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Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Organization Tuesday: Dream Workspaces

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As I trudge through trying to create the workspace that will inspire me to actually spend time in my office working, I have been amassing images of workspaces that I admire. Here are a few I covet:

Sharon Portnoy Design

Loadingdock5 Architecture

Ish and Chi

sfgirlbybay

Turquoise L.A.

emma’s design blog

not sure of original source. PLEASE COMMENT if you know so I can add it.

Aalto’s office via Apartment Therapy

first five photos from houzz.com. The rest were in my tumblr stream.

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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Organization Tuesday, Oops, Thursday…

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PROGRESS REPORT:

I’ve just completed week three (of six) of the organizing workshop. As you can see, my organization efforts are still running behind! I think I was waiting for my space to be perfect before sharing it. Then I realized that I’d be waiting a really long time, put off blog posts, and leave you all with nothing new to read when you stop by for weeks on end. Apparently, waiting until it’s perfect is a paralyzing organizing roadblock for me. I have accomplished sorting various junk drawers and even clearing out a mega-sized drawer to hide my paper and cardboard recycling – the basket full of it out in the open was starting to make me not want to recycle any more! It’s crazy how happy this has made me. The feeling of accomplishment that comes with these little projects is wonderful.

I am finding that having organization on the brain is leading to other projects and simple fixes that I had been ignoring for a long time. For instance, my beloved Dyson vacuum had lost all of its sucking mojo. I finally did some hardcore taking-apart of the appliance and found there was a pen stuck in there and all kinds of things were stuck around it, blocking all of the air. I finally had my beloved but filthy with construction dust and pollen screened-in porch powerwashed, removed all of the furniture for a scrub-down, washed all of my pillow covers and got a new rug for out there. I found a bored friend to hang the shelves my office had been crying out for, so without further ado:

BEFORE (EWWWW! I could not get ANY work done in here because it was so distractingly gross and ugly):

You may recognize my map wall. It had seen better days; the sun had faded the once-lovely blue to a depressing gray. Yuck. Actually, it had been replaced by my horrible D.I.Y. disaster inspiration board, but that thing has bitten the dust as well. I cannot seem to find a good inspiration board solution. I need to go re-read my post comments because I know you all gave me some great suggestions.

IN PROGRESS:

What I have left to do:

1) Find the perfect labels for those pails so I’ll know which one to pull down. They contain all of my drafting supplies which were formerly in that little chest of drawers in the BEFORE picture. The chest was great for my station in grad school, but it had just become clunky junky in my current office. I think it would be a cute nightstand in a future dream beach house I don’t own, so I’m storing it in the attic for now. Oh, those are paint tins from Home Depot, I think they cost about $1 each. They come in a bunch of different sizes and they are great for hiding a multitude of sins.

2) Sort whatever the heck is in this tin.

3) I feel like this is sort of wasted space, but I don’t want to fill it just because I have it. Look it how gross it got in the BEFORE shot. For now, I’m going to enjoy the empty space it adds to my flow. Hopefully this wastebasket is not in my feng shui financial corner or something (wasn’t that in Bridget Jones’ Diary? She was basically letting her finances get tossed out with the garbage, according to a feng shui article in one of her glossies. I have much bigger issues to deal with before I can even think about adding feng shui complications!).

4) I just threw extra office supplies on this shelf. I need to get it looking nicer or it’s going to bug me. That Staples box of envelopes is too ugly to be out. These are the kinds of details that bug me.

I have to give another shoutout to my Organizing 101 Workshop. It’s part practical organizing, part figuring out the psychology of why my house gets to a certain point of disarray, like why I shop too much, why my clutter builds up, etc.! There’s also a great forum of people going through the same thing to chat and commiserate with – it is really motivating and it’s well worth the $75 price tag.

When I’m all done, I’m going to do something crazy. I’m probably going to have to take it all down because I HATE that ten year old Restoration Hardware soft green, and I’d like to wallpaper. However, by the time I’m done, I should have a system, and I’ll take pictures so I will know where to put everything back up, right? Another one of my roadblocks is finding out my pain in the butt limits – I ordered some samples, picked one, tried to get two different people in the know to refer a good wallpaper hanger, they didn’t know any, and I stopped trying! However, I have been in touch with a great painter. Perhaps I should just stick with him and keep things simple. Sorry, if any of you are still actually reading this, I think I’m working through my own personal organization/project completion limitations through this blog and boring you with it! Hmmm, what color, what color…hmmm, time to distract myself with June’s Coastal Living, Elle Decor, and Southern Living, all of which are sitting right in front of me at the moment, then make a field trip to Benjamin Moore…

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Organization Tuesday: A Super-Duper Office / Using Tumblr

Becky

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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

Yvestown

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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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Around the Interwebs: Kishani Perera

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Now I’m enjoying the most recent interview over at Balustrade and Bitters with Kishani Perera. I love the way she uses color!

OK, as soon as this laptop battery dies, I’m going to go clean out my desk and reorganize my inspiration board!

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

A Flickr Fave on Fridays a Day Early

Becky

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I’m posting these flickr faves a day early because it’s a favorite workspace we missed last week. It comes to us from flickr member lockette. So white. So bright. So ORGANIZED! Those work surfaces and windows make this a perfect creative space. Love the photography too! You can peruse her creations in her Etsy store.

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