In my case, you can’t totally blame it on the Mad Men effect since I bought my original Ericofon long time ago. It was a splurge when I moved to my first apartment. I adored how it looks then and I still do.
Sadly, my cobra telephone passed more time in boxes since nobody around me appreciates it. It’s true that this plastic one-piece telephone becomes heavy if you are having long conversation. And yes, a rotary dialer is cumbersome. But, I don’t make many phone calls anyway. Now it is back in my life. It sits nicely on my mid-century office desk. Finding my old Ericofon last week when I sorted my boxes during my Spring cleaning put a big smile on my face. I was relieved since I was afraid that I gave it away. I won’t make that same mistake again. Continue Reading
I like to say that I lost my sight giving birth. The day after his birth, my arms became too short to see clearly what was on the screen. The previous day, I was able to type holding my iPhone 8 inches from my eyes — I had pictures to prove it!. Frankly, I can’t really complaint since my presbyopia occurred at 47 years old. Before that, I only had difficulties reading fine prints written with low contrast font. Continue Reading
I want my small home office to feel prettier. My quest for modern home office continues with five desk accessories that have nothing in common with what you see in a corporate office. I will start by replacing my old and bulky desk phone by a nice desk tidy. The retro camera sharpener could be the start of a collection of items that I would display on a picture rail over my desk.
sourcing: Porcelain desk organizer $29.90 USD by Black+Blum | Retro Camera Pencil Sharpener $16.50 CAD at Indigo | Gus Modern Picture rails $115-$165 at Bobby Berk Home
This sculptural desk organizer reminds me of a model totem. As long as you limit the number of paper pieces in it, it would look amazing.
sourcing: Dark Oak Desk Tidy £44.90 at Cow & Co
I present the next set as a gift idea for a man. The square trays could be used to organize a drawer.
sourcing: Desk Blocks £52 at Cow & Co
I would probably use the Jonathan Alder’s bright pens more as a decorative element than for writing.
sourcing: Jonathan Alder Ink Pen on sale at $8.90 USD at Horchow
If we were turning back the clock 75 years ago, these are the desk accessories that you will want in your office. This 1935-40’s office was way before Mad Men. It is so funny to look at how things have changed.
For one thing, smoking used to be a big industry not just for the cigarette sales but also through the variety of smoking accessories. Look at this fancy globe cigarette holder. There were a floor ash tray table plus an ask tray on the desk.
At one time, the Amplicall was a state of the art intercom system. It is made of bakelite, plastic, rubber and glass. Its style is similar to the executive lamp manufactured by Polaroid. An interesting fact is that the Amplicall was produced by another company, Rauland-Borg Corporation.
Look at how tall was the telephone.
I like the shape of the light green Thermos insulated pitcher and tray. If I had one, I would still use it.
You can admire this office of a past era by visiting the Decorative Arts and Design collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
photo credits: Poppin
A beautifully styled desk makes me more productive because I feel better and more energized. Plus, it helps me release my creativity. I found that desk accessories make all the difference. They can transform the mood of your home office area. I propose you three ways to do that.
Shop by Color
sourcing: Aqua Tape Dispenser $12 and Pen Cup $6 at Poppin
If your design is based on one color, make a stop at Poppin where you can shop by color. Their glossy plastic desk accessories will brighten your day. They also sell office furniture in the same color palette.
Go Vintage / Old Technology
sourcing: Poulain Tape Dispenser $24 USD at Anthropologie
After the rebirth of the vintage typewriters as a wonderful decor element, we now see plenty of accessories designed around the vintage cameras, radios or TV. I like this mix of old with new technology.
sourcing: Mini It $5 USD at Connect Design
photo credits: Vintage Cameras bookends by Moss Studios at Anthropologie – no longer available
To reproduce this style, get inspired by the handmade Vintage Cameras bookends by Moss Studios or the Mini It. Do not limit yourself to desk accessories, you can use also art prints and illustrations to create this look. The Mini It is an old TV stand that can be used a mini post-it dispenser or a photo frame.
Quirky and Fun Items
Specialists say that humor, surprises, and anything that clears your mind enable you not only to relax but to solve a problem that was difficult. This is why it might be good to put on your desk accessories that are out of the ordinary.
sourcing: Besom Holder $68 USD at Anthropologie
Amy Butler’s Apple iPad skin in Heirloom Blue Sky $29.99 USD at Skinit
Skins give characters to your mobile devices. I also think that it is a sure way to make sure that no one miss theirs for yours. Although I’m afraid that Amy Butler’s bohemian patterns might be too busy for the front of my device; they look stunning from the back. I bet that iPad had never look so stylish.
I need a case to protect my iPhone — I dropped my iPhone a couple days ago while crossing a street. But, by looking at the above picture, I am contemplating the idea to let go on my case and dress up my iPad with one of her fabulous skins.
Amy Butler’s iPhone 4 skins $14.99 at Skinit – shown here: Gypsy Cobalt Charcoal and Floral Couture
If you are interested, pop by Skinit to pick out a new favorite amongst her 25 patterns and take advantage of the current 20% savings offer with the code STYLE.
We all wish for an home office with personality. Your office desk and chair are often the most important style elements, especially if you live in a small condo or apartment. Here are two home office desks that you will not mind putting in your living room or a wide hallway. Both desks are from Structube, a Quebec-based home furnishing chain operating stores across Quebec and Ontario.
Max desk is the first one that caught my eye. The walnut veneer finish makes it an ideal unisex desk. Pairing it with their Denmark chair contributes to the vintage vibe. If you are short on space, have a look at Max. It’s only 21 inches deep.
My second option is Adel, a lacquered white desk with solid ash legs. The work surface of Adel is bigger. I found out since I used a Nelson Swan leg office desk that I do not need so much the width. What I need is the depth since I hook an external monitor to my laptop.
As you can can see with the two styled pictures of Adel, it is through the accessories and chair that you select that you give the look toy your office.
+ Max office desk $399 CAD at Structube
+ Adel office desk $499 CAD at Structube
Here are two items that are sure to cheer up your work/study desk area or a craft room. First, the classic architect lamp gets a boost of colors. Then, you can use the flamingo stool as a guest sit or as a coffee table next to your reading chair.
Each one is available in 6 bright colors. The big question for me would be to decide which color to take between orange, aqua, green or berry. Notice that the Flamingo stools are only sold online.
+ Architect Berry Lamp $32.95 USD at Crate & Barrel
+ Flamingo Berry Stool $16.95 USD
The smaller dwellings that are typical of urban living calls for smart design ideas. Daniel Schofield, a newly graduated furniture designer and maker from United Kingdom, shows that he understands that need with his Shifty Desk. His desk/stand would make a great catch-all unit in an entryway. Or use it to furnish an office corner in the living room or the kitchen. It seems large enough to put your laptop.
The Shifty desk is tailored for a narrow interior. Its most impressive feature is certainly storage. Daniel Schofield maximizes the storage space while creating a main, secret compartment. That’s clever!
+ Shifty Desk by Daniel Schofield Design
+ via MoCo Loco
One thing that is great about an home office is that you can accessorize it with beautiful supplies instead of the standard office supplies. Feel free to add a touch of fashion, love or humor to your home office space. Here are a few office supplies that will cheer you up when you are working.
Stampler adds a smiley faces stamp around your staples. You might not be able to use it for your business report but it would bring joy to family documents. If you are looking for a more practical stapler, have a look at the dog stapler.
Mod Desk Accessories
Another avenue that you can take starts with these cute Spectacle Sticky Notes that can complement the bold patterns of the desk accessories collection by Jonathan Alder. I like his task clips, pencils and magnetic board.
+ Stampler by Suck UK $22 USD at Shopmodi
+ Dog Stapler $10 USD at See Jane Work
+ Spectacle Sticky Note Assortment $8 USD at See Jane Work
+ Jonathan Adler Task Clips $10.50 USD at See Jane Work
It doesn’t seem to matter how small our computers and mobile devices get, they’re inevitably accompanied by a tangle of wires and cords. Look familiar? That’s a “before” shot from the website of Bluelounge, an award-winning California-based design studio known for creating smart, sleek solutions for modern living.
The “after” photo features Bluelounge’s CableBox, a very clever cable management system. Made from fire-retardant plastic, it’s designed to fit a power bar or surge protector inside, with plenty of extra space to store adapters and extra cable lengths. Stash the CableBox on or under your desk, beside your computer or behind the TV to keep cables neat, clean and dust bunny-free.
The CableBox is also available as a mini version (in a rainbow of cheery colours), which is perfect for smaller devices.
More proof that Bluelounge knows something about solution-oriented design: their StudioDesk (which is also available in an XL size). A sliding desktop surface reveals a storage compartment with room for a power bar and all the cables you could possibly need. A slot runs along the top of the desk so you can plug in, charge and grab your devices as you need them.
Do you struggle with cable clutter?
+ CableBox from Bluelounge, $29.95 US
+ CableBox Mini from Bluelounge, $29.95 US
+ StudioDesk from Bluelounge, $599.95 US