Jan 27, 2011

Chic Workspaces - Part II

Workspace #2 - Contemporary Eclectic

For this installment of the Chic Workspaces series, I'm drawing on this contemporary, eclectic mini-home office.  I love the simple lines of the desk, the occasional pop of bright yellow, the bold lamp.... it feels hip and youthful and would be completely at home in the corner of a family room.

I like this mix-up of colorful, graphic pieces - none of them are "matchy," but they totally work together and are stylish enough to use if your desk has to be in a "public" space like your living room.  Even the bulletin board is special thanks to its nailhead trim.  And I'm kindof obsessed with this lamp.

Clockwise from top left:  Pencil Cup from Anthropologie,  Burlap Bulletin Board from Ballard Designs, Table Lamp from Arteriors Home,  Parsons Glass-Steel Table from Crate & Barrell,  Magazine / Newspaper Bag and  Fireworks Area Rug from Anthropologie,  Paper Storage Boxes from The Container Store.

Jan 22, 2011

Chic Workspaces

Whether you already work from home, you're trying to get started on that novel you've always meant to write, or you just need a spot for sorting bills and keeping your paperwork in order, it's so critical to dedicate some space to a home office.  I just wrote an article about this for the River Journal, and have consequently got desks and office accessories on the brain...

Our home offices should be a reflection of our personal style, not just a reflection of what we do for a living.  (Because does anyone really want a space that screams "accountant"?)  They should surround us with inspiration while keeping all the paperclips and post-its we need within reach.

My next couple of posts will be of some super-stylized workspaces that I'd love to work out of and the pieces I would use to create them in my own home.  Hope they inspire you to spruce up your own desk!

Workspace Style #1:  Ladylike & Elegant

Interior Design by Angele Parlange, photo in Lonny Magazine  Dec. 2010

Give your desk a decidedly feminine feel with the Brocade Bulletin Board and Pencil Cup from The Container Store.

Since we're all tracking appointments on iPhones & Blackberries these days, there's not much need for a big calendar anymore.  This tiny desktop one from Lobird lets you know what day it is, and it's just so darn charming.

I love this mousepad from Anthropologie - it brings a little whimsy to your work.  And is hopefully the only mouse you'll encounter there.

Keep paperclips in pretty glass jars like this one from Anthropologie.

Jan 17, 2011

Rustic Winter Decor

I love a long weekend, particularly when all these snowstorms have my yard looking like a winter wonderland.  Ideally, I'd like to spend the afternoon sipping hot toddies around this outdoor fireplace....

Sans the lux covered porch set-up, I'd settle for cozy-ing up my living room with some of these winter accessories -  together they channel a similar, slightly glamorous version of this rustic lodge look...

winter glam-rustic accessories

Top Photo:  by Miguel Flores-Vianna for Elle Decor, Jan. 2011.  
& Lamp from West Elm, The Watcher owl pillow from Envelop, Antler Candlesticks from Roost.

This photo collage is my first step into trying out new things on my blog.  A big thanks to Erica Reitman of Design Blahg and Nicole Cohen of Sketch 42 - - a recap of their "Tricks of the Trade" presentation at last month's Lavish conference turned me on to Olioboard, the website that enabled me to make this collage.  If you are trying to pull together a look for a wedding, a new living room, or you're just one of those people who loves making mood boards, you must check it out.  The site is so intuitive, even I was able to figure it out pretty quickly!

Jan 2, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!  I'm not a big one for resolutions per say, but I do admit to making a few "goals" for the year ahead.  One of mine is to keep blogging.

That said, while perusing some lecture notes from the Lavish un-conference for lifestyle bloggers, I  realize that I've unwittingly already broken the golden rule of blogging - consistency.  Apparently, every panel advisor and speaker at Lavish strongly recommended posting on a regular, frequent basis.... something I completely failed to do while taking a lengthy holiday hiatus.  Whoops.

So what's the whole Lavish un-conference thing?  A big gathering of lifestyle bloggers that took place in Atlanta last month.  I wasn't able to attend, but am grateful to Coco & Kelley blogger,  Cassandra Lavelle, for mentioning it in her blog so that I was able to track down some of the super helpful tips presented there (btw, her blog Coco and Kelley totally inspires me to get my act together and you should definitely check it out!).  Researching Lavish also introduced me to its founder, Shameeka Ayers, a girl I can't help but love for two reasons:  1) She writes a blog "The Broke Socialite" and  2)  She is author of a soon-to-be-released book called "Instantly: How Quickly I Realized I Hated My Job."  Love That.  So Much.

So I will try to blog consistently over the next 12 months and put all these new tips to use in an effort to bring you as many fun ideas for your home, your dinner, or your next party as I can.  Time to get to work.

Design by Jolene Ballard & Amanda Mallson of Domicile Interior Design,
Photo in Rue Magazine Nov/Dec 2010