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gardenista.com · Jan 6, 2015

Steal This Look: A Botanically Inspired Workspace

Dutch stylist Femke Pastijn relies on a simple palette of green, white, and natural wood colors to create an inviting workspace with botanical accents. During cold winter months, who wouldn't love to set up a desk in a warm, bright greenhouse? Here's how to recreate the look in your own office:

Above: Do you have a white wall in your office? You're halfway there. Photograph via Femke Pastijin.

Above: A down light, such as this Deep Bowl Pendant from Barnlight Electric, has a stem mount that comes in four lengths, from 10 to 36 inches, ranging in price from $155 to $175.

How low should a ceiling pendant hang? A 30-inch distance between the bottom of the fixture and a desktop is recommended. For more considerations when installing a light, see Remodeling 101: How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture.

Above: A Vintage Toledo Dining Chair, recreated by Restoration Hardware in steel ($249) complements the industrial lighting.

Above: A metal harvest basket serves as a creative waste basket (when not storing harvested garlic). A Large Grey Round Basket by Fog Linen is $75 NZ from Father Rabbit.

Above: For a humble, utilitarian desk, repurpose a work bench, potting table, or an unfinished Wooden Folding Table, available in several sizes at prices starting at £99.30 from UK Educational Furniture.

For more compact desks, see 10 Easy Pieces: Desks for Small Spaces on Remodelista.

Above: A Storage Caddy, $45 at West Elm, corrals pens and notebooks on a desktop. Reserve a compartment or two to serve as a cache pot.

Above: Sixteenth century naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi's botanicals look as modern today as they did 500 years ago. An 8-by-10-inch print of an Italian Vegetable (L) is $10 from Love the Print via Etsy. An 11-by-14-inch Pink White Radish Botanical Print (R) is $14.99 from Old Age Vintage via Etsy.

Above: Preserved flowers and dried fronds make long-lasting arrangements. Stick a stem or two in a pencil cup to keep you company while you work. A bunch of Preserved Echinops (L) is $12 and a stem of spiky Preserved Antipodes (a native of Australia) is $18 from Terrain.

Above: A Hammered Copper Watering Can, $98 from Terrain, serves double duty as a vase.

Above: Naturalists' specimens bring the outdoors in. A Framed Moth mounted in an 8-by-11-inch frame is $28 from Paxton Gate.

Did you resolve to organize your workspace this year? See:

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