White shelf with pictures and copper fairy light

The Finishing Touches to my Home Office Shelf

My home office has been a long labour of love. It started life as a junk room when we moved, as we just had so much stuff. Then when I went freelance 18 months ago, I needed to turn it into a workspace. We managed to squeeze two desks into the tiny room, and put up an IKEA picture shelf above the second smaller desk. I’ve been trying out different arrangements of pictures and bits and bobs on the shelf, but it didn’t ever feel quite right. But I think I *might* have cracked it. What do you think?

White desk with white shelf and copper accessories

It’s so lovely to have a space for my sewing machine – I am not sure when I’ll find the time to actually use it though!


My cousin knows I love copper, and gave me the sweet angel cookie cutter. I don’t tend to make shaped cookies, as we have too much fun making freaky shapes from the dough (check out my latest baking post if you want a giggle!) I think she looks perfect on the end of the shelf.

I made the monochrome embroidery from a kit from Tiger, and sprayed the hoop copper.

I found the zebra plate in the Paperchase sale last year, and couldn’t resist as it had a copper rim.

The cute copper lights from New Look’s website, of all places! They were £8.99 when I got them, but they are now on sale for £6.74, what a bargain.

The copper Z lamp is from HowKapow and I created the polkadot pen pot from spray paint and and IKEA glass, you can see the tutorial here, it’s so easy! I also sprayed the tall vase – it was from one of the table setting at our wedding.


The lovely flamingo watercolour card is by AlfieWinn. It was a birthday card from one of my best friends, but it wasn’t until I popped it in a frame that I noticed who it was by – I met the illustrator Maria last year, what a lovely coincidence.

The ‘She believed she could. So she did.’ print is from Team Hen*, with an IKEA frame, and is the latest addition to the shelf. When the lovely ladies from Team Hen got in touch to see if I wanted to review anything from their site, I nearly politely declined. Most of their products are for hen dos and although lovely and peppered with pink, (do take a peek if you’re in the hen do stage of life) I don’t have any hen dos coming up. But then I spotted they sold prints, and changed my mind, realising that it’s what I’d been missing for the shelf.White IKEA shelf with monochrome and copper decorations

‘She believed she could. So she did.’ has been been my motto since giving up my job to go freelance – I think you have to have a bit of self belief and guts to get what you want in life, so this is a great reminder if I have a bit of a wobble!

The little print next to it is of my old university’s student accommodation, and reminds me of very happy times in my first year at UEA.

The ‘You’ve Got This’ picture is from Kikki.K. It has copper foil, though you can’t see it very well in the photo.

You can see more about the office and see the other desk in my post about getting ready for a WFH life.

*I was sent the print for free so I could review them for you, and my opinions are my own, as always.

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40 thoughts on “The Finishing Touches to my Home Office Shelf

  1. My Petit Canard says:

    Love your little space! So gorgeous. I think you’ve definitely cracked it 🙂 I’m in the process of creating a similar space for myself and love reading others home office posts for inspiration. I’m trying to decide between a rose gold and white theme (classic blogger look!) or white with pops of pastel, decisions, decisions! Anyway, enjoy working in your new space, its fab 🙂 Emily #KCACOLS

    • Becky Pink says:

      Thank you so much – I actually have some pastel in there as well, I think pastel pink and copper/rose gold look amazing together you should totally go for it! xx

  2. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries says:

    Don’t ever doubt your decision to go freelance lovely — keep your eyes on the prize, keep focussed and have unwavering confidence that you can do it!! I left full-time employment and went freelance 10 years ago next month!!! It was the scariest decision I ever made — but also the best 🙂 LOVE your shelf — especially the print!! Wise words indeed 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up! Caro #HomeEtc
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    • Becky Pink says:

      Thanks so much Caro, it was so great to see you at the weekend and you’re so right, freelancing is the best choice ever if you’re lucky enough to have the skills to do it! xx

  3. Jane Taylor says:

    Oh I love this. What a lovely space. We did an office makeover too but it is the sentimental things and bits and pieces you choose to decorate it that make all of the difference. Love the white simplicity and the picture shelf. I’ve only just discovered the whole shelf for pictures idea this week and I really do like it. Thanks for sharing #homeetc

    • Becky Pink says:

      I just love a picture shelf, so many possibilities! And I love how you can swap things around easily without making too many holes in your walls! Thanks for visiting xx

  4. Nicky Kentisbeer says:

    This is gorgeous. I’m coming to work in your office! I am also totally I love with copper at the moment. And you sewing machine – that’s so lovely – I didn’t think it was real though. Even better. What happy days you will having working in this room. Thanks for sharing with #KCACOLS. Hope you can join us again next Sunday. Nicky
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    • Becky Pink says:

      Thank you lovely, the sewing machine is super cute isn’t it, it’s not the best at actually sewing but OK for simple things (which is all I can manage anyway!) xx

  5. Educating Roversi says:

    Oooh it looks lovely! My next house task is to sort our dressing room/office out. We’re getting a picture shelf for Mini R’s room because I’m decoupaging letters of his name for his room and needed something for it to sit on. #KCACOLS

  6. Sarah says:

    I love it. You *may* have inspired me to clear out the junk room/office AGAIN. I would work in there but the feng shui is awful and I can’t concentrate in there – I get my best work done in the living room, feet up with Gossip Girl on in the background! Off to read your WFH post now! 🙂 #KCACOLS
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  7. justsayingmum says:

    Oh well done you – it looks gorgeous! So lovely to have your own work space – I don’t have that and have to sit with laptop balance on my lap – am very envious – may have to go and find a corner somewhere in the house that I can make mine. Love the fairy lights too! #KCACOLS

    • Becky Pink says:

      Good idea, maybe you could make a kind of flap down desk somewhere that you could fold up when you don’t need it? It makes me more productive not having the TV in the room like I do when I’m on the laptop xx

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