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. Cole says:

    My husband and I are continuing to redecorate our apartment this year and are finally focusing on the details! I love the mix tape doormat and the sputnik bud vase!

  2. Anna says:

    Updating my office and would love to have $200 to spend on all the eye candy. Too many options, will have to narrow down once I get my confirmation :)

  3. Chelsea says:

    My husband’s friend passed away a few years ago and we inherited about 800 books so I built a library for my husband as a sort of memorial. I really loved the bookends, or could put some of the $200 towards the Teak Root Side Table! I’m also a huge bird fanatic and the pottery bird house is gorgeous!

  4. Angel says:

    I loooove your orange eiffel tower so much!

    I would get this because it’s stunning, because chai is delicious! because i love baths and i love tea and tea baths sound marvelous

    and because it’s stunning.

    <3 Happy new year Nubby!!


  5. Alicia says:

    I’d definitely get the agate coasters. And some art prints, and something that I can use to organize everything.

    I love your office. It’s so awesome, all your books and extras.

  6. Scarlett says:

    There are too many things to choose from! I would get a few things for my new kitchen, some things for my husband’s very-boring-desk, and then a few for my office!

  7. Mary C says:

    That unzipped glass bag is adorable! There are also some key rings on the site I’ve been eying for a while!

    Great office space!

  8. Jennymarie says:

    I am always on the lookout for good couch pillows, and there are some contenders here for sure. Especially eyeing the paper plane cushion. One thing I love about having my own office, I can sneak a quick powernap, or put my legs up the wall when I just need to just think.

  9. Caitlin says:

    Your office looks amazing! Congrats on the new space!

    I would definitely need a few new funky organizational things from Uncommon Goods. Buying office supplies is a hobby!

  10. alexa says:

    I would use it on the Phonesoap Smartphone Sanitizer! I have been struggling with a compromised immune system since my near-death experience 2 years ago and this would be so helpful in keeping the germs away!

    I also would get the awesome meditation sand box to draw out some of my intentions for my non-profit, Hello Perfect®.

    Fingers crossed!

  11. Alexandra says:

    Your office looks great. So much light! Very inspiring.

    I’m still not sure what I would get from the Uncommon Goods, but the DIY lip balm kit would definitely be on the list. And a tube-wringer. I’ve been looking for one for ages.

  12. Jen V. says:

    My boyfriend and I finally moved in together six months ago, and I’m only just now getting my office/art space in our spare room sorted out (and hopefully finished before school starts up again)! I’m a sucker for all things marine life related; the whale stapler and one of the sand art pieces would be great additions for my desk, and the barnacle vase would look awfully nice on my bookshelf! 😉

  13. Congrats on the new office, Shauna! It looks amazing, but I’m not surprised, you’re a person of good taste.

    What will happen to your previous office, in your house? Do you keep a Mac there to work while at home?

    On UG, I’d definitely pick the agate coasters, the Kisa cat candle and the moo clock! I’ve been rearranging my own office, too, and these would be nice additions to it :)

    Not to mention the agate guitar picks for my husband. ^.^

    Thank you for the great contest!

  14. Nikki Dee says:

    Just like everything you do, your office is just so YOU!

    I’m finally making my apartment feel like home…if I won the contest I would definitely have trouble deciding between all of the candles, and would probably get the barn wood shelves (and maybe a jewelry piece for myself ;] )

  15. Leah says:

    After missing the very first Blogcademy(NYC) but getting the chance to be a student at the 16th class(Chicago) my parents were kind enough to furnish me with a beautiful desk! I have been focusing on making it a simple and enjoyable space.Since putting it together I still find there is more work to do and design choices to be made.As I am growing so is my space.It has become a launching pad to further my blog,my dreams,and to inspire.All of this has been an integral part of my recovery.There hasn’t been a lot of joy, but this has been the source of some.I know I would like to further simplify and beautify my space.I think the items I would choose from Uncommon Goods would include more pieces for clean,simple organization(because open spaces help you open your mind)and definitely the mug and bowl with legs! Because it always helps to have a leg to stand on :-) :-)

  16. Amy M. says:

    I love SO many of their products! I’m a graduate student right now, so I would probably buy some school supplies like that adorable stapler you posted.

  17. Crystal stearns says:

    I had such a hard time choosing only $200 worth of items so I didn’t!! Here’s what I cannot love without:
    ~ Recycled Record Book Ends (for my friend obsessed with vinyl)
    ~Home State Pillow (Florida to remind my bestie that home is here)
    ~Ticket Stub Diary (for another friend who loves live music)
    ~Do Good Hanging Chair (in the meantime until I get a hammock of my own on an exotic island)
    ~Reclaimed Wine Barrel Coat Hook (its just awesome)

    Love your awesome it has such a bright and vibrant feel.

  18. Emily says:

    Oh man. I am really focusing on professional development and raising the bar on my freelance work this year. To this end, one of the things I need to do is make a truly comfortable and inspiring workspace for myself. For now, I have an in-home office, but if all goes well, I’ll transition to a rented studio space before the year’s end.

    I’d focus on utilitarian items like the pencil porcupine, the dachshund bookends (!!!), the granite desk toppers, and the bloom box.

    Thanks for running the contest!

  19. So stylish, yet cosy! I didn’t realise this is a giveaway post until the end (I know you mention it on the title, but I got distracted by all the pretty pictures :P), which is a really nice surprise!

  20. Liked Uncommon Goods’ page, have liked your page for a while.
    They seem to have a lot of great items for the workspace, so I’ll spend my winning on that, as I could never have too many stationery items and I always like to rearrange and redesign my office space. One of the things that I’d love to have is the custom made address stamp and also the owl glasses holder, because that’s just too cute.

  21. Laurie says:

    Love your office space! So bright and colorful:) Both facebook pages are liked! I would spend the giftcard on that bar wood chandelier. It’s amazing.

  22. Leanne Morris says:

    I would probably put my winnings towards starting my own business, buying myself a new desk or even buying one of those fabulous mugs with feet! How great are they!? :)

  23. Stephanie says:

    I would get the indulgent foods pillows, it’s a set of three with a pretzel, donut and sunday. I think they would make me and any guest laugh… very whimsical and funny.

  24. Dianne Hanson says:

    I’m in the process of turning my second bedroom into a work-from-home office, so the timing of this post couldn’t be more spot on! Thanks for all the ideas :)

    I would get the “What’s on your List?” book, to keep me focused and motivated:

    A No-clean Aquarium for a bit of zen:

    And this amazing pillow to brighten the whole place up:

  25. Lauren says:

    My husband and I just bought our first house, so we would love anything from UncommonGoods, but I particularly have my eye on the Walnut bookend lamp! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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