I’ve mentioned working from home several times on the blog and that’s because it can feel so all-encompassing. Especially because my workspace is in our bedroom. There’s the delicate balance between my desire to make my office full of color and keep our bedroom calm.
This gorgeous soft papaya colored Moroccan Ottoman from Wayfair strikes that balance. It brings color in (and the most comfortable place to lean my feet while I work on the computer) but it plays well with our wood floor and jute rug. These textures play so well together, I can just stare at the combo.
I love a piece that’s functional and pretty. And if it can also be pink, well then I’ve won.
How do you feel about color in your office? What about your bedroom? Are you more of a neutral bedroom kind of gal or do you love color?
*This post was sponsored by Wayfair. I love my ottoman hardcore (aka all opinions expressed are entirely my own)*
As a small business owner, I am constantly trying to streamline and make things more efficient. The most time consuming thing (other than actually putting banners together by hand) is taking all the photos and moving props around, trying to get the lighting right at the right time of day etc. It can be a nightmare if it’s a week of bad lighting.
I consider myself a really tactile person, but I’m on the computer a lot for the blog and business so the HP Sprout really lets you bring the technological and tactile world together in a way that’s conducive for creativity.
One of my favorite features is the Sprout Workspace. I cannot stop scanning things, seriously anytime something catches my eye I’m like “I must scan this now so I can play with it on the Sprout!” and fall over myself going back to the computer because I’m so excited. And it’s so hi-res which is of course, a MUST for bloggers and business owners.
It saves me a ridiculous amount of time because it automatically clips the image without a background and makes putting images together in different ways really easy (my four year old LOVES it and got the hang of it in under a minute: drag and drop)
I played around with some of my favorite confetti from The Confetti Bar (soon to be available at the Bannerie!), scanning it in, resizing and moving the letters around and made a free download for you.
Exercising your creativity is being a unicorn, so I thought it was the perfect download for the Sprout. For full size image click here
* This post was sponsored by HP. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #SproutbyHP #CIY *
I run The Bannerie, from top to bottom, all by myself. Since I use a lot of tools that would be a pain to carry around and rent is insane in NY, I work from home. As in, my office is literally in our bedroom. And because I am home for so many hours and don’t leave to work, I find it especially important to make it a happy place to work from.
That’s my main happy place, riiiight there: my shelves of supplies and photo props and what I mainly see all day long. My work is generally limited to this room, but I try not to be tied to a desk because then it definitely wouldn’t be my happy place. The point of being my own boss is so I don’t have to do that! The HP Stream tablet with Intel Inside® helps with that!
One of my fave things about working from home, me and my bed are besties. And the HP tablet means I can work from bed comfortably.
It’s incredibly important that while I’m working (wherever that is) I’m always connected to the internet to respond to customers, upload new photos, and post to social media and that I have tons of cloud storage for all my photos and documents that I can access whenever I need to.
The HP Stream 8 has free 4G data right out of the box so WiFi is taken care of, 1TB of cloud storage free for a year (!) AND Office 365, also free for one year! The last thing I want to think about when I get something to help with accessibility and efficiency, is setting things up and the HP Stream 8 takes care of all of that for you.
What’s your happy place to work from?
* This post was sponsored by Hp & Intel. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. This is legit awesome #WorkFromHappyPlace *
If all goes well, we’ll be moving soon (which makes me so sad and excited all at the same time). One of the things I’m most excited about is having my own office! I dream about my ideal workspace pretty often and what I’ve noticed is that there’s often an element of Mid Century Modern in my fave spaces.
Chairish challenged a group of bloggers to create a styleboard displaying a room of our choice, mixing different styles with Mid-Century Modern furniture. Um, yes please! I will of course, be creating an office style board!
The clean lines, vivid colors, and teak wood make Mid-Century Modern a particularly good style to mix up and the emphasis on excellent quality means it’s a reliable secondhand purchase, especially if it’s authentic vintage.
I chose the teak desk and Eero Saarinen for Knoll chair because they’re both classic and easy to accessorize. I love the Turkish rug to add interest and some color and added the desk organizer in bright yellow to pick up some of that color. The cheeky Ha Ha print provides a sophisticated dose of humor, the Southwestern basket goes so nicely with the rug, and the pineapple, well pineapples go with everything.
Do you love that Mid-Century Modern has made such a comeback? Do you have any pieces in your home? I love the whole philosophy behind the design (FIT grad here)
Working from home has a lot of advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages of working from home in a two bedroom apartment is that I’m really limited in space. I’ve set up my office in our bedroom which means that anything I put up isn’t just in my office, it’s in our bedroom. My husband is ridiculously tolerant of all the pink and confetti, but I try to tone it down a little bit while still keeping it my happy place.
There’s this one wall between the windows and the doors to our porch that isn’t large enough to use as storage but is riiiiight there when I work. I NEED my work place to be pretty and inspiring or I will go completely stir-crazy at home. I’ve been looking for that perfect art print that strikes the balance between girly and fab but still bedroom-that-I-share-with-my-husband appropriate.
And the thing is that I love art. I LOVE ART. And we have a ridiculous amount of art prints, because I hate limiting myself to just a few pieces. So I need your help. Because even just narrowing it down for this roundup was painful- I WANT ALL THE ART!
I am especially torn for this space because I love color and am invigorated when surrounded by it, but sometimes when I work I need designated white space and/or simplicity to let my mind (and eyes) rest. What do you guys think? You can see the vast and really well curated Minted art collection here.
Vote for your favorite in the comments!
*This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own and I genuinely love and want all the art I posted. ALL OF IT.*
*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from another new contributor, Paige Poppe (best name ever). Paige is a small business owner (check out Studio Skate!) and an architecture student. I can’t wait to officially introduce her, but here’s her first Shoes Off Please post!
Whether you’re a girlboss, or just need to get stuff done, an organized workspace is totally essential. But being organized doesn’t have to be boring! Transforming a pegboard into a desk organizer is not only functional, but can display art or motivational quotes to inspire you as well!
As for supplies, you really only need the pegboard and hooks, but I’ll show you how to customize with mason jars, a rack, and a clipboard as well!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Pegboard sheet (I used a 3’ x 4’
Package of assorted pegboard hooks
Prop the pegboard up on your desk and start placing your hooks for what you would like to hang or store.
First up, the rack is an awesome multi-purpose hook. It has multiple hooks if you have supplies to hang, but also doubles as a great shelf. Prop up some artwork or your favorite notebook to grab when you need it!
Everyone needs a touch of glam in their office, don’t ya think? I do. Use a couple bar hooks to create a display for your favorite statement necklace. You can also pick up a few small clamps to quickly clip a note or sketch to your pegboard.
And how perfect is this loop hook for storing scissors?! Keep it low so you can reach for them easily. Now, let’s talk about how to hang those cute mason jars shall we?
Wrap a length of string around your jar a few times. Leave a bit of slack so you can slip the hooks though, and tie a knot. Next, slip the hooks through your string.
Then just slip the hooks into the holes as you would normally and it should hang easily! You’ve got a storage solution that takes the clutter off your desktop.
Finally, if you’ve got a clipboard, slip it onto a hook to display something motivational to remind yourself of the girlboss you really are!
Just a few inexpensive supplies and an afternoon of rearranging, and you’ve got yourself a bright (and encouraging) work station! I think you’ll be ready to kill you’re to-do list in your workspace. You go girl.
I’ve mentioned before that we have my great-grandmother’s desk in our room. I love that it was hers, but it’s not our look or really functional for our needs. Obviously, the next step is Pinterest. I know there’s a lot of controversy over it right now and whether it is more helpful or destructive, but I love it. It helps me weed out what really appeals to me and I love going back for ideas. I kind of use it instead of Google now…
Anyway I was looking through my workspace board on Pinterest and here’s what I saw: minimal, white, wood, and touches of pink. If I had my own office, pink and glitter would probably play heavily, but since the desk is in our room (I’m dying to put it elsewhere) I’ll probably keep it to white and wood (and maybe some pink, sshhh)
Here were some of my favorites:
Chic Sprinkles His and Hers Studio There is SO much to love in this fresh white workspace! Those painted cork tiles that make a fab inspiration board (CAN I HAVE IT ALL?) and the Ampersand Design Studio print and Rifle Paper Co. calendar don’t hurt! Plus, I love the space saving idea of attaching the desktop directly to the wall. (And there are just little touches of glitter…. so maybe I can get away with that)
A Beautiful Mess feature on Maria Tchajkova’s home I love how useful she’s made this nook with wall-to-wall shelving above the desk and that smart shelf underneath for other electronics like her printer. I love the white and wood, the drawers, and the Bertoia chair.
Holly Becker’s Workspace (from her book “Decorate” which was a gift from my sister when it came out and I highly recommend it. Okay, I will probably never have such a giant workspace, but if I did I would want it to look exactly like this. An enormous amount of surface space to work, a separate place to use my computer, lots of chic storage, overdyed pink rug, art, inspiration board, ohhh that light fixture… and yup, those chairs again.
Holly Becker shows another workspace (and how to make a quick and cheap mood board) I like that the desk has two drawers but is still slim, the wooden desk lamp, the enormous mood board that she made and the Bertoia chair. Holly’s been on my mind since the IG photo I posted where she and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love had a conversation in the comments. It made me deliriously happy.
I’ve been looking for desks on Craigslist and e-bay and so far there’s nothing I really like so we might put something together from Ikea, like a wooden kitchen counter top, simple leg on one side and drawers on the other. I’ve also been toying with idea of making one ourselves: getting wood from Home Depot and making a really simple desk, then adding a rolling drawer unit. We also have shelves that used to be over the desk that I want to paint white and spray the brackets gold (duh). Then mayyybe we’ll add some small shelves for more storage next to the window.
I’d rather not add more furniture, if anything I want to get rid of everything, but sometimes it’s the lesser of two evils (the more evil being not having a place for everything which totally fuzzes my brain “What do you mean you don’t know where it goes? It doesn’t have a designated space?? I don’t understand!”) In a completely non-hypocritical move, I’ve had a bunch of junk on the piano since the desk isn’t working well and I tend to leave all my clothes from the week on the chair in our room and put it all away once a week. If only I could talk to me and explain how much better I feel when everything is put away…
Well that ended up being pretty wordy! Good thing it’s the weekend :)
Do you have a workspace at home? Is it your lap on the couch like mine currently is? What’s your best home office tip? Also, do you want to build me a desk? Great, thanks!