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Home and Office Faves to Buy Now, Part 1

Home and Office Faves to Buy Now Post, Working on a laptop with a penthouse view of NYC

Whether you want to update or just finish setting up your home and work office space, now is the time to get it done!

Last year I set up a studio/office space in Manhattan. With a limited budget and a small space, it was exciting to find reasonably priced, good quality pieces. All in a style that I loved, I knew that I could use these pieces in my house (north of NYC) later on which made the investment worth it! Read on for my fave pieces that you can buy now as well as some must-haves for “staying home”.  Most of my picks are on sale now, so get them while you can…

Home and Office Faves

Below is a photo of the “living” area of my studio. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of the final set up (I’ve since rearranged the entire space ? and staying home now, of course!), but this shows some of my fave pieces.

Living Area of Studio / Office in Manhattan, NYC

This sofa is perfect for a small space or office. Although its dimensions categorize it as a loveseat, it is designed in a way that maximizes the seating space. The seat is proportionately deep and wide, and the sofa is overall very comfortable. Love its minimal style. In a ‘platinum’ shade, it is elegant and versatile for any future color scheme updates.

For a table, I wanted a simple, good quality pedestal table in a white high gloss finish. This one is the best I found. It is a good balance of a reasonable price and great quality. Best of all, it’s available in multiple sizes so you can customize it to the size of your space.

And my fave item of the photo above is the faux cowhide rug. I always loved the look of a cowhide rug, but didn’t like that it was actually from an animal. ? So since this one’s faux, it’s perfect! The quality is great (my dog plays on it non-stop) and the price is very reasonable.

An essential when setting up a small or open space, or if you need areas of privacy, is a physical barrier or partition. Since my studio was just one big open space, having a room divider was important to create a separate working area or “room”. Obsessed with this one (partially shown in the photo below). It lets in a little light while creating a partition and doesn’t take up too much floor space. Its sculptural design helps it blend into a living space well.

Partial view of room divider in NYC studio.


Browse the images below for the desk, mirror, daybed and bench I chose for my studio.

The desk required a lot more assembly than I anticipated, but since I wanted it fast, well under $500 (it’s on sale for less than $300 now!), and in this color, this desk was an easy choice.

For a minimal wall mirror, this was an easy purchase. In various frame colors, this one works with many home decor styles.

The daybed comes apart to create a full size bed which is perfect for a flexible work/living area. Love its minimalistic design.

In tight spaces, this bench for an entry or mudroom is the perfect sleek addition at this price point. Two rows for shoes as well as a cushion for extra seating.

For any effective office set-up, good desk organizers are essential. Love the pieces below to keep my desk clean and organized. The computer shelf is a must-have to work long-term comfortably as well as an easy way to maximize desk space. – p.s. it’s on sale now!


Chrysler Building View

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Shop all the items I mentioned in this post as well as some other pieces I would love to have now in my home office.


Stay tuned for Part 2 which will include my must-haves for staying home. And on that note, stay safe and be well. Looking forward to the day when we can go back out to restaurants, bars, watch a Broadway show… and be with other people. Miss you NYC!


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  • Reply
    April 17, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Loving all these! And your view is amazing!

    Life is a Shoe

    • Reply
      Josephina Kim
      April 18, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thanks! They are all so useful. Thanks for the visit!
      xo, Josephina

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