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Inspirations

Feng Shui Fun

While “being more organized” wasn’t on the shortlist of things we’d like to accomplish this year, we’d still like to make an effort to turn our cluttered and sometimes chaotic desks into havens of positive energy and beauty (bring on the zen!).  So we turned to the bagua, an energy map that divides any space (be it your entire home, your family room or just your desk) into nine areas, each corresponding to a part of your life (relationships, health, creativity, etc.)

A Feng Shui Desk

A Feng Shui Desk

In a great article written for WholeLiving magazine, feng shui expert Jayme Barrett suggests picking “one or two goals that are most important to you, whether it’s improved health, success or inspiration.”  Here are the areas we think might need a little attention:

Wealth ~ back left: A plant will encourage growth in this area, as does a water fountain or symbol of water.  Since a water fountain is out of the question, how about these delightful pickling jars used as terrariums?

Turn Pickling Jars Into Wealth Enhancers

Turn Pickling Jars Into Wealth Enhancers

Family (did we mention we have teenage sons?) ~ middle left: To nourish close ties, display a family photo, a bowl or lamp and accent this space in shades of blue or green.  These wonderfully organic nestling scallop bowls will do the trick.

Heather Knight's Delights

Heather Knight's Delights

Knowledge ~ front left: Keep books or reference materials in this area, along with a blue object to energize learning.  Flower Sense, by Tricia Guild, is always a great source of inspiration and it’s cover is blue!

This Book Makes Sense

This Book Makes Sense

Creativity ~ middle right: Add a journal or light and place colored post-its here if you need your creative juices to flow.  Christian Lacroix certainly does the trick for us and these zinnia note blocks are so much more fun than the 3M ones.

Stylish Notes

Stylish Notes

Snow & Graham's Colorful Coordinates

Snow & Graham's Colorful Coordinates

Any thoughts… is feng shui funky or fun?

Photos from WholeLiving, Pottery Barn, Heather Knight, Kate’s Paperie and Snow & Graham

Inspirations

An Office Do-Over

Making Music with an Accordion Calendar

Making Music with an Accordion Calendar

Something about this time of year makes us want to be highly organized and despite all our valiant efforts, we still scramble at the last minute to get things done.  Inspired by this post on The English Organizer, we reached out to the lovely Pauline to see what she could do to help us scratch at least one thing off our to-do list by the end of the year: to create an office environment that speaks to our high-end florals and clientele.

Mary McDonald Loves Purple

Katie Ridder Loves Purple

Pauline started out as Struggling To Be Stylish but given that we think she’s pretty darn stylish (her posts on her kitchen remodel and her master bedroom makeover will attest to that!), we were thrilled to read that she’s started down a new path as a Professional Organizer.  Needless to say, we grew up with a very efficient (and pretty scary!) English governess so when we had the chance to work with this British expat, we jumped at the chance.  Without further ado, here’s our office before…

The Buzz's Desk

The Buzz's Desk

The Buzz's Bookcase and Books

The Buzz's Bookcase and Books

and after!

Blooming Office Mood Board

Blooming Office Mood Board

OK, so technically the picture above is a mood board but we love all of Pauline’s suggestions.  She even took into account that our first retail client was Bergdorf Goodman in the city and stuck to a purple theme.

Bananas for Bergdorfs!

Bananas for Bergdorfs!

There’s much more that goes into organizing an office so click here to read the entire post.  Now that we know what to do, we better start cracking to get it done…  Thank you, Pauline, for such great advice and inspiration!

Photos from Snow & Graham, La Dolce Vita, The English Organizer, Bergdorf Goodman and yours truly