A Cozy Minimalist Office :: A $500 Giveaway

UPDATE:: Winner announced at the bottom of the post

An office doesn’t have to be all printers, wires, file cabinets and black pleather chairs on wheels. As a matter of fact, I expect the same qualities from my office that I want from the rest of my home–something functional, organized with items I love and need, beautiful, but also simple. Amen.

My new office is a little L shaped room in our freshly renovated basement, and I had one tiny area to hold one hardworking piece that needed to add function and beauty but also give me access to the stuff I want to see, and hide the junk I don’t want to see.

This handsome bookcase from Arhaus was the ideal choice. Isn’t he perfect?

I’ve made the mistake of not thinking through the type of storage that I needed in my home. It’s a pain to buy the wrong pieces, but at least it’s a learning experience.

This time, I knew exactly what I was looking for and I found it.

I’ve learned the hard way, that I’m never happy with a bookcase that doesn’t have a solid back and sides, or one that’s too flimsy to hold up to my book collection. I love to show off my books, and to me, my rainbowetical book situation always stands out best in either a black or white bookcase.

small oslo vase

When you are purchasing any type of storage unit, consider if you need display storage or hidden storage, or both–I wanted to display my books, but hide other office junk. I feel in love with the entire Tremont line from Arhaus.

It’s a substantial wood piece (no worries, Arhaus never uses wood from endangered rain forests) with deep drawers, classic leather-strap drawer pulls and even has an option to add a brass library sconce at the top.

Of course I wanted to add some beauty without filling up my small office with a bunch of stuff. This wide mouth textured vase adds a ton of style and is perfect for yard cuttings–my favorite kind of green to bring inside.


1. tall vase // 2. round vase // 3. mirror // 4. rug // 4. daybed // 6. square pillow // 7. rectangle pillow // 8. sconce // 9. bookcase

Here are a few of my favorite Arhaus items for a lady office space, if I had more room, I’d go right for that daybed! I’ve got more favorites here on my Office Space Pinterest Board.

Check out more pieces from Arhaus to decorate your home here today!


Winner of the giveway::


This post is sponsored by Arhaus.

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  1. Babette says:

    I have been looking for end tables and the Nova Martini table would be divine! Love it!

  2. I’m currently looking for a new rug and new lamps for my living room. I love the Bezier Gold lamps at Arhaus and would love to make them mine!

  3. Rachel Blanke says:

    The striped linen bedding is gorgeous!

  4. Cindy Smith says:

    I would LOVE to purchase the portier coffee table that is on clearance. It’s hard to find a beautiful round coffee table and this one is PERFECTION!!!

  5. Deciding between the Palmer or Tremont file cabinet. Like the small.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    The Linden leather chair would be my first choice, with the Tiago rectangular mirror a close second!

  7. MING COMPUTER DESK – so cool

  8. I have been looking at the Fulton 60″ bench for a while now. It would be perfect in front of my bed.

  9. Adriane says:

    Love the CALLIE 4′ X 6′ RUG IN SLATE – just what I’m looking for!

  10. Kristy B says:

    Hi. I liked a lot of things, but I think the https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/coffee-tables-and-trunks/palmer-round-nesting-coffee-table-in-natural-oak/ would fix our family room movie night problem!

  11. Ooooh the writing desk is so simple but gorgeous

  12. Anything in the bedroom collection. My bedroom needs a serious upgrade.

  13. The Tremont Modular 60″ cabinet with file base – because it has doors for the books. I’ve always loved bookcases that protected the books with glass doors. That would be my choice.

  14. The bookcase is space-efficient and suits for small spaces. Thanks:)

  15. Melissa Storms says:

    I really love the bicycle desk lamp and would get thet.

  16. I’d love a new rug and new lounge couch!

  17. Amy Miller says:

    We need new bedside dressers…I like the Portier collection!

  18. Melissa Threadingham says:

    Can anyone please share the source for the white file cabinet. I’ve looked everywhere, but cannot find it. I really want to get one like that – with the five drawers.

    • Melissa Threadingham says:

      I finally found it in Ikea! Thank you for this inspiration. I need a better storage solution!

  19. Hi – I tried to comment on your basement post but didn’t see a place to add one. First of all – looks so good! Love how you work with your spaces to create such simple, beautiful rooms. Also – I saw on your basement post you mentioned your upstairs where your boys sleep has no heat or air. That is exactly how I grew up! My house growing up was once a one-room school house that was added onto over the years. For some strange reason when the upstairs was added they never ran heating or cooling. So we had wall space heaters in our bedrooms that we would turn on to get the room warm, and they were on a timer so would shut off when they got to a certain temp. Plus my mom would iron our sheets right before bed on really cold nights to take the chill off! In the blazing summer we just used fans….several :) Which is probably why I still need a fan when I sleep! My friends were always amazed we had no heat up there…but I never knew otherwise and thought it was rather cool :)

  20. I would appreciate any of these items in my office, Julie is a lucky lady. A minimalist office makes me more productive when I’m working on my VAX computer. I love that simple yet elegant vase.

  21. Mary Rogers says:

    Love the basement! What type of paneling did you use on the walls?

  22. AnnaTitova says:

    Amatr Amatr

  23. Looks really great

  24. Wow! I am in love with this wreath! I better add this to my to-do list for the Fall!! :) Thanks for the awesome ideas :)

  25. Wow! I am in love with this wreath! I better add this to my to do list for the Fall!! :) Thanks for the awesome ideas :)

  26. Very nice this is amazing!Thanks great ideas.The cabinet is the most beautiful i have ever see

  27. I love the bookcase is so preety and the tall vase looks amazing

  28. Wonderfull bookcase one of the best i have ever seen

  29. lovely post i ll take some ideas for my room

  30. lovely post i ll take some ideas for my room

  31. nice post

  32. nice post

  33. lovely post

  34. i like the table

  35. i love the table

  36. so nice table the best i have ever seen

  37. The article you shared here is great. This is really interesting information for me. Thank you for sharing

  38. Is this giveaway still going? Ahh Shucks the vouchers is gone already, just seen the announcement.

    Anyway we are loving your cosy posts.

    We bought most of our interiors from Next Home. https://icontactnumber.co.uk/Next-Home.html

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