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The Desk Set: Ikea Ideas

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While browsing around the Ikea site, I found some great research in their Ideas section. It’s divided into categories for areas of your home, organizing, entertaining, and other pertinent categories and then has some wonderful pictorial essays of real people and idea posts about using Ikea products in your home or office to help. Since most of us have or will end up having Ikea furniture at some point, this is a great way to figure out ways to integrate it into our homes creatively and the aesthetic styling is pretty diverse too.

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Ikea is great at showing reuse, repurposing and people finding ways to use spaces dual-purpose which is so refreshing.  Above is one of their dining tables that has been repainted and trimmed with washi tape. Add a few layers of sealant to keep the tape from peeling if you really like how it looks. Or leave the tape on the top layer and peel it off after a festive dinner party and replace it with different designs in a couple weeks. Its a great way to use up those rolls and change up your decor quickly.

The other two pics above show a woman who uses her bedroom as a space for her creative work too. Its a lovely article under the “bedrooms” header for creative uses of space.

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Above are two different home office spaces; one is a shared bedroom/office and one is a dedicated office space but both are open, airy, functional and gender-neutral. You gotta love Ikea for that.

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The two photos above are more creative uses for tight spaces. The top image is the space for a young man whose space is his bedroom, study space and hang out space. The use of the bunk bed helped to give him room for his desk and chair and allowed him to keep his vintage family furniture pieces too so their is some warm, bold color as well as modern styling. The perfect space for a young man.

The next photo is a rolling art tabouret in a hallway near a bright window perfect for painting. And shows how creative we can be in finding a little corner to work when there isn’t much space in out homes!

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These last three photos are just more great inspiration and show the range of aesthetic, from masculine to feminine. I liked the article about other uses for the magnetic knife holder (lower left photo) like holding paint brushes for artists, scissors for crafters or as a photo magnet rail to hold photos, recipes or inspiration.

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I thought I’d already mentioned my plans for my new office/studio redo. I plan on building (with the help of my handy husband!) a Kallax Island for the middle of our office/studio using plans from the Family Handyman. I like having a standing desk/worktable and this will have tons of storage too.

Do you have a lot of Ikea stuff in your home? Have you hacked any Ikea pieces to work for you?

A New Perspective on the Facebook Office

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After I wrote my post on the new Facebook office spaces, my friend Andy made me put my money where my mouth was and invited me to Facebook to tour the offices for myself. Since that was one of my most commented upon posts I couldn’t pass up the chance to see the campus for myself.

@awelfle shows me how to find my way around Facebook on the touchscreen. I can find his desk, the Sweet Shop or the Instagram offices now.

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Was the campus overwhelmingly large? Yes. So much so that there are shuttle buses and bicycles to get people from building to building. But is also filled with light and art and posters and a sense of play. It was also a lot quieter than I expected it to be. People were very respectful of the open seating and kept their voices down in the open areas. They used the closed conference rooms and outdoor areas, the coffee shops and other communal areas for conversations. It was actually a very congenial environment and not at all what I was expecting.

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There was so much art. And posters and graphics all pinned haphazardly to the walls which gave the space a casual vibe and made it feel partially like a college campus and partially like Disneyland for coders.

Even the stairs are artified

I also work in a large office with tons of cubicles and an ongoing attempt to have “open seating” despite the photo from the previous post, Facebook’s space actually has a warm comfortable vibe of a loft apartment rather than a corporate office that stripped all the walls out of the cubicles. Each employees space has personal touches that show their personality, some more than others, of course. Some folks work on large desktop machines while others work on laptops to be more mobile. Some people work on mobile apps and just wander around with their phone in their hands. What a way to function!

Outdoor area at Bldg 20

All in all, it was an inspiring day and I feel quite differently about the landscape, both inside and out, of the Facebook offices. And I’m supremely jealous that the weather is such in California that Facebook employees can essentially work outside in the roof garden 11 months out of the year. Makes me dread January in KC.

Rooftop gardens, Bldg 20

For even more photos, check out my full Facebook HQ album on Flickr. And yes, I’m eating my words a little now. At least they taste like asian noodle bowl and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Desk Set: Pastel + Storage

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I loved seeing these pastel bright desks full of great organizational and storage ideas. I particularly like the the pegboard is just propped up behind the desk instead of needing to be mounted to the wall making it a good solution for renters and space to hide cords. While originally designed for a kid’s room, it doesn’t look all that different from my desk, I have my own stash of ponies and dolls too!

Images from:
Petit & Small
Love Print Studio
Marie Mersier

For more desk inspiration, be sure to check out The Well-Appointed Desk Pinterest board.

The Desk Set: Posh & Parisian

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(via The Zhush Files)
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I found two lovely desks this week. The first is a unique purple and gold accented desk that has a vintage-luggage-meets-modern sensibility. I love all the geometric patterns in the room.

(photo via Habitually Chic)

The second is a lovely, wood roll-top desk mixed with a bright, mid-century chair for an eclectic look. Of course, its from a home in Paris. Parisians have an innate ability to mix and match everything for a perfect blend of chic and lived-in.

The Desk Set: Cluttered but Clean

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(From left to right, top to bottom: Better Homes & Gardens, Brownstoner, Jeremy Bittermann for The New York Times, Danielle de Lange.)

I hope these spaces feel colorful and inspiring. So many of the images I find around the internet of workspaces lately have been stark white and barren and don’t feel like inviting workspaces. These spaces felt tidy but productive with evidence of people actually utilizing the space for a variety of tasks.

Desk Set: DIY Pipe Desk