They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but open the drawers or cupboards in any kitchen in America and you have a 97.567% chance of finding junk in at least one or more of them. So if the kitchen really is the heart of the home, why oh why do we have so much damn junk stuffed into those drawers and cupboards. But, TBH we all have one, the infamous “junk drawer”, and who knows if we actually all really need them (or the stuff in them for that matter). More often than not, the junk drawer just becomes a dumping ground for anything and everything that you can’t find another place for but don’t see the need to toss out.
Minimalism is becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons, especially with the “style de jour” being “effortless expensive” (as my boss has dubbed it), which has some very strong minimalism veins running through it and the use of a few VERY well crafted items vs, a shelf full of cheap clutter. Who knows why the minimalist trend is booming – It might be because a lot of people feel that life outside the house is getting SO hectic that a more minimalist design for the interiors will help counter that, or maybe because with the ever inflating prices on just about everything in the stores we think it is now ok to buy $400 linen blanket that is no different from a vintage version that costs an eighth of the price. Others may lean more minimalist simply because they want to get rid of the stuff they don’t need or use – which might also be to blame on the book that I read along with just about everyone else “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Whatever it is, minimalism is trending.
Blank walls are the bane of every american home, apart from enough storage solutions to hide all our hoards, and clean countertops (although I am pretty OCD about the last). And when your walls are bare, and your space is blah – paint is the typical and obvious answer, but there is only so much rolling one can do before getting bored with paint as the solution.
So, instead of opting for the tried and tested (paint), I tried to do a little outside of the box thinking to give you some solutions to give a little life to your walls. With that in mind, below are a few that I approved of (except the last – which I am still on the fence on unless done VERY right).
An office space is a place of work and productivity (that is if you are feeling inspired, not having a case of the monday’s, are in a focused mood, and feel like working). But, it also has to be a place that makes you feel inspired and productive. Unfortunately, your office decor can’t FORCE you to get your work done, but the right environment can help. When it comes to the corporate world, unfortunately most corporate office designs don’t inspire productivity or a sense of productivity (unless you work at the startup de jour, and get free dry-cleaning, swag bags for the weekend, ambiguous working hours, and bikes to ride down the hall on). For the most part, the corporate world of office design is dull, plain and boring and they can make both employees and visitors feel like they’d rather be basically anywhere else. And as much as we would like to pretend that office design doesn’t play a part in what sort of work gets pumped out of it, the design of an office is often considered as part of what can make a business a success both in productivity and creativity. So in the name of “mondays” I’ve pulled together a list of some of the must have’s in every office, whether that be for your own home office or for the 9-5 you go to everyday, and of course some inspiration to go along with it.
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Summer Friday’s have official begun at work for me (well this Friday at least – fingers crossed it is the first of many), which means more time to enjoy the weekend, and more importantly, the weekend sales that are happening. And although I will not begin to call myself a “FASHUN blogger”, I will admit to a love a shopping and an even greater love of shopping while everything is on sale. So in celebration of that and the weekend, I have rounded up 21 of my favorite finds from Forever21 (see what I did there) because they are having a massive sale this weekend and everything is an additional 20% off with the code: SUMMER20. AND… they finally figured out their return system and now allow online returns (unlike they do in their store). So no more wondering if it is going to fit and then taking the gamble of having to deal with a massive store credit when nothing works out. So buy away, and return away. (Just be sure to do it before 06/18, as that is when the promo ends)
Cheers to the weekend, cheers to being a maxxinista, and cheers to dressing to impress.