Saturday, October 31, 2015

Home Office Ideas for a Wonderful Workspace

Working from home has become more commonplace than ever, as corporate employees are now joining the ranks of freelancers and self-employed business owners who don't clock in at a common workplace. According to The Business Insider, major corporations such as IBM, Xerox, United Health Group and Apple offer numerous work from home opportunities posted on telecommuting job seeking sites such as FlexJobs. Regardless of how you hone your skills and knowledge to work remotely, a functional, inspiring workspace can help boost your enthusiasm and increase your productivity.

The space where I generate ideas about coordinating color schemes, mixing different fabric patterns or combining various furniture styles is inhabited by an eclectic mix of collectibles and sentimental gifts. Japanese Geisha dolls, an incense burning dragon and a jellyfish encased in glass live among peacock feathers and a jumbo cocktail glass serving as a candle holder on the topmost shelf of my desk. Sugar skulls and mementos from my daughter fill the cubbies. A large potted tree warms the corner by my mini home office consisting of a desk with hutch and rolling cart printer stand..

I don't need a lot of space as a writer or a decorator. I prefer my desktop PC as most interior design  programs are still PC based and I work best and fastest with a roller ball mouse. I have a large desktop that allows me to spread out papers, pictures or other materials if I need to. With plenty of storage for tools and office supplies, everything I need to work is right in front of me. And this workspace is completely accessible, being that I am disabled. While decorative elements may not be a necessity in a home office, they make your work area feel more inviting, creating a space you'll want to spend more time in.

Although this wall in my spacious master bedroom provides a comfortable and inviting work area for a writer/interior decorator, my dream workspace would look more like this:






This awe inspiring workspace was built by graphic designer, Peter Daniel Frazier, who realized he could downsize his office to a laptop computer and iPhone. Doubling as a guest house, Frazier named his serene home office 'The Cube.' The standing desk offers respite from a sore back or bum, which can occur when sitting for hours. When the feet call for a time-out, a few comfortable seating options come in to play.

If you don't have access to breathtaking forest views, a beautiful garden or courtyard can also suffice for a thought provoking, contemplative atmosphere. For anyone who enjoys nature, beautiful landscapes and the feeling of being outdoors, an office with a view can inspire an uplifting mood.

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If tranquil, outdoor views are simply not an option -- a likely occurrence in many cases, bring the natural world inside your workspace. Organic textures and neutral or earthtone colors make a room feel comforting, welcoming and inviting. Create an atmosphere you'll want to linger in. Add some greenery with a couple of live plants or fill an empty corner with a large potted palm or broad leaf tropical plant. Plants help recycle indoor air, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Check out the top 10 air purifying plants as noted on the green lifestyle blog, WebEcoist. If the room lacks a window with a view, hang a large photo or painting with a scenic view.

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For the ultimate 'green office,' a vertical garden or living plant wall can make you feel less cooped up and incites a sense of being outdoors in the presence of lush greenery. Add an indoor fountain and transform your workspace into an inviting oasis.

Contemporary Home Office by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Martin Hulala

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 If you have an office window with a less than stellar view, a bohemian inspired window garden can inject a little warmth and personality.
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While the individuality of a home office can be tailored to inspire the independent freelancer or telecommuting corporate employee, startup entrepreneurs who need to collaborate with a team of like-minded supporters might need a workspace that is central to an urban location. Teamwork can also require more space than a home office provides and sometimes crosses international boundaries. Organizations such as WeWork offer even more flexibility for the unconventional work force of the modern world, providing shared office space in major cities across the United States and overseas locations in Europe and Israel.

Getting paid to do something you love can help take the work out of a job, especially when you're in an uplifting environment that inspires productivity and creative freedom.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Teenage Bedroom Decorating Ideas

You and your teenager may be at odds when it comes to bedroom design ideas. However, with a little open-mindedness and a little compromise, there is hope for parents and teens to come together and create a look that everyone can be happy with.


The first step you and your teen should take when planning a room makeover is to figure out a budget. Kids this age are old enough to understand the concept of a budget and how to spend money responsibly. Allowing them to participate in the financial area of the project is a great learning experience.  If your child’s design ideas are larger than what you can comfortably afford, why not give him or her the opportunity to earn some of the extra money that may be needed, through extra chores around the house, babysitting, mowing lawns, chores for neighbors, etc.

Once you have a budget figured out, sit down together and make a list of the things that need to be changed in the room, including what you want to add and what you want to take away.  Extra money for the room change budget could also come from selling things like furniture, books, clothing, etc. through a yard sale.   

Color and Paint

Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to make a big impact when changing the look in a room. The trick here is finding a color you can both live with. A new color for the walls should also be one of the last things chosen, after your teen has picked out new bedding and accessories. It’s much easier to coordinate paint color with the room’s furnishings than vice versa.

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Bring paint chip cards home to view under the room’s lighting and to compare against the surrounding colors in the room. Buy sample pots of the top two or three choices and try the colors out on the walls or on sample boards. If your teenager wants to paint the room in black, it’s time for some compromising alternatives.

One good thing about black is that it goes well with almost any other color. If your teen likes black, find another color you can both agree on and then think of ways you can incorporate black into the room’s color scheme. Black can be a striking color for an accent wall, or consider doing a stenciled design in black. For something different, paint the ceiling black. Other ways to incorporate black into the room include bedding, throw pillows, rugs and furniture.

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A night sky ceiling is a fun theme for a teen bedroom. Instead of black, paint the ceiling a deep shade of indigo. Use phosphorescent glowing paint to paint in stars, comets and cosmic glowing gas clouds. Sites that sell the paint such as Glow Inc. and Kosmic Kreations commonly offer tutorials on how to paint space murals. With a little practice, it might not be as hard as you think.

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No matter what style your teen is into, keeping the room organized and clear of clutter is essential and usually a challenge. The following tips can help keep your teen’s bedroom a safe, inhabitable space that won’t bring to mind the last episode of “Hoarders” you saw.
  • Buy storage containers and baskets that match or contrast with the room’s color scheme.
  • Install extra wall shelves for knick-knacks, books, video games, movies, etc. Install hooks underneath to hang necklaces, hats, belts or scarves.
  • Put a clothes hamper in the closet. When the clothes reach the top, make it a rule to wash at least two loads (the rule is for the teen, not Mom).
  • Add a really cool garbage can, like the colorful cans available at The Container and insist that it gets used.
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Wall Décor

Teenagers love to express themselves through graffiti. You can find it all over their notebooks, the soles of their shoes and often, even on themselves. A great idea for wall décor in a teen bedroom is dry erase wall decals. Teens can place these self-adhesive decals anywhere they want and write messages or draw pictures. The decals can be peeled off and placed somewhere else without damaging the wall. Walls can also be decorated with large murals depicting graphic graffiti designs. Find graffiti wall murals at Dry erase decals are available at Wall Pops and

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Bedding and Accessories

New bedding is an essential part of a bedroom makeover.  A great resource for bedding and accessories for a teen bedroom is Vision Bedding.  Your teenager will love this website because Vision Bedding allows you to upload photos or your own original artwork, which can then be made into bedding, pillows, wall décor, rugs, towels, shower curtains or window curtains. The site also has a design gallery with thousands of images that can be made into these products as well. Products can be further personalized with original text messages printed on them.

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If your teen daughter loves everything posh, chic and girly, check out Wake Up Frankie. Here you will find fun bedding patterns in bold colors such as hot pink damask, black and pink French polkadots, leopard and zebra print, jewel tone colors, Parisian themes and much more. Throw in a beaded chandelier and black curtains with an allover satin rose design for a room fit for a true fashionista.

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Furniture and Lighting

In addition to a bed, furniture for a teen bedroom should include a desk for homework, an extra chair or seat for friends, a dresser and one or two nightstands. If space and the budget allows, a bookcase or media stand can be included and a vanity is nice for a girl’s room.

PB Teen is an awesome resource for  furniture, including dozens of different bed designs, desks, vanities, dressers, bedside tables and cool, furry, fluffy beanbag chairs. If your teen’s bedroom does not have an overhead light, a floor lamp is a good choice for general lighting. A desk lamp is essential for homework and studying and you may want to include one or two bedside lamps. PB Teen has snazzy table lamps with drum style lampshades, colorful desk lamps and sleek, modern floor lamps or you can coordinate drum style lampshades with table and floor lamps.

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Other Fun Accessories

Replace the closet door with a beaded curtain to add sparkle and shine in the room. For some really cool accent lighting, go with fairy lights. LED fairy lights are inexpensive and can be used in dozens of ways. Some of them are as small as a grain of rice and come on thin wires that can be wrapped around a curtain rod, headboard, mirror or placed inside a glass container, as they are battery operated. Others are more like string lights that your teen can use to enhance the ceiling, walls or furniture. You can find beaded curtains and fairy lights at Shop Wild Things.

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Get Creative with Used Furniture 

Having brand-new furniture and décor is nice but you can also stretch your budget much further by shopping for a few used items that are still in good condition at places such as:
  • Consignment stores
  • Thrift stores
  • eBay
  • Craigslist
A new coat of paint can do wonders to update the look of used furniture. Saving money on a bed, nightstands and dresser leaves more room in the budget for bedding and accessories. Piecing together bedroom furniture from a variety of sources also helps avoid the matchy-matchy look of bedroom sets, giving the room a more organic feel.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Choosing Paint Colors for Rooms in Your Home

A mix of different wall colors in your home adds interest and variety; a good antidote for the dulling effect of the same monotone neutral color repeated through every room. However, to avoid a jarring, choppy effect, you need a simple palette of colors that flow smoothly from one room to the next.  If you have an existing color in a room that you want to keep, such as gray-blue walls in the kitchen, then build your color scheme from this hue.

Color Family and Undertones

For a seamless look between the kitchen and dining room, consider a hue in the same color family as gray or blue. Gray is a neutral color with one of three undertones, blue, green or purple. Blue, green and purple are analogous colors, meaning they fit within the same color family. So you could use a similar shade of green or purple with gray undertones. Conversely, a similar shade of gray with green or purple undertones would also work. 
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This lovely sage hue would flow nicely with a gray-blue kitchen.

Monochromatic Options

Another way to create unity and color flow throughout the home is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color. This is called a monochromatic color scheme and it is what you find on paint chip samples that show varying tints and shades of the same color. One option is to go much lighter with the gray, such as an off white with a blue undertone or go darker with a deep slate gray or charcoal hue. 
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Choose a darker shade off the same paint chip to take the guess work out of mixing colors.

Complementary Choices

If the gray-blue color in the kitchen has a strong blue undertone, you may want to consider a complementary shade of orange in the dining room. The key to making this work is to keep the saturation of the orange consistent with the gray-blue in the kitchen, meaning you need to use a muted tone of orange.  Complementary color schemes take a little more courage to use but they can have stunning effects. In the following photo,

Not a dining room but a great example of a complementary mix. Notice the muted green showing in the adjoining room.

Building a Palette

Now that you have an idea of the types of colors that coordinate with a gray-blue kitchen, you’ll need to decide on a method for using them. A color palette typically consists of 3 to 5 colors. Once you’ve chosen these colors, alternate the primary, secondary and accent colors. This means you can repeat the same gray-blue in the kitchen as a secondary or accent color in the dining room, such as using it on the trim, on the ceiling or in the décor such as table linens. Mixing in a neutral such as white or brown helps you achieve a balanced flow from room to room.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Decorating a Bedroom with Blue & Red

Decorating with colors that seem unrelated can be tricky. Blue and red are not part of the same color family, nor are they complementary opposites. However, if you pay attention to the undertones and the saturation or intensity of each color, a successful combination in a color scheme becomes much easier to pull off. Using colors in a decorating theme can also help you discover other ways in which they relate to each other.

Nautical & Coastal Colors

Combine blue and red in a nautical color scheme. Images such as anchors, coral, boats, life preservers and light houses may contain bright accents of red. Blue and white striped patterns create a crisp contrast on an area rug or upholstered chair. Paint a bright blue accent wall behind the bed. Brightly colored nautical flags in red white and blue can be represented in framed art or on accent pillows. Include a few neutral hues in white, beige, brown and tan. Add organic texture with elements such as a wooden navigation wheel, rope or wooden paddles.

The combination of blue and red mixed with white also brings to mind a coastal color scheme. Bright red fishing nets, red blooms in window boxes and red roof tops on cottages contrast brightly against the blue of sea and sky. Paint wood furniture in bold hues of blue. Use a light shade of blue on walls for a light, summery feel. Include bright red pin striping or a red floral print on accent pillows. Add a small, rustic touch with a bright red kerosene lantern.

Patriotic and Traditional

The Americana and patriotic feelings associated with red and blue, as the primary colors on the American flag, are deep-seated in tradition and American culture. These bold, primary colors are also commonly found in country style quilting fabric, area rugs and plaid or checked fabric patterns used on upholstery, linens and accent pillows. Decorate a country style bedroom with quilts or bedspreads featuring red, white and blue patterns.  Add a patriotic feel with accent pillows featuring rustic flag fabric or hang a rustic flag tapestry on the wall.

Boys Bedrooms

Blue and red are a common color scheme for boys’ bedrooms. Many teams in Major League Baseball feature red and blue jerseys. These colors are also often associated with airplanes, boats and race cars; classic motifs for a boy’s bedroom. Superman and Spiderman, popular comic book heroes, both wear suits of blue and red. Use these colors on bedding, whether mixed together in a plaid print or solid blocks of red and blue on a comforter or quilt. Blue walls are befitting of a boy’s bedroom, which can be accented with a bright red cabinet or bedframe.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Decorating Ideas With Tulle & Wall Drapes

Decorating a bedroom with inexpensive materials such as tulle and fabric or drapery panels allows you to get creative without spending a fortune. Tulle is a versatile, sheer material that can be used in a number of ways to enhance bedroom décor, from curtains to bed canopies. Add drama and style with floor to ceiling wall drapes in colors or patterns that complement the room’s décor.

Embellish Windows with Tulle Accents

Tulle makes a great accent for windows, as light filters through this sheer material. Tulle comes in a variety of sizes, from thin, 6 inch wide ribbons to large, 108 inch wide fabric bolts. Short strips of tulle material tied to a curtain rod make an easy valance or use longer strips for a tulle curtain. Use long lengths of tulle in two colors wrapped around a curtain rod swag-style to create a window scarf valance. Tulle can also be fashioned into rod pocket style curtains by sewing a simple casing along the folded end of a tulle fabric panel.

Create Elegant Tulle Bed Canopies

Use tulle at the head of the bed to create a comfortable reading nook or add it to a wall teester, commonly known as a bed crown. Drape a long length of tulle between two ceiling mounted curtain rods installed at the head of the bed, with enough material to reach the floor on both sides and an elegant dip in the middle. Use two more rods at the foot of the bed to drape a second tulle canopy or drape long tulle panels over a four poster frame. Sew a casing along the top edge of tulle panels to create a custom bed canopy. Tulle comes in many colors so you don't have to stick with just white. With an embroidery hoop and tulle, you can create a hoop style canopy to hang from a ceiling hook.

Wall Drape Accent Wall

The ideal location for an accent wall in a bedroom is the wall behind the bed. The bed acts as a focal point in the room, so embellishing the wall behind it helps draw the eye in that direction. Floor to ceiling drapery panels hung from a wall-to-wall curtain wire or lightweight fabric attached to the wall with hook and loop tape softens the look behind the bed. Use the high sheen of luxury fabrics such as cashmere, satin or silk for a formal style bedroom or add a deep, plush texture with velvet. Use an eye-catching pattern in a modern or eclectic bedroom.

Light up Your Focal Point

Combine tulle with delicate string lights for a romantic bedroom accent or a fun nightlight in a girl’s bedroom.  A headboard fashioned from tulle and string lights makes an unusual yet very attractive accessory for the bed. Use shimmer or sparkling tulle for additional dazzle. Look for curtain style Christmas lights, which hang in long strands from a single wire or loosely loop string lights around a curtain rod. Hang a solid panel of tulle in front of the lights or tie strips of tulle to the rod. String lights can also be intertwined along a four poster canopy frame with tulle draped over the top for an enchanted bed.
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