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Ten Tips to Make the Most of Your Office

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Tip #1
Have as much natural light as possible
(which actually made it difficult to take photos of
my new, compact home office)
Before Photo
Tip #2
Invest in a Pretty Bulletin Board
I bought two, the one on the left has my calendar 
from Paper Source, personal notes and
 the one on the right is more work related.

Tip #3
Have a source to play your favorite music 
(I'm listening to my IPod right now as I type).

 Tip #4
Pretty Folders Make Work More Pleasing
Even bill paying.
These were a gift from a client...
They can be found at Paper Source and The Container Store.

 Tip #5
Indulge Yourself with a Scented Candle
Tip #6
And Display Photos of People You Love
That horizontal bulletin board is now used for client presentations--
It was customized HERE.  And I'm still a big fan of baskets.

Tip # 7
Have a Stylish Office Chair
 Like this chair from Overstock.  
So, it's not my preferred $2200 Eames choice...
But the reviews were good and the price was right AND 
it was easy to put together.  I love the wheels, too.
What you can't really see here is that I have recipes 
I want to try pinned up next to the gym class schedule.

Tip #8
Keep a Neutral Background
This works in my case, as I deal with a lot of colors 
and the space is so small...I wanted the bulletin boards to sort of fade into the background.
But I added these paintings on the far wall. I needed something that wouldn't cover the light switch...why do builders place outlets or thermostats RIGHT where you might want to place artwork?

Tip #9
Place a plant or flowers on your desk 
to make you smile.
 Normally, I have a plant here but I bought these flowers 
at the SF flower mart (another post) for YOU guys.

 Tip #10
Consider placing a mirror in your office.
That antiqued convex mirror really moves around with me.
Liana said a mirror in the office is good feng shui...
it multiplies wealth or something.
I read that a convex mirror provides a "watchful eye"
...more good karma.
But basically, it balances out the round frame on the other wall.

 Here comes the cable car and
 look at that blimp in the sky.  Digressing.

Tip #10
Have a designated In Box
This one is a tray from Cost Plus.
As mail comes in, I throw out the junk and envelopes
 and place papers in a 
personal folder or a work folder.
That Simply Serene book is good by the way.  
And I love glass paper weights.

Here is another before photo.
And after...

classiccasualhome is on INSTAGRAM!  
Now I see why Annie from Most Lovely Things is hooked…
I love her photography.
If you are an instagrammer…check out my new mantel
on classiccasualhome

Wishing you a wonderful, 
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