Nearly every office building in the entire world is plagued by ghastly fluorescent lights hanging overhead. Can’t you just feel them suck the jelly from your ocular cavities? I can. So why do people use them? Because of their energy efficiency of course. But why do they have to be so ugly? They don’t. At least Ross Lovegrove’s System X by Yamagiwa isn’t. Described as a modern, sculptural lighting system, the x’s are actually an ‘interconnected...
Could anything be more perfect for the office at Halloweentime? I think not. The creation above is part of SMN's photostream at flickr, but you can find free jack-o-lantern emoticon templates at jack-o-lantern.com.
Maybe you have an old crib collecting dust, or maybe you see them all the time at tag sales. Whichever, this is a great way to give them new purpose: Turn them into office organizers.
To get your project started you’ll need:
an old crib spring
a metal saw
1" x 2" (These are needed if you are going to make your own frame, however, you could just as easily get your hands on an old, flat wooden frame and use that instead.)
Apparently there's more to choosing a chair for your home office than going to Ikea and picking the prettiest one they have.
According to Chiropractor Rodney Lefler, DC, there are some specific things to look out for when choosing a chair that won't hate your back.
- Seat height. Office chair seat height should be easily adjustable. A pneumatic adjustment lever is the easiest way to do this. A seat height that ranges from about 16 to...
I love other people's offices and studios and Emily, artist and creator of The Black Apple has a studio that's so pretty it makes my paws all sweaty. Behold!
She's managed to fit all kinds of (awesome) stuff into a not very large space without making it look cramped. She also has some very steal/borrow-able idea's; like the oilcloth topper on her painting and drawing table and those uber-cute kid suitcases used as drawers on the...
Boy, I sure hate surge protectors...
Decor8 pulls out all the stops in their article devoted to pretty and functional office spaces. The pictures are luscious and their advice is invaluable. Here's just a sampling of what awaits you at Decor8!
If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.
1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!
Chris Burke states, "I needed a new whiteboard so I found some paint at Home Depot that allows you to paint a whiteboard anywhere you'd like. I figured why not put a layer of magnetic paint underneath it. The only thing left to do is paint my face underneath the arrow." It took Chris around five coats to get a smooth finish ready for markers.
I cringe everytime I put a cereal box in the recycling bin. Sure, it's better than tossing it in the trash, but there's such stiff yet pliable material in my hands, yet at that moment, I'm not clever enough to come up with a project for its re-use. Luckily, someone else is (though I bet it wasn't the mogul herself)...
- Large, sturdy cereal box
- Craft knife
- Straight edge
- Decorative paper
- Spray adhesive
Simply cut the box to...
No, the telephone is not a dead technology, and it's still a useful way to attach yourself to the web, send faxes, or, gasp, make a phone call. Danny Lipford, of the Weather Channel, offers step-by-step instructions to this apparently DIYable project.
1.To disconnect the line, find the telephone interface box which is usually mounted on an outside wall where the phone lines runs into your...
Check out these cute orgainizational ideas for the office courtesy of the kitchen! From BHG.
Tea and paperclips, anyone?
One lump, I mean, one butterfly clip or two?
Stick a fork in that to-do list; you're done!
Get a handle on your stuff!
Everything in its muffin place.
Wired magazine high-fives those data miners who've said "no!" to the flourescent-lit grays of cubicle life. They feature designs from Cube Chic by Kelley L. Moore, which is available in paperback for only $3.27.
Don't be intimidated by the prospect of reupholstering an ugly or stained office chair with seemingly complicated mechanics. This office chair was purchased at my FAVORITE furniture store-Goodwill, for a whopping $6.99. I had oodles of a fabric remnant I purchased for $5.99 a yard. This chair took approximately one yard of fabric. I am waiting for a website adjustment to post the remainder of the pictures.
Material: 1 yard fabric...
Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.
- Buy a Plant
- Get a Recycling System
- Tidy Up the Wires
Bind cords together
Clamp long running wires to walls
- Get retractable cords.
- Bind cords together
- Add a Filing Cabinet
- Organise Your Desk
- Get some...
Say goodbye to mystery leftovers:These collecting jars are perfect for storing excess and bulk items in the kitchen, bathroom, workspace, or office, and the dry erase surface guarantees that you'll know exactly what lies inside.
- Declutter for 15 minutes every day.
- Don’t allow things into the house in the first place.
- Donate stuff you’re decluttering.
- Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it.
- Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.
- Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen.
- Use the “one in, two out” rule.
- Make your storage space smaller.
- Clothing rule.
- The One-Year Box.
- Declutter one room.
No doubt, you've worked hard to fit your corkboard/message center to fit with the decor of your home or workspace. (Here's mine.) There's no reason the thumbtacks with which you hang your ideas shouldn't be as equally inspiring.
How About Orange offers a tutorial using 'wedding gown sized' buttons and a bit o' fabric and hot glue to make your tacks that much more awesome.
Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.
And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...