Office Decorating, Bookish Style

by Kim on October 11, 2011 · 21 comments

There are many cool things about my new job as a community newspaper editor, but one unexpectedly sweet perk is that I have my own office. Not a cubicle or other Office Space-like desk divider system, a real, honest-to-goodness office that I get all to myself. It’s actually pretty ridiculous.

I’ve been so busy for the last couple of months that I haven’t had much time to think about decorating the place. I’ve started bringing in a few things for my desk and bulletin board — tea mugs for storing pens and, you know, drinking tea; photographs, postcards and a favorite xkcd comic — but the walls are still pretty bare.

The former editor put up nine black and white journalism-related pictures, but they don’t really inspire me much. I want art with more pops of color that reflect some of my passions better.

My current idea is to buy a series of vintage dictionary prints from some Etsy shops I found over the weekend. I love the mix of old words and beautiful color prints, and I think I can combine favorites from different shops into a relatively coherent looking photo collage. These are some of my current favorites:

Minnesota elephant penguin family
keep calm tulips pigs can fly

Top row (left to right): Minnesota by StayGoldMedia; Elephant & Butterfly from nommon; Penguin Family by nommon. Bottom row (left to right): Keep Calm by woodendoll; Tulips by Vintagraphy; Pigs Can Fly with Love Balloons by VintageDictionaryArt

I really want some book-related art, which is why I figured I could turn to all of you for some advice. Do you have any favorite bookish pieces of art or places to shop that I could use? Any favorite Etsy shops I could mix and match from? Better ideas that vintage dictionary prints? I am totally open to suggestions!

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