Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Organization Tuesday: A Super-Duper Office / Using Tumblr


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I was cruising around on tumblr yesterday (it had been awhile) and I found this gorgeous office in my favorites. I am not sure where credit is due, but it seems the first person to blog it was gigimelo. NEW NOTE: Thank you to Victoria, who knew exactly whose office this is! It is where the creative magic of Tif Fussell happens. Check out Tif’s work at dottie angel. Buy it on Etsy!

So, Organization Point #1: A Gorgeous & Neat Work Environment. This is a beautifully organized workspace. I am not quite sure what’s going on in that bottom shelf on the right, but I like that there is one little messy element. That magazine file on the desktop can hide a multitude of sins and serve as an inbox without messing things up. I can’t quite tell what is in the Catherine Holm casserole dish, but it sure looks neat and organized. I would not have thought to use a casserole dish that way. I’m sure it would get a lot more use on my desk than in my kitchen. The drawers in the vintage desk provide plenty of space for everything to be tucked away. Also, check out how organized the art arrangement is. With everything lined up neatly like this in a similar color palette, you could hang pages from a lovely glossy and it would look fantastic!

Organization Point #2: Using tumblr. Does anyone out there use tumblr? What do you use it for? For those of you who don’t know or don’t care to blog, you may find you really enjoy tumblr. It’s kind of like tweeting but with photos, at least for me. It is also a very simple way to dip your toes into blogging, as it certainly isn’t all about photos. That’s just what I use it for. Anyway, you can peruse everyone’s blogs right on the site in one easy feed, and mark your favorite posts. You can also re-post those that you like.

So, how does this help you get organized? The result is that you can create style files of your favorite images. You can also tag them. For example, when I want to look at inspiring black and white designs I’ve been collecting, I can go into my own tumblr blog and search “black and white” and they’ll all come up in a wonderful stream (here is mine if you want to see what I mean). The catch is that you have to be an obsessive compulsive tagger to make this work. Overall, it’s the perfect spot to store all kinds of inspiration and ideas. If you do post to tumblr, please remember to give credit to publications/websites/blogs/photographers if you are using their images.

Here are just a few of my favorite design people to follow on tumblr (tumblr has even informed me that they are among my “tumblr crushes” because I mark their images as favorites the most often!):

The Brick House


Design Evolution (this post Michelle wrote is how I found out just what the heck tumblr was in the first place – seriously, how does everyone keep up with the latest and greatest web tool? It’s ridiculously overwhelming!)

The Beautiful Soup

My Farmhouse

P.S. Doesn’t this office fit the color palette from yesterday? It does a much better job than I did, and it wasn’t even trying!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. michelle says:

    March 16th, 2010 at 6:44 am (#)

    Thanks so much for including me in your list. Our favorites list are exactly the same, just substitute Thebubbreport where it says Design Evolution 🙂


  2. Becky says:

    March 16th, 2010 at 8:42 am (#)

    Michelle, I think I found half of my favorites by copying yours in the first place 😉

  3. Flavia says:

    March 16th, 2010 at 2:06 pm (#)

    That is such a nice office! I have started to use tumblr to organize my images, and so far I am really liking how easy it is to use. I need to peruse the others on your list…

  4. Alice Jones says:

    March 17th, 2010 at 8:44 am (#)

    I love the colours that have been used in this office, they are calming, i suppose they create a the right mood to work in. The display of pictures on the wall look really great too.

  5. victoria says:

    March 23rd, 2010 at 11:24 am (#)

    this is tif fussell’s studio – from the blog dottie angel:


    i love this too!

  6. becky says:

    March 23rd, 2010 at 11:52 am (#)

    Victoria, YEA! Thanks for the info, I’ll add it to the post. That’s my one quibble with tumblr blogs, people aren’t too great about credits and linking.


  7. Marsanne says:

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:19 am (#)

    Victoria – I love that you were able to point us in the right direction for the studio!

    Becky – this is awesome! I wish my office looked more like that. I can think of a particular lookbook that should be displayed like that 🙂

    And now I have to check out tumblr in more detail….

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