My Garden Office | Storage

My garden office.

My imaginary garden office.

I’ve mentioned it time and time again on my blog. I’ve even dedicated a Pinterest board to it. But THIS YEAR it’s finally happening! This is the year my garden office goes from being imaginary to real! Weeeeeeeee! *claps hands in excitement*

It’s currently sitting in the garden — in pieces — waiting for my boy (and a willing helper) to put it together. The base has been built in readiness and (fingers crossed) this weekend it will be constructed.

Whilst I can’t really get too excited about the interior until it’s built, and has been boarded out, I’ve been making plans and trying to work out how best to store — and display — everything that’s going to have to live in there.

The space is good — the building will measure 16′ x 10′ — and there will be a bank of windows down the right hand side.

I plan to have low built in storage built the full length of the workroom, which will store my magazines and books. This is the pic that holds my gaze the longest, on the Pinterest board, so I’m hoping it will look a lot like it.


I’m hoping to have shelving similar to this in my garden office | Image Source

But as well as a wall of fabulous shelving, I’d like some other storage solutions to give my new work-space a little bit of personality.

Jam jars filled with colourful stationery items, a plans-chest for all of my card-stock, plus various boxes and baskets for all the other bits of work paraphernalia, that seems to constantly clutter up our dining room (where it currently resides).

This is the kind of thing I’m thinking of…

Garden office storage

Quirky storage solutions for my new garden office — all HomeSense

1 — Glass Jars
Perfect for little items; paperclips, rubber-bands, washi tape etc.

2 — File Boxes
Great for storing my invoices.

3 — Pigeon-Hole Storage Cabinet
I can see my little pots of coloured inks could sit quite happily in here :)

4 — Wire Baskets
Take your pick with this one, It has a multitude of uses! Would look good in the bathroom — filled with loo rolls — or equally at home in my new office, stacked with magazines ;)

5 — Colourful Storage Boxes
To stop my lovely new shelves looking too cluttered, I plan on having lots of these storage boxes at hand. Perfect for all those office essentials that you don’t want out on display.

6 — Plans Chest
Aah I have hankered after one of these for years. I’d absolutely LOVE a plans chest! The perfect storage solution for paper, card and artwork that needs to be kept clean and pristine.

7 — Pen Pot
I seem to have the world’s pen population living in, on and around my desk! Note to self: a lovely pen pot is a must for a tidy office.

8 — Fabric Baskets
I have lots of these in the house that are filled with the boys’ toys; so practical and useful. I plan on having lots more in my new office, filled with my sewing and crafty bits and pieces.

I’m so looking forward to finally having a home for all of my work-stuff again. Everything in one room, with a dedicated place of it’s own. These little storage solutions will be a brilliant way of keeping everything tidy and looking good*.

*I just need to actually learn to start putting things away after I’ve used them ;)

This post was written in collaboration with HomeSense but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

Linking up with:

Aby at You Baby Me Mummy for #TheList

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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    • 12th Jan 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Carie, I absolutely cannot wait!! This has been on the cards for so long — I can’t believe it’s finally (actually) happening!!!!! xx

  1. 12th Jan 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Argh, I think I’m almost as excited about this garden office as you are – I know how much you have been wanting this! Can’t wait to see how you decorate it! Xxx

    • 13th Jan 2016 / 11:11 am

      Aah bless you lovely!!! I am totally and utterly amazed that it’s finally happening!!!! Gorgeous to have another project to get my teeth into as well! I felt a bit bereft when we put Dolly away for the winter!! ;)

  2. 12th Jan 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Ooh I love that chest Caro and I can not wait to see the finished result I am so excited., it is going to look incredible x

    • 13th Jan 2016 / 11:10 am

      The plans chest is gorgeous eh?! I wondered if they’ll have one in my local store?

  3. 13th Jan 2016 / 7:45 am

    Oh my that is going to be gorgeous, of that I have no doubt. I may be slightly (OK a lot) jealous! I’m looking forward to seeing the end product.

    • 13th Jan 2016 / 11:09 am

      Thanks so much Rachel! It;s been in the pipeline for so long — I can’t actually believe it’s really happening!!

  4. 13th Jan 2016 / 7:52 am

    Caro, how exciting! I love the idea of the low storage and that plans chest is just beautiful – very much looking forward to future posts with lots of pics of your garden office, I would LOVE a little space like that! #HomeEtc xx

    • 13th Jan 2016 / 11:04 am

      I’m SO excited Poppy!!!! The low storage is something I’m absolutely fixated on — particularly as I can use the tops to pack orders, shoot product etc.. beyond excited!!!

  5. Fionnuala
    13th Jan 2016 / 9:17 am

    My instinct is to say “You lucky, lucky thing!” but that would not be right. You have worked damn hard for your garden office – so, congratulations that it is finally coming to fruition.
    The boys have a shelf similar to no. 3 in their room but I am thinking of pinching it for my own hobby room. They are such a lovely way to simultaneously store and display little bits and pieces.
    I was very tempted by some wire baskets in Dunnes (an Irish store) last week when I was home on a visit. Now that I have seen they they have free delivery on international orders at the moment, I think I will give in and get them.
    I’m looking froward to seeing further posts on the progress with your garden office as the year goes on.

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Aah thanks lovely!! And you’re right — no luck involved here (well, maybe a little bit?! ;) ) YES to a hobby room — you should definitely pinch it for yourself!! And yes to the baskets too. SO useful. Have never heard of Dunnes — I’m off to check them out!!! ;) xx

  6. 13th Jan 2016 / 10:22 am

    I am HUGELY jealous, I have a little corner in our bedroom but my dream would be a whole room, or at least half for me and the hubby.

    I am loving your pics, Jars filled of washi tape is a must of course, I spent a little in Homesense over the weekend it is one of my favourite places.

    Excited to see the progress xx

    • 13th Jan 2016 / 11:03 am

      I absolutely cannot wait Kara!! It’s been a long time coming :) SO excited — and really excited to be able to share it’s progress on my blog too!!! xx

  7. 13th Jan 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I am beyond excited for you, this is going to be amazing!!! I almost feel more impatient than you probably do to see it being built, thank goodness for Pinterest for lots of lovely inspiration in the meantime!! X

    • 14th Jan 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Aaah thanks so much chick!! Nope — I’m definitely with you on the impatience stakes!!!! Cannot blooming WAIT to get my hands on it!!! ;)

  8. 13th Jan 2016 / 12:47 pm

    This looks perfect, really calm but still practical. Good luck with it all it’s going to be amazing!

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 9:59 pm

      I can’t wait — honestly. So excited to have my own studio!!

  9. 13th Jan 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Oh how exciting! I can’t wait to see it. I can live my garden office dreams vicariously through yours! Will you have a woodburner in it? That’s one of my ultimate dreams x #HomeEtc

    • 14th Jan 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Lizzie!!! Not a real woodburner — but I’ve chosen a little electric heater that looks just like one!!!!! I’m so excited about it!!!!

  10. 13th Jan 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I can tell already it is going to be a fantastic space, can’t wait to see how it progresses. Good luck with the build. x

    • 14th Jan 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you SO much Caroline!! Everyone will be bored to tears by it, by the end of the year, I’m sure!!! My blog is going to be wall-to-wall She Shed!!!

  11. 13th Jan 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Ah I DREAM of having a workspace, both for blogging and to run my cake business. At the moment everything happens in the kitchen, both baking & admin and it can be chaos. One day, one day…. #HomeEtc

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 9:58 pm

      You’ll get it one day!!! You WILL!! It’s taken a fair few years for me to get to this point — I can’t work out of the dining room any more. It’s driving me nuts!! There’s no separation between home and work (as you probably find yourself). I just need to be able to close the door on it all and walk away xx

  12. Lisa@intotheglade
    13th Jan 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Who Hoo!! How very exciting! I would love a SheShed but sadly space is very limited in our garden and I don’t think the the neighbour’s would appreciate me building one on the Glade. I love the colours of your accessories, I think I need that wire basket in my life. Thank you for hosting Caro xx

    • 14th Jan 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Aaah Lisa — it’s SO exciting!! This She-Shed is, literally, going to revolutionise my life!!!

  13. 13th Jan 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Ahh I’m so excited for you, and how very grown-up too! I love all the storage ideas, all the pops of colour will look great :-) xx

  14. 14th Jan 2016 / 6:45 am

    It must be so exciting to have a blank canvas to work with. Love the basket – so cute and such a good price! xx

    • 14th Jan 2016 / 7:50 pm

      Aah I cannot WAIT Beth!! It’s the most exciting thing EVER!!!! A room of my own!! WOOP!

  15. 14th Jan 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Oh it is going to look great! I love the idea of little jars for bits and bobs, I am on the look out for desk storage and these would look so cute,

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 9:41 pm

      I think jars are lovely cos you can see all the contents! The most annoying thing is having a shelf full of boxes — and not being able to see what’s inside!!

  16. 14th Jan 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Oh my!! What a fab project, and what a lucky girl you are – looking forward to following how this goes and now off to see if I’m following you on Pinterest! Thanks for hosting #homeetc

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Yep — I am a lucky girl indeed. It has taken a LOT of persuasion and a LOT of chat but I’m so delighted that it’s finally happening!! x

  17. 15th Jan 2016 / 2:37 am

    Oh my word Caro – exciting! What a beautiful idea and I can’t wait to see it come to life. I want a garden office toooooo :)

    • 15th Jan 2016 / 9:39 pm

      It’s SO exciting Mim!! I can’t wait to have all my work stuff in one place again!! SO lovely to have a space of my own :)

  18. 16th Jan 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Eeekk! So exciting huni! I can’t wait to see what you do with the space. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • 18th Jan 2016 / 6:24 pm

      I KNOW!!! More excited than I can say!!! Can’t blooming wait!!

  19. 17th Jan 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Oh Caro it is going to look amazing!!!!! Love all the ideas you have and I am so excited for you :) Jess xx


  20. Jen @ The Hollyhock Door Blog
    17th Jan 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Beautiful! I’m a huge fan of the “shed work” concept — if only to get the sensation of being out of the house! I love the wire baskets and clear containers — it makes it so much easier to find things when they are viewable! Visiting from #theList

    • 18th Jan 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Aah me too Jen! I simply cannot wait!!! Particularly to kit out the inside too and make it look lovely and homely!

  21. 18th Jan 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Exciting! Is it just going to be a summer work space – or are you planning on doing the full works and getting proper heating in there too? I dream of our own office too – currently we have a crappy extension I want to rip down and rebuild… It is just used as a work shed at the moment until I get a better paying job ha ha!

    • 19th Jan 2016 / 8:32 pm

      SO exciting! It’s going to be boarded out and fully insulated with power and light — but it won’t have central heating. There’s no point going to the expense of getting a boiler for it, and doing the pipework, but I’ve chosen a lovely electric heater that will keep me toasty and warm through the winter months :)

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