• Posts Tagged ‘home offices’

    Lunchtime Lust: Made in Britain

    by  • September 28, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    Ah, well a bit of patriotism never goes amiss! I love these quirky buys, they’re a great way to add some British ‘umph’ to an other wise neutral scheme…

    Shipping Forecast merino and cashmere blanket from Roam. Team with a striking black bed frame and crisp white linen.

    roomenvy - British boudoir

    roomenvy - British boudoir

    No Parking sign from Adams of Rye. A cute little personal touch for an inspiring home office.

    roomenvy - patriotic home office

    roomenvy - patriotic home office

    Cottage needlepoint cushion from RE. Mix and match quirky cushions for a lively living room you’ll love!

    roomenvy - British living room

    roomenvy - British living room

    Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

    Read more →

    Create a country-style home office

    by  • September 28, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    I love this new country decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors. An office should be organised, relaxed and inspiring with inviting personal touches. These ideas would be enough to sway me to work overtime!

    Place a trestle table next to a window so you can admire the scenery, plus, it can be stowed away if you need the space. Use recycled glass containers and plant pots for storage.

    roomenvy - home office decorating idea

    roomenvy - home office decorating idea

    Pretty painted and rattan letter racks are perfect for storing cards and stationary.

    roomenvy - home office stationary

    roomenvy - home office stationary

    Keep notes and personal mementoes organised with wire and mini pegs. Simply attach craft wire to nails and then peg on your favourite pictures and postcards for a personal touch.

    roomenvy - keepsake feature wall

    roomenvy - keepsake feature wall

    A striking green filing cabinet can be customised with rustic baskets and handmade signs held in place with magnets.

    roomenvy - home office storage

    roomenvy - home office storage

    Use blossom and bird stickers to add a personal touch to an oak cupboard – a storage space large enough to hide away the shredder.

    roomenvy - home office sideboard

    roomenvy - home office sideboard

    Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

    Read more →

    Acceptable in the 80s

    by  • September 28, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 4 Comments

    Check out the latest modern decorating trend – hits of the 80s. According to the modern style gurus at Livingetc, ‘the decade that gave us mobile phones, mineral water and Madonna is being reinvented.’ Now that’s what I call power dressing!

    Layers of grey and light-diffusing blinds make for a moody, sensual room. And after two decades of neutral schemes, pops of vibrant colour are back.

    roomenvy - modern bedroom design

    roomenvy - modern bedroom design

    Eighties design loved huge in a big way, but today’s loft living requires a slouchy sofa – in blue velvet, of course.

    roomenvy - eighties-inspired bedroom

    roomenvy - eighties-inspired bedroom

    Hip to be square. ‘Look at me’ demanded the most iconic furniture from the Eighties, and those confident shapes are back. This time, though, the angles are bolder and shots of graphic colour add modern edge.

    roomenvy - quirky dining room

    roomenvy - quirky dining room

    Industrial materials were all over Eighties furniture, but 21st century utility plays with scale, like an unexpected mix of castors on this table.

    roomenvy - retro home office

    roomenvy - retro home office

    Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

    Read more →

    Take THAT household admin!

    by  • September 24, 2010 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments

    Ever feel your renegade bank statements are more eye-catching than your new wallpaper? I do! That’s why I love this new video by Livingetc‘s Style Director Harriet Paterson.

    She talks you through how to sort your all your home office essentials, from paperwork to cables!

    [brightcove vid=615648241001&exp3=601212043001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=8385557001&w=468&h=412]

    Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

    Read more →

    Weekend decorating idea – all work ALL play!

    by  • June 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Life doesn’t have to be about all work and no play (or vice versa) and neither do home offices! I LOVED this ridiculously cute and pretty decorating idea when I saw it in Ideal Home‘s latest mag, and STOLE the picture so I could share it with you.

    Here are their 5 easy steps to getting the look.

    1) Invest in an L-shaped desk for this dual-purpose space, so that you can tuck it into the corner, using one side for each activity. You could even share it with someone else – his and hers crafting anyone? (I will personally applaude anyone who manages to get their man to take part during the World Cup!)

    2) Keep it practical. Go for easy-to-sweep flooring, wipe clean surfaces and a swivel chair so you can move between your work areas easily.

    3) Use natural light. Position your computer where the sun isn’t going to reflect on the screen, and use a directional Anglepoise lamp for crafting.

    4) Wall-mounted storage is a great space-saving option. Mix open shelving, hooks, racks and cubbyholes so you can store everything from bulky fabric rolls to cotton reels – and don’t forget sets of drawers to keep tools and paperwork organised and out of sight.

    5) Think outside the box. Put items you already have to good use – food jars and vintage crockery are ideal for ribbons and cotton reels, and garden tool holders can be used as brackets for storing rolls of fabric. Fabric bags hung from peg rolls can keep brochures and swatches in order.

    And there you have it!

    roomenvy - work and craft area

    roomenvy - work and craft area

    Read more →

    Ideas for decorating a study

    by  • May 12, 2010 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    I predict that if I got a swanky new kitchen, I would cook fancy meals daily .. and the same applies to a beautiful home office and weekend work! I’ve came across these beautiful ideas for decorating a study in an old Country Homes & Interiors mag, and, well, what can I say, it motivated me to write? Objective achieved!

    So whether you want to work from home, plan summer events (yes please!), or just keep your paperwork ship-shake check out these ideas for inspiration.

    Set the scene with a painted white desk and surround yourself with happy memories and family pictures for a cheerful workspace – LOVE how even the internet page matches the scheme!

    roomenvy - country-style home office

    roomenvy – country-style home office

    Choose a tall glass-fronted cabinet with space for files, books and baskets.

    roomenvy - stylish study storage

    roomenvy - stylish study storage

    Use a classic chalkboard to keep track of invitations, things to do and shopping lists.

    roomenvy - ideas for decorating a study

    roomenvy - ideas for decorating a study

    Plan the month ahead by clipping invites to your calendar – beats my bulging diary!

    roomenvy - home office accessories

    roomenvy - home office accessories

    Keep important documents and household bills (groan) in a smart cabinet with a lock for security … but don’t be tempted to throw away the key!

    roomenvy - get an organised home office

    roomenvy - get an organised home office

    Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

    Read more →

    Lunchtime lust: decorating with modern colour

    by  • April 6, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Cool kitchens, Inviting hallways, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    Don’t worry if you missed the opportunity to decorate this weekend, there are lots of lovely bank holidays to look forward to (such a lovely thought on your first day back after the break). I’ve been hunting for some great ways to add a splash of colour to your home, so put down that magnolia paint pot, and check out the latest modern colours – they’re bound to be hot this summer (and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the days will be too!)

    Electric brights - contrasting colours are hot on the catwalk, so why not use them in your kitchen-diner? You could also try electric blue with neon yellow, or lilac with zingy lime, depending on how bold you want to be.

    roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

    roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

    Chalky pastels - try a relaxed easy-to-live with look in the living room. Here they’ve used faded duck-egg blue, delicate shell and rose pink with lashings of pearly white. Oooh and silver and crystal accessories never hurt anyone!

    roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

    roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

    Leaf tones – this natural look is ideal for the home office. Go for deep greens from rich olive to lime, and team with beech and white-painted furniture, sisal flooring (perfect for a high-traffic area) and chunky wicker baskets for your paperwork.

    roomenvy - olive home office

    roomenvy - olive home office

    Smoky greys - grey is set to be the key colour of 2010. Match a grey wallpaper pattern in the hallway with a mixture of grey tones on the furniture, walls and floor.

    roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

    roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

    Intense blues - create a feature wall in the bedroom with a rich indigo paint shade – but keep the rest of the scheme light with a white bedstead and accents of white in the bedding.

    roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

    roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

    Read more →

    Come and stay!

    by  • March 12, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    I have been missing the hustle and bustle of busy entertaining ever since New Year spelt the end of the Christmas period. I LOVE having friends and family to stay, and looking around for ways to make them feel more at home.

    These GORGEOUS country-house hotel touches, however, make my hospitality skills rate like a visit to deserted warehouse! I try my best, but these ideas are simply beautiful. Hostess SCHmostess – when can I come and stay here instead!!

    roomenvy - home from home bedroom

    roomenvy - home from home bedroom

    Layer up a bed with pretty embroidered vintage-style bedlinen and mix and match cushions, then pile on the crochet blankets. Love that headboard garland.

    roomenvy - country home office

    roomenvy - country home office

    An elegant dressing table can double up as a laptop desks so that guests can catch up on emails! (I might hover over though – no work allowed during a relaxing weekend!)

    roomenvy - bathroom sanctuary

    roomenvy - bathroom sanctuary

    Provide your guest with comfortable dressing gowns, essential for lounging.

    Gosh, I really hope my previous guests aren’t disappointed!

    Read more →

    Lunchtime lust: retro wallpaper

    by  • March 2, 2010 • Best of the rest, Desirable dining • 2 Comments

    Everyone’s talking about retro wallpaper designs at the moment, that is, when they’re not talking about antlers – I mean whatever happened to the good old traditional magnolia paint pot!? (Joking!)

    I’ve been looking to see what all the fuss is about, and among the geometric shapes and swirls, I came across some really good-looking decorating schemes. Whether you go for one statement wall or transform your entire room into an eye-popping HAVEN of sixties and seventies fun, retro wallpapers certainly have the zing factor.

    roomenvy - flower power dining area

    roomenvy - flower power dining area

    roomenvy - circles retro wallpaper

    roomenvy - circles retro wallpaper

    roomenvy - seventies swirls home office

    roomenvy - seventies swirls home office

    Read more →

    Hidden home offices

    by  • February 22, 2010 • Best of the rest • 5 Comments

    If only every ‘skeleton in a closet’ was so neatly filed and organised! Since I saw casasugar‘s top 10 closet home offices, I’ve begun to look at my hallway cupboard in a new light – suddenly ‘he’ has potential, hidden depth and the ability to organise dates and bills!

    Check out these sneaky home offices, they’re just perfect for compact homes – and it’s amazing what you can discover behind closed doors!

    From the good …

    The simple, practical and stylish compact home office (very impressed) …

    roomenvy - neat and tidy hidden home office

    roomenvy - neat and tidy hidden home office

    and the ‘I almost expected birds to fly out of this, but it’s oh so pretty’ hidden home office …

    roomenvy - floral filing station

    roomenvy - floral filing station

    to the bad …

    Yes I’m talking to you yellow jacket!

    roomenvy - colonel mustard in the study

    roomenvy - colonel mustard in the study

    and the … ‘is that a log shelf?’ home office. Such a fantastic use of space though.

    roomenvy - woodland secret home office

    roomenvy - woodland secret home office

    Read more →