Monthly Archives: July 2010

Inspiration – A.T.’s House Tour

Apartment Therapy gives you a tour of a home in Hemet, CA

One might not think of Hemet, California as a source for great style, but Morgan and Jeremy have taken Palm Springs flair to their Riverside County outpost. What I like most of their home office is the use of existing built-ins and updating it with new pulls and fresh paint. You can never go wrong with all white, especially when you can anchor the space with great, eclectic art. See the whole house at Apartment Therapy.

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Razzle Dazzle – Audio-Technica Bijoué Speaker

Sound in a Jewel Box. The Audio-Technica Speaker.

Plug your iPhone/MP3 Player for instant gratification

Portable speakers influenced by fashion and precious stones. The Bijoué speaker by Japan’s Audio-Technica sport an inspired jeweled top, equipped with a mirror on the inside, is offered in six different colors. Lightweight, powered by two AAA batteries, the speaker provides over 30 hours of playtime. Check it out at Geek Stuff 4 U. Available for $49 USD.

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A Mad Mad World – Columbus, Indiana

Plastolux visits Saarinen Bank in Columbus, Indiana

In celebration of the new season of Mad Men, I thought it would be nice to take a stroll down memory lane to an era of mid-century modernism. This comes from Plastolux, a fantastic blog of everything modern. Take a tour of this classic example of “form follows function” and “less is more” with Eero Saarinen’s bank project in Columbus, Indiana. Built in 1954 and has remained true to its natural form. Kuddos.

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Doctor Doctor! – The DR Collection

The DR Collection designed by Claudio Bellini for Jofco

A little of the old with a little of the new.

Call the doctor because I just felt my heart stop at first sight of this beautiful executive desk designed by Italian artisan Claudio Bellini. Created for Frezza who deals with Jofco for US domestic sales, the DR Collection combines natural carved walnut wood with modern accents like colored glass surface tops. The collection comprises of the casegood as seen above, as well as a freestanding desk, credenza and conferencing table. The executive collection made its debut at Neocon last month and is already garnering much attention. Check out the entire suite of furnishings at Jofco.

Thank you Contemporist for the tip. To see other stunning products designed by Claudio Bellini, visit his portfolio here.

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More Inspiration – A.T’s Get The Look

Apartment Therapy's series of DIY home office. Get this look! Photo: Jill Slater

Short and sweet, or should I say suite. This example comes once again from Apartment Therapy’s Get The Look with their recommendation for dealing with tight spaces. What’s perfect about this one is the minimalistic aesthetic accomplished by the all-white palette. Doesn’t it look more like a hotel room? So many of my friends always complain about their business travel, but I love it. I especially love the short-term living in chic boutique hotels. Now, taking the cue from a corporate room, making your bedroom just as clean is the way I like to live.  Don’t forget the night cap chocolates for the nightstand. Catch the details at Apartment Therapy.

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Write with a feather – Fjader Pen

The Fjader Pen by Coles of London

Also offered in Midnight Blue

Paying homage to the art of writing with a feather, the Fjader (Swedish for feather) is a sleek, stunning writing tool with a beautiful pedestal for displaying its exquisite modern lines. It’s lightweight at only 10 grams and measuring 7.2 inches. This set will look GREAT on any desk…buy yours immediately. Available for $39 at Barnes & Noble.

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Inspired? DIY Home Office

The "before" - a pantry closet.

The "after" - a small home office

Never say you don’t have the space for your own home office. Valerie and Roger had to convert their second bedroom that was being used as a home office into a nursery. The solution? Convert a small pantry into a dedicated space for the home computer. You may sacrifice storage for other home items, but don’t sacrifice the fun in your design. For more images and info, check out the original story that ran on Design*Sponge.

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Project This – Samsung’s Pico Projector

Samsung's Pico Projector is the perfect mobile solution for on-the-go business.

Great size, great design.

Consultants and freelancers will appreciate this one. Samsung has released a portable projector that basically fits in the size of your hand. Thanks to LED technology, the SP-HO3 Pico Projector measures 2.75″x1.5″x2.75″, weighs less than most cell phones, and has a 1 GB internal memory that provides a projected screen of 80 inches (30 ANSI lumens strength). The cool factor alone is reason to have this for your office. The practicality of it makes it a must-have. Imagine being able to transfer a file from your iPhone and let the projector run the show itself. Better yet, have this around to project what you have on your computer up on the wall for impromptu meetings. However you justify it, the $300 price tag is just what you need for work and play. In fact, I think it’s a great way to display and share your pictures from the recent 4th of July weekend. Check it out at Samsung‘s web site.

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Inspiration – Another Home Office

A home office that fits the room.

Situated in a loft space slightly above the main living room, this contemporary desk with chrome legs and a glass top makes for a great compliment to this comfy space full of natural light and rough wood grain accents. Take the inspiration from the outdoors and add just a little to your office to tie it all together. In this case, you have the beach just several yards away and the color of white skies and the natural color of sand is the true inspiration for this organic space.  And with just one signature nautilus shell on the desk, it is the perfect accent for a sophisticated room. Just don’t get distracted if you have real work to do.

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