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Shedquarters: An Ideal Space For Working At Home

Posted in Home, Inspiration, Interior Design
on May 27, 2015

 

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In my house there are two bonus rooms and I prefer the one upstairs because it’s well…..prettier. However, it’s on the same floor as all the bedrooms in the house. This means that even when I close the door, I can still hear Chloe and Drew playing, screaming, bickering and running up and down the stairs that run adjacent to the room. It also makes me feel guilty when I hear someone crying, so I immediately get up from my desk to see what has happened if the shrill merits it. This breaks my train of thought and momentum, although I usually recover pretty quickly. I shake my head and long for a place where there are beautiful pictures, fresh flowers, maybe even a couch and most importantly peace and quiet! So when I saw this article on “shedquarters,” my eyes brightened and I said “This is my answer!” I’ve been working from home for several years and I earnestly want one! Check out these super-cool tiny spaces that you can use for work, play, or just to escape for a while.

 

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Modern Shed is a Seattle based company started by a husband and wife architect team. After the couple bought a 1940’s fixer upper, they realized that the space was entirely too small and lacked a basement, attic or garage. So they decided to build a shed in their backyard, but nothing like your grandpa’s old shed. They started creating modern spaces in 2005 that were aesthetically appealing and functional as a quick and comfortable getaway, office space or even an art studio.

 

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Kanga Room sells prefabricated wood product kits that you can assemble yourself or their team will assemble them for you. They specialize in cabins, studios, children’s playrooms and sheds. They even build those tiny houses that there’s a tv show about. They offer financing and a variety of sizes to fit varying needs.

 

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Platform 5 Architects is an award-winning architectural practice based in the UK. One of their most notable projects is called the “shoffice,”  (shed + office) which features a stunning space with a winding timber shell. It’s whimsical shape is playful and creative.  While I am featuring one of their smaller projects, they have a diverse portfolio in the residential, commercial, educational and cultural sectors.  What makes this firm a standout is that it’s run by a very young and progressive team. Although getting a space built by them would cost a pretty penny, isn’t it just marvelous to look at?

Do you wish you had a place to get away without actually having to travel? Would you consider getting a shedquarters built in your backyard?

 

Cleaning Tips For Your Closet!

Posted in Home, Interior Design
on May 1, 2015

 

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It’s May 1st!!! Yayyy!! Time is rolling right along and before we know it, school will be out! Are you looking forward to it? I am, because I love when both my kids are together. At any rate, I’ve been cleaning out our master bedroom closet and realized that I may need to put some sort of system in place. When I wash and fold clothes, somehow they still end up jumbled up in the drawer so I decided to learn how to fold like I was a floor salesperson at Hollister. My husband nodded in approval as I studied the footage, I will share with you later on in this post. I really do love spring and here are some tips to make your cleaning adventures a little less action packed. My next post will follow up with pictures of how I organized our closet, so stay tuned!

1. Paint your closet if it needs it. A small bucket of white paint (or whatever airy color you want) goes a long way in making the space look open and inviting, like somewhere you’d actually want to hang out.

2. Buy nice hangers that are all the same. The colored plastic ones work in kids rooms (pink for Chloe, blue for Drew) but I think that wooden hangers look best in adult rooms. I’ve seen some cherry and light bamboo ones that are really cute!

3. Make your own cleaning solution. Use an empty spray bottle and add 1 & 1/2 cup of warm water, plus 3 teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and the essential oil of your choice. I use lavender because it’s my last name and I like the smell. Other great alternatives are orange and lemon essential oil. They both have very clean and fresh scents. Also, this solution is eco friendly and can be used anywhere around the house. I am using this solution to clean the baseboards in the closet or anywhere else that needs it.

4. Throw on some tunes! Nothing gets you motivated to work like your favorites songs. Since cleaning doesn’t require lots of concentration, music is the perfect antidote to make cleaning an enjoyable experience.

5. Light a clean smelling candle. Nothing inspires like inspiration. Even though that doesn’t make any sense, candles do make us feel better!

6. Buy things to organize your other things: A tie rack for your hubby, shoe rack or nice cubby for your shoes and a handbag rack if you have lots of bags.

7. Get all your stuff together. I think that having a bucket with your sponges, cleaning solution, duster, candle and anything else you need should be in one place so you don’t have to scramble around the house (or send your kids) to find everything.


Also here’s that folding video, I didn’t think that I would get it, but I actually did. I’m an A+ folder now! Do you have any tips for tackling cleaning projects. I’d love to hear from you!
 

 

Christmas With The Lavender’s

Posted in Home, Inspiration, Interior Design
on December 10, 2014

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Christmas is my favorite time of year! It gives me a reason to play holiday songs and I absolutely love to be around my family. We laugh, eat and share fun memories from Christmas’ past. For Christmas this year, I decided on a gold, silver and turquoise color scheme. I love unorthodox color combinations. One year our tree had pink lollipops accented with purple and turquoise presents. I’m always excited to decorate and I want to wish each of you a very merry Christmas! xo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

it’s the little things: office inspiration

Posted in Fashion, Inspiration, Interior Design
on July 10, 2014

 

Whether you work from your home office or you have a cubicle or office at work, there are little things that you can do to keep yourself motivated and inspired. Pretty things have a way of putting you in a good mood. They make the sometimes mundane task more special. Check out a few items that I believe will make your workday more beautiful.

Designs By Maria is a cute little Etsy shop with a plethora of inspirational prints for your home office or even your office at work. You can opt for an 8×10 and put it in a stand up frame for your desk, if you cant hang things on the wall.  Positive messages that let you know that you’re “BeYouTiful”  along with other catchy one-liners are sure to keep you in the right frame of mind. Prints are a great way to achieve a high-end look without the high-end price.  A nice frame will make these prints pop for sure!

Everyone has to write things down, right? Well you can do it in style with the Rifle Paper Company’s Botanical Notebook Collection. I love anything floral, so this is right up my alley. Also, the Kate Spade Spiral Notebook is absolutely chic with shiny gold polka dots!

If you’re working on a project, an inspiration board serves as guidance to let you know what direction to go in and to ultimately keep your vision cohesive.  A vision board is a board filled with inspirational messages, goals and pictures of what you aspire to be. Viewing your vision board everyday consciously and subconsciously reminds you of your goals to keep you inspired and hurry them into fruition!

I just love polka dots!! And these pens from Kate’s Paperie are delightful and come in a wide array of colors and would serve as cute decoration to your holder of choice.

Do you buy special things to make your office space warmer and more inviting? I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great day!