Saturday, November 8, 2008

Working From Home....

Photo by Moi!
I am sure many of you work from home or have a home office of some sort. The above image is a snippit of my home office. It is my little area of inspiration. The painting is by my mom and is what pops up when I comment on other blogger's sites. The pot the plant is in is my little touch of modern and was given to me by my sister Joanne..Thanks Joanne, I finally found a place for it after all these years! The fountain provides relaxation and some creative stimulation....The rest of the room, is a little less inspiring hence today's post!

I have been having a bit of blogger's block lately and have been lacking on inspiring things to write about. It dawned on me that I need to re-vamp my home office space a bit to help stimulate creativity. Above is a picture of an area in famed style icon Bonnie Cashin's office. She was such a creative person and it's no wonder. Look at all her sketches and paintings above her desk . She used simple packing paper as the backround.

Here's a few pics of one of Cashin's grafitti walls. Many have blogged about these wonderful walls. I felt this was worth one more mention! It has been said she had a grafitti wall in each of her homes and office. I read a wonderful testimony HERE


Opposite the grafitti wall is a fabric swatch board. I love all the inspirational things in these images.


Photo by Tria Giovan

I can image myself sitting at the above desk writing thank you notes or invites. I love the clean lines of the Albini desk from Knoll circa 1958. For those that know me, I adore mid century modern pieces. The Albini desk is a favorite! I think it is timeless and elegant. The texuture on the walls, the soothing blue cabinet and the softness of the rug make this room "feel" tranquil and quiet.



Photo by Colleen Duffley


Who couldn't resist an Eames lounger in their office/library? Though the space is small, the natural light and all the books would be inspiring!

Photo by Laura Hull


The room above is a bit too graphic for me. I do love the natural light, the beautiful lines of the antique dutch writing table and the chandelier that was brought from the homeowner's previous home. It adds a nice touch. The color of the forsythia branches really adds a "pop" to the room.

There appears to be a balcony off of this room. What a great place to take a break!

Photographer Unknown

Now they call this a 2 person work space. I personally could not work that close to someone. I really need space to spread out. I love the blue wall and the art work behind and above the work space. It is soothing to look at and promotes calm.


Photo by Timothy Street-Porter


The Japanese screen is the star in this office! I just love it, and the view from that window!

Again, The mix of the different wood finishes in the modern desk and cabinet works beautifully with the more traditional elements of the gold lamps, dark flooring and the Japanese screen.
I could get a lot of work done in this space!
I better get to work and get my inspiration board up, re-hang the artwork and re-position the furniture to create a more inspiring home office! Hope this post inspires you.

12 comments:

Fifi Flowers said...

PERFECT post for moi today! Cleaning my studio/office space... it was a MESS... it still isn't great... BUT I can see my desk... that is a PLUS!!!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I LOVE your inspiration photos. Ya know...there is this amazing mahogany desk I have been eyeing (similar to the dark one with those uber turned legs)...I think I have been dreaming about it.

But have nowhere to put it...unless we move the ellliptical crowding the bedroom. You are inspiring me, cause I work from home now (mostly).

Thanks. Or no thanks...(don't really need to spend extra moolah either)

Brilliant Asylum said...

My office is such a disgraceful mess at the moment. Your post is inspiring me to clean up my act.

annechovie said...

Very inspiring! I need to clean up and organize around here. Thank you!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Totally inspiring! I've actually been thinking about my office a lot this past month. We moved into this house last February. Every room is in reasonably good shape in terms of organization and looks except the office. It is fairly well organized, but totally uninspiring. I love the graffiti wall pictures; you've given me some ideas!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I am so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could come here to read this post! Looking at and being inspired by other people's workspaces is one of my ways of getting out of a slump as well. Thank you for posting this, especially Bonnie Cashin's office! Love all the colour!!

Cote de Texas said...

great office pictures - inspiring!

thanks for your wonderful comment - I don't know WHAT to think about that house anymore - it drove me a little insane!!! haha!!!

Joni

Ivy Lane said...

Fifi, Thanks! You too!!

Linda, MMM...I say, move the elliptical, you have gorgeous weather to work out in year round!

Brillant A, Happy organizing! :)

Anne, Thanks! I am glad you liked the post and Lecia, you too... my office is organized but blaaahhh

Just A Plane Ride Away, Thanks for stopping by today! I too am so in love w/ Ms. Cashin's grafitti wall and office. She is one interesting dame!

Joni, That house post today was amazing, mysterious and FUN! :)

Wolf said...

i am currently in the process of trying to get all the boxes out of what will be my home office. i am sooo excited to finally get it done...but the task looms very large ahead. i love the photos you have included and am hopeful that one day i will be proud enough of my space that i will share what i have come up with! (that might be a while though!)

Diane said...

3rd photo from the bottom.... oh would I love that room for an office

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