Creative Desk Inspiration

A beautifully interesting desk makes for good work.

 

Always include pictures, flowers, candles, paper and lots of nice pencils or pens. And Pictures. And Piles if you must. I love to look a pristine work spaces, but it makes me feel a little hopeless because my mind and my life does not work like this. So I decided to take another approach, beautiful clutter.

 

 

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Photographer Jessica Pages, via Front + Main

 

 

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My own upstairs is a wide open space, & my concentration is rather at risk because my desk is adjacent to the nursery. I so want to do this. I am going to get a cube book shelf and use as a wall.

 

 

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My desk is a beautiful old farmhouse table that I inherited from my father –he used this very same table as his home office desk to write books and make piles of paper unequal to any other in the world.

 

I think many beautiful & meaningful things have been written here, I penned two  book chapters that I am proud of, recently published, and my father wrote many poems and his own scholarly work here. And made piles.

 

 

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Likewise, I have a rather scattered mind which works in huge revelatory bursts of energy and ideas and then goes gray, in a quasi ADD style, so I must have notes, notebooks, daily planning sheets, a timer, or else all in lost in the black hole of the internet, or a random book I start reading.

 

 

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Seriously I read the rest of my Louis Marin book I found nestled among papers on my desk last Tuesday. Then I rearranged some pens. It was about 3 hours later and everyone was home. No work was done. I am of the mind that this is acceptable. I am certain my grandmother who I admired deeply would see reading such an esoteric book in the middle of the day was totally a necessity.

 

 

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My desk is always crowded, and not only because of my distractable brain.It’s mostly  a reflection of beautifully busy life….which includes two small children, some homeschooling, many craft projects, my work as an endometriosis support person, my role as a director of an artist foundation, and my two other jobs….as a interior decor consultant, and an art historian !!!!

 

Perhaps it is the case that my desk suffers from a personality disorder from all these activities, in any case I need to constantly reorganize it -and the only thing that inspires me is prettiness …here are some inspiring spaces for you

 

 

 

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I am not an advocate of blank space in a desk area, but this is merely a reflection of my own thinking process, I need stimulation, distraction and some decor or accumulation, something that reflects the richness of life, experience and texture. So you will find here, rooms full of things, full of life, of ideas.

 

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Annetta Bosakova

 

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irideeën has some pretty fantastic photos of her creative space….and all her photos are delightful

 

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Eat Drink Chic & Rosehips & Petticoats, UK 

 

 

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&  I tell my littlest not to draw on walls, love this sketchy inky “architectural detail”          image via Stylecaster

 

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Brit + Co

 

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Just right abstract pattern meets modern +pinks, from When it rains, @ Etsy

 

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The delightful reality of a creative desk, via the very talented UK designer Hannah Rowlands, @Raisinheart.

 

 

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How to decorate kids’ rooms with vintage prints DIY

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of Liza Giles and Decor 8.

 

Decorating with vintage prints, pretty calendars from years before, old appointment books –here are some DIY ideas to transform your child’s rooms or even your sitting room. Add depth, character & a sense of originality with eclectic selections.

Salon style hanging of reproductions, good quality laser prints, e-bay or thrift store finds, pages from old discarded kids’ books, and creative commons images licensed for non commercial use are some of the many sources for eclectic curation.

Your frames can be different materials and shapes as well for a true salon style arrangement.

For kids’ rooms, think about adding reverse glass paintings, framed old sewing patterns, hand drawn prints of old advertisements,  and antique nursery decor items.

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Combining children’s artwork, with historic art, folk art and modern pieces can work beautifully.

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This painting rather makes me rethink on the dingy strange mid century style things I walked by at thrift stores….

 

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These images below were sourced from google creative commons & licensed for non commercial reuse, so you can print them out & frame if you like…or you can hang with washi table or fancy pin tacks like this.

 

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Pretty room via juliasvitadrommar, the lovely feedsack pins are available @ MAKINGtheNESTofIT


 

A Gallery of Ideas…DIY Decor

1. Cheerful Vignettes

 

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And sometimes not so cheerful…

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2. Grimm Style Fairytales

 

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3. Classic Tales…

 

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4. Fairies, Myth, & Romance

 

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5. Flora & Fauna

 

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Great Links to Free Printables for your salon style wall

1. The Hawthornes….

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♥Free Downloads of Vintage Childrens’ Books, House of Hawthornes and Farm Animals

 

2. Handmadehome

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Free Downloads of the Alphabet, Handmadehome

 

2. Freeprettythingsforyou

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Courtesy of Free Pretty Things for you, we love this vintage kitty

Trending Dark & Dramatic Interiors

Stone & marble walls, painted grays, inky blues, maybe even plush neo-victorian blues, rich grays, fantastic blacks and deep plum so romantic….so gothique, so au courant…

Some rooms simply feature one saturated color in a furnishing, while other punctuate the deep color with rich brights. Many of the spaces are eclectic, mixing historic, antique with modernist items and features.

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Stuff that makes me happy

Because one needs this kind of thing sometimes.

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Reading the paper in bed…or perhaps stretching in bed with full make up….

 

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Pink macaroons

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Romy Northovers ceramics

 

 

Photos by JessaKae

Pictures of women holding coffee….and being stylish

 

 

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The shirt says it all –I mean one does not really “kill it” in a calico skirt, but I love the whole concept. I think one rather reads books on one’s lunch break while dressed as such, but never the matter…

 

 

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Luxury feel bedding, quartz rose color…..because so soft.

 

 

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Random unicorn stuff

 

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Ridiculous unicorn items.

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Household goods with cats on them (even though I have a dog).

 

 

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A cloud Lamp who simply just loves you

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And a mad pillow from etsy.

Trending Fashion Look Book 2016

I must say when one of my friends asked me to do a trending style look book feature on the blog, I had a little trouble locating pictures of truly beautiful couture that was not worn by underfed sulking teen models. My other issue was finding images that were from other times of the year besides fashion week.

This look book once again features style for women, with the idea in mind that one does not need to forget one’s pants in manner of Beyonce to be glamorous. Sorry B, but you are a grown lady and should try pants. xxoo

 

Trending Skirts….

 

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Well, this lady has style! I think she rather forgot her tights when packing and opted for her boyfriend’s trouser socks, but cause she is so delightful it totally works as does her eyewear. I am a sucker for French street style meets crazy art teacher + librarian. Hope those shoes are not too pinchy.

 

 

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I would be friends with her just because she wears white sneakers with velvet skirts and does not need to be all exposed to be awesome. She probably knows a lot about Bauhaus architecture or some such.

 

 

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OMG! Forever 21 meets awesome Siouxie and the Banshees style. Special thanks to this young lady for her natural look and unbashed adoration of plaids. Watch out for tram!!!

 

 

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Okay, of all the women so far, she has it the most perfectly perfect. Chiffon skirt + leather jacket so lovely. And so pleased to see natural looks prevailing.

 

 

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I completely had this skirt in high school. She is so glamorous.

 

 

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That’s a Kate Spade skirt. I am in love, if one can be with a skirt, which I am certain is a possibility.

 

 

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Monochrome classics –I just do not like the silly shoes as they seem quite wobbly and rather red light district, but otherwise this is a great outfit. As much as I am loathe to admit it, there are many moments when high heels can make you look stupid or in the very least terribly mistaken of the terrain, rather than sexy.

 

Trending: Fabulous Dresses

 

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This is from Harper’s Bazaar Fashion week street style feature. I have dreams about really fantastic non existent dresses and other style items, and I swear this is just like one of the featured fancies in my dreams. And the purse, and the nails. So lovely!

 

 

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Burberry continually surprises me with the richness of their seasonal color schemes and texture.

 

 

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Gucci borrows a little from the imagination of India. Ironically, I am quite certain you can find something of equal beauty for a fraction of the cost from a seamstress or dressmaker in India.

 

 

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Valentino…loving the amazing muted corals, greens, and whites and patterning.

 

 

Trending Fancy Hair…..

 

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Source . Style week in Copenhagen

 

 

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Hair ring by Moore Seal

 

 

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Trending: Little Girl’s Fashion Ideas

Discover this fashion look book for little girls aged 2-8….the choices are as modest and comfortable as possible, no need for super cinched waisted clothing for littles etc…Enjoy!

 

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Stylish baby…cozy & great to play….Mac & Mia via 100 Layer Cake

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Whiteandfrosty at deviant art. Toast pins…

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Louise Louise via MiLK

 

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Moon Moth Sweater, via oh my dear blogspot

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Gina Kim, Photographer @ minimoda, the faux fur vest would definately be a hit in my house, love that this outfit works, but looks like a styled by child assemble…..

 

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Cat shoes ….so sweet via tumblr

 

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Alicia Paulson design by Karin Vestergaard Mathiesen, via Ravelry

 

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Real life, mud, baggy pants, tangled hair, boots for every outfit & a teddy bear, via ravelry

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Lia Griffith

 

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Pigve purple tutu and little skirt…..Via Vivoli Babies

This floral skirt is truly a super easy sewing project —-your daughter, niece or grand daughter can help!

 

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Aida Cornado

 

 

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Pigve mitts

 

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Pink Mexicana frock from Aida Coronado, Pigve mitts, & pretty blue dress via Kees and Me.

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Little Moon Clothing

 

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native belle boutique….

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Yellow tutu 

 

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Via Pinterest….looks so much like cousin Juliana when she was a little girl….

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Yellow Bunny Dress, Blue Flower dress & bunny, kitty & horse skirts from Mini Boden. Great paired with knit or sweater leggings….

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So sweet, brights at crewcuts
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Vintage Circus theme tunics,  Via Etsy
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Pigve and Lucky Boys Saturday
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Shop Minikins &  Yoyo MOM
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Picnic Frock, Arty Dress via Shop Minikins, & Dino world via Mini Boden

 

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You can make these…via 

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Baby Russia……via Old Samovar and  Sokologorskaya
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Pigve

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Oh little mama, so sweet
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Madyura… and Pigve…
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Seed heritage & Crewcuts
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Via crewcuts, and buzzfeed…

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Via Lauren Conrad

 

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Seed Heritage Tutu

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a little clean eating…..

 

Whether overindulged, too much gluten, sugar, too many preservatives, or an overtaxed liver (from prescriptions meds etc) a daily assist from the clean living book can help. Lose a little weight, a few toxins, and enjoy. Plus these pictures are pretty .

 

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“Goddess Salad” from An Iowa Girl Eats….Really love her site, and all the pretty pictures of plants, and food prep. And she is right, Kale is easy to grow, I think mine was still yielding in December.

Ingredients for The Detox Goddess Salad: An Iowa Girl Eats

SERVES 1

  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
  • 10 raw, unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled & sliced
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cucumber, peeled, seeded & sliced
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

 

Another is simple every morning drink lemon water before anything else.

 

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And of course, Gillian Michaels Detox water. On pinterest there are a different testimonials and combinations. Word of caution, do not oversteep the dandelion tea, otherwise the drink will act as a laxative which is not the goal. They say plain cranberry juice no sugar but for me it does a terrible job of masking the bitter taste of dandelion (and I like bitter tastes!) so I add green tea sometimes, mint and agave or honey. Lots of water and ice. You can play with the proportions to see how your body reacts.

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  • 64 oz. water
  • Dandelion Tea
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

 

 

 

AND PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CLEAN EATING EVERYDAY

 

Wash, cut up and put in individual containers

PINEAPPLE

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Fun Photo from Kim Fearheiley, @ Etsy.

 

BLUEBERRIES

 

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WATERMELON

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ALMONDS…

 

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FRUIT & HERB ICE-CUBES

 

 

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Francesca’s

 

Cover image via The Blueberry Council.

 

 

Lingerie is art. For Valentine’s Day

LINGERIE

Hello Ladies & Gentlemen, enjoy this gallery of handmade artisan lingerie as well as few manufactured pieces of exceptional beauty. Edgy, traditional, feminine, kink, whatever you like ladies…

(Cover image is courtesy of Dottie’s Delights)

 

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Palmers by Lena Hoschek Lingerie Collection ~ Photo by Hilde van Mars, Source.

 

 

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Journelle….

 

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American Grace Lingerie, Handmade in the United States, Edgy and fun selection.

 

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Lena Lena, beautifully stylish & handmade…

 

 

Lingerie ideas for valentine's day

Meow said the cat to the cow...Hopeless Lingerie from Australia…Love their instagram too ♥

 

 

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Alexandrea Anissa -amazing meets seventies & betty paige style ♥

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Alexandrea Anissa

 

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So sweet, foxy panties Betti Bones Shop

 

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Miss Crofton...thank god for natural models..and creatively designed hand made artisan goods

 

 

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Honoka Lingerie. Source.

 

 

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Baby…I was just born this way. I don’t know if it’s the natural no effort sultriness of Madame Brunette or the modesty of the cuts, but this is my favorite so far. Heirloom collectibles. Couture undies by I am Evgenia.

 

 

Oh SO LOVELY lingerie

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In love….so sexy, beautiful colors…..OH SO LOVELY

 

 

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Ohhhlulu, Lingerie @ Etsy.

 

 

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Naomi Lingerie, Japanese Style

 

 

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1920s vintage style….from Cluebelle

 

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Simple prettiness by Ollegoria

CIAO CIAO

 

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