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All that commuting, all that polluting. Let’s face it, the greenest work space in the world is the one right down the hall: your home office.
So we at Euro Style Lighting decided to envision what we like to call a 40/3 work week. That is, the standard five day/forty hour work week, but with three of the five days worked from home. Such a work week roughly translates into a 60% reduction in an individual’s carbon commuting footprint…or as we like to think of it, an excellent excuse to work in your pajamas.
Best of all, the 40/3 work week gives us a chance to daydream about just how our home office is going to look. Working at home, you can transform any room into an office. If you're in a loft, best to make it a corner office:
Remember this is your personal workspace. No sharing needed, so style it wildly. Keep things open to make so that it's a free-flowing idea space:
For the home office, go personal and do away with all the usual suspects. Choose flat files over regular, vintage over mainstream, stationary stores over office supply stores:
To keep things open and maximize space, furnish it with only the bare essentials. Choose floor lamps or a torchiere for general illumination. Adjustable task lamps add a functional chic look:
Kichler Graphite Energy Efficient Desk Lamp
Use a small desk or table. Console tables are not nearly as deep as desks and work well in shallow spaces (such as my 3' x 6' walk-in closet office which I absolutely adore):
Frameo Driftwood Console Table
Finish your space off with a laptop or tablet and you're ready to start working!
Building a home office requires as much or as little space as you have and consumer technology has advanced to such a point that it is small enough and affordable enough to enable telecommuting by the majority of office-bound Americans. Yet most of us still spend hours a week behind the wheel of a car to and from work..
Perhaps it's time we re-consider.
Images: Tara Hurst, Location Department, Honey Pie Living, New York Times
Orange is one of those colors that took me some getting used to the idea of decorating with. It’s so bold and bright! Which can be a very good thing. Little pops of orange can really make a room or space a bit more cheery without having to invest in buying a whole new room. I have a tendency to keep my rooms a little boring and neutral. Hello grey! But with just a touch of a color like orange, you can transform a room. It’s fantastic!
This airy kitchen has the perfect amount of orange. The bright orange chairs really pop in the space and are really a focal point which is kind of perfect. There are a few orange accents in the cupboards as well and in other places to help bring it all together. I love it!
Estelle Orange Wood Round Modern 15 3/4-Inch Tray, Sonneman Tetra Gloss Orange Contemporary Table Lamp, Tunisia Printed Striped Square 18-Inch Throw Pillow
This lamp is awesome. It has a kind of industrial feel because of its design and shape, but it's also fun and cheery because of the white and orange. It would look fantastic in a space in need of a little character! The tray is a great piece to have on a end table to catch random items or to serve drinks to guests. Again, the orange is so much fun and a total eye catcher! And this orange tribal print pillow looks great with the grey and helps to tone it down slightly so it will work with the rest of the room. Isn’t it a great pillow?
Image: Decoration Trend
Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, so has the ritual of spending hours upon hours outside. In fact, families today don’t just go outdoors to play, they create stylish outdoor living.
I love the concept of outdoor living (especially since its only 3 three short months for me). Things like eating meals, cozying up on a couch with a good book and even watching a movie outside are family favorites.
Creating a space to have these memorable and relaxing outdoor moments is fun. I love the bohemian look pictured above. There is cozy seating for adults which blends naturally and beautifully with the tepee for kids to hide out in (talk about fun).
If you are looking to create some ambiance or spruce up your outdoor dining space why not add modern lighting? You can always use outdoor lights but using lights intended for inside adds an unexpected element and makes the space all the more special.
Don’t forget to add seating for the little ones. Although there are many options for great outdoor furniture these days, using regular play chairs (pictured above) is charming. Little ones love anything that comes in their size.
So grab a few things from inside to take outside, add some lighting and cozy seating, get the grill going and have a happy and stylish summer!
Images: Prudent Baby, Richard Powers, A Beautiful Mess, Stacey Brandford, A Beautiful Mess
A trend that I’ve been seeing on Pinterest lately is splashes of yellow used in modern kitchens. I’m loving this look for a few reasons. The first being that it creates a fresh space that is unpredictable. I also love how bright it makes a kitchen look. I’m all about sunshine filled kitchens and this is the perfect backdrop to create that.
Above we see that the owner used yellow just on the bottom cabinets. The great thing about this look is that it’s easily changeable. When you get tired of the yellow, just paint it another color.
This look is a lot more dramatic. The yellow covers the entire wall which creates a more concrete decision. I love how the yellow looks next to the natural wood and black tones. The large white hardware on the yellow cabinets is a fun and unexpected touch.
If you are not really into painting cabinets a bright color, try adding pops of yellow in accessories. Above they have used yellow in a small vase and a small plate. It’s not over powering and allows you to use a lot of other colors, if need be.
This last look is a real wow look! Even when paired with other primary colors, the yellow continues to pop out. As long as you mix wood tones and neutral colors with your bright poppy choices, you will never overwhelm a space. Have fun and think outside of the box!
Images: Skarp, Design Hunter, Poppy Talk, Real Living
Let's face it, Dads can be hard to shop for. Here's what you need to do... Figure out what kind of Dad he is. What does he like to do? What type of personality does he have?
Still not sure? Here are some ideas...
Does your Dad have retro style? Well, every Dad needs a cool lounge chair so why not snag one that's got some retro flair a-la Mad Men.
Samantha Woven Threaded 38-Inch-H Armchair
Is he the studious type or does he just love hanging out in his home office? Then get him a cool desk lamp!
Astro Brushed Chrome Robert Abbey Desk Lamp
Does he love working in the yard or at least hanging out in a well-groomed landscape? Light his way with some awesome outdoor landscape lighting!
Cast Brass Bella 24 3/4" High Bronze Path Light
Ok, we don't really mean to ask if he has a bad temper. But does he like cooling off in style during the Summer months? Well then, what better to get him than a modern ceiling fan?!
Minka Aire Gyro Brushed Nickel Wet Locations Ceiling Fan
Does your Dad like to entertain his buddies? Whether it's a family event or a sports game, if your Dad likes to socialize then barstools are the way to go.
Fly Brown Chrome Adjustable Zuo Modern Counter Stool
Hope this helps. Now, get shopping, Father's Day is fast approaching!
Images: Yatzer, This is Luster, Houzz, Houzz, Dwell
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