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Work Spaces & Ergonomics

Man, going from a laptop to a desktop presents all sorts of chaos! I can’t find email on this computer because duh, it’s on the other one. And I can’t access this and that software because duh, I don’t have the license for it to pop it onto this machine too. I mean hello! This is a pain! Thing is, ever since my doctor gave me an ergonomic lecture I’ve been working on my posture, doing all sorts of pretzel-like poses on my floor mat, and working at a real desk vs. anywhere I can open my laptop and start beating on the keys. No, I must work at a proper desk with a proper chair and with my eyes 18-24″ from the screen. BUT IT IS HARD. SO HARD. I want to blog in all rooms, anytime, anywhere, legs folded, crossed, standing, sitting… And I can’t.

Workspace

I could not, would not, on the couch
I would not, could not, I may slouch
I would not type stuff on a stool.
I would not cos it just ain’t cool.
I would not blog stuff here or there
I would not blog just anywhere…

Funny thing about all of this is that I studied ergonomics as part of my job in Human Resources back in the day as I needed to schedule assessments for certain employees who I observed to be working in a way that would eventually transform them into slumped over groaning in pain employees. My job was to nip it before it grew into an issue. And now, years later, I’m the problem employee and my doctor is trying to change my evil blogging from anywhere ways. Go figure.

Workspace

Workspace

Workspace

As I moved furniture around in my living room until midnight last night trying to create a workspace, I thought about all of those that I’ve seen or featured on decor8 before that have inspired me and other workspaces that I’ve not shared before that rock my world. Perhaps you will like these spaces, and if you are blogging from your sofa, kitchen table, or on some pouffe or stool perhaps you will think it over and read up on ergonomics and consider ways in which you can work more properly. Ways that will make you feel better and even look better because good posture does a lot for a person, doesn’t it? Here is a good ergonomics guide to get your started.

Workspace

Workspace

A simple day set aside to access and organize your room can work magic. It did for me… now if only I could figure out how make my move from the laptop to desktop easier!

(images: house to home with permission by Claire Toms.)

Posted in workspace on June 28, 2010

Snug Studio: Hannover

Ready to be inspired? I’m excited to present another shared workspace between two fantastic designers who happen to live and work in Hannover, Germany. Yesterday I presented the atelier of Sidsel and Line in Denmark and to continue in the spirit of shared paths we’ll visit Snug studio which happens to be in my neighborhood so I visit this space regularly. Snug studio is part showroom, part office and part workspace and is a collaboration between Interior Designer Kerstin Reilemann from Domestic Candy and Architect Berit Luedecke that recently opened in December 2009. (You may remember Kerstin, I shared her home in my column over at Cookie magazine last year.)

Snug Hannover

This lovely space is open daily and will soon be open 24/7 as they will launch a web shop here on March 1st (bookmark this link!). Don’t worry, I’ll post a reminder on decor8 when the time comes so you can pick out some goodies for yourself. If you cannot wait until March 1, some of these products are sold under the Domestic Candy label over in Kerstin’s DaWanda shop online.

Snug in Hannover

Kerstin and Berit decided to launch Snug together because their design sensibilities are very similar, they like to experiment with turning old things into new ones in addition to creating their own designs — and both enjoy clean, modern lines with a nod to their German heritage. Only their products, mostly handmade from wood, have a bit of a twist – they’ve incorporated elements of traditional and modern Dutch and Swedish design along with traditional German items. I enjoy seeing their unique translation of what German, Dutch and Swedish design looks like combined, at least through their eyes — it’s a fresh and beautiful interpretation.

Snug in Hannover

Snug in Hannover

Snug in Hannover

Snug in Hannover

Snug in Hannover

From ceramic candle holders inspired by traditional cake molds, pendant lights created from vintage porcelain coffee filters, and a wooden bench made using recycled chair backs with new, modern seating surfaces, Snug is a design studio with a fresh approach. Their shop is a place to buy something beautiful or to simply visit for a little inspiration, walking away with new ideas of your own. I’m so happy to have Berit and Kerstin and their beautiful Snug studio in Hannover!

(images: snug studio, hannover)

Posted in Home Tours, workspace on February 23, 2010

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

I just love stories of successful collaborations between creatives — it’s really special and I hope to someday enter a relationship with someone in which I can share a workspace with too. There is something so energizing about working with another whom you get along with well and can talk to throughout the day, bouncing ideas off of one another in addition to sharing work and dividing tasks so that all of the work doesn’t fall on one person. With this in mind, are you ready to see a lovely glimpse into the world of Sidsel Gaustadnes and Line Juhl Hansen who are both artists, bloggers, friends and creative ladies in Denmark?

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

These ladies share a studio (two different companies, same space and coffee machine!) and if you read Boligliv magazine, you may have already peeked in on them as they have a lovely spread in the March 2010 issue. Thing is, it’s in Danish and I thought it may be nice to share some highlights of the article in English so Sidsel has quoted a few bits from it to share with you today. I also have photos that both Sidsel and Line sent in to share first with decor8 readers of their home and workspace, so please pause for a moment to enjoy these inspiring spaces today — such a nice start to a new week!

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

“The name of the street is translated to Lovers Lane – but I prefer Pathway of love – since it expresses our working paths better. The street is a hidden pathway with no cars allowed,” says Sidsel. Ooh isn’t this charming?

Here are some highlights from the magazine only in English…

“In the heart of Aarhus, a short distance from the harbour and the heavily-trafficked approach roads, a small oasis of charm and character lies hidden. Surrounded by old mews and apartment blocks are old industrial buildings and workshops… this place is called “Kærlighedsstien”, and for a couple of hundred metres it is reminiscent of a calm breath of air in the middle of the city traffic. In No. 7, the artist and architect Line Juhl Hansen and graphic designer Sidsel Gaustadnes have their base in one of the old workshops – Line with her paintings and Sidsel with her graphic design company., Spagat.”

“Line has worked as an established painter for a number of years and is represented in some of the country’s leading galleries. With her delicate sense for graphic design, Sidsel has created graphic identities for companies for several years. When art meets design a really special vibe emerges, a vibe the two women invoke in both individual and shared projects.”

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

“Not far from the studio lies the 80-square-metre apartment with three rooms that is the home of Line, her boyfriend Jonas and children Vigga and Sofus. The small space only leaves room for objects and furniture that serve a practical purpose. It has been of crucial importance for Line and her family to be surrounded by city life. The family does have a summer house, however, which they use a lot both during summer and winter when they need to take deep breaths of fresh air and the kids need to roam more freely. Line and Jonas are both architects by trade and they both have a handyman gene – which is good because when you have two children in an apartment with three rooms it tests your skills at interior decoration.” You can see more about painter Line Juhl Hansen here.

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

Creative Collaboration in Denmark

“Graphic designer Sidsel Gaustadnes lives with her husband, Klaus, and their daughter, Nanna, in a 138-square-meter, four-room apartment in the center of Aarhus. The flat has big bright windows, tall ceilings, lye-treated wooden floors and the first impression is one of purity and light. On the walls are paintings by, among others, her colleague Line Juhl Hansen. You can feel that great emphasis is put on the fact that the home is the base for a family. There is space just to be – and you want to spend time in the rooms.” You can see more of Sidsel Gaustadnes’ design here.

For the full article (this was only a partial take) and beautiful views from the magazine pick up a copy of BoligLiv if you are able. If not, this will hopefully lead you over to the BoligLiv website along with those of Sidsel and Line, to find more inspiration today.

Sidsel’s website + blog

Line’s website + blog

Thank you so much ladies for allowing decor8 readers into your fantastic spaces today!

P.S. Tomorrow I’ll share with you another collaboration between two amazing designers who happen to live in my neighborhood… Stay tuned for that!

(photos: Hanna Stroyer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, workspace on February 22, 2010

Pottery Barn Lust

Yeah, there I’ve said it. I lust after some things at Pottery Barn. Not all but definitely some. Like you, I pick and choose from a variety of stores. But I’m loving lots of stuff in the PB organizing + office category because I have this office obsession lately — it’s all I think about. I guess it has to do with the feeling of want. You know, when you’re single you want the partner. When you’re a secretary you want the promotion. When you are a blogger you want the readers. And when you are working from your dining room table (me) you want the office space. So this is my desire-of-the-moment. An office space to call my own. What is currently hot on your want list?

Pottery Barn Storage

I dream of nooks and corners and windows to hang things in and a wall for my inspiration board. But I refuse to be one of those who are miserable while they wait. Instead, I’m collecting my inspirations so that once I do have an office, I will know exactly what to order to furnish it and make it my own. And then when it is finished, I will show you how it looks. When it comes to decorating ideas, my brain is on overload –  I cannot decide upon the color scheme, though I know at least 3 of the walls will be white and I’m thinking the 4th will be wallpaper or painted in a favorite solid color. I still love that accent wall trend out there and though it may die tomorrow, I’m thinking I can still rock it if I use a paper that I’m in love with.I know what I do want… plenty of storage and a bright space.

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

Pottery Barn Storage

(I know this is a bedroom, but I’d love to have a storage bench in my office like this one.)

Are you currently thinking of a certain room in the home that you’d like to redecorate? Or are you, like me, looking for a new flat to live in and dreaming of all of the features you home it will have? If so, what are some features you are looking for?

I have a list that is a bit embarrassing to share with any property agent as I’m sure they’d roll their eyes and kick me out of their office. So I keep most of my “wants” in my head. But one want that I do share off the cuff is hardwood floors and enough rooms for an office and guest bedroom. I’ve never had space for a guest bedroom and want one so badly… and of course it will be a nursery if and when I decide to have children but until then it will be a guest room and I certainly will use it for guests as there is a list of people back home whom I’d love to have over for a visit. I don’t want to live large or anything, but I do want to stay where I move next so I’m thinking ahead a bit. I really, really have come to hate moving so the next time I move I want to stay in my apartment for 100 years. :)

I’m off to IKEA… I need a new mattress and no doubt I’ll come home WITHOUT a mattress but a bag of things that I did not intend to buy. :) See you later on today!

(images: pottery barn)

Posted in uncategorized, workspace on November 16, 2009

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