Columbia Realtor and Interior Designer Anne Tuckley grew up in a home of exquisite style with bold, black and white geometric patterns and bright-colored furniture, and now everywhere she goes she strives to surround herself in the utmost of style, particularly based on her nostalgia. She even describes the interior decorating of her personal spaces as “totally reliving her past.” We thought it was especially creative how she incorporated her style into her office cubicle, so we got a closer look at how she uniquely decorated her space.
Her desk, as Tuckley describes, is an industrial piece made of wood wrapped in metal, which she purchased at I.O. Metro. “I love to pull in a bit of industrial. I used to live in the city and do the loft thing, so I like spaces that are reminiscent of that,” she explains. “So much of what I’ve done reminds me of where I’ve been.”
Tuckley believes it is nice to have a picture book in reach for when you need a break. “A Room with a View” is currently lying on her desk, which she describes as “a nice escape.”
The filing system is a wall rack made of wire. Tuckley’s advice for people that have trouble with paper clutter is to keep only the most necessary files, such as what you need in your day-to-day work schedule. With the rest of your long term files, just take photos or scan them, saving them in files on your computer. This method keeps her office clear and reduces the risk misfiling and losing something important.
Tuckley adds a bit of personality to her cubicle by decorating with little metal dragonflies, purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond. She believes dragonflies to be good luck. Tuckley has done this look for her clients in guest bedrooms and bathrooms. To give them the feeling of movement, she positions the figurines like they’re flying out of the space.
There are several DIY pieces that Tuckley added, such as an old frame that she painted white, a chic chalkboard and a repurposed old cabinet door painted black with some decorative chicken wire to hang things. “I was trying to come up with a unique way to display things,” Tuckley said. “Chicken wire made sense, there was enough space to get the clips in.” She spray-painted a table yellow and then finished it with a high gloss topcoat.
Tuckley suggests that everyone try and add some character to their cubicle, as long as you talk to your manager and stick to the same color scheme of the office as a whole. “If you’re in a cubicle, and these are the walls you’re going to be looking at every single day, you might as well bring your own personality into the decorating,” Tuckley said. “This place should be your sanctuary.”
Vist Tuckley’s Web site http://annetuckleyinteriors.info/
-photos by Whitney Hayward