MY APARTMENT OFFICE TOUR (2019) | Lucie Fink

MY APARTMENT OFFICE TOUR (2019) | Lucie Fink


Hey everyone, it’s Lucie Fink, and welcome back to my YouTube channel. Today it is finally time to give you a tour of my office. As
you might know, a few months ago we moved into this two-bedroom, two-bathroom
apartment… and as you probably saw in a recent video of mine, I recently left
refinery29, so I’m no longer a full-time employee there, which means I work from
home a lot. And that’s why having a second bedroom in our apartment that I
could turn into an office space was really important for me. I do a lot of
filming at home… I really wanted a shooting studio where I can film videos
just like this with a very nice backdrop… I also feel like because I work from
home so often it is kind of nice to walk into a room and know that this is your
work room, so that I don’t have to use my kitchen, living room, or bedroom for
things like doing work. In my old apartment, I used to just do work all
over… at the kitchen table, in my bed… and I find that’s not really good for having
a sane mind, because then when I get in bed and I try to go to sleep, I’m
still kind of in “work mode”. So having this separate space that’s all about
work, and all about color and inspiration was very, very important to me, and I’m so
excited to finally unveil it to you and show you what we’ve done with the place.
This office, but also pretty much my entire apartment, was decorated in
collaboration with my mom. You might remember from an older video of mine
that my mom is an interior designer… so, when we moved, of course I knew I was
going to pick her brain and use her to help make this place as beautiful as
possible. She has incredible style, she’s really good at mixing and matching
patterns and colors, and personally I love everything she’s done with our
childhood home… so I knew that it would be great to use her for this apartment. I
know that I haven’t shown you guys my living room or the bedroom or even some
aspects of the kitchen yet, so stay tuned, because I am going to film an entire
video for this channel showing you the furnished apartment tour. You might
remember from my empty apartment tour video, that when I first came into this
office it was just an empty, blank canvas. It’s a
pretty small room… I’ll pop up the measurements right here… You also might
remember that this room has built-in bookshelves… and I’m really excited to
show you all the things we’ve done with them… So let’s just start
from the beginning. When you first walk into this room, there is a little bit of
a hallway… On the right side, there’s a really long closet that we’ve stored a
lot of shooting equipment in. We also put some other storage items in there… things
like our tools, boxes of things that we want to keep, old notebooks, and stuff
like that… And then, because each closet in the apartment has double height, in
the top we put all of our suitcases. Both Michael and I got three new suitcases
each from our wedding registry, so we have stored them all in a line on the top closet. On the left side of the entry hallway, we put up these really minimal
world maps. There’s three frames in a row… so the left photo is Asia and Australia,
the middle photo is North America and South America, and then the right photo
is Europe and Africa. Our plan is to buy little circular stickers and put dots on
all of the places that we’ve been together or plan on going as a couple.
Then once you get to the end of the short hallway, you’re in the room. On the
right hand side, you’ll see the ladder shelf desk that we got from West Elm… And on the left hand side you will see our futon, as well as the gallery wall that
we’ve displayed behind it. There are so many little details in here, so I want to
give you a closer look at each aspect of the room. Let’s start on the right with the
ladder desk. I knew that I’d love this desk because of the minimal look of it.
It’s pretty much just dark, solid wood, with white wood… It’s pretty much leaning
against the wall, although we did mount it to make sure that it doesn’t slip
back… and even though the desk itself is very sleek and minimal, I didn’t want it
to be empty. I wanted to fill this desk up with little pieces that are meaningful to me, bright pops of color, and things that are gonna make me smile.
So if you really look around the shelves, there’s a lot to look at here… but here
are some things you’ll find. Crystals all over the place… I used to collect
crystals in my old apartment… If you remember correctly, these triangular,
wooden pieces are a DIY piece that I actually made myself and painted myself
for an episode of Try Living with Lucie a few years back. In our old apartment, they
were hanging on the wall, but here they’re just displayed on the desk… and
then on the inside I just tucked away some brightly colored crystals. If you
peek around the desk some more, you’ll also see some candles in different
shapes and sizes. I have some fun little pieces that my mom picked up for me, like this really, really cute light bulb… that, if you turn on, glows
orange… There’s also some photos of me and Michael, as well as photos of me and
my sister… Some watercolors that I painted myself… My YouTube plaque, of
course… which has to go in this room, because this is my filming room… and just
some other little things that are meaningful to me. This little handmade
rainbow book that says “All That Really Matters” with our wedding date on it was
a gift from my friend Colette, and if you actually open it, inside there are photos
of me and Michael. I have a reminder that says “sleep solves everything”… Just a
little note to self when I am in here grinding away at 9 p.m…. What else do I
have? I have some pretty rocks, I have a sign that says “Lucie and Michael” that we
put up at my bridal shower… We have a printer in the lower right hand corner,
which is very functional… and just a few desk supplies out on the desk. I try not
to keep too much cluttered on the desk because we do have this entire bin on
the left hand side of the desk, which is filled with markers and colored pencils,
and regular pencils, and all of my bullet journal supplies and my painting
supplies… I put this together during Five Days of Organization, and I’ve kept it
intact ever since. Also on the left hand side of
the desk, you will see the two cork boards that I put up recently. As of now,
there are only two things tacked up there. One is a custom watercolor
illustration from our wedding, and the other is an astrological poster for my
sign, Leo. And I do plan to put a flipping calendar on this, or also maybe use it to
help organize all my projects… I’m not exactly sure what I plan to do with the
rest of these cork boards, but if you have any suggestions, comment below. And the right hand side of the desk is where the built-in bookshelves are… And we have
a ton of books, and we’re always getting more books. So we tried to color
coordinate into the four main colors… Black, white, blue, and then orange-y/
yellow-y… anything that’s beneath that is something that didn’t really fit into
the color scheme well, but books we still want to keep. And I would highly
recommend organizing your books by color if you want to smile every day, because
when I look at that shelf it just makes my mind feel organized and clear. Also
tucked up next to the bookshelf, you’ll see my camera tripod, which I use all the time… so I like to keep it readily accessible. And now we
can move on to the left side of the room… which is the wall you’re seeing behind me. When we first walked in, this wall
obviously had no wallpaper on it, and it was just a big, open, white wall. It was my
mom’s idea to put wallpaper on just one wall in the room, just to add a pop to
that side of the room and make it interesting without making it
overwhelming and having wallpaper all around. In the description box I’m going
to put the link to this exact wallpaper. I love this wallpaper. It was peel and
stick, so it’s not actually permanent. We can peel it off really easily, almost
like a decal… I will say, it was not an easy thing to put up. I didn’t do it
myself. We did hire a wallpaper professional to put it up, and they found
it was difficult to do just because there’s a lot of scraping to get all the
air bubbles out… That being said, it’s done, and it looks incredible. These are
12-foot ceilings, so I wouldn’t have wanted to try to attempt this myself… but
I absolutely love the way it came out, and I love the pink and orange look. It
just adds a nice pop of color to the entire room. And then, pretty much this
entire gallery wall that you’re seeing behind me was created in collaboration
with Etsy. So, not everything is from Etsy… there are a couple of paintings that my
mom painted herself, a couple of vintage frames that came from my parents’ house,
and also a couple of other pieces that I’ve grabbed from other spots along the
way… but the hexagon wooden pieces, the triangular wooden pieces, the hanging
shelf with the wood base, and the bronze air plant holders are all from Etsy. So
it’s not like you’re buying something from a factory that’s pumping out one
after the other… these are handmade items. And once they get to your door, you can
just see how much love and attention to detail went into them, and it feels so
good to know that my wall is decorated with all these individual, handmade
pieces. I’m gonna put a link in the description box below for all of the Etsy
items that you’re seeing on this wall. The two vases that you’re seeing on the
wall are also from Etsy: The rainbow one with the golden arches, and then also the
pinched, skinny arch one. Both of these were handmade, and hand-crafted, and they add so much creativity to the room. Along the
windowsill in the back of the room, you’ll see four planters… These are four
plants that I potted during Five Days of Indoor Gardening, and they look so good!
They’ve thrived in the light. My hope is to add more and more plants as time
goes on, because having pops of natural greenery around your space is always a
good idea. And I am actually filming this vlog right now before I put a lot of the
wall plants in… but I’m going to show you close-up footage right now of some of
the plants that I’ve added since filming this part. We are still considering
whether or not we want to get a rug in here… We initially bought a rug, but then
when I laid it out and I saw it next to the futon, I didn’t love the color combo…
So now I’m still wondering if maybe I get a yellow rug… maybe an orange rug…
maybe just something natural… I’m not sure yet. Let me know if you would
recommend a rug. I could always use your design expertise. And we did want to make
sure that it was suitable to be a second bedroom as well as just an office, so
that’s why the futon that we got from Urban Outfitters does collapse down and
become a full-sized bed. We do need to get blankets, and pillows, and sheets for
it if someone is going to stay here, but it is suitable for sleep… and, actually, my
first guest who’s coming to sleep over is my friend Marjolaine and her
boyfriend George. They’re coming in December because the two of us are
working on a secret project together, and they’re going to be staying in our
second bedroom. I’m so excited to see how this room fares as a bedroom, because… I
would sleep in here. It’s great. One other thing to call out… You’re
seeing on this side of the frame it’s a little bit empty right now… and that’s
because right here, off to the side of the couch is where I tuck away my two
softbox lights, and also my ring light on the stand… And as we were decorating the
wall, I wanted to make sure to remain aware of the fact that that is where my
lights live. In our old apartment, I didn’t like having the lights set up all
the time in our bedroom, so I actually kept them in storage or I would break
them down… But my problem is that when my lights are not up and assembled, and
ready to just plug into the wall and go… I’m not as tempted to shoot videos. It is
SO much easier, and it actually makes the process of filming so much faster, when
my lights are ready to go. So I knew that this office space was going to be the
place in the apartment where our lights were assembled and ready to shoot with,
24/7. So, even though it’s not the prettiest thing… I do keep them tucked in this corner… which is why the wall is a little bit emptier
over there. We also have this short end table next to the couch, over here by the
window… It’s from All Modern, and because of the shape, it has this opening inside
of it that’s kind of hidden when you’re looking at it from the top… So I sneakily tucked our weights in there. I used to use those weights more
frequently when I was trying to build up my arm muscles… Can’t say I’ve used them
in quite a long time… but they’re right there if I ever want to workout with
them. Another thing I love about this office is that we got these City windows
installed, so there’s actually two panes of glass, which makes it a lot quieter in
here than when there’s one pane of glass… And I’ve been using this front pane of
glass to kind of write on with the dry erase marker. Sometimes I’ll write my
to-do list… but right now what you’re seeing is some friends and family that
have come by and just written little notes on it. And that is a closer look at
our office space! I really hope you love it in here as much as I do. Please
comment below if you have any design suggestions or inspiration ideas… We are
always changing this place up. That’s just kind of how we roll. My mom comes
over, and the next thing you know… the whole shelves are different. So
definitely let us know if you have any ideas for any aspect of the room.
Especially for the carpet. I really would love your suggestions on that… And I hope
that this inspires you to take one place in your home and just make it yours. The
real reason why I wanted this space, and also why I wanted it to be so colorful
and vibrant, is because being in a space like this inspires me. It pushes me to
come up with new creative ideas, it gets me in the mood to sit here and film
these videos because the background is so beautiful and fun to look at… It’s
very important for the space around me and the environment to yell CREATIVITY
and FUN. Thank you so much for coming back to my YouTube channel! Give this
video a thumbs up if you liked it and if you want more apartment content… and
comment below to let me know what else you want to see on this channel. See you
next time!

100 thoughts on “MY APARTMENT OFFICE TOUR (2019) | Lucie Fink

  1. i’m loving this room! it’s sooo cozy 🥰 that bookshelf is EVERYTHING! i love how so much thought went into every piece. this makes me want to redo my office!! thank you for sharing!

  2. This is perfect! My boyfriend and I are looking at apartments this weekend and are getting a two bedroom so I can have a designated office space!

  3. The office so perfectly represents you – bright and creative! I love it. It's also giving me some major inspiration for my own office nook in my small apartment <3 thanks Lucie!!

  4. How gorgeous! It’s so you! I love all of the pops of pink. You and your mom did a great job. I think a jute rug with some cool texture/simple pattern would compliment the room well!

  5. Love the look! I think a light yellow almost white rug with a larger pile would look nice! or a super cute pastel rainbow rug?? not sure where you'd find it but i'm sure it exists! also since the lights aren't as ascetically pleasing as is, what if you got a large basket with a linen liner to cover them? (like turn it upside down and put a something small on top of it for decoration?)

  6. Lol I wouldnt say that desk is minimal, it looks so cluttered! Idk how people can focus with all that like I'd want a large empty desk not that teeny thing

  7. I like your space so much better than my office. It's so cute! And so very you.

    For the rug, I might try something in a dusky blue grey with some of the pink tones from the wallpaper. It would help provide some contrast and anchor the space. Rugsusa has a ton of options and are super affordable. And there are always sales and coupons they send out too.

  8. This rug has similar color scheme to your office room check it out! It's on Anthropologie
    https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/hand-tufted-dorinda-rug?category=SEARCHRESULTS&cm_mmc=LS_-affiliates

  9. Hi, Lucie! That text about Leo, where did you get it and is it possible to get them for other signs?
    BTW your office is so beautiful, colourful, positive and meaningful. Love you 💖💖💖💖💖

  10. LOVED IT! Where is the all white framed world map from ?? My fiance and I do the Same thing about marking all of our travels, would be great to upgrade to something more "adult ish". we have scratch off map right now

  11. Where are those map frames in your little hallway from? I would love to do something similar for my BF and I in our apartment!

  12. You could totally do a boho style rug in a natural color. Maybe something with some texture and a fringe that'll add more personality to it!

  13. I think a video you would be great at making is a guide to taxes for self-employed people. The 15% self-employed tax on top of federal and state income tax is BRUTAL 😂 Tax write-offs are an actual life saver!

  14. I love this space, you made it so lovely with such small dimensions! This makes me even more excited for the full apartment tour, dying for that! <3

  15. I love your book organization, it's so pretty! I recently re-organized my bookshelf too … I ended up with separate shelves for novels grouped by continent where they are set, reference books, and books that are personally significant

  16. Thanks for sharing! I vote for adding a shag rug in your office/ spare bedroom. This will add some coziness for guests as they step in & out of bed. Plus, it will add warmth during those colder months instead of walking on cold hard flooring. A suggestion for the cork boards would be to add family photos…almost like a generational family tree…people from both sides of the family. Maybe instead of cluttering the window sill with plants, try hanging the plants at different heights from the ceiling. This will add a sense of whimsy to the room and clear up space near the window. Add an under the bed organizer so you can add extra blankets and bedding for the futon…ready to go for guests. All are just suggestions. Thanks 🙂

  17. I laughed at „sleep solves everything as a reminder when I‘m grinding at 9 pm“ as a student I would need something like this at 2 am😅

  18. I think a natural/cream coloured rug but in a softer fabric than jute because you want this to double as a second bedroom. It think jute can be a bit hard.

  19. Hi! I love you, you're amazing. I hope you and Michael are settling in well and married life is treating you the way you guys deserve! Much love from a girl who is going through the long distance journey, and am hoping I will end up as happy as you two. 🙂

  20. I wonder how much rent it must be an appartment like that in Manhattan. It looks beautiful!!! But prices in NYC are insane!!

  21. you mentioned putting stickers on those maps. every place you do go or have gone you should put a photo of you and michael on the cork board. it would be really sweet and create some correlation in the room

  22. It's not my style, but it really reflects your bubbly and creative personality, which is awesome!! It seems like this will be a really inspiring space for you and I'm pumped to see the work you will come up with in there 🙂

  23. I consulted with an interior designer when I bought my condo three and a half years ago. Best decision I ever made.

  24. a white rug would look good with the dark floor, also for the cork board you could have Polaroid’s of people who have stayed with you

  25. Love it! Does your map include New Zealand? Was hard to tell from the video and lots of international maps leave out our wee country 😅

  26. I would definitely go with a natural/neutral rug for this room! A light beige would compliment the darker shelves on the wall, green plants, as well as the trim of your desk.

    Definitely inspired to get my multipurpose desk/vanity space organized ASAP!

    I would love to see a daily routine video or “what’s on my phone” to see any useful apps you’re using!

  27. Agreed with most of the other comments here. A jute rug matches with most all furniture, adds a bit of a homey look, and doesn't get dirty easily. They're also pretty affordable compared to other rugs!

  28. great space!! I love the wallpaper. My opinion for the carpet/floor is to get a high pile shag type, neutral colour, carpet. Guests will be happy to not get out of bed on a cold floor and it will also just warm up the space overall.

  29. I don’t think you mentioned it – is the circular white on white piece( it’s right behind you in a majority of the video) a drawing? A Mandela? Looks very pretty!’

  30. I would definitely add a rug for soundproofing. I am struggling myself to choose a rug from my home so I have no advice there, but I definitely think it would make a difference for the sounds of your videos and just soundproofing in general. P. S. That's so awesome that your mom is an interior designer! It's a skill I would love to have.

  31. I want this wallpaper ASAP! And I think a natural rug or a white fluffy rug would be a good contrast with the dark hardwoods, but not clash with the color scheme 🙂

  32. Love the room!! I love the color of the futon and it and the pillows and blanket on it are so cute. But, why not put a full size bed with a mattress and all there? Seems like a big enough area. Is it because you’d rather it have the more office type vibe rather than guest room? Thanks for showing us!! Where’s the blanket from?

  33. Change the wallpaper….it blends with your hair color…maybe it looks good as a whole…..but when it comes to a video background…its monotone with your hair.

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