Study Time

It is that time of year, time to go back to school. For some it has already started, for others it is about to begin.  Regardless of whether you have a kid or follow an academic calendar, the start of school effects everyone. Your quick summer routes will become a little more congested when the yellow school-zone light starts to flash. While I love the free feel of summer, I also love darker denim, flats, boots, and my NEST pumpkin chai candle.

While January signifies a new year, I believe that August is really the start of a fresh one. With a fresh start, should come fresh study spaces. From a kid’s nook to an adult desk, everyone should have a space where they can be focused, inspired, and (hopefully) organized. I have found several study designs that will put you in the top of your class.


Remember that a study does not have to be a designated room, but a desk you put in the corner of a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or laundry. Just be sure to make it your own!


“Don’t you just love New York in the fall. It makes me wanna buy school supplies.”

-Tom Hanks, You’ve Got Mail

LA Study by Commune in AD
A Los Angeles study in a home designed by Commune in Architectural Digest.
 Andrea Anson's Manhatton Townhouse Study via AD
A lovely desk space in the corner of this formal living room in Andrea Anson’s townhouse. Photo source: Architectural Digest 
Desk in The Kitchen via House Beautiful
A desk as an extension of a kitchen. When you are short on space, the kitchen can be the most logical place for a desk area. I love the shelving to the ceiling and the cork board backsplash for the desk. Photo source: House Beautiful 
The Texas Ranch Desk of President Bush via AD
A classic corner of a beautifully paneled room in the ranch retreat of Laura and George W. Bush. All you need is a corner! Photo source: Architectural Digest
Tamara Mellon London Apartment designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard via Elle Decor
A lovely mix of modern and antique elements in Tamara Mellon’s London apartment designed by Martin Lawrence-Bullard.  This light space features a gorgeous desk flanked by two light fixtures. Photo source: Elle Decor
Study Brockschmidt & Coleman | Elle Decor
The more bookshelves the better. When I am not using my desk, it turns into a coffee table book library. When I do need to use it (often), I just push and pile them together to make space. It may seem cluttered, but it makes me feel inspired to work in that space. Design by Brockschmdt and Coleman in Elle Decor
Silje Aune Eriksen Desk Nook via Elle Decoration
The perfect wall space in a bedroom designed by Silje Aune Eriksen. This desk really adheres to the sleek and calm environment of the room. Photo source: Elle Decoration
Elle Decor Study with Gallery Wall
A divine matted green gallery wall with a contemporary chair and classic lamp. Photo source: Elle Decor
Duplex in Edingurgh via Apartment Therapy
A children’s study that is functional and fabulously designed. This couple’s duplex in Edinburgh was featured on Apartment Therapy
Monique Lhullier's Study Elle Decor
Monique Lhullier’s handsome and dramatic study featured in Elle Decor. If you do get a room for a study, go bold!
Sandra Lee's Home Office in Elle Decor
A soft study in Sandra Lee’s home featured in Elle Decor. I love when people bind thier books in white. What a fresh look! 
Modern Home Office via Pinterest
An incredible piece of furniture used in this industrial study. Photo source: Pinterest
Miles Redd via House Beautiful
A small desk makes a big impact in this Japanese cork-wallpapered room designed by Miles Redd. Photo source: House Beautiful 
Lisa Pomerantz New York Apartment via Elle Decor   
A clean and streamlined space in Lisa Pomerantz’s New York City apartment. This look could easily be recreated (think Ikea and Container Store). Photo source: Elle Decor
Elle Decor Study from October 2007
An incredible high-glossed office space with a mix of texture, prints, and design. SO glamorous! Photo source: Elle Decor
Elissa Cullman's Connecticut Study via AD
A charming and classic window view for an antique desk in Elissa Cullman’s Connecticut home.  I believe that all desks should be near a window and have wallpaper surrounding them if the room is right! Photo source: Architectural Digest