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Office Space Updates


nubby twiglet office space updates


Over the last few months, I’ve made a few updates to my office and thought it was about time I shared it in its current state. When I’m home, I spend the most time in my office and to me, it’s important to have a personal space, no matter how small, that is all your own and reflects your style. At points in my life, I had upwards of five roommates but even then, I made a space that I could escape to — I know that not everyone has the luxury of having an extra room but even if it’s the corner of your bedroom, I believe we all need that special, designated space to be creative in.



nubby twiglet office space updates


The most recent updates I’ve made to the space involve switching out my gray rug for a chevron stripe version and trading black transparent curtains for solid white ones. Something about the space always felt a bit off and I think it had to do with my rug being too small for the room (it only covered half) and even though the curtains let a lot of light in, they were still black which didn’t feel very inviting.



nubby twiglet office space updates


I switch out items on the shelf above my desk but usually keep a favorite pair or two of shoes up there — to me, they’re like fine art, mini sculptures in a way. My desk has a lot of stuff on it but there’s still plenty of room to work. A lot of people ask about the TV and alarm clock and I’ve had both for about 10 years now — they were part of a limited edition collection by Magnavox by Target. The TV needs a converter box and only gets about 4 channels but that’s okay since I barely watch it.



nubby twiglet office space updates


At the end of last year, I upgraded to a Wacom tablet but also got a mouse because I’m left-handed. I was taught to use a mouse right-handed in school…but am NOT a pro handwriting with my right. I am still trying to figure out the best setup but haven’t had much time to experiment. For the record, I love my Wacom and highly recommend it because it allows for so much more experimentation (a link to the model I own is below).



nubby twiglet office space updates


To me, my surroundings, personal style and design are all pieces that fit together into one big puzzle. I try not to separate anything I do and because of this, keep style-related items I admire sitting out throughout the room. My iPad is always on my desk now because I keep all my to-do lists in it.



nubby twiglet office space updates


The Antigirl Love Life Print was a semi-recent addition and makes me so happy. I have almost all of Tiphanie’s prints from over the years and am a huge fan of her work.



nubby twiglet office space updates


I’m not a huge fan of taxidermy but my brother found this vintage deer at a thrift store for a total steal. I have had a set of flat files in my office now for a few years and am desperate to get another to house all the campaigns and client work I have stacked up in our hallway closet.



nubby twiglet office space updates


I wanted another chair in my office that didn’t feel too heavy or take up too much space. I’m not very label-conscious when it comes to furniture and found this Louis Ghost knock-off on Ebay. It works perfectly fine for this space.



nubby twiglet office space updates


Personal mementos and my magnetic bulletin board.



nubby twiglet office space updates


Here’s a close-up of my new rug. It was actually a mis-order on my part but there were no returns allowed. I’ve slowly grown to love it, though it sheds like crazy. Thick pure wool rugs will do that to you…in the meantime, my vacuum cleaner is getting a serious workout! Everyone around me is sick of my constant talk of rugs and if it keeps up, I’m going to film The Big Lebowski 2.


Office Resources:

• NuLoom Chevron Rug
• Apple 27 inch iMac
• Ikea Merete Curtains
• Ikea Desktop & Legs (you can mix and match combos in-store)
• Ikea Flat Files
• Wacom Intuos4 Wireless Tablet
• Antigirl Love Life Print
• Magnavox for Target TV and Alarm Clock (circa 2001)
• Vintage Taxidermy
• Lancelotti Red Cross Cabinet (circa 2002)
Herman Miller Aeron Chair (I found mine on Ebay for A LOT less)
• Target Ceramic Pencil Cup

*If I missed anything you’re curious about, let me know in the comments!



nubby twiglet office space updates


Last but not least, my favorite office companion, Rocky makes this space even better. As always, this space is a work in progress (my new curtains still need to be hemmed!) but it works for me and I’m thankful to have a room of my own. On another note, I’m constantly on the lookout for house and interior inspiration and have a pinboard here.


The Viceroy

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012


During our recent holiday in LA, Gala and I stayed at the Viceroy. Located in Santa Monica and just blocks from the beach, it’s probably best known for featuring the interior design talents of Kelly Wearstler. Her touches throughout are just the right mix of modern and surreal: animal motifs, ornate shrubbery, an otherworldly canary yellow library, and chic poolside cabanas are just the beginning.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

Gala pooolside & the cabanas


The first thing that stands out about the Viceroy when you walk in (once you get past the baby head lamps and walls of plates) is the service. The second after you check in, you’re offered glasses of complementary champagne. After a few sweaty hours crammed on a plane, they know how to switch you over into relaxation mode! You think service like this would be standard at most boutique hotels but it’s surprising how icy the staff can often be. The Viceroy is not only warn, inviting and helpful but the lobby smells amazing. They have great service down to an art.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

There’s a ton of stylish seating throughout — perfect for entertaining.


Of course, for service like this, you do end up paying big time. Gala and I were definitely surprised at how small our room was compared to other places we’ve stayed but there’s definitely an element of escape from reality here and if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is your place. I would say that the Viceroy is great for that quick, few day escape but if you’re looking for something more spacious and appropriate for long-term, The Palihouse may be more your speed.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

Poolside cabanas with horse head details & there are plate-covered walls everywhere!


The Viceroy grounds are immaculate, the shrubbery and palms are perfectly trimmed and the setting is quite serene. But, there is one downside. On our last morning, I woke Gala up at the god awful hour of 6 a.m. with something to the effect of, “I can’t sleep. I’m hearing voices.” She must’ve thought I was losing it until, as if on command, we heard a loud, cartoonish “AH-CHOOOOOO!” from the next room over. The cartoonish voices and coughing continued back and forth for another few hours….I swear I have a point! THE WALLS ARE VERY, VERY THIN. (I’m not blaming Kelly because she’s an interior designer, not an architect). So thin that these characters lit up a cigarette and the smoke quickly seeped into our room. Gala, not missing a beat, said, “Excuse me while I go poison myself.” The smoking and voices subsided after that. Ahem! I mean…ah-choooo!


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

I’m always working on something & when you get restless, decorate the dog lamp!


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012


My favorite place to lounge in the hotel was the canary yellow library, complete with shag carpet! Aren’t those book shelves amazing?


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012


The library was only the beginning, though. On our last night, we discovered the Wizard Of Oz-esque lobby bathroom, complete with checkerboard floors. Kelly Wearstler has a knack for color that I adore.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

Yellow chairs. Just because.


Viceroy Pros:

• It’s extremely close to the beach. A two minute walk and you’re on the sands of Santa Monica.

• The service. We had to call down to the front desk (which was pretty often) but each time, they were incredibly pleasant, wrapping up the call with “Have a magical day!” Really.

• The decor. Kelly Wearstler definitely added plenty of unexpected, special touches that you won’t find anywhere else.

• The room service. Gourmet desserts at midnight? Not a problem! Everything we tried was awesome.

• Complementary yoga! At 10 am on the weekends, you can do a full hour of yoga with an instructor out by the pool. They even provide the mats and mini bottles of Evian.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012


• Poolside parties. On Saturday night, a deejay gets the party started around 10 pm. I’m pretty sure this is open to the public, as well.

• Staff that lets you take photos. We invited the Made U Look ladies over to our hotel and were shooting poolside and the staff didn’t interrupt or say a word except to ask about their vintage cameras! At almost every other place we’ve stayed, the staff shuts us down.


Viceroy Cons:

• It’s quite expensive for the room size. If you’re traveling through, I’d recommend staying one night at the Viceroy for the experience (and the pool) and then moving on to more affordable digs. There’s a ton of other nice hotels close by.

• The thin walls. You can hear everything. Sneezes, the TV and random giggles when you just want to sleep.

• The lack of signage. The front of the hotel is surrounded by tall shrubbery which adds to the mystery. I guess this makes the hotel an ideal escape for celebrities but for the rest of us, it can be a bit of a pain. We had to keep telling our visiting friends to “look for the shrubs.” Haha.


nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012


Overall, if you’re looking for an escape from real life to the surreal and appreciate quirky, modern decor, you’ll love The Viceroy. Still missing Santa Monica (and the Viceroy) a lot…