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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hardworking Desks for the Home Office

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Choosing a desk can be tricky. The best way to choose is to first assess your needs.

  • Are you someone who has gone paperless, or do you still require spreading out and using a stapler, files and a shredder?
  • Do you like a clean, minimalist surface or do you like to have lots of photographs, tools and favorite objects within sight?
  • Do you keep one favorite pen going or do you tend to collect scads of them?

Write down every activity you want to do at your desk and make a list of the tools and supplies they require. Think about where you would stash them as you look at different desks below.

The writer’s best friend — Gus Modern Finch Desk. This desk is great for those who mostly work on a laptop or who like to sit and write old-fashioned snail mail letters, invitations and thank-you notes. The truss shape leaves plenty of legroom and places to prop your feet while you ponder. The drawers have plenty of space for writing utensils, notecards, stamps and your address book.

The space saver — MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Desk. If you square footage is a premium in your place, a wall-mounted desk can slide in just about anywhere, like the living room, your bedroom or a guest room, without feeling obtrusive. It only sticks out 20 inches, and you can keep your chair or yoga ball tucked right under it. There’s plenty of room to stash your laptop, notebooks and other supplies, and the aluminum door can slide right over anything unsightly. Speaking of unsightly, there are two holes in the side for stealth wire management.

The keeper of the household — Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. This desk is great for keeping all of your household files together in one place. The bottom drawer can handle legal or letter size hanging files, the top drawer has plenty of room for all of your supplies. Keep all of your personal finances, warranties, tax records and home-related documents at your fingertips. In terms of looks, the piece is fully customizable. There are several finishes to choose from for the main body of the desk, and you can choose from a range of colors for the drawer front panels.

The minimalist — Brave Space Design Delta Desk. At first glance, this sculptural piece looks like all it has to offer is a simple work surface. In fact, the wings off the sides will hold any clutter. The desk comes in beautiful walnut, maple and bamboo (shown) finishes.

Built for two — Steelcase Turnstone Bivi Table for Two with Back Pockets. This hard-working table was designed for two to sit across from one another, perfect for family members who need to work at the same time. It’s also a great option if you see clients at home. One of the best features is the  cable trough down the center, which will keep pesky wires neat and organized.


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Friday, June 24th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Inspring Workspace

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I find myself clicking “a fave” every time I see a great work space on Flickr; somehow no matter how hard I try, I cannot get mine to look as nice as the likes of this desk area, from flickr member and blogger The Style Observatory. Love the nautical charts, love the inspiration board, the flowers and the thought of plugging in my laptop in this spot. How’s your workspace? Share it with us in our Fresh New Spaces group.

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Friday, February 11th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: A Quick Weekend Project

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Well, January’s quite over, the Superbowl is over, and it may be time to get back into those weekend projects. One part of making your home office a place where you want to spend time is to be sure and add artwork that inspires you. Whether it’s nautical charts, a big inspiration board, etsy prints or a vintage blackboard, why don’t you get out a hammer and nails and get cracking on this one? It won’t take long but it will make a big difference!

desk

From flickr member The Style Observatory

Kitchen Office

from Flickr member and blogger From the Right Bank

My Desk

from Flickr member and blogger Eileen Josephine

sfgirlbybay home office.

from Flickr member and blogger sfgirlbybay

new decoration

from Flickr member and Etsy store owner atelierpompadour

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: Creating Home Office Zones

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Today it’s my pleasure to welcome back Lisa Adams, C.E.O. of L.A. Closet Design to help us all with some expert home office organization tips. Take it away Lisa!

It is hard these days to draw a line between where work ends and where your home life begins. Even if you don’t intentionally work from home, your Blackberry, papers and stress inevitably come home with you at the end of the day. To make sure your home office doesn’t get out of hand, you must make a daily conscious effort to stay organized. Here are some rules to live by and stick to:

Work Zones: Start by thoroughly and honestly evaluating your work and your workspace. The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas such as “the work area,” “the supply area,” “the reference area,” “reading area,” etc., which should be named and prioritized by how you conduct your work.  For example, “the work area” might include a clear workspace, a computer, and frequently used office supplies; whereas, “the reference area” might include binders, manuals, dictionaries, and professional books and materials.  Everything should have a place and everything should be in its place. Once the zones have been defined, position the zones by frequency of use.  If supplies are used daily, they should be within easy reach of your work area.  This zoning process all depends on the function and your daily work habits in your office, so evaluate and design a proper plan.

Separation of Space: When working from home, it is important to maintain a separate workplace within your home—to set boundaries and protect it from the rest of the home.  Make it a rule to only use your home office for the purposes of business, not for storing household items or entertaining guests.  If you do work from home and do not have a separate room for an office available, use devices such as screens, bookcases and directed lighting to create the necessary separation between home and office.

Minimize Equipment & Paper: Efficient offices have one thing in common—uncluttered work tops.  To maintain a clear work station, try to minimize your office equipment such as printers, fax, phone, filing and paper.  If possible, purchase an “all-in-one” printer that encompasses a fax and scanner to consolidate equipment space.  Additionally, papers and other documents can be stored electronically either by using a service, or by copying files to DVDs or CD-ROMs. This will help to reduce the amount of filing space needed for paperwork that should be saved, but is not needed on a regular basis.

Stay on Top of Business Tasks: Handling responsibilities and tasks as they occur throughout the day is key to home office organization. Paperwork should be scanned or filed immediately instead of being left in a pile on your desk. Email and mail should be read and acted upon the first time received.  It is unnecessary to read an email and decide how to respond to it later. Read emails once and take an action:  save, delete, or respond. This will not only minimize clutter, but it will also greatly increase productivity.

If all of the recommended tips are followed and maintained, your home office will become more organized and clutter-free.  Weekly checks should be enforced to make sure there are no extra papers on the desk or other unnecessary items left abandoned. Every item should be put in its proper place as soon as its purpose has been served.


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Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Modern Day Mad Men Offices

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Lindsey and I were so inspired by the new offices at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce that we decided to throw together a few collages with products that are available new today that capture the feeling of Madison Avenue in 1965.

Modern Roger Sterling Office

Modern Roger Sterling Office by thebubbreport on Polyvore.com

The office above is inspired by the office that Jane Sterling decorated for her husband Roger. We love the palette of black, white, metal and mirror. The Heather Lins Conversation Pieces Pillow is a perfect addition for these guys who play with words all day:

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