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Creating a Productive Work from Home Space

Working from home can be challenging, especially if you don’t have the right set up. Here are a few things to consider when setting up or revamping your work from home space! Location, Location, Location!!! Ideally, using a spare room or corner of a room is the most productive option for workspace location. Keeping all your work items and everything set up, allows you to jump in and just get started. However, when this is not possible, and if you must turn kitchen or dining tables into workspaces, consider a mobile office, and use portable bins and storage cabinets on wheels. Consider multi-use furniture, like cabinets or buffets to use as work organizers. Find ways to organize your work tools, that you can set up and store in five minutes. Keep your productivity in mind. Note: Think outside the box, consider garages, sheds and closets that can be remade into a home office. When choosing your location, consider distractions. What distractions are out of your control? For example, when your neighbors are entertaining guests, have children at play, or when they choose to cut their grass? What can you do to make your space specific distraction free? Noise cancellation headsets? Can you set up hours of operation that makes your space off limits to others during times? Can you set your schedule to match others sharing the space? [...]

5 Ways to Avoid Costly Mistakes when choosing Outdoor Furniture

We have been talking a lot about outdoor living, and as the nice weather enfolds us, most of us are getting the bug to update our spaces to include the outdoors. Often, as designers we get the question…What furniture should I purchase for outside? Before we can answer though, we ask a few questions of our own so we can avoid Costly Mistakes. What is the shape and layout of your space? Create a Plan starting with your layout of your outdoor space. This helps you make sure you are creating a space that will be cohesive, and it avoids choosing the wrong furniture, when you add new functions as you think of them. In this plan, you should include traffic flow patterns, focal points, function and aesthetic appeal. Who is most likely to use it and for what purpose? Will you entertain, how often? Do you have children? Who is most likely to use the area? Knowing who is most likely to use it, you can then plan what they would get the most enjoyment out of it. Like dining, BBQs, kids play area, quiet reading nooks, entertainment, outdoor theatres, flower or vegetable gardens, pool, spa….endless options. Answering this question can help you in the planning process, making sure you have proper lighting and access to electricity, and enough space allocated for each function, with the right [...]

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