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Desk Obsessed: Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

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This week’s Desk Obsessed features the lovely and talented Amy from ABCD Designs. Amy is one of my very favorite people, not only is she CRAZY talented (designer, chef, florist….) but she is beyond sweet! We meet 3 years ago in NYC (she helped my husband propose!) and have been fast friends ever since!! So as you can imagine I am thrilled to have Amy over, so to speak! And of course we left nothing out, from pens to snacks to music, we’ve got the dish on Amy’s desk! Hope you enjoy!


Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!!)


Interior, graphic and floral designer. Lifestyle blogger.

Is your desk more OCD organized or artistically organized chaos?

I am a Virgo, so my desk is ultra organized and clean.

Are there snacks or treats within arms reach of your desk? What are they?

I combine dried fruit and nuts in a vintage tea cup. A tea cup full is just enough to quench my appetite. I like to have either apricots, sour cherries or prunes with walnuts. Sometimes I splurge with roasted, salted pistachios or Spanish Marcona Almonds. If it is later in the afternoon, Italian Green Olives and artisanal cheese replace the dried fruit and the nuts remain a staple. I also whip up whole wheat scones and muffins a few times a week, so there are always fresh nibbles around that are delicious with a smear of Kozee Peanut Butter, or French sea-salted butter on top. My favorite glass to drink out of is the Waterford Roly Poly. It fits in my palm perfectly, and either has water or chianti in it depending upon the time of day.

(*Recipes: Whole Wheat Scone & Whole Wheat Muffin)

What are you listening to at your desk these days? If you prefer to work in silence, is there a song or album that’s gets your juices flowing when you’re stuck in a rut?

I may be late to the Pandora bandwagon, but I love the Joni Mitchell station. I love listening to classical music: Haydn is my favorite composer. I also listen to NPR, sometimes mindlessly.

What’s your go to pen or pencil? (We know you have a favorite!)

Uni-Ball Vision Elite Gel Pen: Superfine, in Black

I have also been a fan of plain old papermate flair red felt tip pens – as long as I am writing on unlined spiral bound white sketchbook paper, I am good to go

What 3 Things on your desk keep you on track and inspired?

My favorite photos in Jay Strongwater frames.

Fresh, seasonal flowers – I am always attracted to orange, red and yellow ones!

My collage sketchbook – I can’t help it. I am old school. Even though I have a blog and photoshop, I like the physicality of cutting paper with an x-acto knife and making collages with rubber cement and magazine tears.

Follow ABCD @abcddesigns on Twitter, read her sketchbook ABCD Design, network with ABCD on linkedin like ABCD on facebook, get visually inspired by ABCD on Pinterest and on ABCD’s Tumblr page.


P.S. Don’t forget about the ABD Moving Sale!! 30% off your online shop order until tomorrow!!

Use the code: “POP” at checkout to recieve your discount!

Sale doesn’t include the Tailored Collection.

Image sources: scones, crystal, pen, pen, tea cup, nuts, joni mitchell, haydn, npr, flowers, sketchbook, frame

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4 Responses to “Desk Obsessed: Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo”

  1. Sounds divine to have all those fave things by your desk!! My new intern just cleared my mess of a desk in 20 minutes!! (I just moved to another desk cause I couldn’t face going thru ALL those layers of paper and making decisions on where things should go!!). What would have taken me a month, she just got it all sparkling clean in a jiff. Now we DO have a stack of papers to sort thru but at least I have my vintage desk back. Now I just have to decide how I’m going to use my mother’s antique desk IN my studio?? But I’m like you…one of my fave places is at the kitchen table in the breakfast nook so I can look out the windows!!

  2. Deborah! Me too, I just love being about to look out the windows!
    xx- AB

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