Kicking Off The New Year In Style: My Office Tour…and a Giveaway!

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

I spent a solid 10 years of my life sitting in other people’s offices…never feeling like the surroundings really reflected who I was.

And, that was totally fair — after all, I was getting paid to show up and do a job! The thing is, I’d always dreamed of having my own space. In the ideal scenario, I wanted somewhere that fit my personal taste and made me excited to get out of bed every day (even on Mondays and the occasional weekend).

At the same time, my practical side kicked in — I didn’t want to go into massive debt just for the sake of having a pretty space. No matter who you are, that’s just a terrible business move! So, I waited it out, working from an extra room at home…until the perfect spot landed in my lap during the Fall. I moved in November 1st and quickly got to work making the surroundings feel relaxed but stylized and documented the process in Anatomy Of An Office.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Thanks for virtually joining me as the space came together over these last few months. Now, it’s time to kick off the new year in style and help YOU pull your own space together. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter an awesome $200.00 giveaway courtesy of UncommonGoods! They have a ton of great home and office items so you can put the perfect finishing touches on your space!

The Tour

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Let’s start with a good ol’ before and after. As these things usually go, I didn’t get many great before shots. I came in, took a quick tour, came back a week later when the construction was finished, signed the lease and moved in. Both of these shots were taken from the entrance, just at slightly different angles. The main differences between the shots: the old popcorn-textured ceiling was removed, plywood sheets were installed for the flooring, window casings were built in and the brick wall to the left was painted white.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

It’s time to move onto the desk area. I already had a spare desk and an Aeron chair from my old office so I kept those around. My desk area has a massive set of windows directly behind it which is great for a dose of natural light.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

I’m all about having a tidy surface and clean off my desk every night before I leave. It’s almost like I’m giving myself a clean slate for the morning. Each morning, I walk in, plug in my space heater (old brick buildings are COLD!), set down my cup of coffee and light a candle. It’s nice to have those little rituals to start your day.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

I also have an affirmation from Kikki K taped to my computer. It’s a good reminder that even when the unexpected things hit (because they always do!), a positive attitude will go a long way.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

I’m really big on matching office supplies. As soon as I signed the lease on my new space, I ordered orange goodies from Poppin. Their stuff is super solid and comes in tons of punchy colors. And of course, an eccentric pencil holder is a must!

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Moving on, directly behind my desk is a bookshelf I’ve had for a decade. All of my design books and reference magazines and catalogs are housed in it by color.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

On the white brick wall next to the bookshelf, I have a large inspiration board. This is my view when I glance over to the right side of my desk. If you missed the DIY, you can build your own by following these steps!

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Moving down from the inspiration board along the edge of the white wall, there’s two orange chairs divided by a round yellow table. My brother is the ultimate thrifter and found these chairs for $40.00 each at a swap meet somewhere in California. I’m really big on the necessities not being ugly — this garbage can holds a lot but isn’t an eyesore.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Moving to the opposite side of the room, I have a row of built-in shelving that allows me to change out the artwork. It’s built out of door frame trim and you can make your own here! I usually have a mix of coffee table books, records and inspirational sayings rounding out the mix.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Directly below the shelving is a white credenza — this is where all the basics are nicely hidden including dishes, props, a scanner, wacom tablet and extra supplies.

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

I picked up a bunch of yellow cardboard storage boxes from IKEA to hold things like art supplies, Pantone books and candles. It’s a simple way to keep the clutter contained.


Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Everything in my office can be sourced from this handy list:

• Blanket: Cross by Pia Wallén.
• Brutalized Gainsborough print: Chad Wys on Society 6.
• Colored trays: Kaleido Trays by HAY.
• Credenza: Alba by CB2.
• Desk: Parsons by West Elm.
• Eiffel Tower sculpture: HomeGoods.
• Floor lamp: RANARP by IKEA.
• Footed bowl: UncommonGoods.
• For Like Ever Print: Bright Yellow by Super Rural.
• Fuzzy pillow: Anthropologie (made in different colors now).
• Garbage can: UncommonGoods.
• Gelato candle: Mozi Australia.
• Magazine files: TJENA by IKEA.
• Office chair: Aeron by Herman Miller.
• Pens and scissors: Poppin.
• Round table: Stockholm by IKEA.
• Rug: Moroccan Trellis by Nuloom.
• Sculpture With A Spectrum print: Chad Wys on Society 6.
• Storage boxes: TJENA by IKEA.
• Today I Am affirmation: Vision Board by Kikki K.
• Toucan pen holder: UncommonGoods.
• Tray and pencil cup: Marble by H&M (no longer made).
• Wire chairs: Ethel by The Bend.

Thanks for checking out my space….now it’s time for the really fun stuff below!

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

UncommonGoods Giveaway


For this giveaway, I’ve partnered up with UncommonGoods, an independently founded B Corp based in Brooklyn with a focus on supporting artisans and giving back to the community. Pretty awesome, right?

They’re giving one lucky reader a $200.00 voucher and you can spend it on whatever you’d like…but here are some of my suggestions to get you started:

Nubby Twiglet | Branch Office Tour and Giveaway

Source: 1. Greek coffee cup, 2. cockatoo pencil holder, 3. unzipped glass bag, 4. footed bowl, 5. ampersand serving board, 6. apple trinket box, 7. tubular garbage can, 8. agate coasters, 9. footed mug, 10. porcupine pencil holder, 11. heart server and 12. whale stapler.

To Enter

It’s easy to enter the giveaway:

1. Like UncommonGoods on Facebook.

2. Like Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment below letting me know what you’d spend your UncommonGoods winnings on!

Pssst! Need some ideas? They have THOUSANDS of items to peruse including handmade / personalized / gift options here, here and here.

The fine print: Contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide. You have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, January 9th, 2015 to enter. One winner will be chosen at random. Use a current email address when you leave your comment so I can contact you! Once contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck….and happy new year!

Special thanks to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this giveaway. All photos and opinions are my own.

182 Responses to Kicking Off The New Year In Style: My Office Tour…and a Giveaway!

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  1. Ariel says:

    I would buy things for my new craft space- definitely things to organize my colored pens, markers, and pencils. I love how these pieces are art themselves, yet serve as a canvas for your own fillers. Perfect!

  2. Trace Abbott says:

    I’ve just got a new job, I start after the holidays, and this would be a wonderful way to personalise my new workspace!

  3. Danielle says:

    I totally need to spend it on things for my house but I know I’ll end up getting the custom nose print necklace of my pup!

  4. Crystal Lampe says:

    Your office is a wonderful reflection of who you are. I recently repainted and decorated mine after changing businesses and I get so much more done on a daily basis.

    If I were to win this amazing prize I would get several of the DIY kits. It would be hours of fun for our family and a learning experience.

  5. I’m currently a graphic design student so I’d use it to get some prints and goodies to make my own workspace an inspirational and fun place to work. Your office looks amazing. xxx

  6. Nicki says:

    I love Uncommon Goods! What a great giveaway. I’ve actually had my eye on that greek coffee mug for quite a while, that would definitely be on my list. My husband and I lost pretty much all of our belongings in a botched move to NY last year, so I would probably choose a few cute things for our apartment like throw pillows and maybe a lamp or rug. We’re starting from scratch! Your office looks absolutely fabulous, by the way!

  7. Your office looks gorgeous! Congratulations.

    I would get…

    1. Cardboard deer head
    2. Smartphone projector
    3. The Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag

    …and whatever else strikes my fancy that day!

  8. Desi Tuparman says:

    Hi Nubby, you have a beautiful office. I like your inspiration board. I’d spent the $200 to decorate my house. And of course, the footed mug. It’s so cute. Uncommongoods has lots of beautiful and unique stuff. And thanks for letting me know about it. Happy New Year!

  9. Allison Mick says:

    Love the new office design! The pops of color are so well-placed yet unexpected. I’d spent the $200 on new barware because I definitely want to do more entertaining in 2015. The ombre stemless wine glasses are super cute!

  10. Kelly D says:

    I like both Facebook Pages, and I would get the The Popcorn Bowl with Kernel Sifter and the Multicolor Ombre Stemless Wine Glass Set.

  11. Erica Smith says:

    We are putting our house back together after a storm caused damage to the roof and windows as well as a front wall last summer. I’m repainting the entire inside of the house a soft mushroom grey, and it will make a lot of my accessories obsolete (which is probably due since it’s been a decade since we moved in and decorated). I could use some fabulous new objet d’art in my new color scheme!

  12. Amanda says:

    I love the mix of white and colorful accents! I’m looking to do something similar in the office section of my bedroom — I’m a new college professor and need an inspiring space to make grading papers and writing lesson plans more fun! I love the apple trinket box and the different pen/pencil holders on uncommon goods! This site is exactly what I was looking for! I also love the custom stamps for envelopes. As a fan of snail mail, it would make it even more fun to send letters!

  13. Tamara says:

    Dear Nubby, Thanks for sharing your new office space. It’s very inspiring to me since I’m making some updates to my bedroom and changes to my life. These last few months have been tough at home due to family illness and I would like to use my voucher to give meaningful gifts to my loved ones. The ‘A year of Gratitude’ set and the ‘What I love about you by me Book’ would be ideal to express my affection. My friends know that I practice Bollywood, love India and am obsessed on elephants. Therefore, this Christmas they got me a beautiful elephant pendant to show kinship and support and a good luck statue to bring blessings in my home. I would like to increase the presence of this special animal in my life by getting the ‘Elephant whistle’ (makes me so happy haha) and ‘Elephant pillow’. 2015 is about making my dreams come true. I am finally travelling to Cuba and Jamaica which have been my dream destinations for the last 2 years and maybe one day will also make it to India. I think it would be awesome to update my bedding with the Indian handmade ‘Continent Pillows – Set of 3’ as I’m ordering new bedding to match my authentic Indian tapestries that my father gifted me when I became an adult. Finally, I have re-kindled my old love for drawing and caricatures and am using it to raise money for the family medical bill. I had forgotten how happy this makes me feel and would like to frame some of my works in the ‘Floating Gallery Frames’. Uncommon Goods is really awesome so one final thanks for introducing me to it. It is very rare to find such a good quality good priced goods site like that ship to my tiny homeland of Malta! Many blessings for a great 2015, Tamara

  14. Sarah McCook-Weir says:

    I think I could by their whole shop, but definitely love the ampersand server, prism light and champagne cork candles are favourites.

  15. Marie says:

    I spend most of my time on my desk at my house and it’s about time I give it a little makeover. I would buy some office organizers like the password reminder book or the apple trinket box! Also love the ship desktop organizer!

  16. Josie says:
  17. Bianca says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this post since you first wrote that you were moving into a new space. It looks like such a comfortable, practical and stylish space, you must be loving being in it.

    I love perusing Uncommon Goods. I am setting up my own little studio in a detached sunroom in my backyard that overlooks my garden and am hoping it will be a really versatile space conducive to getting lots of stuff done! Thus, I’d buy a few nice little decorative pieces and stationery for my new studio.

  18. Cherie says:


    I’d love to use the voucher to score some sweet candles, vases, and animals+pets art prints! I’ll be moving to SF in a month, and it would be the perfect way to spice up my space! I’ve been dreaming of moving to a city since forever-ago, and alas! this year is the year.

    Thank you Nubby for continuing to be the inspiration that you are. I love your style / design, and couldn’t be happier about your new office space. It just looks so… you!

    And thank you, UncommonGoods for sponsoring this give away :) Super excited to browse around your store.


  19. Courtney W says:

    I love your new office, very chic! I would most certainly love some kitchen goods for my potential new condo, and what really caught my attention is the wishing ball. I’ll pretend I’m Grandma to get that thing.

  20. Dee Dee says:

    I love your entire office! All of it, but especially those walls. Oh, those walls.

    I’m not sure where to start but do know that my own home office needs more Paris in it, so that’s my goal. Or more red. No, maybe more glass.

  21. Joanne Andrews says:

    What a great promotion! I would spend the winnings on home decor, as I am currently off work, at home raising my son Lucas. We are down to one modest income and have moved to an area close to the beach where my son can roam. The house is in desperate need of some modernizing. I would use the prize to beautiful our living spaces. I would love to win!

  22. Steely McFox says:

    Thanks for sharing your space! So inspiring. I’m doing a remodel of my daughter’s art studio and love Uncommon Goods for their stylish/useful pieces.

  23. Carol says:

    I love the ampersand cheese and cracker platter, so that would be top of my list. And then there would be some tough (but fun) decisions about jewellery to make.

  24. Medusa says:

    Is this a coincidence or what, because just today I received an Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail! I simply ADORE the cockatoo pencil holder! It is perfect for me because I LOVE BIRDS! I would buy $200 worth of just this item! I have so many different types of pens for all of the postcards I write!

  25. Lisa says:

    Your office looks stunning!! I am trying to give my office a bit of a makeover and would definitely spend the voucher on that. I love the cockatoo pencil holder and whale stapler :)

  26. Dallas says:

    Love the office! I might use it as inspiration for my new one after my boyfriend and I move in Feb!

    That being said, if I win, I WILL spend the winnings on beautiful little Arimo Moss Ball Light Bulb Terrarium and then something for my boyfriend. :)

  27. Katie says:

    I love a lot of the items, but the meditation box stands out for me. What a lovely idea to keep in your office and take a few moments when the day gets stressful.

  28. Alexis Brook says:

    So many pretty things!

    Unzipped glass bag would be great for my desk at work as would the porcupine pencil holder.
    Pick punch.
    Footed bowl
    Scratch map

  29. cindy says:

    I would buy a wind chime for our home and a silver rattle for a friend who is about to have her first bub in Marxh.

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