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18 Feb

As part of Jim and my Cleaning House project, one big part of the project is re-designing our bedroom. We had re-designed our apartment back around 5 years ago immediately after we got married, and the bedroom was the first room we did. Somehow between doing the bedroom and the rest of the apartment, our tastes changed and now our bedroom makes no cohesive sense to the rest of the apartment. It’s really bizarre. For example, our bedroom’s color palette is sage green and dark brown and the ENTIRE rest of the apartment is gray, white and different shades of purple.

So our goal is to make our bedroom a cozier version of the rest of the apartment. I started a dedicated board on Pinterest . Here’s some of my favorites so far.

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Office Desk Makeover

29 Mar

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My original design concept I created on my Moodboard App

One of my big 2012 intentions was to re-design my work spaces, both at my office and at home. Since I’m a very visual person, and since I spend so much of my time working, it was important to me to create a space that was visually exciting to me that I’d be exited going to spend 8-10 hours a day in.

My work (i.e. real, not home) office is somewhat unique, in that it’s housed in a warehouse. The last design overhaul of the space was done in the late 80’s, so it’s in dire need of updating. While I’d love to entirely re-design the entire office right now, now’s not the best time considering the economy and other factors. I’m continuing to collect ideas and formulate an inexpensive plan to refresh everything, but in the meantime took on my individual workspace as a challenge to see what I could us utilizing what we already had in place.

Luckily the colors of my office are shades of gray, which I’m drawn to anyway. Pretty much my entire apartment is painted in a warm, gray tone. It’s my preferred neutral. Our office is also set up that there’s built in desks and cubicles, so no matter how much I may love to have a beautiful, white parsons desk, it ain’t happening. So I tackled my own corner first as a project to see what I could do to freshen things up a bit while working with what I have.

First thing I decided on was a color palette. Starting with gray as my base, I decided I also wanted to include black and white, introduce graphic stripes as a pattern, and use silver as my metal (since my computer monitor was already silver). I could later accent with bright colors should I want to, without being stuck with those colors forever.

Here’s the overall space before, and then after.

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Most of the items I purchased at Ikea, including the magnet board (which I painted the stripes on), magnets, potted plant, pencil cup (which is really a vase), and tissue box. The small white desk organizer I found on Etsy. I also changed out my file sorter, which is a must have for me with an old vintage steel one I found in our supply closet that was being unused. Lucky for me it looks nicer than my old one and is black, which goes with my color scheme.

Looking at these photos now, I see what a cluttered nightmare my original desk was (at least for me). Everything was very haphazard. As you can see in the photos, when I’d have a cold I’d use toilet paper I’d steal from the bathroom instead of real tissues. What kind of impression does that set for my colleagues! Gross.

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Eventually once I get through archiving everything in the notebooks next to the file sorter, those will be off my desk and clearing up more space. I’m all about having less clutter lately.

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I cleared all the junk off the shelf near the ugly blinds so as not to draw more attention to the blinds. Seems to work. I also got a cute potted plant to improve my desk’s feng shui, and got an actual tissue box. So no more toilet paper for me! I’m so thankful for this now that it’s allergy season.

Probably one of the most dramatic changes I made was my message board and how I use it. I had an ugly, maroon pin board I had inherited when I took over the space, and I cluttered it with images of past work trips, time with my husband, random family images, and other crap.

Quite frankly after a while I got annoyed looking at photos of myself looking so “young”.  I not too long ago read a great article on photos people display in their workspace and how it relates to feng shui and your goals and aspirations. Snapshots of past events have a tendency to keep you there, in the past. Why waste that space on the past and why not focus it instead on the future? So I replaced that board with a great, graphic striped magnet board that now stores photos of destinations I’ll be visiting later this year, various visual reminders and images of goals (owning a brownstone in Brooklyn!), as well as various important work reference materials.

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The finishing touches included my desk organizers. My pencil cup is absolutely adorable and was actually a tiny vase I found at Ikea. I also love my vintage mod desk organizer. It spirals out and you can use it to store everything from white out, post its, paper clips, and more. I love that it keeps everything concealed, yet accessible.

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Surprisingly enough, my entire re-design was incredibly inexpensive.  Makes me upset at myself I didn’t finish this project sooner!

So I think I’ve geeked out enough on my workspace. My next project is my home office, which is getting the same exact design attention.

What have you guys done to make your work space more “you”?

Office Inspiration

27 Jul

Please excuse this temporary break from the 30 for 30 challenge as well as outfit posts.  I’ve been having a pretty stressful week at the office this week.  Nothing horrible, just a huge workload and impending deadlines.  So I’ve been spending more time at my actual office this week than I usually do, coming in early and staying a bit later.

The hubby and I are fortunate enough to have a home office in our smallish, Brooklyn apartment.  Problem is it’s a bit of a mess.  It’s not organized at all, and we haven’t finished getting everything for it to make it perfect.  In particular we still need to pick up a white version of our desk (our current version is a dark brown, which doesn’t suit our style).  The office and the entire rest of our apartment is on our list for a purging in the next coming weeks.  We’re looking to purge what we don’t use and only keep things that are useful that we really love.

In preparation for this project, I’ve been keeping a “home office ” file on Pintrest where I’ve been keeping inspirational images.  Here’s a few examples.  We also recently placed a big order at Poppin which I received already with some chic looking desk items to make the task less tedious.  My goal is to get the office in working condition so if I have to work overtime, I can do so from home as opposed to spending crazy hours at my actual office.

Also, a reminder to all you curly girls if you haven’t done so already,  the giveaway for the four piece Paul Labrecque Curly Haircare Kit is only through Friday of this week, so enter soon if you haven’t done so already.  Regular outfit posts and the completion of my 30 for 30 challenge to come soon, I’m going to take it a bit easy this week through my birthday Saturday and start back up on a normal posting schedule again next week.

Style Inspiration- The Box

4 Nov

Now that it’s freaking cold out, Hubby and I have resorted to instead of actually leaving the house, instead having what we refer to as “Pajama-Blanket-Movie Nights”. Thank freaking god for Snuggies and Netflix.

One of the movies we recently checked out was The Box. It was directed by Richard Kelly (of Donnie Darko fame) and included James Marsden and Cameron Diaz playing the protagonists.

The movie itself was decent, but I found myself more into the movie for its wardrobe and sets than the actual storyline. It’s set in the 70’s, and included the raddest foil wallpaper in their bathroom and some real standout 70’s pieces worn by Diaz. A few things that really stood out to me was her maxi coat, the navy blue gown worn to her sister’s wedding (which featured a scooped, draped back) and the variety of scarves she used to accessorize all her every day outfits.

I never realized how much I liked all things 70’s. I appreciate how women’s fashion then has a slight, menswear-ish feel yet is still very feminine. I plan while thrifting on trying to find a similar maxi coat and using more of my scarves in the coming few weeks. I also plan on having foil wallpaper in my bathroom someday as well. It’s the bomb diggity.
What’s your favorite decade? Does it inspire your style?


4 Aug

My hubby had recently brought home these amazing Saarinen Executive chairs that he sought out.  I love that he’s an into cool mid-century design as I am!  He actually found two matching ones in really fantastic condition aside from a bit of cat hair, that were vintage.  They were also authentic, you can tell based on the measurements.

Though they were the most amazing chairs ever, together we decided that #1 we didn’t have room for them, and #2 the color didn’t go with our decor.  So we decided to sell them.  Boo!

With a potential buyer on their way to come pick them up, I wanted to commemorate my last time getting to sit in these awesome chairs with some photos.  Hubby was more than happy to snap a few and to direct the photo shoot a bit, haha.  Looking at these photos after the fact I think it’s kinda funny that my outfit is kinda “Mad Men” ish and kinda goes with the style of the chair.  Looks like something maybe Joan would wear.  I swear that’s what I wore to work that day, it’s a funny coincidence.

And how about those leopard heels!  I near died when I saw them over the weekend and my favorite local thrift store for $7.  I need to get over my animal print fetish.

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: H&M
Heels: Atlantis Attic
Belt: Forever 21
Earrings: Junk