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Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

The office area is one of the last areas we decorated in the studio. All the managers have desks along the back wall and when we designed them we decided to call this post One Desk: 4 Ways because everyone’s personalities are so different and each office area is reflected in their style. We partnered with IKEA (one of my favorite stores ever) to make our office areas functional AND pretty. Just like the rest of the studio I had Ikea kitchen cabinets installed along the length of the entire wall like a “fauxdenza.” I did this because we need a ton of storage and lots of places to hid messy/unsightly projects and supplies. In addition it just looks clean and I love that I can lean art on it or stack books and it automatically looks great (I also did this in my home.) For the desks we picked these IKEA legs and paired them with these glossy desk tops that Jenny Komenda recommended. They are the best! Other than the desk and the fauxdenza I just told everyone to do what they wanted.

1. THE BOSS

This is my desk. My role has changed in the company as we’ve grown (I no longer get to be the one to fringe paper for the pinatas.) My job now is to set the direction and priorities for the team. Helping come up with ideas, searching for new products for the shop, getting the new studio put together, and assigning projects to team members. For my desk I knew I wanted a big inspiration board…

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

For this board I got a large piece of homasote from the hardware store and covered it with fabric. It creates a giant pin board so I can make a real life Pinterest board come to life. It’s so important that my team can see what is going on inside my head. I would describe my personal style as bright, iconic, playful, and fun. Instead of keeping the desk legs a standard color I painted them yellow to match the blog! I chose this yellow chair from Ikea to match. I started with this removable wallpaper from Spoonflower that goes on like a dream. I love grid patterns right now. It’s a graphic neutral that looks good with almost everything. I also bought this striped print from Book/Shop and framed it in a Large Ikea Ribba Frame.

The main challenge with my desk is keeping clutter under control. There are always new product samples or bills and paperwork around. Having storage options was super important so my desk didn’t always look like a hurricane. The fauxdenza helps a lot. I also bought these storage boxes from Ikea but I decided to spruce them up with big loose paint strokes. Form and function!

I also added some of my favorite things like my Italian red vintage typewriter, my silver ball inspired by my visit to Casa Barragan in Mexico City, a little smiley face pouch I bought in Paris, and lots of art books.

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Styled by Jordan Ferney | Resources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5

2. THE COLLECTOR

Amy is the Oh Happy Day Art Director and came to us all the way from Australia. She is one of the most talented people I know in real life. Her job is to art direct the photoshoots and decide the visuals for Oh Happy Day. She is ridiculously talented and we are so lucky to have her. She is always collecting beautiful tchotchkes and knick knacks, which is why she is so good at her job. She has the most fun job at Oh Happy Day but she works so hard and is constantly searching and looking for new things. I think sometimes people want “fun” jobs but they don’t realize how hard you have to work to do it really well.

For Amy’s space she was inspired by all the beautiful things she collects, “I’m a collector at heart and it’s the details that make me happiest in life so I like to surround myself constantly by all the little things that inspire me to create.” She started with a soft grey wall. Since space and storage are constantly a struggle Amy knew she wanted some sort of shelving. She ended up going with these wooden floating shelves and painted the edge a purple-ish pink to add a bit of color to the wood. We installed them off center. She decided to paint the legs of the desk the same color too. For the desk chair she chose this pastel blue chair that is modern and comfortable. She even added some simple hooks to hang her pretty necklaces and jewelry. On display she keeps all her pretty collections, art books, quirky pillows, and pink record player. I love all the textures and shiny things.

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Styled by Amy Moss | Resources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5

3. THE ORGANIZER

Andrea is the Oh Happy Day Shop Manager. She is responsible for reordering all the products, styling product photos, updating the site, and overseeing the shipping and warehouse. Andrea is super organized, sometimes I’ll come in on a Monday and realize she has spent the whole weekend rearranging the warehouse! She is amazing and we miss her like crazy while she is on Maternity leave. For her office she chose a “Present and Correct” style which means lots of pretty office supplies! She ends up with a lot of purchase orders and invoices so it was important she had places to keep all her paperwork organized.

Ikea is perfect for office organization and Andrea chose lots of paper organizers, clip boards, and shelves to keep everything in it’s place. She went with this pretty chair and painted the desk legs minty to go with the whole color scheme. Andrea used these stackable cube shelves to add more space for supplies, catalogues, and magazines.

She customized this corkboard with paint and hung everything in a grid on the wall so she could put up all her pretty office supplies on display. Her color palate was lots of pastels with pops of brights and neons.

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Styled by Kendra Smoot and Amy Moss | Resources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8

4. THE MANAGER

Alison is the Oh Happy Day Managing Editor and has worked for here for almost four years(!)  she basically runs the entire blog. She does everything from planning the editorial calendar, producing ad campaigns, styling photos, scheduling social media, to managing employees. It’s so hard to find someone that is organized and keeps meticulous deadlines as well as someone that is artistic and creative. We don’t know what we would do without her. To keep everyone organized for the past year she has been using a piece of foam core with a makeshift calendar on it. It was not cute (although very functional!) She looked for a pretty calendar but only found this one on Etsy which seemed cost prohibitive. She was trying to figure out a DIY version when she realized there was already a step by step on A Beautiful Mess. It turned out great and is a really pretty and functional calendar.

Alison’s style is feminine, classic, and artistic. She explained what she was going for, “For my desk, I wanted it to be pretty simple. I really like that pale pink color that is everywhere right now- and black and white. So, I tried to keep a really simple color palette. Paul hand-painted the calendar for me – I use it every day to help schedule out our week. I don’t like clutter, so I removed anything that looked too busy. I basically tried to keep it super clean, classic and simple. ”

After the calendar was in place she chose this modern white clock and asked Naomi, one of the crafters on our team, to create this custom artwork in the Ikea Ribba Frame. She chose this pretty glowy lamp, some copper details for her desk, and added cozy details like this striped blanket and pink pillow to her chair (the studio gets cold so it’s not just for show!) Alison kept the desk legs the original color and chose this sleek task chair. You can’t see it well in this photo but it’s gorgeous and such a good deal.

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Oh Happy Day Studio Tour: One Desk 4 Ways

Styled by Alison Piepmeyer | Resources: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6

This post is sponsored by Ikea.

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Giulia

    August 24, 2016

    Love how each one is so different! Jordan, do you only hire women that have names that start with the letter A ;-). Lovely post.

  2. mm

    August 24, 2016

    Dumb q… so you painted the trestle legs, right? Can you share the paint and any prep work? Thanks!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • August 25, 2016

      We used Valspar spray paint. No prep, just spray painted directly onto the legs. :)

  3. Julie Gallagher

    August 24, 2016

    Oh wow! This is the most inspiring collection of office styles! Trying hard to decide which one I like best! Great job!

  4. AMY

    August 24, 2016

    They’re all so gorgeous!! Dream office!

  5. Huub Ricardo

    August 24, 2016

    Oh wow, so cool that every one of you get an awesome workspace in your own style. Pretty fly!!

  6. Olivia

    August 24, 2016

    Can you share where Amy got that amazing heart pillow?

    • amy
      • amy
      • August 24, 2016

      Hi Olivia! The heart pillow was from Oeuf but I’m not sure if they’ve got it anymore. https://www.oeufnyc.com

  7. Brookej

    August 24, 2016

    This is my absolute favorite kind of blog post! I always love seeing the same “stuff” styled differently–it always helps me to envision my own stuff in a different way. Super fun, love all of the offices.

  8. Gemma

    August 24, 2016

  9. Elise

    August 24, 2016

    I am LOVING the behind the scenes look at the studio/office!

    High five to Allison for being organized and creative at the same time. I think we are our own breed of unicorns. :)

  10. Kristin

    August 24, 2016

    The glossy table top link isn’t working for me. Could you tell us the full product name? Thanks!!

  11. Deborah Bae

    August 24, 2016

    Could you share where that plexiglass calendar is from? I love it!

  12. Roshelle

    August 24, 2016

    I just ordered a string of Bright Lab Lights, like the ones in Allison’s office. Wow, those are happy! I follow Oh Happy Day on Facebook, and you are making me happy almost everyday. Your offices and new studio space is very inspirational; I wish you all much success.

  13. Amy Branger

    August 24, 2016

    What did you do with all of the cords? I see a computer and a lamp on Jordon’s desk and other stuff of the others but no cords. That’s the main reason I don’t buy a table desk like that. I’d love solution.

    A

  14. Cats

    August 24, 2016

    All beautiful and so inspiring! I’d love to see how all the different desks look together in the whole space. :)

  15. Cassie Tremblay

    August 24, 2016

    Yes could you give details about painting those desk legs?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • August 25, 2016

      We spray painted them before attaching to the tabletop. That’s it!

  16. Jayne

    August 25, 2016

    I love Andrea’s space, but there is no mention of the wood and green metal shelving on the unit at the back?? Otherwise love it – love bits of all the others too. Very inspiring.

  17. Rae

    August 26, 2016

    Hello! These are so lovely and bright. I love how you styled all of the IKEA pieces. I was also wondering, how did you handle your cord management? I see outlets behind the desks, but nothing is plugged in. Did you ladies come up with a cool solution?

  18. Danie Pout

    August 26, 2016

    Amy Moss! So wonderful to see your desk AND that you are working IRL in the Oh Happy Day studio!! Fantastic! xxx Danie

  19. Debra Ponte

    August 27, 2016

    Jordan, Divine!All of it. So clean looking, yet creative looking. Colors so uplifting, how can one NOT want to come into work! wow. Great job and this is why your a success. I love seeing it all.Thanks.Following u/Twitter,etc.
    Debra/Mass

  20. Sarah

    August 28, 2016

    I absolutely love this post! One question, where did you get the faux credenza that’s behind each desk?

  21. carrie

    August 28, 2016

    What a great article! I loved reading about the team members and seeing each person’s space.

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

  22. Rebecca

    September 1, 2016

    Looks amazing, guys. Love your clever customized IKEA pieces. I’m about to instal the kitchen cupboards in my spare room but I was just wondering: did you use IKEA top kitchen cupboards? Apparently they’re roomier. Thanks, Rx

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