My New Office

***1/27/16 Update below!

Don’t tell my husband, but it all started with a new tape dispenser.

I was shopping online for some new office accessories that were, well, not so ugly, and I came across this acrylic little beauty. When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked at just how pretty it was.

So I started thinking, how inspiring would it be if every single object that surrounded me while I worked had the same feel? Only one way to find out! Afterall, a designer deserves good design too, right?

And so I began to carefully build a space that was light and airy, complete with a spot for every catalog, fabric sample, and file folder. I challenged myself to keep it within a modest budget but maintain a high-end look. Here’s the end result.

NSID Credenza

Sample Wall

Ribba picture ledges make for a perfect sample wall.

Kraft Box Storage

Eurostyle Chair

A proper chair makes all the difference. The Dirk High Back by Eurostyle.

Upholstered Pinboard 2

A little DIY project- a few yards of fabric, a staple gun, some cork tiles, and an old panel from my painting days made for this custom pinboard.

Upholstered Pinboard

Fabric Swatches

NSID Credenza

For balance- a pair of mercury glass lamps from Roost, and a polished nickel starburst mirror.

Open Storage

Expedit has never looked so good! Magazine files from Martha Stewart’s line of office goodies at Staples.

Woven Bin

Large Milk Crate baskets (Rattan Koboo Gray) from Target fit Expedit from Ikea perfectly and Martha Stewart’s Bookplate Labels from Staples add a little character. 


Can’t help but add some sparkle!

Desk Accessories

This Extra Large Rubbermaid Bento Tray from Target does double duty as both stackable project tray and desktop organizer.

For a closer look at other projects that I’m working on, you can follow me:

On Twitter: @NSIntDesign  

On Instagram: @nsinteriordesign 

Thanks for reading!

***1/27/16 UPDATE: I get so many questions about how to recreate this office, so here are a few clarifications!

1.) Where/How did you do that long white cabinet behind the desk. Two units together or is that one unit..and is it from Ikea?
The unit behind my desk was put together using different pieces from IKEA. You will not find it sold as whole unit from Ikea. Here’s what I used…
-I used two Micke drawer/file units and one Micke storage unit in the middle. Unfortunately, I’ve been told the Micke storage unit is no longer available. I mounted the drawer/file units on chrome Besta legs (which are also unfortunately no longer available from what I can see), they ended up being just the right height to place beside the Expedits (now known as Kallax). Try seeing what other legs they have. The key is to get them to the right height with the units beside them.
-The 3 components above are flanked by a pair of two Expedit shelving units (now called Kallax shelving units).
-I topped the whole thing off with two long white thick laminate surfaces from a single Lack TV Unit (my own little Ikea hack*). I attached them together with a brace (aka a “strap tie”) from Home Depot. I can’t find the exact spec. for the one I used, but this one is very similar. Try and find it in a longer length. If it’s available at 18” long, that’ll work well since the top would be approx. 21 5/8” deep, so they’ll hold together better.
*Keep in mind there will be a seam down the center and a couple of predrilled holes since it’s originally meant to be used as TV unit. I realize this is a somewhat unfinished look, but I knew my top would be covered in design trays 99% of the time, and my budget was tight back then. The two pieces together were the perfect length and depth for my room and the built-in as a whole, so it was definitely the right way for me to go! I like the thickness of it as a countertop and the way it just visually finished it all off.  You DON’T have to go this route. You can always choose another countertop. I also like the butcher block counters they sell, but you’d have to look into the dimensions it comes in.


2. What desk is that?

My desk is made up of two Finnvard trestle legs and one Linnmon high gloss top.
Have more questions?? Please check the comments below! Also, see my Pinterest board for links.



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  1. Sani October 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Nagwa!! Your office is GORGEOUS! Congrats!!

  2. Valerie October 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I love it!

  3. Nora October 8, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    so pretty nagwa! i would never want to leave work!

  4. yousreya Abdel Hamid October 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    There is nothing you do that is less then perfect. You are talented and beautiful.

  5. Nadia October 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Omg! Spectacular! Makes me wanna work for you just to sit and enjoy it all!

  6. Elle October 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Beautiful!!! You are so talented!

  7. Sahar October 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Nagwa, absolutely amazing!! Wish I could have a study space just like that!! U r beyond talented!

  8. Yasmine October 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    The office looks amazing! I am a huge fan of your work. Thanks for sharing the pics!

  9. Waleed Hamada October 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    Oh my GOD Nagwa! Honestly your talent is off the charts. If and when we open a new practice out here in Egypt we’re flying you out to do it

  10. Hoda Seif October 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    I love it!!!

  11. Nancy January 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Love love love-your office!!! If you don’t mind….What other cabinets are mixed with the expedits? Did you add a counter from ikea on the top as well? I think the whole thing is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    • Nagwa January 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you Nancy! I used two Micke drawer/file units and one Micke storage unit (in the middle) from Ikea. Mounted on chrome Besta legs, they ended up being just the right height to place beside the Expedits. I topped the whole thing off with the two long surfaces in the Lack TV Unit (my own little Ikea hack) which I attached together with a brace from Home Depot. The two together were the perfect length and depth for my room and the built-in as a whole. I like the thickness of it as a counter top and the way it just visually finished it all off. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • Nancy February 27, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks fo much for your reply! I went to IKEA to check out the units you have in your office and there isn’t any storage unit (like the one you have in the middle) I am trying to decide what other piece I can use instead.I don’t think I would like the look of 4 of the file cabinet drawer combos in a row. I like the way you have one on each end and the 2 drawer unit in the middle. Our offices must be the same size because all of your choices will work in mine too! Thanks agian!

  12. donna February 20, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    what color is that on the office walls?

  13. Susan February 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I love your office! It would be a great place to be inspired. Do you mind sharing the colors of the Walls and the trim?

    • Nagwa February 21, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Thank you! The paint color is Benjamin Moore’s 1514 French Canvas. The trim is just a high gloss bright white. Not sure about the exact specs.

  14. Susan February 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks so much!

  15. Kim March 9, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I love the desk! Where did you get it from?

    • Nagwa March 12, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you! Ikea.

  16. Kimberley April 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Hi Nagwa! I love your office! I wanted to go and buy that tape dispenser (so adorable!) but sadly they won’t ship to Canada! *tear* Also, I LOVE your nail polish! I’m always looking for a soft pink! <3

    • Nagwa April 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you Kimberley!

  17. Nathalie Gaeser June 12, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    I love your office. It is so clean and a good mix of modern and softness.

    • Nagwa June 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank you Nathalie!

  18. Julie June 19, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    This is so beautiful! Would you mind telling me which desk from Ikea this is? Thank you!

  19. Ashley Kielbratowski August 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I see that you have mentioned the desk is from Ikea, along with many other items. To make it easier to look up what is the name of the desk! Thanks Ashley

    Love love love this look!

  20. Mary August 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    I absolutely love your office and am duplicating in my basement as I finish out a room to be my office. Quick question, how did you attach the besta chrome legs to the Micke unit? Did you have to drill new holes or use glue?

    • Luka February 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Mary, were you able to figure it out? We are having the same dilemma. Thanks!

  21. Kimberly Paige September 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Hi Nagwa,
    I was wondering if you could tell me where did you get your floating shelves from?

    • Nagwa September 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Kimberly. They are Ikea Lack shelves. Thanks!

  22. Kristen November 7, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Love! Where is your starburst mirror from?!

  23. Miranda December 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Love! Where is roman shade from?

    • Nagwa December 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank you. It was custom made.

  24. Che January 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I can’t seem to locate the Micke storage unit in the middle. Did you have different doors put on?

    • Nagwa January 11, 2014 at 12:42 am #

      I did not put different doors on it. All I did was add new pulls. But I heard that Ikea is not carrying this piece anymore, so that might be the case unfortunately.

  25. Luka February 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    We are duplicating this but cant figure out how to attach the besta legs to the micke unit. How did you do it? Thanks!

    • Nagwa February 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Monica,

      Thanks for your comment. I used a metal washer that has a sort of rubber grip on one end (found it at Ace Hardware, don’t know it’s exact name), and some 1.5″ drywall screws. If you look into the shaft of the Besta leg, you’ll see a hole. Insert the metal/rubber washer with the rubber side down, then the screw and screw it into the bottom of the Micke unit. Keep in mind, the way I attached them works for me because the entire unit is secured under a countertop and won’t endure any real movement. I came up with this method on my own, and it’s work just fine for me. If you think that your unit will encounter more movement, this way may not work. You may need additional support.

  26. Krystal February 14, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    I love the floating shelves — what a great way to balance out the window.

    • Nagwa February 14, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you!!!

  27. jacqui March 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    what is the beautiful drape fabric? 🙂

    • Nagwa March 14, 2014 at 12:00 am #

      Sorry, I bought this fabric off a bolt so long ago and they were custom made into drapes. It wasn’t ordered, so I have no name for it.

  28. Katie August 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    Is this the besta and burs desk from ikea? everything looks so beautiful together! I’d love try something along these lines at my house.

  29. Anna December 28, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    I also love your office! I can see too how the pretty tape dispenser started it all 🙂 I bought a pretty white modern pencil sharpener last year (which would also look good in your office) and I’ve decorated around it. See

  30. TheGirlFromAugusta May 4, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    I’ve been so obsessed with the Mickie/Expedit (now Kallax) combo that I am trying to tweak the design a bit to make it work for me. Since the Micke storage unit is no longer available, i’m thinking about using an eight unit Kallax unit with two Micke file drawers on each end!

  31. Eileen Madigan November 21, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Where did find the acrylic tape despensor

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