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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

by Chris Gardner

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/11/2011

Part III: The Custom Desk

(Read Part II here) Having figured out a functional floorplan, I busted out the hex-key and got things assembled. I chose a basic rectangular desk top with basic legs for my media workstation, and weeded my collection of gear down the essentials. It was still very apparent, however, that I needed more space:  

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Before and After: Kate's Home Office

by Jill W

Before and After: Kate's Home Office

Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!   

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Desk-A-Day: Brooke's Under $100 Office Makeover

by Chris Gardner

Desk-A-Day: Brooke's Under $100 Office Makeover
Brooke and her husband Jacob found themselves in an interesting situation. They'd just paid for their own wedding, Jacob had just earned his degree, and they were doing their best to pay off student loans. When they moved into Jacob's grandmother's house, they knew it needed an update, and completed a total facelift for under $5000.

One of Brooke's favorite projects was her own office space, where they created custom built in furniture for under $100 USD.

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Make a Simple, DIY Calendar You'll Actually Want to Use

by Chris Gardner

Make a Simple, DIY Calendar You'll Actually Want to Use

I gave up on paper calendars a long time ago. Not because I'm super tech-y and see them as outdated, but more because I can't seem to find one that actually works for me. They're either covered in photos of puppies or art prints, or so soulless and blank that they make me feel like the only thing I can schedule on them is reminders to put cover sheets on my TPS reports.

So, I'm loving this simple DIY option that's perfectly customizable to the way you work.

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My Total Office Makeover: The Master Plan, Plus Necessities

by Chris Gardner

My Total Office Makeover: The Master Plan, Plus Necessities
Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

Part II: The Master Plan

(Read Part 1 here) I looked around at what I'd maintained and realized the software I had would work: my computers and other media gear...

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Gwen Hauser's Workspace Tour: An Art Studio With Freedom to Make Mistakes

by Bruno Bornsztein

Gwen Hauser is an atelier-trained painter; lots of classical training on how to capture light, get perfect skin tones, and do things the right way. And for a long time, that perfectionism was what stifled her creativity. 

"It was suffocating," she says. "I'm a mess when I work. I like things visually chaotic, and I needed the freedom to strip my art down to the core and make mistakes." You wouldn't know if from her paintings, which are...

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Desk-A-Day: Imogen Heap

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

credit: Future Music [http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/in-pictures-imogen-heaps-amazing-home-studio-225425#content]

January 2011 is Workspace month on Curbly; we're exploring DIY ideas, organization tips, and design inspiration to make our creative spaces amazing.

Imogen Heap's desk

Every day in January, we're featuring an inspiring office or workspace in a series we're calling "Desk-A-Day". Today's desk comes from British-born singer and composer Imogen Heap. Note the furry exercise ball in lieu of a chair. And the grand piano shell that serves as a container for well...

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My Total Office Makeover: The Embarrassingly Bad "Before" Pics

by Chris Gardner

My Total Office Makeover: The Embarrassingly Bad "Before" Pics

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

The story begins like this:

For the first time in my life, I was living alone. Of course, I didn't want to live alone, but through a...

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Workspace: Inside the Studios of 12 Creatives

by Capree K

Workspace: Inside the Studios of 12 Creatives

I'm always fascinated by the spaces people work and create in.  Growing up with a graphic designer / illustrator / fine art painter dad, the garage was typically turned into a studio of sorts where we could all create together and, well, be messy.  I loved the paint splattered floors, the doodles on unfinished drywall, and the rows of materials at arm's reach.  So, with that, I present 12 artist, designer, and crafter spaces to inspire you on this fine Tuesday afternoon!  

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Desk-A-Day: Einstein's Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

You don't have to understand the theory of relativity to know a creative workspace comes in many forms. And some of the most brilliant are also, well, messy:

Einstein's desk on the day he died

Here's Einstein's desk, photographed by LIFE's Ralph Morse on the day the great physicist died (April 18, 1955). 

Einstein's desk

The point here, I think, is that a work space doesn't have to be minimalist sparse and futuristic to be inspiring. For some people, a little clutter sparks the brain, and...

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How To: Office Chair Makeover

by Jill W

How To: Office Chair Makeover

The task chair, or desk chair is a familiar and constantly used part of the office environment. Its hard to find a unique chair that fits your taste and is cohesive with the rest of your creative space. However, in only a few steps you can turn your drab, boring chair into something that can spice up your space!   

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Work _____: Kicking Cubicles to the Curb

by Bruno Bornsztein

No more cubicles!

Picture yourself in a gray cubicle, surrounded by a dozen others, on the fourth floor of a suburban office building large enough to have its own postal code. See the little ridges of dust behind your aging computer monitor? See the worn spot on your mousepad where your wrist has rubbed the color off? Below the desk, just behind the trash can (which is the changing-est thing in the cube, by simple virtue of its being emptied every night), there's...

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Desk-A-Day: Illustrator Kate Bingaman Burt

by Chris Gardner

Desk-A-Day: Illustrator Kate Bingaman Burt

January 2011 is Workspace month on Curbly, where we'll be exploring DIY ideas, organization tips, and design inspiration to make the spaces where we work and express our creativity as amazing as they can be.

Throughout the month of January, we'll be featuring an inspiring office or workspace in a series we're calling "Desk-A-Day".

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