Office Tour: Blogging from your Bedroom

  • Brooke Saward
  • Aug 7, 2015
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Everyone likes a snoopy post – or at least, I know I do!

For a while now I have been wanting to talk more about blogging as a career and how to chase your dreams, and to share more of these helpful posts on WoW. While the site started out and will always be a travel blog, I would love to transition into some more inspiring content that can help my loyal readers similarly follow their own dreams + aspirations, be that through travel, blogging, career goals, or lifestyle goals.

I recently posted a full video tour of my office on my Youtube Channel if you’d like to check that out first! But otherwise, here’s a run down on my office and how to start blogging from your bedroom!

My office

Setting Up Your Creative Space

One of my all time favourite things to do is spend an hour (or a day) on Pinterest. Since my mum now tells me she is on Pinterest, I can’t imagine anyone else out there reading this blog is not… so i’ll skip over how great (and terribly addicting) it is!

Before I started shopping for furniture for my creative space, I already had a fair idea of what I wanted it to look like based on my pinterest boards. I personally get a good feeling from white interiors, as they have a way of making any room feel decluttered, and with so much going on all the time from being away travelling 90% of the time, it’s so nice to come home to a space that feels much more calm (and cosy)!

Then, it was time to go out and source some furniture and a few little furnishings to make my desk feel inspiring (more on that later). Being that I live in a fairly small town, it was pretty difficult to find exactly what I wanted with so little to choose from. As fate would have it, good ol’ Office Works (an office supplies shop for ye Americans) had a desk that suited my needs: spacious, white, and simple.

Then, the chair. Everyone knows a good and comfy chair is essential in any office space, or at least that’s what I told myself when I forked out more $$$ for the chair than the actual desk! This little bucket chair not only looks good (and coincidentally matches the desk), but it also has a cosy little leather cushion in-built in the seat. Fancy!

What inspires you?

Surround Yourself with Inspiration

As a creator (writing original content, sharing photos and videos from my travels), it’s important to always feel inspired. I recently read a great book which encourages readers to study their inspirations as subjects and draw your ideas, attitude and inspiration from them.

So, who inspires me? This book collection gives a pretty good indication.

Paris Women

The evolution of women’s role in society truly fascinates me and that alone is a huge inspiration… but I think more than just that, women around the world can draw a lot of inspiration and motivation from French women. I even went so far as to write a post about what we can learn from French women who admirably do not sexualise the body, do not treat as age as a bad thing, and strut with confidence. And so, I bought this book to celebrate that (you can buy it here).

Audrey Hepburn

Not only is she a fashion icon, but moreover the late Audrey Hepburn had a fantastic outlook on life, particularly as a strong female figure. My favourite quote? “Happy girls are the prettiest”.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was one of the most inspiring and influential fashion designers of the 20th Century, but more importantly for me, she was a woman who never took no for an answer and worked hard for what she believed in. My favourite quote? “A girl should always be two things: classy & fabulous”.

Mary-Kate + Ashley Olsen

And finally, MK & Ash. I’m not sure if it’s a generational thing, but for me, these girls were always the most influential teens to look up to as I was growing up. Nowadays the girls have built a business empire and their business savvy expertise are what I admire most about them. This book is an insight into who the girls are as people & as business women. (You can buy it here).

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other

Those Little Reminders…

And of course, it can’t be all business!!!

While I like to keep my office strictly business in order to stay productive, there’s something to be said about those little human touches – be it a card, an old movie ticket, or a photo booth photo with your girlfriends. The people who love you are the most inspiring in your life — so be sure to make a place for them also.

“The best thing to hold on to in life is each other”

– Audrey Hepburn

Inside my office

Blogging From your Bedroom

So, you’ve seen inside my office, now how exactly does one start blogging from their bedroom!?

My strongest piece of advice would be to just start – because you’ve got to start somewhere. Whether you’re starting out writing 1-2 articles per week as a hobby after work, or whether you’ve quit your job to start blogging full time… both are equally worthy of a “blogging from your bedroom” office setup.

When I first started blogging I would do so on my bed, in my lounge, in a beanbag, etc. etc. Then when I was travelling, I would find myself in cafes with free wi-fi, skimping off their power plugs, and ordering x1 cheap coffee to last hours of wi-fi time (haha)!

Nowadays, I’ve found more of a structural routine. As a travel blogger, I’m obviously away more than I am at home… but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a system in place to keep up with work! When I come home from any trip I’m eager to start editing photos, videos and stories, and posting about my trip before the next one starts. While I first started travelling non-stop (without going home for 12 months), it now works better for me to have short breaks every month or two, in order to keep up!

The moral of the story: do what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to change your way of working when you feel it is time to do so, the people who truly love following your journey will follow you anywhere!


Your Tools are your Secret Weapons

I’m asked at least a few times a day “What camera do you use?”. For frequent readers of this blog, you will already know exactly what camera that is and perhaps exactly what lenses + settings I use!

But for those of you who don’t know, these are exactly what secret weapons I have in my carry-on case right now:

Olympus PEN E-PL7 (still my fave)
Olympus OMD E-5 Mark II (still figuring it out)
GoPro Hero 4+ Silver (action/adventure photography)
Bose Noise Cancelling headphones (headphones on, world out)
Macbook Air (mobile office)
Battery Box (Gives me enough charge for another full laptop lifespan)
DJI drone (my new toy – haha!)


Over to you! What inspires you in your work place? Are there any other blogging tips you’d like to see on WoW? Leave a comment below!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!





    August 27, 2015

    So inspiring, Brooke! I hope to be able to earn from blogging one day. Are you able to edit photos through Photoshop on your Macbook Air?? 🙂



    August 18, 2015

    That space looks So great and inspiring! I’m wondering: what’s the book you said you read recently about readers and finding your inspiration?


    Christina -

    August 15, 2015

    Love that workspace! Look so cozy and calm – and a wee bit Scandinavian 🙂


    Suzanne Fluhr

    August 15, 2015

    My husband and I both work at home quite a bit and share a dedicated home office (we each have a side). My problem is that I seem to be congenitally unable to keep my desk clean. This means that when I want to actually accomplish some serious writing for my blog I tend to end up with my lap top on the living room couch. I’m 61 years old, but I’m determined to get my desk under control. I’m a recovering lawyer and in our office, I was famous for being the case management person (i.e. if I am run over by a bus, someone else should be able to pick up my cases and carry on seamlessly). For some reason, I have not been able to translate that to my blogging life—yet.



    August 15, 2015

    I love surrounding myself with books on my work space – it’s really creating an inspirational atmosphere that relaxes and fills me with drive at the same time! And yes, white (and beige) is also my favourite colour for the office! Looks so clean and refreshing, and nothing distracts you there (apart from Facebook, hehe).


    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld

    August 13, 2015

    Love this! I like to switch up my blogging space; changing rooms every now and then keeps my juices going and helps prevent writers block 🙂


    Siddhant Saharan

    August 9, 2015

    I am pleased reading your article and I love watching this video.
    Can is your next destination?? Can you share it with us ?


    Deepti @ Endless Postcards

    August 9, 2015

    Love that Audrey Hepburn quote! Your office tour was so fun — are you going to Canada next?


    Hannah Harding

    August 9, 2015

    What a lovely room! I love your book collection. 🙂 The video tour was fun. Is your next destination Canada?


    Hannah Gladwell

    August 8, 2015

    So much office envy! looking lovely x



    August 8, 2015

    Your office space looks great! I love the chair, and the globe.



    August 8, 2015

    I am in love with that table, it’s just gorgeous! Exactly the type of decor I want one day as well. I also love how you filled your space with personal inspiration 🙂



    Lillie Mysel

    August 8, 2015

    Pinterest is literally my favorite especially for decorating! Also have that Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen book; love it! x



    August 8, 2015

    Having a place you enjoy being is essential for bedroom blogging. All great tips! We had an idea of the kind of desk we wanted, so we built ours ourselves. Now it’s extra personal and exactly how we want it. It works great for us! Thanks for posting.



    August 8, 2015

    Being able to work from whereever you want is one of the benefits if you are working online. The bedroom is a really good choice 😉

    And your bedroom looks very beautiful!

    Love, Lis


    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life

    August 8, 2015

    I’ve been travel blogging for a little over a year, and I like to work from my apartment in Zurich or a cafe. And I tend to do my writing from my home base rather than take my laptop with me on my travels (I just take lots of notes with a moleskin journal instead).



    August 7, 2015

    I usually blog from my couch, haha! I need to make my desk space in my bedroom more inspiring.



    August 7, 2015

    I also blog from my bedroom – I try to always have my desk by the window, to feel like I’m getting some sunlight during my day! Love your room 🙂



    August 7, 2015

    I like pinterest too! Your bedroom is really nice



    August 7, 2015

    Great article! I’m only just setting up my blog “for real” and have mostly been blogging from the couch up until now, but I definitely feel like setting up a work space soon! *Heading to Pinterest for more inspiration* 🙂


    Kamilla Haaland

    August 7, 2015

    i love your room!! <3



    August 7, 2015

    Lovely workspace and great tips. I do have a little corner but it needs sprucing up for me to actually use it! Thanks for sharing!


    Brooke France

    August 7, 2015

    ahhh, I love nosy posts too don’t worry. This office set is just gorgeous! I love the play on white and pine x


    Joy Della Vita (Lisa)

    August 7, 2015

    So tidy, oh my, definitely not like mine.. 😀



    Joy Della Vita (Lisa)

    August 7, 2015

    So tidy, oh my, not like mine.. 😀




    August 7, 2015

    haha yes Im still using my bed or couch as an ‘office’ but hopefully one day I’ll sort myself out enough to get something more substantial.
    Your room office looks fantastic!



    August 7, 2015

    How stunning! I love desk tours so, so much. x



    August 7, 2015

    Such a nice office space! And great tips – I love a snoopy post 😉
    PS: I have a blog
    Please check it out lovelies xxxx


    Erin Yilmaz

    August 7, 2015

    Wow, I love your creative space! I’m definitely inspired to set up my own work space now, thank you! 🙂



    August 7, 2015

    Can’t even begin to say how jealous I am of your space. What a cool place to work from!
    I especially love your globe and the book How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are.


    Blondes & Bagels

    August 7, 2015

    LOVE this article – my bedroom is my office too! 😉 It’s super important to create a space thats clean, organized, and also inspirational! I used my little Instax Share printer to actually print out polaroids and create a mini moodboard on my desk!



    August 7, 2015

    Hopefully next year, I get my own place. The hope is to set up a place where I can be alone, with my thoughts, no distractions (other than my love of Netflix), and get better at writing and sharing my stories with the world. Thank you



    August 7, 2015

    Absolutely love this space, especially the chair and the carpet. I would never leave!



    August 7, 2015

    Right now, I’m still very much in the cafe mode of blogging. So much coffee!! Can’t wait to have a homebase office of my own to return to one day. Love seeing yours, and love me some Audrey Hepburn.


    Christina Richards

    August 7, 2015

    I would love to have my own blogging space but right now I’m just blogging on a couch. 😉 Love your space!



    Kate Rivington

    August 7, 2015

    Love this post and the video! I’ve got to get myself some of those headphones I’ve been eyeing them off in your vlogs for ages now haha! :p



    August 7, 2015

    I love this post Brooke! What I find super inspiring is to have a clean workplace, some groovy music and light some candles! Sets a great mood haha cant wait to see more posts about blogging as a career and how to chase your dreams! 🙂 xxx



    August 7, 2015

    I don’t have a designated space to blog in since I haven’t fully moved into my place. I sort’ve find a nice corner wherever I am and blog on my phone or computer until the cows come home. Sometimes it is a bit distracting since I have to deal with all of the other people and noises around me. It will be nice when I have a nice designated spot to focus and get to work.


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