Home Office Organization

As I’m preparing to spend more days working from my home office (yay!) as opposed to just the usual nights and weekends (ugh!) I decided to do a little reorganizing and layout the most functional work space possible in our little guest bedroom.  Designers live with catalogs, samples, books, and magazines galore and I am no stranger to piles of these things spread throughout our home when I am busy.  Now that I am essentially working 2 very busy jobs I need to get my act together and that is just what I am doing.  My focus is on the organizational side of my home office and not the furniture since this isn’t our forever home.

There are so many resources out there for organizational supplies and I for one am a devotee to The Container Store.  I cannot get enough of it and you’d think with my love of all things neat and organized that my office would be immaculate…Well, it’s not people.

I decided to get some visual inspiration from other designers, and particularly how they store their necessary, but space swallowing tools.  I thought I’d share some of the images I found and in the next week or so I’ll have some organization of my own to share.

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Tidy fabric and wallpaper storage at the LA Studio of Melissa Warner

5100178024_28c3b18158_oMetal bins rather than plastic in her home office.  Photo via Arianna Belle Organized Interiors


amy-meir-office 5433887874_f67c68c68eMaking the most of small spaces and I absolutely love the idea of painting these standard IKEA boxes.


via Arianna Belle

via Arianna Belle

Interesting modifications to a classic pinboard; not only wrapping in fabric but adding nailheads is a fab touch and I love the idea of clipping images to wire as opposed to pinning them.

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Kelly Wearstler’s expansive work space in her LA office

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LOVE her Vibe trays which keep schemes orderly

one_kings_lane_kelly_wearstler_offices_09Even with all of that space, the smallest of fabric and leather samples are organized in labeled plastic bins.


via Arianna Belle

via Arianna Belle

Again, love the idea of the homemade striped magazine files to add a little interest.

via HermanMiller.com/lifework

via HermanMiller.com/lifework

Designer Kimberly Hall gutted the Kitchen to make room for her home office when her family moved to their new apartment in NYC.  Great use of vertical space.

Bunny William via materialgirlsblog

Bunny William via materialgirlsblog

I dream of the day I have the space for such a large layout table.

Celerie Kemble Fabric Storage

Celerie Kemble Fabric Storage

Designer Celerie Kemble uses a great system for fabrics; pull-out bins with chalkboard labels.  Thank you Sidney from Electic Interior Design Group for the use if this photo.

What do you need to get organized and how do you plan to do it?



We all know how we feel after scoring something fabulous at an amazing SALE price, UNBELIEVABLE, right? I’m not talking about the ‘I got this sweater for $50’ kind of score either, I’m talking about the ‘I’ve been watching, waiting, visiting, and stalking’ kind of score. There is no buyers remorse, only sheer delight!

I had such an experience not once, not twice, but THREE times this weekend and couldn’t be happier.  Well, I could be happier if there was a fourth occurrence in which this Celine was 75% off…


I did, however, stumble across this little lovely while taking a quick peak in the handbag shop at Nordstrom.  The Amanda bag perfectly fits the colorful cross-body void I’ve been searching for.  It fits in my giant work tote and pulls double-duty on the weekends when I need little more than ID, CC, phone, and chap stick.  Unfortunately when I checked it was no longer on the Nordstrom site (too bad b/c I got it at 76% off), but she is also on sale (not as drastic) directly through Tory Burch.

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Also on my list was a punchy work pump to add a little color to my black, navy, and grey work uniform.  I still have my eye on these in that gorgeous Dazzling Sun color, but I’ll wait out a sale since I found these in store for 83% off and a whopping $42!

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And finally, for each fantastic pair of pumps a girl finds she needs an amazing flat counterpart to get her through those long days of running up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and checking out the what’s what in a new city, right?  I think YES.  I’ve been lusting after these Sigerson Morrison flats that Ahn of 9 to 5 chic features regularly (in black) with her ever stylish designer duds, and when I spotted them on her adorable blog once again last night while multi-tasking during the football game (GO RAVENS!) I hopped onto the Sigerson Morrison site to stalk them once again.  This time was different…they were 70% off and one of the last available sizes was MINE.

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So ladies, what have you been lusting after lately, waiting for the big sale?  Or, even better, what have you scored?


Dress Please…

There simply aren’t enough occasions for an interior designer living in Baltimore to don a gorgeous gown.  I demand more fanciness in my life as I need someplace to wear these gowns, especially those with sleeves.  I LOVE a dress with sleeves!  I decided to stay away from ripping apart those that chose poorly this year, including those that unnecessarily threw their leg out of an already beautiful dress…I would want people to hold their tongue if I looked a fool in front of the world too, so let’s look at those that rocked some serious eye candy.

These ladies (or their stylists) selected such gorgeous shades of red, coral, and barely there pink.  The winter blues…not in these hues.

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Ahhh, yummy long sleeve dresses, my fave.  Heidi, you’re dangerously close with that leg.

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How beautifully you would have matched the Globe.  Always stunning and half of my favorite HWood couple.

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Not only did GIRLS rock the GG’s, as they should have, sweet little Shosh rocked some bad girl leather and looked fab.

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Who were your favorites?


Navy Blue

As we embark on painting the new (old, but new to us) house I thought I’d share some amazing navy blue spaces.    Whether contrasted by bright white trim or lacquered to perfection the color is strong, beautiful, and surprisingly neutral.  I’ll be rolling on a gorgeous and super dark Navy in the Dining Room this afternoon.  Wish me luck!

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