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Storylines for your office (wall)

Frederik Roije's Storylines book shelf

Available in four colors, dark and light grey, white and blue.

Last month, I introduced you to Frederik Roije and his Guidelines wall-mount magazine rack. Now witness another great find from his Amsterdam-based studio – Storylines is a book shelf with the outline of an architectural skyline. If in the search for something interesting for your office that goes beyond the conventional, look no further. What I enjoy most about Roije’s work is the combination of architecture, design and functionality. True to the modern creed of “form follows function,” there’s nothing better than a true testament of authentic design that fuses all of these great aspirations. Made of powder-coated folding metal, Storylines is available in dark grey, light grey, blue, and white and is available for 199 Euros.

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For inspiration – Jen Bilik’s Home Office

Knock Knock founder Jen Bilik's Home Office

Knock Knock! Who’s there? …Not that type of knock knock. Jen Bilik, founder of the publishing house and stationers Knock Knock, has sold her Mar Vista home, but her beautiful DIY projects are kept in tact online at Design*Sponge. Take special note of her home office. This simple to replicate workstation is a great way of adding clean lines and modernity with a bold choice of color. I truly appreciate a straight work desk that allows you to view your computer monitor without a tilt or angle. I’m not of fan of corner placements of computers because of the odd sitting situation – just my preference. The wall-mount Artemide task lights are great as are the random tacked artwork placed above the desk. I hope this provides you some inspiration to be creative with your work place.

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Window To The World

Home office perched near a window.

This image is from Katy Elliott, a personal journal site (aka blog) about restoring a 250+ year home in Massachusetts. She writes about her need for mid-height shutters for street level windows, but I’m more intrigued by this home office that is perched near her view to the world. Her beautiful artisan desk is sparse and clean with just the necessities – laptop, black & white globe, a few reference books, a picture, envelope holder. The companion Eames aluminum chair is one of my favorite and together, the entire ensemble is subtle, elegant and modest. Even with a little attention, you can have a designated space that really catches your attention. Remember, “less is more.” This reminds me that I really need to purge my desk.

The shutters may help create privacy, but the simple pivot of the blinds provide a new look on life. Keep a view of the outside while sitting at your desk. You’ll find yourself tilting your head up every so often for the break. It’s a mental refreshment!

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Bon Voyage – Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk

Restoration Hardware's Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk

It’s so Get Smart, right? I love the idea of having a home office that you can completely stow away and push aside. Talk about the hidden message behind that – being able to pack up any lingering work and de-clutter your home, de-clutter your life. Personally, I believe in having dedicated space in your home that is strictly for an office. For either paying bills or, if you’re like me, bringing work home to do throughout the night, you should have a place for being productive. After seeing this clever system from Timothy Oulton and Restoration Hardware, I started thinking about those tight studio apartments and loft living that requires a streamlined lifestyle. Handmade of distressed cigar leather, brass nailheads, canvas lined with oak accents, the Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk is a beautiful piece of furniture that provides ample storage, filing and enough space for a desktop computer.

Measuring 39″ w x 29″d x 76″h, the trunk’s castors makes for easy moving. $3,000 USD at Restoration Hardware, online and catalog only.

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Instant Artwork – Posterazor

Posterazor your world. Pic from ApartmentTherapy

You’ve heard me say this a few times – personalize your space with art. The thing is, art is subjective and it doesn’t have to be something expensive. Quite honestly, you can do a white wall with a blue square and call it art. Grant it, this would be a lame installation in my opinion, but I think you get the idea. From our friends at ApartmentTherapy, here is a great option for a quick, easy and cheap custom art wall. Posterazor is a free download software that will take a single image and explode it to any size you want for a homemade poster. Even better, as shown above, print it and hang it like a modern day grid for a very contemporary look. What’s great about this example is the contrast of the dark background and the white paper.

All you need is a digital image and a printer and voila! Instant art. Try it.

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