Desk Shopping Ideas for a Coastal Inspired Home Office

Ok, so now that I have my office painted and the new floors installed, I guess I better get moving on the furniture!  So, now it’s time for desk shopping!

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Hardwood floors in empty room

Right now I am focusing on the desk.

Originally, I thought I would go with a white desk in front of a white bookcase or built ins.

Here was the inspiration board I made with that idea in mind…

See my Office Inspiration from Ballard post for more details.

Then I started thinking that I wanted a stained desk to break things up a bit.
There will be an area rug in there so the stained desk would not sit directly on the wood floor.

I love this one from Ethan Allen.  It is traditional, not bulky looking and has a bit of a British Colonial look to it – which I love since I love touches of the Caribbean in my home.

It is only 52 Wide X 22 Deep X 30 High though, so it might be a bit small for the space.  I think I need something a little larger since my plan is to float the desk in the center of the room in front of the bookcases.  I do really love the look of this desk though!

Here is another option:

via Universal Furniture

The Paula Deen Working Desk from Universal could work in the space at 58 Wide X 28 Deep X 31 High.  It’s a little bigger than the Ethan Allen one and has a similar look.

Here was my original layout for the room.

The Ballard 3 Drawer Desk in my original plan measures 64 1/4 Wide X 28 1/4 Deep X 30 1/4 High which is significantly larger than the Ethan Allen one.  The Ballard Desk does come in a Tuscan Brown color so that is definitely an option for the space.

The Printer’s Writing Desk from Pottery Barn has some potential.


It’s definitely large enough at 64 Wide X 32 Deep but I am not sure the stain is dark enough.  I will have to see it in person.

And if I am going with Pottery Barn,

I could take a whole different direction with a two tone desk:

I love the Whitney Shuttered desk but I have to check to see what the back of the desk looks like it I want to float it in the room…then again I could change the layout again…ugh!  I know I’m crazy!

So that is where I am right now with my office.  I know I should be much farther along but I have been doing tons of “behind the scenes” stuff like organizing the closet, donating old things and generally getting everything in order so I can actually use this room as my office.

UPDATE – Here is the desk I chose! 

What do you think of these desk options?

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  1. Hi Shelley,I am liking the Paula Dean for Universal. The legs and stain look terrific. Otherwise I would go with white; if not in a British Colonial design, a Sleek Parsons Table which would be so fun with your other pieces!xoxoKarenaArt by KarenaGiveaway from Splendid Sass.

  2. I love your inspiration board. I had repainted my husband's office furniture off white and now it's mine. lol I'm still working on the top of the desk but have been sidetracked with other projects.

  3. Oh they are all fabulous. Your room is wonderful and I love the floors. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. You have some wonderful selections to choose from — good luck! Just FYI, I really like the PB 2-tone desk!

  5. I like the look of your idea board. The Pottery Barn desk is cool, but I like the sleeker style of the others too. Can't go wrong either way, I don't think!Liz

  6. I'm still loving this mood board so much! If you're going to have built ins, it would be fabulous to have an open desk without drawers to keep the room feeling breezy and light. This is such a fun project to see coming to life!

  7. The new floors are so beautiful!! And I love all your ideas. Any of those desks would be great and I can't wait to see the final results! :-)Vanessa

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