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tips for organizing your home office

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

  

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The time has come to reorganize my working space so that it not only functions more effectively but is inviting to spend time in.  I am particularly lucky to have taken over the room with the best view of our garden!! I overlook magnificent 80 year old maples and elms which I expect any day will start to turn for autumn and put on the usual spectacular display of colour.

I have to say that I do relish the thought of those bookshelves full of coordinating files and binders.....magazines perfectly filed in date order....you have the picture!!

However before I get to the fun bit there are certain tasks which I guess take priority -

create a clean space to work on by filing into binders, storage boxes or magazine holders any superfluous documents, stationary, pens, pencils etc 

simple document trays allow you to keep in sight current items that you are dealing with, working on or referring to

if you are a visual person, a white board or planner would be helpful on a nearby wall beside or in front of your work space

assess whether additional shelving is necessary...those piles on the floor just don't work

if your desk chair isn't as good as it could be now is the time to start looking and trying out new ones.....you spend a lot of your day in this chair so it isn't worth creating posture problems

good lighting is essential and task lighting is easily introduced with an adjustable lamp

 

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Now is the time to head off to buy those gorgeous binders and boxes.....try    Kikki K, or the gorgeous Semikolon stationary.  Filing can be fun if you have all the appropriate tools.

An ordered and calm space can only inspire creative thinking!!!

 

 

 

 

 

the sartorialist does navy, black and tan

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Why is my eye always drawn to these colours together.  I think it is just so smart to have the subtle black, navy combination with a luscious tan contrast bringing it all to life. 

Tan has been big in Europe this winter but I love it anywhere, anytime.  I was thrilled when I did my dark inky blue woollen armchairs in our sitting room to then find divine tan suede Mulberry cushions to contrast. These, apart from the timber furniture, were the only colour in the room as the walls are the same inky navy blue.

I also love the colour that the natural IL Bisonte leather bags and diaries go after using them lovingly.....tan !!

One of my favourite projects recently was a Polo Clubhouse/Bar Lounge where I did large tan leather armchairs and sofas with brass studded trim ..... and chocolate and cream tartan woollen cushions.  It looked fabulous.....the building itself was spectacular....lots of dark timber rustic panelling, natural stone fireplaces and very large terracotta flagging.

I still miss the greatest source of woollen fabric ever ....... yes mainly shades of tan, coffee and caramel......Fabric Fantasy in Commonwealth Street, Sydney.  Sadly now closed.  It stocked bolts of Italian suiting fabric bought out from the mills at vastly reduced prices.  I couldn't stop buying it to cover furniture, make bedheads and valances and even tablecloths.  The colours were a dream !! 

 

 

 

 

more trade secrets.....designers little black book!

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Ondene ..... magnificent linen, cashmere, furniture, lighting and on it goes !!!  All so elegant and so beautifully presented. I adore their earthy colour palette... my real passion ....the Society linen. Tucked away in Transvaal Avenue you really need to know it is there. 

Ondene   12 Transvaal Avenue, Double Bay 2028 PH: 93621734

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Paper2 is the only place to go for something totally different when it comes to stationary, cards, paper, invitations and much more.  This shop is all about beautiful design !!!  They specialise in personalised stationary and invitations...I have just loved everything they have designed for me.

Paper2  477 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010 PH: 93181121  

 


 

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