Desk Obsessed

Ashley Brooke kicks off her new series, Desk Obsessed! |


We’re Bringing It Back!

If you’ve been following ABD for a while, you might remember the Desk Obsessed posts we used to do. We would interview a fellow creative and ask them all about how they styled their desks, the pens they liked to use, music they listened to, etc. I always loved those posts because I found it so incredibly interesting to hear what my friends’ spaces looked like, so we’re reviving this old column and bringing it back! 

Next week, we will begin our guest interviews, but I thought I’d start off by answering the questions. Here we go, Desk Obsessed is back and better than ever!


The Q&A:

1. Is your desk more OCD organized or a little more chaotic?

Typically it’s OCD, but lately it’s a disaster! I’m hoping to fix that ASAP!


2. Coffee or Tea? 

Nespresso with steamed cashew milk.


3. Do you work from home, an office, or a shared space?

We have an at home office. It’s little, but it works well for us in this season.



4. What’s your go to pen or pencil? 

I love our ABD pencils and use them daily. Also, my go-to pen right now is the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner


4. What are you listening to at your desk these days? 

I’m a weirdo and like complete silence at work. But, when it’s busy in here, I’ll listen to the “Deep Focus” playlist on Spotify.


6. What daily planner (or app!) do you use?

I use a Simplified Planner (gold dot!) and Google Calendar. If that wasn’t enough, I also have monthly print outs on my wall. It’s intense.

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7. Are there snacks or treats within arm’s reach of your desk?: 

I always have popcorn nearby. Always.


8. What three things on your desk keep you on track and inspired?:
  1. Personalized Stationery – It always keeps me writing those thank you notes!
  2. Post-it Note – I have one on my computer that says “where your treasure is, your heart will be also. – Matt 6:24” 
  3. Framed Photo – My dad took this really pretty picture of Ryan and me at sunset on the beach last year, and I keep it on my desk. It makes my heart happy when I see it.

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9. What’s 1 random thing you always have on your desk?

Bobby pins. So very many bobby pins. I have no idea why!


10. What’s your go to resource?

My Pantone Books. Can’t live without them. 

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End Q&A

You’ll have to let me know what you think about these posts, and check in next week for our first guest post in this series. I have so many of my super talented friends lined up for you… I can’t wait to share!



  1. July 27, 2017 / 10:15 am

    I love this post (and your last desk post!) – I love seeing what others keep in their office (is that weird?! lol) It also reminds me that I need to get some personalized stationary! xx

    • Ashley Brooke
      July 27, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Hi Shannon! So glad you loved it, we are all super excited about this series!

  2. Lexi
    July 27, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    I’m so excited to see this column come back (even though I’m new to the blog!). I need to upgrade my childhood desk at home and would love some inspiration!!

    • Ashley Brooke
      July 27, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Hi Lexi!

      I’m so happy to hear you love the series! It’s one of my favorites, and I’m certain you’re going to be inspired by everyone featured. They’re all so fun! Your desk better get ready. ­čÖé


  3. Carrie
    July 27, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Loved hearing how to set up a desk. You gave us great information. I love the triangles.

    • Ashley Brooke
      July 31, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks Carrie! Triangles are key! ­čÖé

  4. Melissa
    July 28, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Those planners are so cute! I’m starting a new job in a few weeks and am looking for fresh office pieces so this post was inspiring.

    • Ashley Brooke
      July 31, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Hi Melissa! Congratulations on your new job! How exciting!

  5. July 28, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    It’s so interesting to hear what other people have on their desk! My one semi-odd thing is a diffuser. That way my office either smells like lavender or orange all day!

    • Ashley Brooke
      July 31, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I know right?! I’m always so interested! Thrilled you loved the post!


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