Here for those in the windowless offices who’s idea of work-space personalization is a rubber stapler and a mason jar full of highlighters.
I know I don’t have to tell you how boring an office desk can be. If the only thing making your work-space feel like your own is the purse you stash underneath, then listen closely:
Studies show, time and time again, that an office devoid of that “touch of yourself”, make for miserable, and consequently, unproductive employees. More than 85% of an average person’s life is spent indoors. If you, like so many others, work a traditional 8 hour workday in an office, that percentage could likely be more. Being constantly engaged with a computer screen rather than the environment can cause a great deal of stress.
However, this is a problem that is easily solved. By decorating your office, you are then more engaged with your environment, and thus you will feel more comfortable and less stressed.
This website will assist youin an effort to create a work-space/home environment you actually enjoy instead of one you just exist in. Also, plants–they’re the best.
Send your office-inspo on Pinterest and I’ll try my best to recreate the “look” in my blog post!
If you’re your own boss then it’s likely you’re already doing this, however, if your boss is a tyrannical, work-obsessed fiend who is immune to reason and empathy—here are some arguments you can make to support your cause.
It really won’t decrease your productivity.
The New York Times reported on a story that was published in Nature Neuroscience where researchers tested the performance of the subjects four times a day. As you can assume, performance declined with each passing test. However, when the subjects were allowed to take a 30-minute nap in between tests, the performance decline halted. Even more inspiring is that when they were allowed an hour nap, their performance spiked. I highly recommend you read Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Mark Ehrman and Sara Mednick, and if you’re feeling passive aggressive, give it to your boss for Christmas. Why are we ashamed of needing a nap? In this book lies all the evidence you need to be able to kick that harmful stigma.
Sleep deprivation AND stress are linked to several diseases, depression, memory problems, and yes, even cancer. Kill two birds with one stone with a work nap!
In just 10 minutes, you can improve your immune health, cognitive function, and emotional control. Sleep is a basic need that keeps us healthy and functioning. In the same way you wouldn’t neglect eating all day due to your busy schedule, you shouldn’t neglect time for rest. Several big offices have nap pods—successful companies too, like Google and the Huffington Post. What makes these companies so successful, and perhaps what sets them apart from smaller less influential companies, is that they are forward thinkers. Therefore, allow your employees to nap at work -> become as successful as Google. Simple cause and effect.
One study estimates that low productivity costs U.S. companies $63 billion a year—increase your employees’ productivity by letting them rest so they can be at the top of their game.
They’re called power-naps for a reason! They charge our energy and memory, allowing us to work as productively as possible.
If your boss still won’t let you take nap after you make a concrete thoughtful argument, quit. Or don’t quit and just nap fearlessly–this is 2017, get with the program.
Urban Outfitters may not be your style apparel wise, but they indisputably know what they are doing when it comes to decor pieces—-who doesn’t love a good knick-knack? AND DID YOU KNOW that they have live succulents on their website? Betcha’ didn’t–you are welcome. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but I could easily spend hundreds of dollars on vases, which is something no one should ever do.
You’ve likely been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper—I, like pretty much everyone, am absolutely obsessed with her and her designs. Despite this, I somehow am just arriving at the “Joanna has a home-goods store party”, and I don’t think I’ll ever leave.
Upon first arriving, you can bet I filled my cart with every quilt, glass jar, and candle-holder that suited my fancy. Obviously as a broke twenty-three-year-old, I had no intention of purchasing everything that was in my cart (aside from the most perfect throw pillow I had ever laid eyes on that will stay in my cart till payday). While fun, it got me thinking, why are we paying so much for stuff that looks worn and old? There must be cheaper options out there. The items in the collection are no doubt worth the money, especially if you just need a few pieces and aren’t someone starting from ground zero. However, if you’re like me and you love the farmhouse aesthetic, but can’t justify that price tag, here are some cheaper finds I found on Amazon. Also, there is a case to be made for expensive pillow covers and cheap pillows, but that’s for another post. Of course, I can’t make the argument that the quality will be the same, but if you’re in the same boat as me, quality concerns are a smaller hitch when compared to looming credit card debt.
Below are a few cheaper alternatives to Magnolia Market’s items:
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Not exact replicas, sure, but it serves as an example that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the same general look. Joanna, I adore you, wish I was you, but for now I will settle as the off-brand version. I would love to hear the ways you have dodged the designer price tags in the comments (TJ Maxx is great, also). Connect with tinydeskplants on Pinterest if you just can’t get enough home-envy!
Most of us, when confronted about a delicious recipe we found on Pinterest, would admit to where we found it, likely proud of the luck that brought us to it and our home-making resourcefulness; but is it the same with designs? Our space designs are, of course, much more personal, especially when it comes to the design of our homes. Will the amateur, or even experienced decorator, own up to the fact that their beautiful living room design is modeled from a pin they saved down to the colors of the lamp shades and the precise area of the rug? Are these designs meant to be replicated, or rather are they meant to be admired as their own individual pieces of art?
I came across this concern while gathering inspiration for my Desk Design Project. I began to notice a pattern:
Find a room design I enjoyed
Save Pin and open in new tab
Start googling descriptions of what I saw in the Pin in an effort to recreate each “look”
I’m sure this is how many of us decorate, and I want to be careful so as not to offend—There isn’t anything wrong with this approach. Hell, I do it all the time. However, if you’re someone who really values creativity, and looks at the design of your space as a form of self-expression, is Pinterest clouding your originality?
I think it most certainly is.
So how can you maintain your design originality?
Definitely avoid my process which I outlined above. Use Pinterest as a source of inspiration, sure, but take care to only take pieces or general anesthetics from your Pins, and from that you can create your own design. Think of it as paraphrasing, or maybe including a quotation (that fuzzy pillow you WILL build the whole space around). It’s a great resource, but I would argue that you would feel much more fulfilled by a space that is not built on imitation, but by your own imagination. Now I just have to take my own advice–easier said then done, Pinterest designs are #goals.
And for God’s sake, if you do model a room based off of one specific pin, own up to it. Don’t commit Pinterest plagiarism, send us the pin, and give us a follow while you’re at it.
My boyfriend recently landed a new job that is mainly work-from-home (what a jerk). He was given a desktop computer, a laptop, computer dock, etc. Right now, all of that stuff is on the dining room table under a mountain of unopened mail…I know…. Very uninspiring. Because of this, I can’t very well tell you how you should optimize your work-space if I’m witness for what can only be described as an affront to interior design. Therefore, before anything else, I will remedy this situation, posting updates periodically. Things can only go up from here.
Luckily for him, I am an expert in desk design–my blog says so, so it must be true. He is building his own desk (pictures to come), so at least we can waive that expense. I’m picturing a cozy but well lit space; obviously with ample plant-life seeing as the office room only has one small window. Somewhat related: why are area rugs so expensive? Let me know if you know any good websites for that. I’ve been scouring the inter-webs all day looking for unique design elements, I’ll include some of my favorites below–keeping in mind that this will be a man’s work-space, and not the Pinterest desk of my dreams (see Corgi Cactus Holder). However, if all goes well, I’ll assume my services will be in high demand; the line starts here, folks.
Again, more information to come on this project. If you have any ideas/design inspiration please don’t hesitate to share. I’m also on Pinterest so follow me if you’re interested in the aesthetic I will be trying to achieve.
What is an Air Plant.. And how the heck can I grow one?
Air plants, scientifically named Tillandsia, grow without soil. Because of this, the leaves are responsible for absorbing the moisture, and the roots latch on to whatever structure you choose. These plants require bright, filtered sunlight; meaning they are perfect window plants for an office. They’re architectural flexibility makes them popular hanging plants, however they can latch on to any surface you choose–so feel free to get creative.
The drawback of these soil-free wonders is that they require special care to get the water they need. Many people use a spray bottle to mist the leaves of the plants every couple of days. However, in addition to this, these plants need to be submerged in water every few weeks. You can do this before leaving the office one day, and put them back on display the next. There is no fear of over-watering, because the plants stop absorbing once they’ve soaked up all the water they need.
Caring for air plants is a lot easier than it looks, and their adaptability to different structures make them a popular interior design plant. Of course, air plants will also purify the air in your office. Air plants. Below is a good starter pack for someone wanting to experiment with Air Plants.
Now that we’ve established how to begin caring for your new plants–let’s get on to the fun part. Below are some of the most fun air plant holders I could find on the web. Of course, there is always an opportunity to design your own. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a DIY version of some of these air plant holders!
As you can see, these beauties do not require much of a base. There are several beautiful Hanging Plant hanging options as well if you want to try out that chic, architectural design.
As we’re well aware, plants give us life–Without plants, we wouldn’t be here. Indoor plants provide benefits to our health as well in the form of psychological well-being; the only downside–we have to give them their life in return.
If you’re thinking you can barely keep yourself alive at work, let alone another living thing, consider a Pet Rock.
However, for those of you that want some life on your lifeless desk, but are wary of commitment (raises hand), find below my top options for dummy-proof, low maintenance greens.
If you don’t have a window in your office, you should skip this guy. While they don’t require constant sunlight, they will not survive well without being set in the light for a few hours a day. However, if you have a sun patch in your office, Aloe Plants are one of the hardiest plants out there, and even those with the blackest thumbs will have trouble killing these.
Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing option, the Umbrella Tree is also one of the easiest plants to care for. This forgiving house plant comes with a ceramic pot, soil, and care instructions making it perfect for the lazy decorator.
This plant will thrive in your windowless office. These versatile little guys will grow in dry soil, or even water vases. However, the best thing about these plants is that they will rid the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde; literally bringing the fresh, outdoor air inside.
Another plant that requires no sunlight, but is arguably more durable than the last. Also referred to as Mother in Law’s tongue, these office plants will survive the longest vacations. Another benefit, NASA research has shown that they will keep the air in your office or home clean.
Sticking with our theme of clean air, the Spider Plant is my favorite indoor house plant, both for it’s durability, and it’s physical qualities. This beautiful plant thrives in artificial/florescent lighting, i.e. every office ever, and does best in cooler temperatures.
Allow roots to dry between watering.
Thrives with artificial light.
There you have it: a no-excuses list of plants that you, yes you, can grow in your office.