One of my most favorite Design Star winners - Emily - got an organization makeover of her home office from IKEA. Pretty dramatic before/after photos. I love how personalized her office is now..not to mention super cute and so organized.
Emily states, "When i was little i used to 'clean' by shoving things under the sofa, in the oven, behind the toilet. Its a really adorable habit that i haven't really grown out of. I don't like too much visible clutter, but i don't really put things away properly - i just shove things inside of other things.
When we moved into our new house I was super excited to have an dedicated office where i can put all the annoying and ugly 'officey' things, but unfortunately it had very little storage and what it did have was unattractive....I spend 4-10 hours a day in my office - it needs to look and feel good and be functional."
Emily seems happy with the results:
"I KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE NOW.
Checkbooks? no big deal, i got you. Receipts from 2012? 3rd shelf from the bottom in the bin called '2012 receipts', naturally...Everyday tools, magazines, spraypaint, ribbon and fabric. Check, check, check, check and check. I know where EVERYTHING is. And i get excited to put things away."
Favorites from these home offices include the string lights, storage boxes in cubbies (bookcases for those of you older than eight. I have never outgrown using "cubbies"), and inspiration boards. Nothing new in decorating, of course, but these photos show such pretty workspaces!
This white + pink living area looks refreshing.
I may just have to pick up a few pink pillows this week!
Grateful for a break in the heat that was nonstop for two weeks.
Now if it would only rain....
photos via high house then radio
Loving this little office area with touches of yellow.
My favorite part is the storage on the inside of the door for magazines ande notebooks!
What a unique combination of styles.... Danish home owners use Scandinavian touches in their home in France!
Good morning! My favorite category on Eva Black's blog is Spaces...and the most recent space does not disappoint! It's an organized, personaliaed, pretty workspace that apparently is a work in progress.
It's Sunday. How is your weekend so far? It is to be stormy here today, so after church, I have home projects to work on. Some friends have promised to help me get rid of extra items at home, and I think they'll be tough on me, so I'm doing some prep-paring-down of my belongings on my own first!
I was inspired to get rid of even more things after taking this minimalist apartment tour.
Meanwhile, back to the workspace featured on Spaces...
click each image to view the source...or visit Eva's blog.
a fun Melbourne home where the couple won the kitchen shown above!
This is said to be the next best thing to a hug. I love yellow and cozy. What a combo! Good thing the heat wave around here is over and cool nights have returned.
what a beautiful childrens party. I would have combined every party I had as a child into this one if I were able to and have one grand celebration.
Have a great weekend!
photo via IKEA Photographer: Patric Johansson
Happy Monday! Did you have a great weekend with your mom on Mother's Day?
I had a blissful family weekend - spending loads of quality time with a niece and nephews who will be moving shortly to a new home across the country and spent a sunny afternoon at the ballpark!
Now...a new week! What will it hold?!
These homeowners in Jakarta love color and organization. I'm going to take some of their ideas and run with them!
I love this office photo sent to me by Si of French by Design
I love looking through her blog at the beautiful photos!
Some pretty spring dining decoration just in time for Easter. Well, the lamp is not for dining but it is beautiful!
photos from IKEA Livet Hemma and the lamp photo by photographer Roland Persson
I may love crazy bright colors (orange! yellow! pink!), I will always have a fondness for this classic combo of black, white and red.
It's Friday!! I'm about halfway through the book The Hunger Games and really want to finish it so I can see the movie this weekend! The next two days hold few plans: time at a cafe with friends, a movie, lots of naps so this bronchitis will go away, and some baking.
What does your weekend hold?
am at the end of a bout with bronchitis.
my plans for the last five days have included: sleeping, crawling to the couch, watching 15 minutes of a movie, napping, trying to read but giving up in favor of closing my eyes some more, drinking orange juice, then deciding at 3 AM to clean the kitchen followed by watching an episode of Psych. no schedule whatsoever. dove into the depths of the DVR and became charmed by the new show Smash and discovered I like the not-your-usual- detective-show-twist that Unforgettable has.
also found this absolutely cheerful photo that has made my day!
Almost put "Happy Monday" as today is my monday. Currently have an awful cough that kept me home on Monday, thus my whole week feels out of order now. The beautiful photo above is helping me overcome the odd-week-sensation.
I am your store's biggest fan and am waiting for one to be built in Wisconsin. A neighboring town of mine called Johnson Creek, Wisconsin has its water tower painted in IKEA's signature blue and gold colors, not to mention the location would bring in IKEA customers from around the entire state! I would shop at your store much more often than my current twice a year trip to Schaumburg, Illinois - 120 miles away. Thank you!!!
Anyhoo... the photos above are from IKEA Share Space that has a blog and a page that shows IKEA products in real homes. You can submit photos of your home/workspaces to the site which is my favorite part.
While at IKEA this past weekend, some girls from church and I decided we'd found an office we'd all like to work in...
We enjoyed pretending to work at this lovely office! In the background you can see my shopping cart full of items. That red/white pattern is similar to some bedding IKEA used to offer. I cannot find it anywhere now. Missed my chance. After a trip to Chick-Fil-A (my first ever time there), it was fun to go home and put to use all those pretty things!
chicks at chick-fil-a!! perhaps I should have hopped into one of these photos!
happy friday! in case you have loads of extra time and want to peruse great blogs, some favorites of mine are below.
What are some of the blogs you call favorites? And do you blog?
ali edwards http://aliedwards.com/
garance dore http://www.garancedore.fr/
wood and wool stool http://woodwoolstool.blogspot.com/
the happy home http://thehappyhomeblog.com/
the marion house book http://www.themarionhousebook.com/
rusta upp http://rustaupp.blogg.se/
happy girl go http://jenfelton.wordpress.com/ (she's an american living in london)
green is the new black http://sofia.pulp.se/
patricia mumau http://pmumau.wordpress.com/
urban weeds: street style (portland) http://www.urbanweedsblog.com/
mill valley life http://www.millvalleylife.com/
jaime's blog http://jalilacsmine.wordpress.com/
"nothing of any great consequence" (she was on miss minimalists's monday blog post) http://sarahparro.wordpress.com/
frenchwoman who lived in california for a bit http://backtocali.canalblog.com/
concept 2012 - scandinavian style http://anoukbinterior.blogspot.com/
hilda grahnat http://blog.grahnat.se/
the coveteur http://www.thecoveteur.com/
lille lykke http://lillelykke.blogspot.com/
freund von freunden http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/
frau haselmeyers pretty things http://www.frauhaselmayer.com/
dottie angel http://dottieangel.blogspot.com/
mine veneer http://minevennershjem.wordpress.com/
red house http://redhousedesign.blogspot.com/
copenhagen cycle chic http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/
jojos room (french, cute) http://wwwjojosroom.blogspot.com/
into the gloss http://intothegloss.com/
lovely laundry room and storage options
shoe storage photo by Nina
Broberg/IKEA Livet Hemma
It's Friday and I'm getting caught up - feels heavenly!
In addition to quickly taking care of a pile of filing, I also went through some old emails that I had gmail-labeled as "apartment" to find some inspiration and in the process, delete unneeded messages and links. Found this treasure from 2010...
The stunning, beautiful, simple apartment of Isabel Asha Penzlien. Isabel describes her apartment as "Less is more for me and i try to keep only things i need...my bed is on the loft above the kitchen and its comfy up there and i keep my books up there to as well as my clothes which hang from the the ceiling. i keep a very few clothes, only things i love and wear."
Have a wonderful weekend!
I'm a bit preoccupied by these some great questions about clutter and the responses Leo (Zen Habits) just posted. I love how streamlined Leo's life is and can't get enough of the blog posts he writes. You're a fan of his, right?
Am off now to clear one flat surface of items and will keep it clear!