How to Style a Memo Board

Jessica Sturdy shares photos of her home office in Chicago.

Every time I show a glimpse of my “desk setup” in my apartment, I get so many questions about the memo board above my desktop computer! I would say “home office,” but my desk is literally right smack dab in the middle of my living area in between my living room and my kitchen. Someday I’ll have a real office with walls, ha! I would say that having my desk out in the open forces me to be organized, but that would be a total lie. Instead, it just makes my entire apartment look like a tornado most of the time. 🙃 Le sigh. But back to the memo board!

Jessica Sturdy shares her home office in Chicago and gives tips for styling a memo board.

I totally get it with the memo board questions… it’s one of my favorite things in my entire apartment. It’s been such a fun project to work on, and it’s most certainly always a work in progress. I’ve collected cards, mini polaroids, ticket stubs, pins, and random paper goods from all over the world. I love how all of the color blends right in with my living room!

Jessica Sturdy shares memo board diy ideas.

First and foremost, it’s about the memories. BUT I’ve always got my eyes peeled for cute paper goods that match the colorful vibe I’ve got goin’ on. Business cards, Do Not Disturb signs at hotels, stickers, inserts from online orders, magazine tear-outs, fortunes from Chinese takeout, music festival wristbands, name tags from important gifts or packages, photobooth strips, paint color samples, movie tickets, museum exhibit pamphlets… Nothing is off limits!

From there, it’s honestly just a little game of tetris! I don’t like to mess with it too much at this point, so it’s mainly adding small things here and there. You can see I’ve started layering by adding things on top of each other, which is why I think it’s maybe time to add a second board. (See the very last photo in this post for a picture of what it looks like today! It’s a lot more full.)

Jessica Sturdy shares her home office with memo board quotes.

Here are a few more memo boards to love…

Jessica Sturdy shares tips for making a memo board in her Chicago home office. She has a gold PB Teen Emily & Merritt Scalloped Memo Board with an Apple iMac desktop computer.

Get the Look…

PB Teen (Emily & Merritt) Scalloped Gold Pin Board
Bungalow 5 White Lacquer Desk
Society Social Bow-Back Chair
Target Brass & Marble Desk Lamp
Gold Middle Finger
Anthropologie Initial Mug for Pens
Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler
Acrylic Tape Dispenser
Washi Tape
Diptyque 34 Candle
Lucite Chair
Palm Leaf Pillow
Gold Shopping Bag Trash Can
Ikea Shelves

The gold memo board is from PB Teen, the blue chair with a bow is from Society Social, and the white desk is from Bungalow 5. Styled with a Gucci bag, palm leaf pillow, lucite chair, and Ikea shelves.

PS: You can check out my full living room tour here!

Jessica Sturdy shares photos of her colorful home office in Chicago. Bungalow 5 Desk, Society Social Navy Blue Chair with a Bow, Gucci Bag, Lucite Chair with Palm Leaf Pillow, Ikea Shelves, gold shopping bag trash can, and an Apple iMac desktop computer.

And here are a few more versions… You can see that it took me lots of time to fill it up! This next photo was snapped on my (shitty) iPhone in February of 2017, which was about a year after I got the board… It was pretty blank in the beginning!

Jessica Sturdy shares how to decorate a memo board in her Chicago office.

And this is my board as of today, April 2018! It makes me so happy… So, so many memories. I’m actually considering getting a second board and scooting this one over, to have two centered vertically over my desk. I’ve definitely got the wall space. Thoughts?!

Jessica Sturdy shares how to decorate a memo board in her colorful home office in Chicago.

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  1. 4.5.18
    Rena said:

    I love the way your memo board lives!
    xx Rena

  2. 4.5.18
    Allie said:

    I think pin boards are such a fun way to share mementos from travels and fun experiences. Yours is so fun and pretty! I love the unique shape of the board too. xAllie

  3. 4.5.18
    Meg said:

    What a fun way to display memories!

  4. 4.7.18
    Emily said:

    i absolutely love this board—so fun and bright! xo

  5. 5.27.18
    Jess said:

    Yes for sure get another pin board! I would LOVE that one.. I have the perfect spot for it.. but way out of my price range…. time for a little Pintrest DIY pinboard search!!

  6. 5.22.19

    Love this memo board! Thanks for sharing. Carolina at Ironmongery Experts.