Jo on Instagram

Kim on Instagram

Rove Concepts

Entries in office (46)


This Ain't No Disco (it's where we work)

I happened upon the website This Ain't No Disco (it's where we work) the other day while googling for blog material. It showcases some of the best agency (advertising, media, music, technology etc.) interiors in the world. It was so much fun to see the creative environments where people work. Because I work for the government I'm stuck in a cubicle with green walls and blue industrial carpeting and a cream desktop. It's gross. I've been wanting to decorate it lately and when I have a permanent office in a couple months I'm SOOOO going to pimp it out. This site is so inspirational to get me to actually do something about the space I have to deal with 8.5 hours a day. I hope this inspires others out there stuck in a cubicle or equally horrible office to go nuts and make the space your own.


Another design dilemma

Living Etc.
This time it's an office, and here's what Heidi had to say: "I have been searching and searching for inspiration... maybe you could help. I am in the process of furnishing my new home. I have a great sized, dedicated home office. I use it every day as I run several businesses out of it. Problem is, right now it is just a Brazilian Walnut hardwood floor, blank walls, and an incredible bay window. I NEED some inspiration! I want a modern, clean, minimal look. This is so hard to achieve in an office! I need storage, desk space, and a sitting area, but beyond that, I have no idea which direction to take this room. I'd love to see what you could find to get my brain working again. It's been in a slump since the construction phase has ended." I tried to find photos of modern office spaces that weren't shoved into little corners as they often are (Heidi, you are SO LUCKY as it sounds like you have a decent amount of space to work with). So hopefully this gets your brain going and have fun with it!

New York Social DiaryJowa
Alda PereiraAlda Pereira
Apartment TherapyDelshon or Sherman Architects
Ghislaine ViñasHans Zeegers
Jeff AndrewsPaul Massey
PointClickHomeStephen Alton


Weekend SCORE!!!!!!!

So forget about my post the other day about the Eames shell side chair that I found that I was going to make my office chair. That will now be an office visitors chair. Because I scored this a couple hours ago, for $160:

What's kind of funny is the guy I bought the yellow chair from was supposed to email me a photo of a kelly green shell chair he had that I told him I was interested in (he never did). I'm glad he didn't because this one is WAY better!!! (And ignore the background of the photo - my office needs ALOT of work).


Closet ideas

I'm puttering about my house today, cleaning and rearranging furniture (see my Flickr photos for that). At one point I happened to be IMing with my "mother-in-law" and I mentionned that I've been thinking about tearing out the closet in my bedroom since I don't really use it (I use the second bedroom as a dressing room and it has a decent size closet). She, being the intelligent person that she is, mentionned how that wouldn't be such a great idea for resale. Sometimes I like to forget about resale and think about ME, but she had a point. She then sent me these photos she scanned from the magazine she was reading, because she had thought of our conversation about closets. This got me thinking. I'm still leaning towards getting rid of the closet, but these are GREAT ideas and got my creative juices flowing. So if you're doing some spring cleaning too, and have a closet that just collects junk, why not turn it into a cute little office space? Or even a little reading niche?

Photos from April issue of Ladies Home Journal


Another home office

Jeff of ChiefHomeOfficer wrote us on Christmas Eve with a story and photo of one of the most thought-out and organized home offices I've ever seen. I have to post it along with his detailed email because I am quite jealous baffled that someone can be that organized and have such attention to detail. Thanks Jeff!

Greetings and salutations from South Florida. I'm Jeff Zbar, a two-decade veteran of the work-at-home experience. I thought I would forward you an image of the home office from which I work as a freelance writer and business expert.

Trust me, this office is NOT the stuff of some Ikea Winter 2007 catalog. My current home office - my fourth since I started working from home in 1989 - is the result of every other space from which I've worked, including loft condos, townhomes and our former quaint, starter home. The desk itself it was borne of my own designs and years of experience. No Home Depot kitchen-counter-turned-office-desk here, as was the case in one of my first offices. This baby was designed by me and custom built with attention to a variety of otherwise "little" detains. At 10 feet long, it has plenty of room for both working at the PC or writing on and reading paper materials. At the left side, the corner angles away from the wall, so my monitor can rest the requisite 18 inches from my face (ergonomists everywhere would appreciate that). Among the other features any work-at-home dad would appreciate are locking cabinets and drawers to keep my then-toddler and preschooler fingers out (today, I'm not as concerned about where my 10-, 13- and 16-year old kids' fingers go; the less they bug me for office supplies or use of my printer, the better). The desk includes an under-desk CPU cabinet with doors that close and latch (originally designed to keep our then-little kids' fingers from pushing those enticing green buttons or pulling on all those wires and cables in the back). The doors both have cut-aways at the top to ensure sufficient air from an under-desk fan blows through to cool the CPU. It also features grommets leading to a wirechase that runs the entire 10-foot length from the CPU cabinet all the way to the enclosure at the other end that houses my color printer and other supplies. A task lamp has been fashioned as part of the desk itself, and my phone is mounted to the wall to clear additional space - including two inches for the four-port USB hub so I can stop reaching under the desk to plug in accessories. The Broadband fax machine [a VERY cool device, if you haven't written about it in the past] actually sits on a pedestal, designed just wide enough to slip two plastic inbox trays under it for even more storage).

In my closet, I have a scratched-and-dent discounted Hon four-drawer file cabinet, and built shelving to add additional storage. I also installed two shelves above my desk to get other accessories, knicknacks and momentos off my workspace. The walls also are like a quilt made of my kids' art, pictures of family life, and a few lithographs of distinction in my feeble attempt at culture. To my left while seated is a large window, providing a view of the front yard, my kids at play, and passersby all (after all, home officers should be the workday eyes and ears of the neighborhood, no?). To might right is what I consider the power tool of any home office: My doors leading to the home itself ("power tool" because when I'm working and the house is haywire, I can close them in a feeble attempt to stifle the ruckus, and when my day's done or the weekend's come, I can close them again, in a feeble attempt to keep myself from reading just one more email or filing just one more article).

A black leather loveseat sits behind me for when my kids return from school and want to chat - assuming, of course, the terrier has vacated his space and agreed to the intrusion. And, of course, my drum kit rests mere feet away. Some execs have their treadmill. I have my kit. Hey, if you're gonna work from home, you might as well work from a space that's efficient, comfortable - and fun.