Sunday, 19 October 2014

Office drama

Pens poised, The Apartment readers - it's time for a lesson in desk space style. If you don't have a dedicated home office, don't despair - with a desk as divine as these, you'll want to show it off in the corner of your living room or bedroom. Lesson number one? Mix the practical with the personal - a brass lamp here, a photo frame there - and work within a colour palette for a cohesive and uncluttered look. Find your class reading material below...

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Lesson two: The task at hand might be boring, but that doesn't mean your desk has to be. Tape up travel photos, postcards, magazine tear sheets and inspirational quotes to the wall using MT tape - the Japanese fabric tape comes in every colour and pattern imaginable - gold houndstooth, anyone? - and is removable, reusable and much more fun (not to mention cheaper and easier!) than framing.

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Beautiful in blue - see lesson one above (male nude optional).

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Lesson three: a fabric-covered pinboard is the ideal backdrop for inspirational bits and pieces, from wallpaper samples to lustworthy labels you can't bring yourself to bin. Buy clear acrylic or pearl-head pins - studies have shown that tacky primary-coloured plastic seriously lowers your IQ. 

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Lesson four: Studies have also shown (we mean it this time) that pot plants aid concentration in a work environment. So adorn your desk with a fresh note of green, be it a terrarium, orchid or a hanging plant as per the above - find similar macrame hangers here.


Your final lesson: Have some fun with desk lighting - there are hundreds of designs to choose from, but this quirky mint green tripod lamp has a left-of-centre look we love. Class dismissed. 

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