Monthly Archives: August 2009

Possibly The Worst Desk Ever

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I actually think unscripted series are at times…well, scripted. I think Atlanta Kim is all talk. Jon&Kate need a break. And the biggest loser is rigged. And yet, I’m still addicted to these shows that promise to be a complete train wreck. A friend told me that I had to see the desk that was shown on an episode of Bravo’s Miami Social. She said it could possibly be the worst desk ever. Considering the content of this blog, I’m introducing some posts of what not to do with your office decorating. Take a look at the Hulu video (available for viewing here at thedesctop.wordpress.com). I have to agree, this might take the cake for the worst desk. I can’t even imagine it being used for a hotel or bank. Is this for real? Even if “staged,” it makes for fun TV. Enjoy the horror!
The video is available at hulu.com.

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The Wonderful World of Slinky – Real Simple Tip

A Real Simple tip for a desk accessory. Photo, Aimee Herring

A Real Simple tip for a desk accessory. Photo, Aimee Herring

I’m torn about this one. Typically, I’d suggest that you refrain from toys and tchotchkes that could potentially pose to be more of a distraction than function as a tool for your desk. However, I’m surprisingly intrigued by this recommendation by the editors at Real Simple magazine. The original purpose of this contraption – providing hours of fun when combined with a staircase. The new clever application – simply link the ends to hold pens, business cards, invites, bills, and more. The reward – organization with childhood memories. And just like the commercial, it’s priceless!

A few words to those jumping with joy for this item. Be sure to edit the accessories on your desk if incorporating the Slinky. Because of its playful nature, you want to streamline your desk to maintain a decorum. In other words, get rid of the junk and let this piece sit all alone on the desktop. Also, find the original black version for something a bit more “retro.” And lastly, refrain from playing with the darn thing. I don’t think I’d have the willpower.

Here’s a link to purchase it at Amazon for under $6. www.amazon.com.

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It’s Like A Golden Ticket – LaCie Golden Disk

LaCie's 1TB Golden Disk designed by Ora Ito

LaCie's 1TB Golden Disk designed by Ora Ito

I feel like I just watched Willy Wonka after finding this fantastic external hard drive from the wonderful world of LaCie. Part golden ticket, part chocolate river just like Wonka’s factory…(let’s leave out the umpa-lumpas to prevent any nightmares from this dream of a design), the 1TB Golden Disk is an impressive object that will make for a great conversation piece at your desk. Designed by international product designer Ora-Ito, the golden wave quality of the shell provides a luxurious glow and shine to any work environment. With all of the modern perks of plug-and-play technology, the USB 2.0 connection makes for easy transferring from your computer.

Ora-Ito just might be the Wonka of the virtual world. The firm’s founder, Ito Morabito, got his start by creating fake designs for real brands. He created prototype bags for Louis Vuitton and Apple with his visual work hitting the Internet with strong interest from interested buyers. His vision was then acquired for product designs made especially for Cappellini, Swatch, Artemide, Addidas, and others. You might be familiar with his award-winning aluminum bottles for Heineken that was introduced in Europe in 2002 and recently in the US. To experience the creative exuberance, visit http://www.ora-ito.com/ .

LaCie's Golden Disk

LaCie's Golden Disk

It's like liquid-motion

It's like liquid-motion

LaCie’s 1 TB Golden Disk is available for $190. This is PLENTY of disk space for archiving your music and photos…and then some. Order it directly through LaCie at www.lacie.com/us . It’s truly sweet! Now, I’m craving chocolate. Fingers crossed for a some free-gift with purchase.

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Bold Expressions – Ideas from the Net

A DIY idea from Unplggd.com

A DIY idea from Unplggd.com

Here’s a photo from unplggd.com that really hits the mark for bold design and creative expression. I think this home office is fantastic! Transform a room with a statement through the use of contrasting color and daring graphics. In this case, it’s the use of wallpaper that reinvents the work space and really inspires creativity and productivity. You too can accomplish a similar design for your home office by painting or applying wallpaper to one wall. Then install a top shelf that spans the length of the wall. Next, do the same for the work-surface that should have a depth measurement between 24″ – 30.” Anything larger might take up too much room. Stain the wood for a rustic look or paint it like the example above.

The floating aspect of the desk and shelves helps keep a clean looking space with minimal furniture clutter. Contrasting white accents keep the design fresh and contemporary. And the wood floor anchors the space with a natural element that provides warmth to the space. I think this is a great DIY project for anyone interested in updating their home office. It’s economical, efficient, and the result is fun and sophisticated.

I’m horrible with a hammer and nail. Most of my friends know that I’m a total klutz. But I do think even the clumsy at heart can manage this project. Best of luck!

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Art Wall – Just Like This

An art wall above your desk

An art wall above your desk

Do you recall my post about the Aaron Brothers One Cent Sale and suggesting a full wall of frames? Well, here’s a perfect example of it. This installation comes via another blog by Julie Richard, the owner of SHELTER, a design firm located just outside of Boston, MA. Her posts are quick, sweet and straight to the point, with plenty of examples of great rooms that provide inspiration for your own dwelling. She found this photo of a home office that embodies the unique ability to keep your space interesting and inviting. I really think we can all learn quite a bit from this example. From the random eclectic mix of framed art and drawings, to the tarnished candelabra sitting on the corner of the desk, this space is truly a personal exhibition of creative expression. With the crazy mix of art, there’s a subtle theme that nicely ties in with the wicker basket below the desk. And for the piece de resistance, the perfect splash of color with the retro yellow chair. What’s great about this home office is the simplicity. You too can create this space for yourself fairly easily.  And if you do, send me a picture.

For other inspiring ideas for your home, visit SHELTER’s blog at http://shelterinteriordesign.blogspot.com .

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Dream in Technicolor – 500 Pencils

500 Pencils Aurora Display and Subscription

500 Pencils Aurora Display and Subscription

Santa? Can you hear me?? I’ve been trying to be good all year long, but I’m guilty when it comes to insulting bad design; spending money I don’t have; and addressing some unfinished home projects. However, if you think my good outweighs my bad, can I put a request for this fantastic collection of colored pencils? I’ve been dreaming in technicolor because of them and can’t resist the urge to create a room solely for displaying this amazing installation.

500 Pencils is a monthly subscription of 25 colored pencils you receive each month for 20 months. With names like Margarita, Spanish Melon, California Passion, and Neopolitan Blue, each pencil is crafted in Japan and ships in complementary hues for each series. Imagine a wall with all of these beautiful lines. It’s truly a harmonious assemblage of color.

In addition to the pencil subscription, opt for the Aurora plexiglass display system. I don’t have an immediate need to work with colored pencils, so best to maintain their integrity and preserve the collection in a simple wall mount installation. Can’t you picture this on a white wall in an office, especially my own?

500 Pencils Subscription and Aurora display

500 Pencils Subscription and Aurora display

Presented by Felissmo of New York, the subscription is available for order through March 2010, so act quickly. It’s the perfect gift that will continue to give for close to two years. Santa…are you listening??

Now, think of this as investing in art…not just pencils. The monthly subscription is $33 for 20 months. The five Aurora displays is $260. The grand total is $920. OK…a bit much for my unemployed blood, but quite stunning for any room of your home or business.

Make the investment at http://500pencils.socialdesigner.com/.

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Just Ripe – Succulents

Succulents make for easy green in the office

Succulents make for easy green in the office

Fake succulents for those without a green-thumb

Fake succulents for those without a green-thumb

Plants in the office is a flashback to my mother’s ferns in crochet holders hanging from the ceiling. The granola days of the 70s is not a time I wish to experience again and it’s definitely not appropriate for the business world. I understand the desire to keep something green and living in the office, but you should really be selective in what you decide to keep deskside. An orchid is a great choice, as is fresh cut flowers. However, if you’re in need of something that will last longer than a week but requires little maintanence, try creating a succulent garden for your desk. Succulents require very little water and light making it idea for your office. Water the plant once a week and if you are keeping a tableside caraffe like I suggested, the task is rather simple. If you still lack a green-thumb, Crate and Barrel offers a variety of fake succulents that actually look quite real. Also, be sure to pick a pot with clean lines. Avoid anything “too cute” and “adorable.” Rather, pick a square ceramic pot, a black tin box, or a nice small terracota for contrast on your desktop.

Some quick “lessons learned:” Find a cactus soil that is dry rather than an organic potting mix that attracts little bugs. If placed near a window, watch out for plant burn and water twice a week. Roots need oxygen as well, so make sure the soil is dry before the next watering.

Please avoid the urge to go “Santa Fe” with this. A cactus is not acceptable. If you’re too afraid of tending to a living thing (I hope you don’t have kids) then go to crateandbarrel.com for the fake yet realistic option.

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