Messy desks can be a productivity suck. If clutter keeps you from being efficient, there are a few ways to prevent the mess from happening. Entrepreneur asked some experts (including Maxwell) for tips on how to keep a desk tidy and ready for work:
We're obsessed with the fun found items all over Sarah & Brian's Salvaged Stories, and especially how the cool gray walls of their entry let the green and white pieces pop. If you're fans of their industrial mod look, here's how to shop the room:
I don't know if it's my East coast childhood memories of busting out the knee socks, but argyle always means fall to me. Argyle sweaters, argyle socks, and argyle scarves are de rigueur in preppy circles, but argyle home decor incorporates well into lots of different styles.
Name: Christine & Pierre Type of Project: Kitchen remodel Location: Montreal, Quebec Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet
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Well, I didn't think it was possible to screw up grouting, but apparently it is. I guess that's what these renovation diaries are for, dear AT reader - you get the pleasure of learning from our mistakes, mistakes I didn't even think were possible to make! Luckily this was a fixable screw-up that just lost us a few precious hours and earned us bunch of blisters from scrubbing. But I'll get to that in a minute.
Wendy from Designed to Dwell had a perfectly nice formal study, yet she came to a realization I think we've all had at some point: sometimes what we think we like isn't our style after all. Check out how Wendy lightened and brightened to create a completely fresh new room that's much more her.
Loretta wanted to carve out a special space in her home for her youngest daughter Lola, so she decided to convert the smallest room in the house (formerly used as a playroom) into a bedroom for her growing three-year-old. Using bold, bright hues, patterned wallpaper, and DIY touches, she created a colorful and whimsical space perfectly suited to grow along with her little one.
Tell us about your desk/home office: We found our little workshop in downtown San Francisco at just under 250 square feet and in bad condition. Although tiny, space is hard to come by and we took on the challenge to make it our own. With inspiration from both Scandinavian and Japanese architecture, we installed the wood flooring and built in two key elements that make such a small space work: a long, continuous desk and a full wall of pegboard. These helped to maximize storage while also accentuating the horizontal space. The pegboard allows flexibility so we can quickly shift the space from an office workday to a pop-up retail shop.
Layering multiple patterns in a room — that is okay. Encouraged, even. But using the same pattern over and over and over in the same room can be... a bit much. To modern eyes, this 60s bedroom may look fussy, or precious. You would never see this in a contemporary space... or would you?
Name: Meg and Josh Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel Location: Chinook, Washington Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet
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If the electrical was the most challenging step in the renovating process, the next one was definitely the least. After a good ol' break due to...well, life, we called in my brother for a weekend visit. Luckily some good beer from our local brewery, Fort George, enticed him to make the 3 hour trek and help us get back to work.