or working lunches. 

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