The National Stationery Show is on in NYC at the moment so I’ve been watching Instagram with interest as the #nss filtered posts come through. So many pretties!
Book cover design is so important don’t you think? I mean, I know we’re supposed to choose substance over surface but when it comes to books a pretty cover goes a long way. Here are some of my favourite releases from 2015. I’ve you’ve got a favourite book cover share it on Facebook or in the comments below.
We’re heading into the cooler, wintery weather down here in Australia which is why my choice for office inspiration this week is a little darker. What do you prefer? Light and bright or dark and moody?
Mother’s Day is approaching fast – it’s May 8th this year. I love these cheeky cards by Wit & Whistle. I must admit I’ve never seen an enamel uterus pin so, hey, that’s pretty cool. If you’re not into cheeky Wit & Whistle have some very pretty floral cards too. Which is your favourite?
As a planner nerd I love spending time making my planners look nice. While I have more than enough stickers, I don’t have any planner charms. Which brings me to this week’s Instagrammer. Kay, who runs the Instagram account Bits to Pieces showcases some of the sweetest charms that I’ve seen on the interwebs.
Hop over to Bits to Pieces and prepare to be wowed.
It’s Game of Thrones day! If, like me, you’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out what happened to (SPOILER ALERT) Jon Snow today’s the day! I haven’t been this on edge since (SPOILER ALERT) Glenn slid himself under the dumpster in Walking Dead. Lordy! If you are a Game of Thrones fan *and* a paper nerd you are going to LOVE these special GoT themed Moleskines.
This Limited Edition series features four hard cover designs, each with a different house – House Lannister, House Stark (two different designs) and House Targaryen. Each notebooks’ cover band includes a history about that house, and the front and back inside covers have detailed maps of Westeros. How freaking awesome, right? You can grab yours from Notemaker.
When I bought The Wrath and the Dawn and began reading it was like I had stepped into a new world. I’ve never read One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) – the book upon which this story is based – so I had absolutely no reference point but Ahdieh is a masterful storyteller. In this book she weaves a magical tale of the relationship between a courageous young woman and a damaged King, supported by a cast of characters so rich and diverse that I felt I was sharing the same air with them.
There are countless examples of Ahdieh’s brilliant writing in this book, I mean, the whole thing is outstanding. But there are gems scattered throughout which I highlighted with abandon. I think my favourite line out of the whole book – and it’s not anything profound, I just think it’s simple and beautiful is “And he smiled a smile to shame the sun.” That line makes my heart soar.
You won’t be able to put it down, I promise. I gave The Wrath and the Dawn 5 out of 5 stars
Starting a home-based business naturally calls for a functional home office. As tempting as it sounds a home office can actually be quite frustrating, especially if you do not have a lot of space available to organise your things. For an office to be functional, it needs to serve its purpose, be practical, well-designed and of course – comfortable. If you think your home office is getting a bit crowded and claustrophobic, these few tips just might help you create a more ample and functional space that will boost your productivity and help you perform your tasks more effectively.
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Choose your colours wisely
The right colour palette plays a major part in your home office. Choosing the right colours may help to create the illusion of a much bigger space. The first rule is not to go overboard. Mixing too many shades or tones will just make your office look cluttered and chaotic. The best solution is to opt for a single colour palette, preferable a light one, as lighter shades tend to open up the room more. Of course, if you have an affinity towards darker shades, the combination of dark coloured walls with natural light makes a great impression.
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Make use of stationary objects
A well-organised office can greatly contribute to the look you are trying to achieve. The key is in strategically placing stationary objects around the room in order to visually expand the room. For instance placing a few shelves on the walls with folders and notebooks will definitely make your space look bigger.
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Storage spaces save (creative) lives
To create this awesome home office it’s important to get rid of all the unnecessary bits and pieces that might be lying around. Not only does decluttering add space, but it also helps you focus on your work and gives you the motivation needed to performmore efficiently. A clean space is the first step towards creating a functional space. This is why storage spaces come in handy – they free up desk space. Built in drawers and cabinets are very handy in home offices. These kinds of projects do not require much time or professional assistance and you can easily do it yourself by using some simple tools online and video tutorials.
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One of the oldest tricks in the book for creating the illusion of a bigger space is adding a mirror in the room – the bigger the better they say. It would be a good idea to reserve one piece of the wall just to place a mirror, as the reflection of other objects will make the room appear twice as bigger. It also helps reflect lighting in the room, giving your office the depth needed for creating a more ample space.
In this technological era, many people are starting their own businesses in the comfort of their homes. Creating a comfortable and creative is crucial and these few simple tips just might help you get the most out of the space you have available. There is no need for overpriced remodelling projects or full renovations when you can create a functional and well-equipped office without much hassle.
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and an advisory editor at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.