The Home Office In & Outs

The term “home office” refers to an office that is based inside of a home. Most small business owners or even entrepeneurs are probably extremely familiar with this type of workspace because it is a convenient way to telecommunte and handle business outside of the standard nine to five. A pretty typical home office usually consists of a desk or work area, office seat, computer and telephone, and of course filing cabinets or storage space.
Because there are so many people working from home these days the home office has gained a great deal of popularity since its first real introduction in the 90s with the internet boom.
The design of a home office should be developed to functionally satisfy the kind of work that is done in the space. It should work well for the person using it and should be able to facilitate efficiency as a worker.

First, allow a sufficient amount of space for work to be had. Ideally, we would suggest allotting a seperate room solely for the use of office space. This will enable someone to have complete functional space and privacy without interruption or distraction. Of course, an entirely different room isn’t always an option for some people–when this is the case, even a small section of a living space or guest room can always suffice. We suggest designating a space you feel comfortable and not so confined. (working in a shoe box is never good for one’s mental state)

Next, select from the variety of office setups that best suits you.
There is the U-shaped arrangement, which keeps everything within reach and is most desirable in larger office spaces.
The L-shaped arrangement on the other hand, allows a secondary workspace, which helps to feel as though you have two comfortable workspaces.
The V-shaped arrangement is much like the U, but with a smaller work area for your computer. The “wings” are surfaces you can use to stack notes and other gadgets, such as the phone, fax and copy machines, or any other device desired.

Always remember that the office furniture you choose should fit the office arrangement you select, and should never overpower the size of your overall space. Remember, if space is limited–smaller, lighter, and moveable furniture is the best direction to go in. Avoid heavy and large pieces that will make the office tight and difficult to work in.

Low Maintenance Getaway

With the summer in full bloom vacation is on the minds of everyone trying to beat the heat. What better to surrround yourself with beautiful, low maintenance design so you can entertain, soak up the sun, and enjoy the summer completely stress free…the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which bikini to lay out in.




Our Nod To Los Angeles’ Modern Restaurants

According to author Chris Nichols, ‘googie’ design expert, architectural guru, and Associate Director at Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles is home for amazing modern restaurant design and architecture dating back to the mid 1950s and 60s when modern and post modern architecture swept the design world by storm. To date many of these restaurants still exist and flourish with the surge of economy in the last sixty years (not counting the recent devastation) and have only grown drastically in admiration and aesthetic quality. Modern restaurant design today though beautiful to the eye and swanky in feel, have all been influenced in some way, shape, or form by these designs that pioneered what we now know as cool, modern architecture and design. We hate to state the obvious, but design has come a LOOONGGG way since these buildings were the “it” buildings by architectural standards, but we have to admit that Los Angeles would not be the same without the authenticity and integrity of these restaurants. Its for that reason that L.A. natives, tourists, and designers just can’t resist giving them the ‘nod’ they deserve.

FRED 62 designed by fred sutherland and chef fred eric in 1997

CHIPS RESTAURANT designed by harry harrison in 1957

BONAVISTA LOUNGE designed in 1967 by john portman

ENCOUNTER RESTAURANT designed & built in 1961 by welton becket, luckman and pereira and paul williams architects

FORMER HOLIDAY BOWL COFFEE SHOP designed and built by armet and davis architects in 1957

MEL'S DRIVE IN by lane and schick architects, designed in 1962

STANDARD HOTEL'S '24/7 RESTAURANT' modernly designed by cloud beelman in 1955

NORMS RESTAURANT designed by eldon davis of armet, davis, and newlove architects

THE DONUT HOLE designed in 1968

THE WORLDS OLDEST MCDONALDS designed in 1953 by the famous stanley c. meston

list and images courtesy of dwell.com

What’s HOT for July 2010

The online gallery Zatista is a hot choice for July and August being a unique one stop shop for trendy art and innovative creations. The website allows anyone navigating its page to be linked directly to up and coming artists and explore further art works by the artist at hand.

The wallflowers are making their way back in–and in a big way. The month is full of floral wallpapers inspired by those of the 60s….minus the avocado green your grandmother still has in her kitchen. These are a modern spin on an old tradition. Marimekko recently released thirteen of his fabric designs from the revolutionary days in the 60s as trend setting wallpaper prints.

According to Elledecor.com evocative 60s furniture is a must for the month of July. Low backs, and straight lines make this style a cool, trendy fad for July. Pictured is the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams ‘Kennedy Sofa’.

All images courtesy of ElleDecor.com

Alright Boys…This is For You

There are some men out there that have the game all figured out, but for those of you gentlemen who need some assistance in that department, don’t worry… thats why there are pros such as ourselves to guide each and every one of you through these difficult situations.
Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Get your pencils ready, here are the most important things to always remember and DEFINITELY never forget.
Follow these simple rules, and we GUARANTEE you success.

(You can thank us later)

RULE # 1: Stay grounded

RULE #2: Be spontaneous and courageous

RULE #3: Express sensitivity

RULE #4: Know your limits

RULE #5: Be well hung