How To: Personalize Your Desk at Work

I am currently a Designer for an Interior Design firm in DC and have been working here for about a year. Lately, I have been feeling like my desk has become an unorganized mess; quotes and drawings, fabric samples, paint chips, post-it notes, and our client folders everywhere. This morning, I ran to Home Depot to return a switch plate that our client didn’t need and as I was walking to the customer service desk, I saw a stand of succulents. My favorite kind of plants! Before checking out, I convinced myself to buy a mini succulent pot for my desk at work! I have been thinking that I need to personalize my desk for a while now, but I haven’t really motivated myself to do so. There are many days where I am out running errands to running to appointments with clients to my boss, but there are those days where I spend most of my time doing office work and spend all day sitting at my uninviting, unattractive desk. Spending your day at a desk all day, is not the best thing for your psyche…Here are some tips that I will be implementing and I hope you do to!

Organize. This is the most practical step to personalizing your desk. Purchasing containers to hold your pens, folders, office supplies, etc., will not only organize your desk but decorate your desk to your style! Here are some cute ideas for containers for your desk at work…

Add color. Color is going to be the most obvious change to your workspace and will brighten up any day at work. You can add color to the containers or office supplies that you’ve purchased. If you work in a cubicle, then add some colored wallpaper to the walls of the cubicle like in the picture below!

Buy a plant. If you purchase a plant, like a succulent, make sure you get one that doesn’t need a lot of attention. Don’t forget that plants need a light source to stay alive and grow. If your desk is by a window or close to another light source, purchasing a plant is ideal. However, if your not near a sufficient light source, then buying flowers that you leave in water and replace weekly is another option.

Frames and Art. I don’t know about you, but a picture of my puppy, kitty, family, friends, or fiancé on my desk would brighten up any day of mine at work! Maybe you have a child and they drew something for you. Since your refrigerator door is already full of family portraits or something that seems inspired by a little Picasso, save one of those pieces of art for your office!

Check out the photos below for some inspiration!

XO,
Jessica Calkins

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Trick or Treat

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With Halloween right around the corner, all of you must have costumes on your mind! When I was a little girl, my costume had to be perfect. I usually was a princess, and the same one three years in a row, but I have to say, my all time favorite costume was when I was tinker bell. Now, I was five, and did actually think I was tinker bell in real life, but that was the one night where I could run around and people actually went along with it!

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Throughout the years I have been 80’s workout girls, superheroes, Disney princesses, ladybugs, and of course my favorite, the cute little fairy with the green sparkles in her hair.

This year I will be Sandy, the good girl gone bad for her biker boyfriend, Danny, in the movie “Grease”. My boyfriend will be playing the handsome bad boy as well. That was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I must be the leather, red lipstick wearing, curly haired Sandy! My search for the perfect leather leggings, and off the shoulder black top has not started yet, but you better believe that I will be going anywhere and everywhere to look like I am out of that movie.

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What are your costume ideas for this Halloween? I know there are some hip new ideas out there, and many come from Pinterest! I think that the DIY costumes are always the best, because you know that you will never look like anybody else, even if they went with the same exact costume!

With Katniss Everdeen fighting crime, and Miley Cyrus…well, maybe not, there are a wide range of people and “things” you can be this Halloween. Get those creative minds pumping and have some fun this Halloween! I know I will!!!!!

DIY Junk Yard Frame: Jewelry Display

The other day, my fiancé and I went on our weekly “Thrify Thursday” shopping spree, in search of some frames for wall art that I am designing for our apartment. We came across this really cool gold frame, with a strip of fabric along the edge! After giving the seller my $3 for a frame that would accompany several others in our framed wall, we drove back quickly to the apartment to begin our project of refinishing and painting. While trying to remove the glass from the frame, the glass cracked! At first, I was upset that my favorite frame had broken and could no longer use it to frame the black and white photo of my fiancé, my yellow lab, Rosie, my kitten, Moe Moe, and I. How could I re-use this glass-less frame?

Why not use this frame to create a DIY Jewelry Display!? A different, unique way to display your favorite statement necklaces and long, carrousel earrings as a beautiful piece of art.

Here is what you will need:

An old frame

Chicken wire

Staple gun, fully loaded with staples

Wire cutters

Optional: Spray paint and sandpaper (if you don’t prefer the original finish of the frame)

Step 1:  Take your sandpaper, and remove the existing finish from the frame.

Step 2:  Spray paint your frame in your desired color. Apply 2 or 3 coats to make sure the paint is even. Tip: Purchase a spray paint that already has a sealant.

Step 3:  Let that beautiful frame dry overnight!

Step 4: Measure the backside of the frame, and cut the chicken wire, carefully! This part takes a lot of time and patience if you are using hand-wire cutters.

Step 5:  Staple gun the chicken wire to the back of the frame!

Step 6:  Take the thicker wire that wrapped packaged the chicken wire together, and create little “S” shaped hooks! This is what you will use to hang your jewelry on.

Hang that beautiful display piece on your wall. Now while you’re not styling your favorite statement necklaces, you can sit and stare at the beautiful jewelry as a piece of art!

XOXO,

Jessica