Desk Envy: Rachel Mae Smith of The Crafted Life's Cheery Creative Zone

Desk Envy: Rachel Mae Smith of The Crafted Life's Cheery Creative Zone

Hannah Toles
Aug 25, 2016
(Image credit: Rachel Mae Smith )

Behind the blog, The Crafted Life, is Rachel Mae Smith, a gal who sees the world through a viewfinder of endless happy hues. A self-professed color enthusiast, Smith started blogging as a hobby and creative outlet. Flash forward to present day, and The Crafted Life is a cheery spot in the webosphere that has garnered the attention of West Elm, Urban Outfitters and Method Home to name a few. So how exactly do you master a perfect assemblage of colors like Rachel Mae? Here, she shares the details on how to achieve the look.

Name: Rachel Mae Smith of The Crafted Life
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a big move from Portland to Philadelphia ahead of her, Smith decidedly took only the bare necessities, and office furnishings just didn't make the cut. Once settled into her new abode, a new desk and storage solutions were in order to make her house feel like home. After stumbling upon a do-it-yourself desk from Old Brand New, Rachel Mae had the perfect springboard for her own colorful version. "I wanted a rainbow of colors without it being obvious that it was a rainbow. The more color the better in my book, but I didn't want to feel distracted while I was working, which is why I painted the brackets and not the shelves," says Rachel Mae, adding, "The colored brackets are by far my favorite aspect of the desk. No matter where I am in the room, they look great."

(Image credit: Rachel Mae Smith )
(Image credit: Rachel Mae Smith )
(Image credit: Rachel Mae Smith )

The desk wall unit was the perfect solution to keep Rachel Mae organized, while also displaying her favorite things. "Instead of buying a ton of new accessories, I grouped my craft supplies together. Individually a bottle of spray paint isn't the prettiest, but when grouped with a variety of other colors, it makes it more visually interesting." She reworked items she already had on hand from years of crafting, such as the do-it-yourself washi tape holder, and opted for splashy, budget friendly art prints to fill the shelves.

(Image credit: Rachel Mae Smith)

Next to check off her list was everything underfoot: a study chair, area rug, and lively houseplants. "More plants always. They're always such a nice juxtaposition to all the technology we're surrounded by. Certain leaves and cacti are great to look at when thinking of new patterns or colors for a project," says Rachel Mae.

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Although new pieces can work wonders in any space, it's the simple idea of repurposing what you own that is Rachel Mae's number one tip. "Look around at what you already own and what makes you the happiest. Are there any interesting ways you can group those items together? You don't have to go out and revamp your home with all new items to get something you love. Chances are you just need to move a few things around in your home," she says.

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