The catalog syndrome — when your home (office) appears as if it was ripped straight from the soulless, uninspired furniture catalog — is something that everyone here at Unplggd and Apartment Therapy hopes to avoid. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most popular is to personalize your space with photographs or personal objects. You can use these things to create a warm and unique home office or even help brighten up your office space at work.
One of our favorite methods of applying meaningful imagery and objects in our office is the massive carpet-bombing/collage style where you throw up as much as you want, wherever you want, creating a unique visual landscape around your workspace. We're acutely aware of how tedious the workday can become when you're sifting through Excel spreadsheets all day. It is nice to glance up every now and again to see an image behind your computer that you haven't spotted in a while. Although the clutter may understandably drive people crazy, we tend to welcome a bit of an expressionistic display of your mementos to counteract the doldrums of your workload.
90% of the time, this method isn't as easily applied in a work setting. Instead, we recommend a digital picture frame which is much more discrete and allows you to keep all your originals at home for safe keeping. If you don't want to bother with a larger frame, we often like to set up our iPhone's slideshow capability to cycle through our favorite images in our Photo Album all the while perched on our desk.
Do you have a favorite method to integrate your personal effects into your workspace?