What about the opposite: those who flourish in a more orderly office? Get a glimpse at few desks whose occupants stay on task by staying tidy - then leave us a comment to let us know what kind of space keeps you motivated, and why. Designer Jonathan Lo's weekend workspace in the San Diego area finds order not only in its cleanliness, but also its color scheme. The home office of Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Garrett Murray includes an especially tidy Airia desk and Mirra Chair combo. The work of interior designer Jayne Michaels of 2Michaels is known for its spare, undecorated style - and it shows in her personal desk space in Manhattan. Streamlined bookcases and neatly organized office accessories surround this desk and Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair pairing at Treehouse Design Partnership in Los Angeles. The lack of extra 'Stuff' in graphic designer David Airey's workspace in Northern Ireland can be explained by a lifetime of moving houses. 'That'll be why there's not a lot in my office - you tend to shed the junk each time you move.' Designer Matt Singer's laptop shares a few trinkets and a set of speakers with an otherwise clean-topped desk space. Three white Eames Molded Plastic Armchairs line up all in a row at one long wood desktop at the creative agency Juliet Zulu in Portland, OR. Former Unplggd contributor, Mike Tyson, was a devout practitioner of the clean desk. Then there's this 'Meticulously modern' corner home office where everything seems to have its place, a post complete with a sourcing list so you can follow Lungho's footsteps.
The apartment I moved into earlier this summer had the most amazing exposed brick walls. These walls were the reason why we chose this apartment. We only lived in this apartment for 3 months - all thanks to the exposed brick walls. Maybe it was the amazingly old apartment building or the lack of detailed construction, but these walls were ruining our life. They would crumble when we touched them and had giant cracks and gaping holes. They would range from.5' to 4' in length. The centipedes supposedly loved the moisture from the brick walls and thrived inside the cracks. At night they would parade around my apartment running faster than I could get them. We spent so much money trying to seal up the cracks and nothing seemed to work.
One of our favorite house tours this spring came from Julie and Iker, who live in an iconic Bertrand Goldberg high-rise along the Chicago River. They've kept the interiors simple, clean, and minimal-a nice way to showcase the unique architectural details. If you like their style, we've compiled a guide to high and low resources for a similar look. The difference in price between sofas usually has to do with the materials used, the size and features, and the quality of the frame. Both of these sofas have wood frames, but one is a larger sleeper with built-in storage. We're not sure, but we think Julie and Iker's media stand is a discontinued model from CB2. If you're looking for something similar, there are a bunch of high-gloss, low, white media stands ranging from budget to high-end versions. Julie and Iker have a classic adjustable-height Eileen Gray side table. Shell chairs were really popular in the 1950s and 60s and the same basic idea has been picked up and reinterpreted by many contemporary designers-both well known names and lesser known designers working within big companies. The globe lamp is such a simple design that any difference in price really comes from materials, small details, and designer branding. When you're shopping for shades and blinds, prices vary according to quality of materials, how well they block light and UV rays, and whether they're custom or standard sizes.
Hello AT,I know this is perhaps outside of the realm of apartment living but as this is LA, I was hoping somebody could offer advice. We have a great Anthony Pool in the backyard, built in the sixties. Previous owners let it slide into disrepair. Do you know of a great pool renovator or pool restoration company or even just a good pool remodel company? We're throwing this to all you AT:LA readers- Can any pool owners out there offer any advice?
Q: My wife and I disagree on our current living room layout. We have a large, roughly 18' x 18', living room with 14' ceilings and three windows, two of which have views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The pics show the current orientation of the furniture, facing north to take advantage of the view. I prefer this orientation, but the layout is a lot smaller that way. My wife wants to place the TV between those windows and orient the living room that way, which will maximize the space. You lose the view of the Brooklyn Bridge that way. Add to this the fact that my wife prefers symmetry, requires the TV to be centered with the sofa, and doesn't want to buy or build anything new just yet. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ming in the comments - thanks!
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge from your bathtub? Sounds expensive. Just check out the collection of Destination Shower Curtains at Semplice Home. You can also travel to Venice canals or Paris rooftops from your shower with these. Black-and-white photos are printed on 72'x72', machine-washable, clear shower curtains.
Despite all the advertising pushing flatscreen TVs as an ecologically friendly alternative to bulky, old-fashioned CRTs, it pays to shop carefully. Because of all this upgrading, we'll use 50% more energy powering our TVs by 2009. A few tips for greener TV shopping, after the jump.... If you're comparing a few different TVs, or need somewhere to start, check out the TVs on the EnergyStar list. They use 30% less electricity than average TVs of the same size. These ratings will be more meaningful in September, when new, more strict requirements kick in. Our sister site unplggd has gone over the energy consumption of plasma TVs and blogged a few low-energy LCD alternatives. Think about what you'll do with your old TV when the new one shows up. Best Buy will recycle it for you-but only if you've bought a new TV there. Re-nest editor Stephanie had success freecycling her old tv.
Over the past few months, we've been spending our time looking for ways to make the house more 'Us'. This small half bath on the main level is fine, but it's boring and not really our style. The rest of the walls in the house are shades of blue and green, so we thought it'd be fun to get another color in here, maybe with a graphic pattern. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kate in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
This yellow chair in River North is a great color, great design, and is going for only 50 bucks. Seller shows us the comparison from Dania Furniture, which sells for $525. OTHER GOOD STUFF. Gray metal desk with white top for $100. Contemporary black sofa for $500. Room & Board dark wood writing desk for $60. Pier 1 lingerie chest for $120. Glass top center and end tables for $80. IKEA barstool for $5.Down sleeper sofa for $400. Thanks, Craig!
Always on the lookout for the next best home office space, we decided to go big this time and look at some inspiring advertising and creative agencies out there. From simple color themes to dynamic workspaces, here is a roundup of my current top favorite agency spaces and how you can try to mimic some parts for your home office. You can also apply the same dynamic to your home office with furniture that is light and can be rearranged when needed. Instead of putting up works of art in your home office, you can create your own wall of fame at home. When choosing which room to make a home office out of, try steering clear of areas like the basement or garage unless they have large windows. If your home office has white walls and tables, it helps to pick a color set of furniture to contrast against the white. If you have a favorite color, you can try inserting furniture or small items into your home office to achieve a consistent color theme. Try picking one color for small items like a mouse pad, laptop case, or pencil holder for your home office to achieve the same effect.
We love an unexpected splash of color, and one of our favorite places to see it is the front door. In general we consider our taste pretty classic when it comes to exterior paint colors, but all bets are off when it comes to accent colors. This door and stair combo is refreshing but not overwhelming. As renters, we can't paint our own door, but we like applying the same idea to our home by keeping the overall palette pretty neutral and adding a few bursts of unexpected color. Do you prefer a classic palette, eclectic, or a mix of the two? Images: Yellow door via: ...Tim; Orange door via: Mayhem; Turquoise door via: Robem.
Take a peek inside this space efficient home office tucked away inside a folded door closet, hiding a compact workstation composed of an Apevia X-QPACK Micro-ATX Case and a Samsung N310 netbook.... A handsome and matching Logitech X-530 70-Watt 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System, Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, Logitech Quickcam for Notebook Pro Webcam components that all complement the computing hardware. Check out the rest of Adam's space saving hideaway desk over at Deskography.