April 4, 2014

3 Easy Tips for a Well Designed Home Office-Become More Productive Today!

Since attending Interior Design school in Florida, I've always found myself working on the side of commercial interiors. I've always had an interest in how people worked so it was only befitting to have an opportunity to design work spaces. I believe your work space should inspire and motivate to well, actually do work.

I've had the chance to work for well design office spaces such as HOK in St. Louis and PDR in Houston. Both places got it right with creating a fun and illuminating place to work.

HOK @ Chicago Office 

PDR in Houston. Notice how both former employers branded the space with a designated color. HOK was a deep orange and PDR was yellow. 

When projects deadlines were approaching or the stress level was peaking or I wanted to strangle a co worker or two, I still managed to-at the very least, enjoyed my environment. Both places had phenomenal views because they were both in high rise buildings downtown so that was the icing on the cake!

However, if you're never granted the opportunity to work in such high profile architecture firms, you can still have your very own work oasis in your own home!

I've wrapped up a well designed home office space into 3 simple steps!

1. Designate a quiet room or corner for your space. 

  • This could be anywhere in your home that will grant you privacy when you're using your office.
  • Although my office is in my living room I've still dedicated a 'wall' for it, and when my house is quiet, I'm able to use the space in private. 
This space is far from done but I just wanted to show that you didn't need an official room to have a home office. I plan to add storage, better lighting and design the wall by adding paint or a decorative decal to brand the space. My office chair has dual purposes acting as the desk chair and an extra chair for the living room. 

2. Illuminate and Isolate.

  • Brand your space! This can be done with an accent color or the desk acting as the focal point. But make sure your office makes you feel as if you're walking into your very own branded, well designed space and I guarantee you will be ready to work!
  • Also, not only is lighting practical but this is a wonderful opportunity to add a design element. There are a plethora of lighting options that could bring personality to your office. 
This home office is branded by the color green! This simple and very cheap solution allows you to separate the space as an office and add an decorative element that should make you feel happy to be working in this office.

3. Storage! Storage! Storage!

  • First you must DECLUTTER! Everything should have a home from bills, to work assignments to the kids homework. There must be a place for everything if you want to remain productive and efficient. Organization is the key!
  • Even in a small space, there are a number of ways to accommodate your personal needs regardless of how small or big your office is. I'm going to personally add baskets to my bookshelf for storage. I'm also thinking of purchasing another book case once I run out of room. 
This office space is clean and clear of clutter. Everything has a home! Love it!

Storage options doesn't have to be boring. You can have dual purposes for your storage.
In this space, storage is used as a decorative element for the wall and it's practical use of providing storage.
Wherever your home office is located, you can make it into your very own by showcasing your personality. That's the beauty of having your own home office. You can brand the space however you want! 

If you follow these 3 easy steps, your office will provide a desire to want to be in it and I promise you will be more productive and ready to work! 

For more inspiration on home office pictures, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Home Office Board. 


March 30, 2014

New Client Project: Sneak Peak

Like most, I love it when a good plan comes together...Especially when that plans happens on a budget and with a super fun client!

My client and her husband purchased their first home and needed design assistance from concept to completion. There were a ton of learning experiences for me with this project but I'll get more into the specifics and details of that in later posts.

This has been an amazing journey and I'm so excited to share it! I couldn't have asked for a better client to design for...

Inspiration photo with a little less white...


Stay tuned for more updates to come that will include the kitchen, master bedroom and a guest room!


September 21, 2013

Love & Lyrics

Going in Circles? Down on Love. Why Don’t You Love Me? 

All are lyrics song by beautiful and accomplished women. You hear pain in every note, run, and rip that lets you know that these women also have endured some type of stress and heartache from the opposite sex.

So how does this make the average woman like me and you feel any better? Especially regarding your luck with love if even perfectly photoshopped, famous women can’t prevent falling victim to a trifling man, you ask? It doesn’t and quite frankly it shouldn’t.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to listen to any songs (unless for getting turnt up purposes) that didn’t have meaningful lyrics. So I can appreciate that these women have been treated badly, or cheated on or ran over just for my good or for anything less--my listening pleasure. It lets me know that they too, are human and I can relate to anything human and beautifully flawed.

 It’s the process of sifting thru what you want/don’t want; to finding out who you are and what you can/will tolerate; to actually finding that man that will provide most/all of whatever standards you’ve came up with for yourself. Even the most trained, honest and sensitive man could fall short of some your standards though so don’t be too hard on the brothers out here trying.

As one that has taken dating up again, I’m at the place where I found that man but I’m still learning if he can or will or even wants to live up to my standards. Don’t worry, I have sensible ones. Such as, treating me right, (read-no male whores), team oriented, progressive thinker, has some sort of faith based system, and are great with children that makes me laugh and motivates me to keep things light...I can be a bit intense at times so I would love a man that helps me relax.

 I must admit, it’s been a bit challenging but for the first time in a very long time, I feel alive, and challenged and stretched in a relationship. If for nothing else, I would be winning rather or not it worked out or not because I. Have. Simply. Grown.

That in itself is worth every bit of this ride I’m on. I’m all about growth or else what’s the purpose if you aren’t learning from those around you? The lyrics above are words of clarity. Momentary sad, pitiful and pathetic truths that needs to be said so that the healing process can began after we’re all done feeling sorry for ourselves. After you’re done going in circles and being down on love and asking why he doesn’t love you, you then realize you are now ready for love. Again.



September 18, 2013

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

*Taps mic twice and clears throat* Is there anyone out there??

Ok, so instead of giving a long drawn out spill on where I've been and why I haven't posted in over.....let's just a say a year...I'll just jump in and just say hello!!

And sorry I've been away for song long. There has been some MAJOR life changes in my life that will eventually get aired out here...Not all but most. I'm switching things up a bit. I'll be talking about everything instead of just Interior Design. So stay tuned and I hope you all come back and check me out!


October 1, 2012

Sharing is Caring-Inspirational Words I'm Trying to Live By...

In lieu of what I would consider one of the roughest seasons in my life, I'm looking to the hills from which cometh my help!

It's not easy but I'm trying every day to have a positive outlook on things. Lately, a lot of inspirational words, scriptures, thoughts are getting me thru this tough time. I pin a lot of them but I wanted to share with my readers here on the blog.

Hope these words bless you as much as I'm being blessed and comforted!

Source: imgfave.com via Makiea on Pinterest

September 28, 2012

Office Space

As a designer, when it comes to contemporary, I can take it or leave. In most instances I leave it.

But, when it comes to office spaces, I'm all about the contemporary look. Office spaces should be free of clutter and organized to help you be more productive and efficient. The clean lines of most contemporary furniture provides that look.

Interior Addict gets it all right when it comes to contemporary office furniture. I'm sure you will appreciate as I have the sharp lines of the furniture that provides that modern day look for your office space today.

If you're working with a small room then this 2-in-1 piece would be the perfect fit. Not only is it a desk but it's your storage as well. Perfect for an apartment size office! 

How cool is this additional seating? It brings a certain flare into your office space while providing a functional seating option.

What's an office without some cool task lighting?

This storage unit is from Harrogate Interiors.  Lucite is a HUGE crave right now.What's a contemporary office space without bringing in a trend?

A contemporary look is definitely left up to personal taste. Even if this doesn't suit you, when it comes to an office, the primary purpose of the space is suppose to be functional. You would want to stand clear of adding a ton of pretty distractions in a space that is meant for work and getting things done.

Whatever taste suits you, an office should still be able to provide an inspiring space where you're making all of your dreams come true!


September 27, 2012

Not Giving Up

Now I know I've been M.I.A which is not my intention at all. Sometimes life just takes over and as much as I want to grow my business and my blog, shit happens. Without getting into everything that has been happening, I'm just in a complete state of confusion with everything. I feel so confident that designing is what I'm suppose to be doing and as sure as I am about that, I still have no idea how I'm going to make it all happen. I've knocked on every door of possibility and it feels as if God has shut them all down.

Let me just say this:

It's hard to build a business when basic needs such as shelter and food are compromised. 

Not to mention we have a little girl to look after. Things are just so rough at this point. Truth is, I'm all out of words to say to God when I'm praying. I'm so flustered and confused, all I can do is just listen to gospel music to even feel anything. I feel like he's not answering any of our prayers. It really sucks to be in this place. I am hopeful things will turn around for my family very soon.

But until then, I will just ponder on this and keep it pushing.