This week’s Instagrammer – Blonde Baking Mama – is from my neck of the woods (Western Australia) and while her feed has nothing to do with paper/planners/stationery it is one of the most mind-blowing, creative Instagram accounts that I’ve seen. Ever.
Kate is the self-taught queen of extraordinary cakes and cookies and I guarantee that you’ll be gobsmacked at her brilliance. Oh, by the way, it’s probably not a good idea to view her feed on an empty stomach.
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?
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.
Image source: rilane.com (left), digsdigs.com (right)
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.
Image source: digsdigs.com
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.
Image source: rilane.com (left), Pinterest (right)
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.
Bianca Jagoe is an illustrator and zine creator from Launceston, Tasmania. Her feed is full of colour and happy, smiling faces. I am especially fond of her studio wall which is decorated with discarded shopping lists. So awesome.
(credit: this is glamorous.)
If you carry your notebook around with you (in your bag, thrown onto the back seat of the car etc) you’ll know the importance of sturdiness. The last thing you need is a cover that is dog-eared or scratched up or ruined. Not only does it make your notebook look tatty, it also kills inspiration.
You needn’t worry about such things with these notebooks. They’ve been designed for rough and rugged use. You can take them anywhere and they’ll withstand the toughest treatment.
(While Moleskine’s don’t appear on this list their omission is definitely not a snub. I use Moleskines all the time and I think they are superb. I wanted to showcase some other notebooks – perhaps ones you’ve never heard of – because it’s a big, wide world out there and it’s full of new notebooks to discover.)
It will come as no surprise that I’m a magazine addict. The more obscure the magazine the more I want it.
I tend to gravitate between fashion, literary and home mags. I find that glossies help me to come up with ideas when I’m writing ad copy because the ads in these magazines use few words. Fewer words means every single one is included for a reason. It’s cool to dissect the ads to see how they are crafted (perhaps that’s just a writer thing?).
Over the last few weeks I have been cataloguing my magazine collection into Evernote. I am in love with Evernote. If I have an idea for an article I can just search through my collection to see if anyone has written about it before. Genius stuff that will save me so much time!
I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite magazine covers from my current catalogue. Do you have a favourite magazine? Perhaps we can do a swap!
1. Harper’s Bazaar – December 2013
2. Elle Australia – February 2014
3. Belle – April/May 2013
4. Vogue – August 2013
5. Vogue Living – May/June 2013
6. Real Living – November 2013.
7. Harper’s Bazaar – March 2014
8. Frankie – January/February 2014
9. Suitcase – Autumn 2013
10. Phoenix – Summer 2013