Name: Brit Morin of HelloBrit.com
Location: San Francisco
Size: 100 square feet home office
Brit Morin is our kind of blogger...a mix of Google geek smarts with Martha Stewart style moxie. We happened upon Brit's series of video projects over on YouTube, and immediately became a fan of all of this former app developer's other tech+design related projects. We're now excited to share a little more about her blog and spotlight her own home office where she practices what she preaches: a domestic, yet digital lifestyle. And how can you not like someone who names her dog, Pixel?
Tell us a bit about HelloBrit.com: The idea for my company, Brit, was born after leaving my last job at Google and realizing how much I love both the analog and digital worlds. As much of a geek as I am (I've only ever worked in tech), I also go crazy about all things DIY/home. I realized that there weren't many great online destinations combining these two worlds and decided to start one of my own. It's kind of like a Martha Stewart for the digital generation, and we are building apps alongside each content category.
We have a small editorial team that works on our content site, hellobrit.com, and a technical team that is working to create the apps, the first of which is called Weduary, a social wedding website creator for brides and grooms that will be launched in beta very soon.
How would you describe your office? Though we have recently moved into a real office space, my home office is where I spend my nights and weekends working on my company, and is the spot where the company ultimately began. A lover of the outdoors, my home office encapsulates many elements from nature: a huge photo of a sunset over the Teton mountains, a wooden desk and chair, wooden speakers, and a large plant (for extra CO2, of course). Conversely, I have many funky gadgets and DIY accessories adorning my desk as well. I find that the combination of two very different aesthetics is really appealing.
In terms of layout and organization of your work space, what are specific details that you're particularly proud of? I tried to design my space to inspire creativity no matter where I looked, whether at the computer, the mountains, or the trinkets lying around the edges. I love that my desk is neat and organized, yet there are enough objects that I can look to when I need inspiration away from the computer. Sometimes, I just need to pick up a piece of yarn or a pen and a notepad to hone in on my creative ideas.
What's on your desk/computer desktop at this moment? The "tape dispenser" always makes me smile. I keep pens and random odds-and-ends in my DIY fishnet mason jar. I used some colorful yarn (that I keep wrapped around old champagne corks) to make a friendship cord out of my iPhone charger. I ADORE my vintage Polaroid Sx70 rainbow camera and recently made some DIY scratch-off Polaroids using it. And, who can't resist some great analog reading material like Real Simple and "99 Ways to Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-Shirt"?
What's your favorite tech tools for business and/or leisure? Oh, there may be too many to list here, I don't want to bore your readers... :) My absolute favorites right now are my Leica camera (used to take these pics of my place), my mini 11" Macbook Air (so great for traveling), and of course, my beloved iPhone, on which I have far too many apps. I used to work at Apple and will always be a Mac geek.
Favorite thing about your workspace? The ability to get work done while playing with my puppy, Pixel. He always reminds me when I need to get off my computer to toss a ball and laugh for a few minutes :)
What would you improve about your workspace? A more comfortable chair, for sure. The wood is pretty, but not very comfortable. I'm actually contemplating a new DIY project to raise my desk into a standing desk.
What inspires your blog? Thinking outside the box. In a world with so many people, so many products, and so much data, it's exciting to inspire others to live differently by coming up with new creative ideas that can make life easier and more fun.
Is it reflected in your workspace? Absolutely. Whether it's a funky gadget, an upcycled object like a painted mason jar, or a piece of software on my computer screen, I'm constantly pushing myself to think outside the box... or, in fact, to live outside the box.
Any tips or advice about office decor, layout, or organization? The tech gadgets are, of course, key, but don't neglect having a couple of physical objects around that can get your right brain firing when you're in need of creativity.
Are you a blogger, designer, artist or musician with a stylish and well organized home office or creative space with technology thoughtfully incorporated into your decor? We'd love to share your space with our readers. Submit your space by contacting us via email with the subject line "Behing the Blog", some preview images and a short description of your space.