I'm a firm believer in the idea that "it's all in the details", which for our purpose today means it's all in the accessories! If you're ready to rock and roll with some hip desktop doodads, read on.
A few desk round ups I came across this morning got me thinking about DIY desk ideas. The suitcase desk above is smart, but probably not that functional. Building one out of books seems appropriate for a library (as below), but not for the home office.
Chris's galvanized pipe desk from our Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook (on sale right now!) is a really simple, sleek-looking desk you can make with readily-available materials:
Although this post falls into the Makeover-Monday category, the makeover itself wasn't the thing that caught my eye. Don't get me wrong, the 'after' is lovely, but the thing that made me squeal is the
Le Papier Studio makes modern and elegant silhouette creations, and recently, owner Vana Chupp upgraded from working at home to a brand new studio and office space. And from the looks of it, she totally nailed it.
I've always been jealous of the flexibility of the french memo board - you can organize paper without poking holes, and include other items among the ribbons that can't normally be supported by cork boards or magnets.
But, they do have a particular aesthetic, and one that doesn't much work for my home office...or the fact that I'm a guy. But this bungee-cord take certainly solves that problem, doesn't it? It's sculptural, interesting, and...
Got a closet? Need a home office? No worries. With some advice from Country Living you can transform a closet--like the one pictured above--into a home office--like the one pictured below.
Advice from the pros:
- Your new desk can be nothing more than a couple of standard filing cabinets (shot with Krylon) with wheeled stands attached to their bottoms for easy moving.
- The desk's top? A chunk of melamine.
Restoration Hardware's Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk may or may not be the most practical solution for a small office space, but it's hands down one of the most awesome things I've ever seen! Duuude! It's an office...in a TRUNK!!
You know all those little things that you see need done, but whiz by simply don't have the time to accomplish them?
Unfortunately, they actually make your life slower and less productive, which is something for which we definately don't have time. Dumb Little Man states, "If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels." So, check out their eight tips to...
No matter how I try to not pick up my office for work, I simply can't be productive in a chaotic space. Whether trying to be creative, efficient, or just less distracted, I simply need a clutter-free, accessible space. So, these twenty-one tips from Real Simple seem perfect for folks just like me, AND for those who need a bit more structure in their workspace.
Study Beds allow you to turn any extra bedroom into a study and back into a bedroom in seconds. What's especially clever about the design is nothing on the desk's surface has to be moved or even disrupted when it lowers and reveals the flip down bed. Available in single and double models. Now for the downside....looks like they're only available in the UK, and they're not inexpensive either.
Melissa at The Inspired Room has assembled a cornucopia of very clever home office solutions. From desk configurations to storage ideas to one-of-a-kind decorative touches, her ideas will certainly get your creative juices flowing.
Rachel had some fabric, and needed a project. Rachel eats cereal, and needed a reuse for the boxes. Get where she's going with this...?
"I decided that some funky, colorful storage bins were just the ticket. I really wanted these bins to be as “green” as I could make them, so I brainstormed with my fellow urban-nesters, as we often do, to find a way to construct these by repurposing something from around the house. We came up with cereal box...
Decor Pad points out that Pottery Barn's Bedford Modular Desk Set can be acheived by almost half the cost by shopping J.C. Penney. The Pottery Barn version is pictured above and the new J.C. Penney version below. Each look contains the same elements, which are listed below along with their prices. To get the discounted J.C. Penney prices you can get 4% back at Ebates.com and a 15% off coupon via coupon code APRSURV9.
WHO CARES what you'd use 'em for? They're adorable!
- Store recipes from magazines
- Print a out and give as gifts
- Keep one in your purse to wrangle receipts
- An invite's handsome carrying case. (They fit nicely in a A7 envelope.)
- Put photos in them to give to family and...
You'd think they'd figure it out by now...but no, updated phone books still land on your porch, often in pairs, every few months.
So, instead of immediately tossing them in the recycle bin, since you're obviously not an idiot and have discovered online tools that are far superior, make something useful....
- 1 phone book (in good shape)
- sharp utility knife
If this time of year gives you an organisational/creative
kick in the pants you could do a lot worse than start with Amy Shearn's
9 great tips for making a creative space.
1. Choose a Space - ('choose'might be a bit of a stretch for those of us who are still apartment dwellers.) but finding a nook and designating it is a good idea.
2. consult the masters - she's talking feng shui not something creepy.
3. go on border patrol - meaning define your space with a screen or even just a rug
Handmade. Graphic. Photography. Useful. This DIY perpetual photo calendar really does have it all. Make one yourself with this tutorial from Sandy at Photojojo.
1. Find the numbers and shoot em.
2. Make prints.
3. Clip 'em together.
4. Use it!
From needles and pins to x-acto knife blades to guitar picks, those little things that are essential to our hobbies, crafts, and projects are often the hardest to store, or worse, the hardest to find. So Julie Kundhi came up with this clever reuse - prescription or medication bottles with child safety features. And, to cover that awful pharmacy sienna or the generic pharmacy painkiller label, she provides this charming how-to to make them match...
TreeHugger has assembled a collection of wall-hung workstations that fold away when not in use.
Instructable-r NoahW has got it right: "keyboard keys + push pins = awesome keyboard thumb tacks!"
Just grab an old QWERTY keyboard (on sale en masse at your local thrift store) and cut away the excess plastic, then drill out a cozy space for your pushpin, and hot glue it in.
Check out the full how-to here.