Great office art from Etsy

I’ve been looking for some new artwork for my office walls and am finding there’s not as much as I was expecting that’s not either a) too personal (I entertain clients in my office, so some of what I love would be great in the living room, but not in the office); or b) too generic.

Because I work in architecture, I liked the idea of bold, classic patterns, and found that when I searched with those terms, more possibilities opened up. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Zig Zag Chevron Pink Orange Yellow Green is a 5×5 art block by studioredtilestudio. This chevron print is mounted to a cedar block and then varnished in a high gloss finish. That means it winds up being a beefy 1.5 inches thick making it a really solid statement on an office wall. What’s more, the shop offers a wide variety of similar prints so you could create an attractive wall grouping if you wanted.


Perennial Moment by papermoth is a lovely 8 x 10 print. I love that it’s feminine and fresh and dynamic and just a little bit unexpected for an office.

A Little Peacock Print by dekanimal is available in two sizes. The simple color scheme gives the print just the right amount of drama for an office space, while the patterns in the feathers are playful in such a perfect way.

The Cultured Cow is an 8 x 10 print by WildLifePrints. Okay, so this one might not be the right piece of art for all home offices, but for some it’s just the right blend of quirky. It’s charming, but not saccharine.

Something else that makes great art for an office are travel photos and other mementos. If you haven’t yet sailed off into the sunset (or if you’re like me and don’t enjoy lugging a camera along while you travel), how about this set of 10 postcard photos from Venice by missiaja? (By the way, check out the other photos in Marco’s collection–his carnival portraits are stunning.)

So, those are just some of the artwork I came across as I was seeking out ideal artwork for an office. Hope you enjoyed the roundup!

{Stuff I Like} {2 Comments} {April 19th, 2011}

What do you think of the vintage industrial trend?

A friend and I were talking about how so many shops are offering new furniture designed to look both old and industrial–she thought it was odd to buy such items new (as opposed to actual vintage pieces) and was surprised they seem so popular.

I must admit, I see her point. Usually, you can score great true vintage industrial pieces at flea markets, consignment shops, and thrift stores. So, why would you pay top dollar for a replica? And, really, doesn’t it defeat the purpose of having great vintage-industrial pieces if they’re actually neither vintage nor truly industrial?

But, honestly, I think you love what you love, and sometimes you fall in love with a certain style but finding pieces with true functionality in that style is a little tricky (as is the case with true vintage industrial pieces–finding something with both style and functionality takes some serious time or luck). So, perhaps it’s okay to pick up those pieces that you adore “off the rack” as it were instead of spending lots of time hunting down the right piece only to discover it still needs fixing or reworking to be functional.

How about you–where do you stand on the vintage industrial trend in general? And how do you feel about brand new pieces done in the style?

{Home Office Decor} {Comments Off on What do you think of the vintage industrial trend?} {March 14th, 2011}

Home Office Rugs

Depending on the setup of your home office, you may find it particularly challenging to find just the right rug for the space. From having a smaller budget for the room than you have for public areas (I’m not the only one prioritizing the family room over the office, right?) to needing a rug that’s larger–or smaller–than average, to needing something that strikes the perfect balance between professional and your personality… That’s a tall order!

So, when reader Laurie sent an email asking for guidance on choosing a rug, I was eager to make some recommendations. In Laurie’s case, she has a small budget and needs a large rug. Here’s what she wrote:

I need a 8 x 10 rug, but have you seen the prices on those suckers?! So, any advice for a simple (preferably solid color, or modern design) rug in that size that’s under a grand?

If you’re looking for a large, sleek/modern rug for your home office, take a look at these three that Laurie approved of for her own space (and Laurie, we’d love to hear which one you ultimately choose!)

Dash and Albert

The woven diamond rug from Dash and Albert has a low key, sophisticated pattern. It comes in several colorways, so if the light blue/ivory’s not quite right (or doesn’t have enough contrast for your space), make sure to check out the others. Be aware that it’s an indoor-outdoor rug.


This luscious cobalt blue rug, the Modern Times Harmony Blue Jay Rug, is definitely not subtle. It’s also a great price at just $300 for the 7’9″ x 10’9″ size.

Beige Stripe Rug

Though the pattern on this rug is a bit more dramatic than the other options I sent Laurie, it still strikes a nice balance between being interesting and yet not feeling old-fashioned. Be aware that it is made of Polypropylene, which accounts for it’s really low price (just $175).

Other challenges for choosing rugs for a home office include needing to deal with the office chair legs (make sure to pick up a rug protecting mat), but in Laurie’s case that wasn’t an issue due to her office set up. If it is an issue for you, you’ll probably want to only choose from rugs you see in person–it can be tricky to determine how tightly woven/dense/and tall a rug is from its online description and photos.

What do you look for in choosing rugs for your home office? Or have you left the floors rug-less?

{Home Office Decor} {Comments Off on Home Office Rugs} {February 7th, 2011}

Hi! I’m Jessica Zee, editor of GirlyPC.

I’ve been working from a home office for nearly five years and in that time, home organization products have gotten a lot more attractive. But, unfortunately, the technology we're using... Hasn't.

I’ve set out to change that in my own home office and wanted a place to talk all things pretty-home-office.

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