Home Office Decoration

The typical notion of an “office space” is something that’s gone through something of a transition over the past few years. Technology has advanced massively over recent times allowing workers to carry out their duties from almost any location on the planet – it’s safe to say, the corporate office is beginning to steadily give way in parts to the office in the home. Flextime, remote working and entrepreneurs running home businesses means that more people than ever are working from their own home rather than a specific place of work, but whilst the idea of not having to get up and head out to work in a morning may sound like bliss, just how practical and easy is it to actually work at home.

Some of the biggest attractions to working at home are obvious, you’re in a comfortable environment, it’s relatively less pressure than an office, and you don’t have to spend an hour of your day sat in traffic trying to get to and from work, and its no wonder that people are attracted to that, it sounds great! The truth is though that whilst the home brings comforts, it also holds some pitfalls which can destroy productivity and actually leave you a lot more stressed than the days of the daily commute.

You see the thing that many people don’t always realise is, yes you may be working in your home, but a typical home “set up” is often just not suitable for working in, and you have to create a suitable work environment from within that home. First things first, you need to have a suitable space to carry out your work, a home office space that is spacious, quiet and inspiring, otherwise you’re going to find yourself struggling to get anything done very quickly. So many people grasp the opportunity to work from home and found themselves sat on the sofa, with an excited child playing one side, a hungry dog barking on the other, and before they know it sales invoices have slipped down the back of the cushions, memos are covered in sticky paw prints, and that important client fax has somehow managed to make itself to the bottom of the garden and half buried itself in the soil – disaster! Therefore it is critical that you have a designated work space, you don’t have to confine yourself to it all day long, but you need somewhere you can be alone and focus when some hard work needs to be done, so designate either a room, if you don’t have that much space, then a corner of a room to be your official “home office space”.

It’s not just about having an office area though, after all, if the office space isn’t set up properly to meet your needs then you’re probably going to be even worse off in there! Make sure it has all of the furnishing and facilities that you would expect in any workplace office, this means having a comfortable and suitable office chair – not just something dragged out of the dining room – and make sure you have a good quality desk and plenty of storage space, if you’re using make shift boxes and sock drawers to keep your filing then things are going to go wrong sooner or later.

Decor is a very important factor too, many people who have a spare room in their home often dedicate it to being a storage facility, a place where you keep everything else that has no all year round purpose, and no specific place of its own – christmas tree’s, suitcases and bad birthday gifts to name just a few things! However, if you choose this spare room to become your home office space, it cannot continue to be an unkempt storage room as well, it has to be adjusted to meet your needs and help you focus – no one is going to be at their most productive in a dark, dingy room, squashed in the corner between boxes of old things. Most importantly it needs to be spacious, you need to be comfortable in your work with plenty of space to move around and arrange your surroundings. Secondly make sure there is some form of natural light in there – it can work wonder simply for morale, and also for timekeeping, and finally, just make it a pleasant place to be in! Paint or wallpaper the walls in a pleasant, bright color which inspires creativity, hang some attractive artwork or pictures, add plant life – do anything which makes you happy, if you’re going to be spending at least a few hours per day in this room it has be a place you enjoy, if you dislike being in there then more often than not you’re going to be disheartened when in there, and use any excuse at all you can to leave, dragging you away from your work and killing productivity.

Now, I’m not tyring to discourage working from home, in fact the complete opposite if anything – it can have a fantastic effect on your family, your social life and your happiness, but only if done correctly, don’t fall into the traps mentioned above and working from home can be a great thing, so go on, get out the paint brush, create a beacon of creativity and happiness to work in, grab your slippers and a coffee, and relax!

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DIY Picture Frame

Post by Stephanie Murn

One of the things that makes a space unique are pictures. Over the past several years and vacations, I have collected a great number of photos. Photos of family, friends, and things that inspire me. When I went shopping for frames to hang these most important pictures up, I found that it was almost impossible to find something truly unique and almost more impossible to find something that didn’t cost a fortune. On top of that, I wanted the flexibility to hang as many or as few of my photos at one time as I wanted. So, after searching and never finding quite what I wanted, I gave thought to making my own photo frame. This was a project that was easy and fun, plus it was relatively inexpensive. This article will give you the details on how to create your own picture frame from an old window frame.

The first thing you’ll need to do is find your basic necessity for this project, the window frame! Try checking out thrift stores and local flea markets for materials first. The typical weekend yard sales can often stretch your dollar for the most unique items. Usually you can find a bargain, especially if a piece needs a little TLC. I found my window frame at our local antique mall for less than ten dollars. Like I said before, don’t worry if it’s a little beat up or needs work, we’ll get to that later.

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Your next step is to decide what colors or patterns you want the outside of your window frame to be. For my frame I used black acrylic paint and patterned duct tape. Once You get all your materials together, prep your workspace and the window fame. Sand down any parts that will be painted or decorated as well as any pieces that seem to be loose or broken. I found it helpful to wash my frame down as well to get any dirt off before I started working on painting. Once everything’s prepped, get to decorating!

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After you have painted and covered your picture fame, it’s time to get started on your pictures. I laid all of my photos out on top of the frame, several times, before deciding the best order for them. After the pictures were the way that I wanted them, I flipped my window frame over and, using a straight edge and black paint, I outlined areas for my photos to be displayed. This gave my photo frame a finished and polished look. Another idea for outlining your pictures would be to use heavy card stock or decorative paper. Depending on the size of the frame, it would be possible to use several different patterns or colors for this step.

Before you finish, you’ll want to mount your pictures to the frame. The easiest way I found to do this, was to use small pieces of tape to attach the pictures to the outlined areas. Doing this kept all my pictures straight and ensured that they stayed where I wanted them.

At this point, you can finish the frame by using something for the backing. For the back of my picture frame, I chose a piece of heavy craft paper. This can be found at your local Michael’s Craft store. If you don’t have any of this on hand, a good sized piece of brown packing paper could also be used to finish off your frame. Using a staple gun, pull the paper tight and attach it to the back of the window.

Finally, its time to add your hardware. Be sure to attach the necessary amount of hooks and brackets to the back of your frame to ensure that it will be as sturdy as possible when hung.
Last but not least show off your memories! Regardless of your decor, do it yourself projects can add just the right touch to your space while being affordable and representing your flare and personality. This easy DIY picture
frame is an easy and fun project that can be done on the tightest of budgets!

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Tips for Spring Decorating

Post by Stephanie Murn

With Spring just around the Corner and many of us impatient for warmer weather, it is time for a change! Updating the look of any room can help usher in the new season even if the weather hasn’t quite gotten to us yet. Though winter may still be trying to stick around, spring is the perfect time to freshen up the decor of any space. Check out these easy and cost efficient ways to say goodbye to the cold weather and freshen up the whole house.

1. Throw on some color: Changing up the look of your furniture doesn’t have to be expensive. Bringing in decorative pillows or throws in bright colors, can make furniture pop and change the entire look of a space. If you’re feeling adventurous and want a little more change, consider going for a slip cover or comforter in tropical type colors instead. Any of these will bring a new flavor to the room and make things feel much warmer.

2. Move, move, move! One of the easiest ways to make a room feel more alive is to change the layout of the furniture. Consider switching a love seat and sofa around to give the living room an update. In the bedroom, try moving the bed to a different wall. Using the natural light in the room to your advantage will also make things more warm weather friendly. Angling furniture toward windows can help the room feel lighter and more inviting.

3. Display your memories: Taking some of your favorite (yet rarely seen) photos out of storage can revamp a room in no time. Pull photos from your favorite family vacations out or take some candid shots of different outdoor spaces around town. Another alternative? Consider having Your photos redeveloped in different hues. Check to see if your local Walmart or pharmacy can add different effects to your pictures. It’s usually inexpensive and can add new and unique focal points to any room.

4. Declutter: Spring is the perfect time to go through closets and get rid of things we not longer need. Clearing things out can make a room feel larger and helps reclaim some of the space our clutter had been taking up. Many times craft stores and home improvement stores are a great resource for finding storage boxes and organizational ideas without blowing your budget.

5. Spruce thugs up: Finally, an obvious and easy way to get things ready for warmer weather. Give Your spaces a fresh coat of paint and give things a good cleaning. While picking a new wall color would definitely give the room a different feel, adding even a new coat of white paint to trim and baseboards helps to liven things up a bit.

Though it may seem like spring will take forever to come out of hibernation, one of the easiest ways to get in the warm weather mindset is to make the house as light and inviting as possible. Changing things up, even in the slightest ways, often times makes a space feel brand new and inspires you to fall in love with it all over again. By grabbing ideas from these easy and budget friendly tips, all of your spaces will feel as new as a breath of fresh, springtime, air.

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