Monthly Archives: October 2009

Basics For The Pencil Cup – Stylish Pencils

See Jane Work pencils

See Jane Work pencils

Here’s a quick and basic way to add some style to your “desc.” See Jane Work offers basic pencils in five different colors – ocean, pumpkin, grass, chocolate and white. I’ve said countless times, have one standard pen or pencil in a cup for a very streamlined and professional look. Stylists and photography stagers do this all the time and you too should do the same. Think “contrast.” Imagine the ocean blue pencils in a white container. The chocolate pencils in a glass jar. I think you get the idea. 12 pencils in a set for only $7. Order yours today at www.seejanework.com.

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To Brocade Or Not – Brocade Pencil Cup

Brocade Steel Pencil Cup available at See Jane Work

Brocade Steel Pencil Cup available at See Jane Work

Perhaps a bit too femme for my taste, but there’s something very fashionable about this brocade stamped steel cup for pens and pencils sold through See Jane Work. This might be a great accent piece with a few other brocade details, i.e. wallpaper or file folders. Just don’t over do it. This collection includes brocade metal magazine holders, paper trays, waste can and bulletin boards. Out of the entire set, my recommendation is to stick with just the pencil cup. Keep this in mind. You can always store various options of accessories in a cabinet or drawer and then switch up your desk when the mood is right. Don’t feel obligated to stick with just one theme and scheme. You’ll get bored with it and it’s always fun and easy to change things whenever you like.

This brocade cup is only $8 and available at www.seejanework.com.

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Pop Art – Canvas Pop for Your Office Wall

Canvas art from any digital image at CanvasPop.

Canvas art from any digital image at CanvasPop.

Back when I worked at the interior architecture firm, I remember getting things ready for the launch of the new Houston studio. We needed quick art for the party so I took several images from the portfolio and printed them in large format on canvas. What felt like only one hour before the event, we then stretched and stapled the canvas on hand-made frames from wood purchased at Home Depot. Shockingly, the DIY amateur project looked good enough to impress the eyes of competing designers. Since then, I’ve had friends replicate the same technique with their own images for quick artwork for their living room. It’s quite remarkable how professional the finished product looks strictly with the canvas texture. However, finding a source to digitally print on canvas wasn’t the easiest, but that has now changed.

Canvas Pop is an online business that makes it simple to take any digital image and convert it to instant art. In three steps, you upload the image of your choice in any resolution, select a size and thickness for the wrap of the canvas and frame, then pay for your order. 8″x10″ format starts at $49. You can easily have one image diced into two panels or more for a modern effect. Shipping is via UPS at a flat rate of $14 (free if ordering more than one).

Imagine the possibilities for your office – an enlarged portrait of your child; a favorite landscape shot from vacation; an abstract art image that makes for a bold statement; a picture of yourself?

Multiple images in landscape format

Multiple images in landscape format

Find an image with bold colors

Find an image with bold colors

Try it out at http://www.canvaspop.com/

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Pin The Tail – PB Pinboards

Pottery Barn Pinboards currently on sale.

Pottery Barn Pinboards currently on sale.

Pinboards will always serve their purpose in an office for tacking up small notes, invites, task lists, etc. I tried to keep my board at my desk clean, but much like my inbox tray, I had to purge all of the random items every few weeks. One way to prevent the clutter is to find a pinboard that you want to keep organized. The crest style option from Pottery Barn is a great example of a board that you’ll want to keep simple. It’s thick, molded wooden frame adds great proportional weight when hung on a wall. The flax linen board is very classic and provides a great backdrop to anything placed on it. And of course, the shape of the board is a great design statement for any desk.

Act fast, the organizational sale at Pottery Barn will end soon. From being originally priced at $129, you can now get it online for $50. The rectangular board is slightly cheaper. Buy yours at www.potterybarn.com.

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Pez for You, Pez for Me – Collectible Display

Katey Nicosia's brilliant Pez display

Katey Nicosia's brilliant Pez display

How brilliant is this? For those individuals with a serious collection addiction, find an interesting way to enjoy and display it. Katey Nicosia posted some amazing pictures of her Pez collection on Flickr. This reminded me of our assistant who was fascinated by Trader Vic’s little menehune figure and had a small collection perched on the shelf of her work station. As much as I thought it was an unruly sight, I contributed to the madness by drinking more than my fair share. If only she had the space to do a display like Nicosia’s. Eventually the menehunes came down, but I often wondered what would have been the right solution for fun and humor.

Create your own art wall in the office. Nicosia used Sticky Tack to apply her Pez collection to the wall. It’s a great conversation piece and a great solution for turning your crazy addiction into art.

museum worthy installation.

museum worthy installation.

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