Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Taking Care of Business | 8 Simple Steps to Turn your Workspace into a Real Home Office

Converting a small room in your home into a fully functional office is a very fun task, at least in theory. However, all you need is a creative idea to start with and proper planning to execute an easy project. Yeah! It is can be tough to follow, frustrating and quite a boring task at times but then ‘It’s Your Home Office’ and you need to make sure it inspires you to the core.

Select the room or the area which you want to convert into an office and then follow these steps for DIY perfection.

1.  The empty room should be painted according to the business you’re going to run. An online ecommerce business can use bright colors like red, green etc. while a business that sells organic food can use softer shades of green and even brown. It should be positive and inspiring. Painting the walls a color that not only represent you but your company can help keep you focused on work and eliminate that home office stigma. Now, whether you stay in a robe and bunny slippers or actually dress as if you’re going to an office, well that’s up to you. PS: cute slippers.

2.  Proper ventilation is needed. Open up the windows and paint them in a color that is two to three shades darker than the wall paint. Find curtains in contrasting colors and you’re good to go! F.Y.I., painting different colors helps break up the room. When painting window frames, you’re able to separate space without going to risqué like painting stripes or lines on your wall. Of course we love to be risqué whenever possible but not everyone is as crazy as us. This is a perfect and workable solution. As far as opening windows for ventilation, that isn’t so much an interior design tip as it is a “good practice” tip. Fresh air can really help keep you from becoming lethargic, especially since you’re working in front of a computer screen all day. No, having a desktop background of an open field or meadow is not the same thing as ACTUALLY opening your window. There’s no app for that…yet.

3.  Don’t just choose a desk because it’s attractive. You have to love the look of your desk but what good is it if it’s not making your job easier? Find a desk that is large enough for productivity. This means you should have a big desk which should easily accommodate your laptop or computer while stilling giving you room to write. Some space on the sides where you can keep your important files and maybe a Bathing Beauty, as well as any other items you think you’ll need to get the job done.

4.  If your desk is facing the wall then you can hang an artistic piece which will help you in being more creative. You can even hang a small notice board on which you can pin important dates, tasks etc. related to your business, a new thought or idea, your target for the specific period or some free interior design tips from Bianca (Hey, why not?)

5.  You should utilize the space very carefully. You can buy a bookcase or use wall shelves where you can organize your stuff’. Not everything has to be on the floor regardless of what your kids or husbands think (We know the agony of the wet towel syndrome too). Wall shelves are an excellent way to save space and remain organized. They’re also much more affordable than large pieces of furniture, easy to put up and can really make your room look fabu!

6.  To include a more calming element, you can put a comfortable chair or sofa to help you relax throughout the day. Also, Lighting is very important; a dimly lit lamp with a beautiful shade and candles can help keep your work space Zen.

7.  If you have to read or write documents related with your business then task lighting is very important for you too. Be sure to include the proper lighting throughout your office. Especially if you’re the type to work in the evening. Give room for ample natural light and air as well. Your room look look better this way and you will definitely be more productive. Music can improve productivity too! Go ahead and splurge on some small woofers if you’d like.

8.  Lastly, don’t be afraid to get a little creative. Just because an item is typically used for one thing doesn’t mean it can’t be re-used as something else. For example, are you in the food business? Place forks on your wall to hold your business cards, use a dish drying rack to store pens, pencils and decorative file folders. Here’s a cool idea, use a beautiful bread box as a cell phone charging station. The options are truly endless.


 
If DIY projects aren’t in the stars for you right now, our team of professional interior designers at BSEID are on standby! Or, feel free to Ask Bianca!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Interior Design Ideas for the Bedroom

So, it’s time to spice up the bedroom, things are getting a little dull and you’re tired of looking at the same thing every night, right? Here are three simple ways to ensure that your bedroom will be your favorite room in the house. In fact, you may NEVER want to leave.

Paint: Color not only creates the ambiance for a room but it affects our mood and our behavior. For
example, blues can create a sense of comfort, trust and help you relax, and reds can make you feel sexy and intimate (we assume after reading this all the men will be stocking up on cans of red paint at Home Depot). If you’re sleeping in smaller quarters, consider painting the room a lighter color to help give the illusion of openness and space. Try a nice light yellow, not only will it help your bedroom appear larger but yellows help you feel energized, along with a double shot of espresso of course.

Rugs: If your floor is bare and cold and in need of some love, then rug it out! If you want to make your room look bigger, let’s start talking texture. You want to avoid a shaggy or tufted rug, as much as they remind you of a “better time.” Try to stick with a rug that’s non-textured and lightweight. When it comes to the color, the same rule applies for your floor as it does for your walls. Try buying a rug that’s lighter in shade to create that sense of space. Off-whites, pastels and neutrals are best, unless you have a parade of dirty feet barging in and trampling all over it of course. Also, try to stay away from patterns because this can create a cluttered feel. We also strongly suggest buying one very large rug and avoid buying a few rugs to place throughout the room to help the room appear bigger. After all, it’s not like you need a back up if one isn’t flying right today.

Headboard: If you’re bored with what’s behind and above your head, there are endless ways to fix this! First, you’ll have to decide what look you’re going for in your room. Once you’ve established that, the sky is the limit, well, actually the limit is technically the ceiling but you catch our drift. You can use beautiful storage cubbies to create a very interesting look behind your bed and these can be used to hide your belongings too. If you’re going for a more romantic look, consider an over-sized design with deep cushioning, crystal lighting mounted on the wall or a canopy with fabric draped over. If you’re looking for a more modern look, try hanging an abstract piece of art above your bed. Another inexpensive and quick method would be to use wall decals solo or in conjunction with your other art, please just refrain from buying any silhouette kittens and balls of yarn, unless you’re really into that sort of thing.

These are just a few simple and affordable ways to take your bedroom from “blazay” to “Oh, Yeay!” Remember, it’s all about illusion of space, mood and ease of the project. Start somewhere and in no time you can convert your boreroom to the ultimate bedroom.

If you find that a DIY design project is too much of a task, call us, Blue Sky Environmental Interior Decor at 1.855.341.1401 or visit us at www.bseid.com and one of our interior design veterans will get you started!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chevron Madness!

http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?searchterm=chevron+patternYou’ve probably heard the phrase “what’s trending now…” which is  specifically directed to Twitter and followed by #Beyonce or #Justin_Beiber_baby_daddy, but if you ask the design world “what’s trending now?”, the answer would surely be chevron! Chevron* has been a hot design subject for the past year but this classic pattern is hardly recent news. Chevron, the geometric intersecting stripe pattern, not the gas station (this is not a blog about gas, sorry!), has a deep, rich history, and I’d like to say BSEID has admired its influence for quite some time - even before it was “trending”. You’ll probably agree once I point out where it’s been and who it’s been with. Now there’s some speculation to tweet about.

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*Chevron is a pattern that occurs when equal zig zag stripes or pieces meet and are cut on an angle so the 'zig' meets the 'zag' along a perfectly straight axis making a point. Clear right? Crystal! Just view the images and you’ll know what I mean. Historically, chevron pattern can be seen in embroidery (such as upholstered walls dating back to the 16th century) and of course, in parquet flooring. Most of you have seen parquet floors even if you can’t recall it. Just remember junior dance in the school gymnasium. Yes, as you danced with your teenage dream you were gliding across parquet floors. Okay, now I’m dating myself. But before parquet was slapped down as the surface of every indoor dodge ball competition it held the high stature of gracing the elite palaces in ancient Hungry and the most luxurious and wealthy estates. Chevron and its counterpart Herringbone (another day, another blog) were the most common parquet patterns used. Chevron provided an outlet of creativity laid out on the floor. It became artwork and an art form.

One other historical tidbit about our beloved chevron before moving forward to the modern hot use for the structurally stunning pattern; it is an architectural term denoting the rafters of a roof meeting at an upper apex. Meaning: it gave the roof a lot of support. The military spun from this idea and the chevron was employed as a badge of honor to denote the head of the clan or "top of the house". One legend is that the chevron was awarded to a knight to show he had taken part in capturing a castle. Perhaps you have seen the badge of chevron on our proud US service men and women. Yes, now you love chevron that much more!


Today chevron is everywhere. From iphone covers and linens, to clothing and rugs. Personally, although I’m a fan of its reemergence and like to admire all the random use of zig zag, I prefer chevron displayed loud and clear: painted boldly on a wall, or in wallpaper, or let me see it in a finely installed on marble floor. Paying ode to the first craftsman and artist that turned the structurally sound pattern into one of design’s favorite elements.




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