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. OMG this article hit so close to home, as an independent contractor for design and photography I too wish to have a badass office of my own one day. But at the moment currently paying my dues, gaining experience and learning through others like yourself on how to be a better, smarter indie artist and entrepreneur. Love the goods from this company!

  2. Kendra W. says:

    I’ve spent hours on their site before wandering everywhere! They have such amazing things and I’d definitely be looking for some decor for my home office! I would love some more things to hang on the walls, whether it’s shelving with knick knacks, hanging random bright colored fun things, cat-related decor, and so much more. I’m obsessed!

  3. Steph says:

    I’d spend the money on making my home office more creative and inspiring so I can keep creating beautiful things. I’m a Web Designer by trade but love writing, painting and drawing. Working in a space as beautiful as yours would sure help! :)

  4. Jayca says:

    Well – thank you for the giveaway!
    First, I’d steal that parrot for pens & markers – I’m currently using a broken ceramic owl from west elm – head less owl = creative or macabre?
    next, I’d save some $$ for gifting – I’ve gifted items from UG every year since forever b/c everything is just SO cute.
    after that? Definitely a clock. In NEED OF CLOCK. :-)

  5. Thank you for this beautiful tour! Every detail of your office space is so inspiring. I work out of a home office for my wedding photography business, so I certainly understand the need for affirmation and inspiration all around you!

    I didn’t realize UncommonGoods had such lovely art prints in their shop! I particularly love the Neighborhood Leaf Maps, Many Moons Screenprint, and A History of Existing Life piece.

    Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  6. Julie Raye says:

    Liked UncommonGoods on Facebook.

    Liked Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.

    I’d spent it on the stemless wine glass set and the scarves!


  7. Sierra says:

    Liked UncommonGoods & Nubby Twiglet on fb. Already a big fan of your blog for several years & so excited to discover this site … I’m very tempted by the Aquamarine Branch Ring, the Stainless Steel Zipper ring, Tower jewelry holder, and the Steampunk coffee mill.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Heather S says:

    What a fabulous giveaway, I la la LOVE uncommon goods! I’d love to give their “scratch map” a home :)

    p.s. I like you both on Facebook

  9. valerie sobus says:

    I’ll be honest, i’d never heard of uncommon goods before. but i’m smitten with their stuff! if i won i’d probably spend the whole voucher on their kid/baby goods. especially these booties:

    i’m pregnant with my first so i’m super giddy to buy him lots of things :)

    I follow both you and uncommon goods on facebook, and my facebook name is Ruby Sobus (not Valerie Sobus).

    Thanks for the chance to win :)!

  10. Stacey camp says:

    I would have to spice up my office desk -the NHS in England is excellent but doesn’t stretch to lovely stationary! The porcupine and cockatoo pencil holders would be definites since I loveeee animals

  11. Crystal says:

    I would get the Aquafarm. This is the year of functionality for me, so if my beta fish could provide me with wheatgrass and save me time by not requiring cleaning of an aquarium, so be it!

  12. I just set up my wedding photography business last year after leaving my job in in finance, so I would use the winnings to kit out my studio/ office at home (I LOVE everything in your studio in particular the cockatoo pencil holder!!!) so that it feels like a cool, motivated and inspirational space to get busy in!
    I have liked nubby twiglet and and uncommon goods on Facebook!
    Julie x

  13. Annette says:

    If I won I’d have a really hard time deciding on what to get, because I love so much of what they have to offer. I do know that I’d like to get these Handmade Nesting Baskets – Set of 3, along with some other things.

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  15. Carey says:

    OMG … In love with your workspace. I am setting up my first real workspace at the end of the month and I am super excited. Love the layout and the cute stationary.

    Workspace for a BOSS!


  16. I just found your blog and oh so lovely is your working space. I also share a working space with my husband and it’s really a good feeling to throw in your own ideas, cause indeed at my full time job it ain’t possible to go all out or even a bit. I’m still working on making our office complete at home as we both have two separate kind of businesses. But thank you for your tour and hopefully i can join the blogacademy. For some reason I really would like to experience it live instead of online. Lets save up :) as I live far away on an island in the Caribbean.

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