There wasn't anything wrong with this editor's desk, it just needed to show off her personality more. "It's a good thing to personalize your desk to make it your own and create a space you actually want to spend time in, since you're there most of the day," Goreski says.
Goreski started with the Mykonos line from the Post-it Brand Colors of the World Collection as inspiration. He used blue-and-white fine paper from Paper Source as a placemat. "I love the blues and whites, it makes me dream of the Mediterranean and going for a swim," he says. "I think the placemat does a good job of setting the tone, of pulling all the colors in together and creating an illusion of staring into the water when you're actually staring at your desk."
A decorative stapler from Anthropologie goes with the blue-and-white color scheme. A ceramic bowl from Paper Source adds a pop of orange and corrals paper clips, push pins, and more. "I have a little bowl from my travels in Africa that's made out of telephone wire on my desk and I put little knickknacks in there," he says. "You can keep your space personal by displaying things from your travels and keeping color around you."
"When styling my clients, I love a little bit of sparkle," Goreski says. "I think that's also an important element to bring into your surroundings as well. It reminds me to lighten up and not take things too seriously." To bring in some shine, he added a beaded canister, an Oscar de la Renta cup and saucer, and a Kate Spade gold polka dot notebook to the desk. "Instead of drinking out of a paper cup, I think it's nice to use a piece of china," he says. "I also like incorporating the polka dots as well because it's a little offbeat, but works with the gold rim on the cup. I like things that are a little bit unexpected."
"You should have a lot of fun mi color and patterns and making your space lively and personal," Goreski says. "Let it say something about you."
The Trina Turk pillow, paper and binder clips, and pens give the blue-and-white space more color. "I tied in a few other accent colors, like the yellow Post-it Note and the graphic pillow," he says. "They give the space a little more zest and energy."