Creating a Home Office that will Turn Work into Pleasure

Creating a Home Office that will Turn Work into Pleasure

Avoiding the stress of the morning commute and traffic jam, eating more homemade meals, staying in your pajamas all day – working from home has hundreds of advantages. But, having the power to design your working space as you wish must be the greatest perk of them all. From wall colour and carpeting to stationery – it’s all up to you so here are a few ideas on how to set up your home office to be as stimulative and productive as possible.

Set clear boundaries

As in war, in creating a home office you need to divide in order to conquer. If possible, use a spare room as an office space and make sure that that’s its only purpose. Pulling out a home office/guest room combo might be the best solution since guest rooms are not frequently used. If you don’t have the luxury and your home office is actually a corner in your living room, bedroom, or hallway, then try to separate it as much as possible. Corners make the perfect spots but you can improvise by building walls out of shelves or even curtains.

Remove all distractions

Once you pick a spot for your home office, you need to think thoroughly about what you’re going to keep in it. A computer and other gadgets you use for work are fine, but avoid putting a big screen TV or game consoles in your working space. Even office clutter such as printers and files can be distracting so make sure you put them away, as well. Another good idea is to install a coffee making station somewhere in the room – so you won’t have to go to the kitchen for a refill and be tempted to procrastinate.

Creating a Home Office that will Turn Work into Pleasure

Take good care of your back

Working from home means sitting a lot so it’s a good idea to invest in a high-quality chair to support your back. You’ll want an ergonomic chair but make sure it suits your body dimensions and the tasks you’re performing each day, advise the guys behind Ideal Furniture. The optimal seat is about one-quarter of the body height, but that depends on your proportions. Your computer screen should be at eye level or a little bit below and your feet should rest firmly on the floor. Don’t take this for granted and your spine will be thankful.

Light it properly

Numerous studies showed that natural light has a huge impact on the worker’s productivity – it’s connected to our circadian rhythm and the fact that exposure to light turns on our internal clocks. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room for your office then you’ll probably have a nice window where you can position your desk. Otherwise, investing in lamps is a must. Focused lighting can serve as an addition to daylight, or it can light up your whole office. Table or floor lamp – it’s up to you, just make sure it has a nice glow and an interesting design to keep you inspired.

Creating a Home Office that will Turn Work into Pleasure

Make it personal

After all, it is your working space so you’ll want it to have your name and taste written all over it. Use the colours you find soothing, but energizing, but don’t leave the walls empty. You’ll need some storage space so cabinets and shelves are a must. Besides, hanging motivational posters or photos of your friends and family can help you keep going, too. Greenery is always a nice addition and will help you breathe cleaner air while you work. Also, remove all excessive clutter since it can distract you. For starters, opt for a laptop instead of a big desktop computer to maximize your space.

Creating a home office can be a lot of fun as long as you’re not doing it as an excuse to procrastinate. Finish your tasks and then start tinkering – soon you’ll create a place where you’ll actually fall in love with your job.

 

 

Elegant and Functional Walk-In Closet Design Ideas

Elegant and Functional Walk-In Closet Design Ideas

One of the biggest mistakes of first time home owners is giving too much significance to the unimportant things. For example, it’s not that important how much room you have in your bathroom or even in your bedroom (if it is one-purpose room). Both of these places have simple functions and you don’t usually spend more time there than you absolutely need.

On the other hand, the size, position and layout of your closet can play a vital role in making your home more orderly and practical. Unfortunately, this is something that people often tend to oversee. Not only does it keep the rest of your home neat, but it also makes it easier for you to find whatever you are looking for. To make things even better, walk-in closets can be designed in a fashionable and enthralling manner, thus ensuring the rest of your home look even better.

Taking Care of Storage Capacities

First things first, when designing a closet, you must appeal to its practical side. What this means is that you have to come up with the way to organize it properly. Naturally, your first step would be to get the right storage capacities, which means finding someone to deal with shelving installation on your behalf. DIY projects are a great idea, but in this particular case, they might not give as satisfactory result, since any irregularity may seriously damage your valuables. Imagine if the shelf you keep your jewelry on suddenly broke or fell. Sure the results may not be catastrophic, but why take any chances? Another option would be to get a secure nightstand with compartmentalized drawers, where you will keep all the most precious things you own.

The Right Light

As we emphasized several times already, practical function of your closet is the most important. This means that your walk-in closet should always have adequate lighting. Now, while the illumination should be your first concern, this isn’t that hard to deal with. Just follow Watts (or lumens if you are going with LED) and you should be fine. What you might want to give some more attention to is making the light in the room match the overall ambiance. If you decide to go with a shimmery color (like petal pink) hanging fixture might be a perfect solution. Furthermore, seeing how glass is a natural light enhancer (due to its reflective nature) you might want to think a bit about investing in some glass shelves.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Speaking of reflective surfaces, no walk-in closet will ever be complete without the mirror. Seeing how this closet is going to be a room without windows, it is vital that you use all you can to enhance the effect of your lighting system. For practical purposes, it goes without saying that what you need is a full length mirror, but this is only the tip of the iceberg of all that you should pay attention to. This mirror is also a part of the room and as such it must fit in. The easiest way to do so is to make the frame match the surrounding wallpaper pattern. To find a universal solution that fits it all, you can always get mirror closet doors.

While to some they may seem like a luxury, but those who once lived in a home with a walk-in closet could never again live without it. Just having them, means that your home will be overall less messy and that you won’t have to make improvised changing rooms wherever you are. Still, in order to make you feel even more comfortable in this little fashion realm of yours, you might want to go one step further and go that extra mile when decoration is concerned.

Guest Post By:

Chloe TaylorChloe is an art historian, recreational ballet dancer and a contributor at smoothdecorator.com. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. You can find Chloe on FB, Twitter, and G+.

 

Looking for Extra Storage Space? – Build a Backyard Cabin!

backyard cabin

No matter how much space in your household you have, there always seems to be some missing in order to squeeze in all the things you have recently purchased. What you should do is think about creating some extra storage space by building a cabin in your backyard. It is budget friendly too so you will not have to waste lots of money on it and in no time you will have the perfect place where you can store all your belongings that seem to take up quite a lot of space in the house.

Choose the location

Think about the perfect corner of your backyard to place the cabin. Consider the rest of the space you would like to have for other activities and do not place it in the center of it as it will not be functional at all. Pick out the right spot in the middle of a grass covered area and place your new project away from home.

backyard cabin size

Think about the size

Be rational when it comes to deciding what size your backyard cabin will be like. Do not overdo it, as you will create the opposite of what you need. You need to store extra items, not create a new house and stuff it with new things you are about to buy. You only need one room used for storing, do not question yourself about including a separate bathroom or other stuff. Remember, it is only a storage cabin. You will have to place your excess stuff out there and the only other thing you will need is rubbish removal. Be reasonable when dividing into “need” and “don’t need” piles.

backyard cabin plans

Off we go

Once you have made clear where and what you want your backyard cabin to be, lay out the concrete foundation pillars. Put main beams up and add subflooring. Frame up the walls. Do not forget to leave the openings for windows. You will definitely need to have some natural light coming into your new cabin to get that perfect combination of wood, greenery and sun all around it. If you are not a pro at construction works, choose a flat roof plan. It is easy to create so do not worry about doing it right by yourself. You will just need to provide two extra pillars on one of the sides just to make sure that you will provide drainage. Nail off the wall sheathings. Once you have sheathed the walls you will only need to put the doors and windows up and you are good to go!

Include your friends

Creating a backyard cabin can be a fun experience to include your family or friends. You will speed up the building and have some quality time together, so think about whom to call to bond over construction works.

Creating a backyard cabin is easier than you might actually think and it will give you the much needed extra storage space. Construct it with your friends at a perfect spot in your backyard surrounded with greenery and in no time you will have the place to put all your additional belongings!

 

How to prepare your kitchen for spring

spring kitchen remodeling

Spring is coming! In order to prepare your home for its rejuvenating effects what you need is a proper spring remodeling and is there a better place to start doing so than your very own kitchen. However, there are so many things to do and in so little time, that you will have to organize yourself properly in order to make it. With this in mind, here are some things you need to do in order to prepare your kitchen for spring.

Spring cleaning

There is no better place to start with this spring makeover than to thoroughly clean your kitchen and all of its surfaces. Whatever you decide to do next, having a clean work environment is always a paramount. Take out and throw everything you no longer need and swipe clean all the counter surfaces, your fridge and of course the stove. However, seeing how your kitchen is a place where you prepare the food for your entire family, you don’t want to have it tainted by dangerous chemicals. Luckily, there are completely natural solutions made from vinegar, salt, baking soda and even bleach. At the very least a bit of soapy water never hurt anyone.

spring kitchen cleaning

Painting it adequately

Every now and then your kitchen will need painting and seeing how in spring we have a bit longer and warmer days, it might be as good time as any to do so. In 2016, natural colors are in but you need to be very careful when painting your kitchen and dining room since it is known that different colors can affect our appetites differently. For example, colors black and brown are made to diminish your appetite (which makes them into powerful dietary tools) while yellow and orange are known to make you want to eat more. Always keep this in mind, even if you are going for wallpaper instead of paint.

Organization

Next thing you need to pay attention to in your kitchen is the issue of organization. Try and always look for different storage solutions and methods. For example, everyone knows that it is easier to store your pots without their lids on, but later on when you need to pair the pot with the lid this doesn’t seem as such a good idea after all. This is why you can greatly benefit from such a thing as lid racks on the inside of your cabinet doors and many other similar ideas. Even if your kitchen is absolutely tiny, you always have some unused walls to hang a wall rack on so there is no need for desperation.

spring kitchen organization

Make it cooking friendly

Finally, once the spring begins, days will start getting warmer and warmer and there is something you will have to do about it. Install an AC unit inside of it, or if you already have one, check if you need air con repairs. Finally, seeing how there are many fumes that will circulate the room (caused by your cooking) now might be a good time for you to purchase an aspirator. Here you have two choices, either one with recirculation as a method or one with the exhaust pipe. Simply do some homework on both of these methods and go with one that you find more fitting.

Although all of these remodeling efforts are minor in nature, they are more than necessary to prepare you for the upcoming season. By starting in due time, you should be more than prepared to enjoy the spring in your very own kitchen. This notion alone is something that is indeed hard (if not impossible) to top.

 

Compact and urban decor ideas for small places

Booming cities provide many benefits of modern living, but one resource is scarce- space.  Those who make an effort to tackle this limitation discover that small spaces are fit for many unique design exploits. So, it’s time to get creative and arrange an abode high on personality and low on clutter. There are extensive upgrades such as renovating and remodeling, but also some smart and inexpensive steps towards owning an appealing and well-organized home.

Step by step

The first thing to note is that every inch counts. Thus, one of the perquisites for visual overhaul is a de-cluttering process. To keep the rooms clutter-free, it’s advisable to use storage space such as the wall shelving. It’s quite functional all right, but also provides a chance to display décor and arrange a collection of books. Even better, create a DIY sculpture by the desk with a tall stack of books and surprise your visitors with ingenuity.

declutter your home

Now, choosing a light color palette is a safe bet for small apartments because it gives the feeling of more space. That’s not to say that people shouldn’t add any life with splashes of color. No need to shy away from mixing patterns, textures and styles, but syncing them is crucial. Scale down when it comes to accessories, so place a few bold-printed throws and cushions, for example. One of the ways to showcase collections and sentimental pieces is to group them in one place.

paint color options

In other cases, the best ways to enhance a small space is a divide and conquer strategy.  Those who have a large room that serves multiple purposes should consider setting boundaries. Why not do it with some style by putting the ceiling-mounted curtains and transforming the home into a chic retreat? Another option is to use an open bookshelf as a room divider, as it establishes the feel of an open design we are aiming for.

Let there be light and space

Lighting is an essential element of any interior space, and one that makes it shine. Solutions like LED wall lights or DIY pendant lights are a perfect match for contemporary environments. Apart from being a treat for the eyes, LED lights are also energy-efficient.  Furthermore, using large mirrors complements the lighting and creates an illusion of space.  Floor-to-ceiling ones transform blank walls to reflect the surroundings and brighten up the environment. 

compact furnishings

When choosing furnishing one should be cautious, but still prepared to take bold risks. So, how about acrylic ghost chairs and other see-through fittings that take the mesmerizing atmosphere to the even higher level? Designers opt for clean lines and simple round forms that introduce a sense of a compact living area and add an organic component with natural elements like wooden stools, potted plants and custom woodworking.

Modular furnishing is a great acquisition that boosts the versatility of the small area. These movable pieces allow us to assemble different formations for a number of purposes. An ottoman can serve as a foot rest but also an impromptu coffee table, and it’s easily moved aside when not needed. Dual-purpose furniture provides the same benefits, so why not turn your sofa into a dining banquette, or transform the banquette into a guest bed? Thinking outside the box enables people to make the most of the ones they live in.

modular furniture

A small secret

Small homes are both challenging and rewarding environments. They are quite limited when it comes to space, and yet that holds the secret to their true power. Know when to go by the book and when is the time to push the boundaries.  Think multipurpose, and steer away from big pieces that eat up the room. To make a statement, it’s important to pay attention to detail and keep it clean and functional. Use unexpected tools and killer décor as a focal point to elevate the style of even the smallest of shelter