This picture illustrates well what many of us do in our living room on weekends or late at night. We browse the Web, answer emails, blog, write reports or read a book on a couch thanks to our tablets and laptops. The couch was not designed for these tasks until now. Continue Reading
Anyone who visited The Netherlands knows that the Dutch are not afraid of colorful spaces, even for the corporate office spaces. It is easy to add a punch of colors into an office space. For example, you can paint the cabinet drawers, choose a fun color for the chairs or use the color blocking technique for your room dividers. 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.
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.
I always look for ways to track my time more efficiently. I am torn between the paper agenda and a Web tool. It is a constant switch between the two. Lately, I started to miss the use of a pen.
What I like about the Watch Diary is that you can visualize your day. You can see if what you plan to do can fit and compare your estimates to the actual time it took you to do a task. Since time management is always tricky, I like a method that enables me to better schedule my time.
sourcing: Watch Diary $17 USD at Connect design
Wonjune Song imagined a different type of agenda. His Watch Diary serves not only to track your time but indicate how you are doing in regard to your schedule. The “red hand” of the watch indicates what you should be doing now (your current task), the “before hand” refers past chores and the “forward hand” indicates what you should be doing next. It is a tool to 1) Schedule your time more carefully and to 2) Check it more efficiently.
The Watch Diary contains two sections: 126 pages for scheduling and tracking your time and 70 pages to write ideas and collect slips. If your work requires that you are on the run often, it could be handy to keep everything in one place. I am tempted to try it to see how well its performs.
To Manage your Priorities and Keep Notes
If you need to keep a to-do list nest to your computer, have a look at this cute note pad. This long sticky note pad is designed for writing memos as well as resting your wrists while you type. 50 sheets of “Post-it style” paper rest over a sponge pad.
sourcing: Desk Plus Note Pad $5 USD at Connect Design
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
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
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.
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!
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?