11 Ways to Spruce Up Your Work Space (and Your Work Day!)

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The modern cubicle was developed as a way for office workers to attain some privacy and independence while allowing in natural light. As you may have noticed, that is not really the way it’s turned out. Let’s be real, the best cure for the modern cubicle is finishing up your work and getting out of there, but here are some ideas to keep the daily grind from grinding you down.

 

  1. Potted Plant

 

Marimo Moss Balls (Image Credit: Pistils Nursery)

Marimo Moss Balls (Image Credit: Pistils Nursery)

A potted plant helps brighten up any office space. In addition to bringing something green and pleasant to your desk, the plants help clean the air of toxins and provide an oxygen boost.

The golden pothos and snake plant are both hardy plants, able to thrive in the low-light, low humidity conditions of an office. Also, if you want to make a new office friend, put a cutting in some water and wait for it to begin rooting, then spread the greenery around to your coworkers.

Alternatively, try a marimo moss ball – these are super low maintenance. Just replace the water when you remember.

 

  1. Fancy water bottle
DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)

DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)

Staying hydrated helps stave off the afternoon blahs and keep that skin glowing, but those plastic cups by the water cooler fit about a teaspoon of water. A fancy water bottle will both brighten up your desk and remind you to get that H2O.

DRIPP WTR BPA-Free Glass Water Bottle (Image Credit: Amazon)

 

  1. Lamp

 

RANARP Work Lamp (Image Credit: Ikea)

RANARP Work Lamp (Image Credit: Ikea)

Fluorescent lighting is the worst. It contributes to eyestrain and headaches, and just looks depressing. Natural sunlight is the best, but if you’re short on windows, try lamps. One or two can add some more natural light to your workspace.

 

  1. Photos

 

Umbra® Hangit Photo Display (Image Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Umbra® Hangit Photo Display (Image Credit: Bed Bath & Beyond)

Sick of looking at spreadsheets? Go to the local print shop and get some of those camera photos printed out. (Or, ok sneak the office color printer.) Tack them behind your computer, or hang them on a display like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. When those zeros and ones start getting to you, glance up and remember blue skies and friends.

 

  1. Fix up that storage
DIY Decoupage Storage Box (Image Credit: The Crafted Life)

DIY Decoupage Storage Box (Image Credit: The Crafted Life)

Tired of looking at stacks of papers? Hide them in a pretty box and give yourself something to look at. The Crafted Life has a great DIY option, or you can cheat it with these flower stickers.

 

  1.  Big Shawl
Shawl (Image Credit: Rusclothing)

Shawl (Image Credit: Rusclothing)

Here are two problems with offices. The air conditioning is weirdly unpredictable and rapidly changing. Secondly, office chairs are pretty damn ugly. I’m sitting in one right now, and it is really ugly. Solution? A big,pretty shawl. Drape it over your chair to dress up your office, and cover up those weird black adjusting bars that never really work. Then, when the air conditioning gets cranked to eleven, drape it over your shoulders for extra warmth.

 

  1. Nice Pens
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (Image Credit: Discount Art Supplies)

Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (Image Credit: Discount Art Supplies)

There is honestly no luxury like writing your notes with a good pen. I’m a big fan of these super fine markers, but maybe you like a fountain tip, or luxury ballpoint. Remember gel pens? You could become the office Gel Pen Lady, and that is an honored position.

 

  1. Hourglass
30 & 5 Minute Gravity Hourglasses - Time Management Set (Image Credit: Amazon)

30 & 5 Minute Gravity Hourglasses – Time Management Set (Image Credit: Amazon)

Have you heard of the pomodoro technique? It’s a system of giving yourself periods of focused work and breaks, to keep you working at your best. There are obviously computer based timers, but these hourglasses are a beautiful way of keeping you functional.

 

  1. Cool Staples
Swingline Color Bright Staples (Image Credit: Amazon)

Swingline Color Bright Staples (Image Credit: Amazon)

Want to differentiate your reports from your coworkers’? Stay late and do exemplary work! Or, buy purple staples. That’s way easier. Do they come in green? They do come in green.

 

  1. Nail Polish
Ombre Nails by Julep (Image Credit: Julep)

Ombre Nails by Julep (Image Credit: Julep)

Ok, so, nail polish is not an office supply. We know. That said, in any office, you are going to spend a lot of time glancing as your hands as you write emails, file files and stalk your exes on Facebook.  Some glittery nail polish will give you a bright focal point. Also, taking some time to yourself is the perfect antidote to the office blahs.

 

  1. Good Mouse Pads
Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

 

This tiny carpet is actually a mouse pad, so do I need to write anything else? How about a kitten floating through the infinite void?

 

Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

Mouse Pad Persian Style Carpet (Image Credit: Amazon)

Can we give it a tiny taco? This is the future. Of course we can give it a tiny taco.  

Dauntless Fight Running Cat for Taco Mouse Pad (Image Credit: Amazon)

Dauntless Fight Running Cat for Taco Mouse Pad (Image Credit: Amazon)

Who has the best job? You have the best job.

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DIY: Tips for Creating Your Home Library

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

When my books covered more floorspace in my bedroom than my actual furniture, I knew I needed to make a change. And I sure wasn’t planning on giving up my book addiction, so the next logical step was to give my books a place of honor in my home, on shelves made specifically for them. And thus, my library was born. Six months of painting, building, shopping and organizing later, and the storage room in our house was converted into my very own home library. And I’ve never been happier.

So if you’re thinking about tackling the same project in your home, here are a few tips from what I discovered about creating my home library.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

1. Plan, plan, plan!

The last thing you want to do when transforming a room into your home library is cost yourself extra time and money because your not sure what you want. So grab a tape measure, a utility knife and an old cardboard box and plan yourself a room. I’m a fan of visualizing things in advance, so I found it helpful to measure the dimension of my room, including the locations of the door and window, to see just how much space I had for shelves, seating and any decor I wanted to add. Then, using the box, I cut everything down to size for a mini-model of my future library. Without it, I might have bought a couch so large it blocked any and all entry into the room.

But if you’re not a fan of the make-your-own version, there are plenty of free online room planners available, like Room Sketcher and the Icovia Room Planner available for you to use.

2. Know your limits

Even if you have a small space to work with, don’t underestimate the time and (potentially) money that you’ll be putting into your library. Shelving, if you choose to make your own, cannot be built, primed, painted and ready for books in one day. Heck, your room cannot be painted and ready to move in all in one day for that matter. Plan a weekend for a small, solo project, or grab a few buddies and make it a transformation that lasts a couple of weekends. Just don’t stress yourself out. Creating your own library is supposed to be fun and something to be proud of when it’s all finished.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

3. Pick your style and get creative

Decorating a library can be expensive if you plan on buying everything new. And that’s where flea markets, antique stores and Pinterest all come in handy. There are plenty of cool DIY decorating projects that you can tackle all on your own for a lot less money. I wanted my library to have an antique feel, but I’m living on a recent college grad’s budget, so flea markets became my best friend. I dug through some of my grandmother’s old pictures to make a stylish black and white photo collection, used antiques bottles that I had collected throughout the years to decorate empty shelves and bought discounted fabric to sew accent pillows.

And don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that you can’t make cool things!

I loved the idea of this window coffee table but I didn’t have the budget to buy it. Instead, I hunted up an old window of my own, used the extra wood and paint from my shelves, and viola! A total of $16 was all I spent to get the coffee table of my dreams.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

4. Splurge on seating

One thing you don’t want to do is skimp on seating. Assuming that you’re creating a library to not only house your book collection, but to also have a comfortable and relaxing place to read, you’ll want a seat that won’t make your back ache or butt fall asleep 15 minutes into your newest read. Here’s where saving on decor allows you to spend a bit of extra cash on a super comfy couch or chair. Just make sure it fits nicely in the room and doesn’t overpower the space. Stores like Ikea and Overstock.com have good deals on furniture from time to time, but shop around until you find something you like. I managed to snag my loveseat at Walmart for a good deal.

5. Make it your own

Lastly, make sure the space is all you. If you want hot pink walls and purple carpeting or white everything, it’s cool. As long as your library is a space where you can unwind, then do your thing. Don’t be afraid of color. Add movie posters, pictures or your own art to the walls. Have mini-bookshelves or fill the entire room with books. Ask for suggestions from the people around you, but ultimately make sure that the final result is a space that you’re going to love just as much a year from now as you do the day you finish.

So for all my book lovers out there, I hope you’re adventurous enough to give creating your own home library a shot. And I seriously hope you have as much fun with your project as I had with mine.

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5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Place

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(Image Credit: Woodleywonderworks)

Whether you’ve had a stressful day at work or a fight with your significant other, the best part of any difficult day is being able to come home and relax in your own personal space. For most people, this magical sanctuary is usually their bedroom. Being the room you get your beauty sleep in, having your bedroom in check is key to living a healthy, balanced life. Continue reading

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Simple Home Improvements Anyone Can Do!

Paint (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

Paint (Image Credit: Robert S. Donovan)

A lot of home renovations take all kinds of time, money, and professional talent. And let’s face it: most of us don’t have those things on hand. But you don’t need to do a complete overhaul on your house to make it look good. Even the smallest improvements can make a huge difference and get your humble abode looking a little less humble and a little more like the home you’ve always wanted. There are lots of do-it-yourself projects that will spruce up your home in no time. We’ll take a look at each part of the house for some ideas to get you started. Continue reading

Simple Ways to Add a Nautical Touch to Your Home

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I am not a beach girl. Despite growing up about an hour away from the Jersey Shore, I can think of about a million other things I’d rather do than sunbathe in the sand all day or go boating with the wind in my hair. Despite this, I am a huge fan of all things nautical – clothes, jewelry, decor – you name it. Of course, you don’t need to go full-on sailor to incorporate some nautical pieces into your life. At home, for instance, all you need are a few simple decorations to feel like you’re living life by the sea.

Some cheap options for nautical décor include  or a striped picture frame (which many a nautical-lover probably already have in shirt form), and this chic tabletop compass. To get a little more inventive, Nautical Rope Lanterns are a functional and subtle nod to your seafaring style, and can be recreated with a little bit of DIY magic if the price gives you a bit of sticker shock.

If you don’t mind splurging a little, whale bookends are an adorable way to nautical-ize your home. They’re a little pricey, but it’s a really cute whale, ok? Besides, everyone needs something to help hold their books up, right?

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

For the grandest nautical item of them all, I present to you the porthole mirror. Did anyone know that this was a “thing”? I sure didn’t, but it certainly excites me. Imagine looking in the mirror and feeling as though you’re out to sea – it doesn’t get much more nautical than that! For some this may be a little overboard (pun so intended), but it is a small accent piece that will contribute in a big way to capturing the ocean vibes.

Some more quirky touches that will leave you yearning for the sea air include a ship’s wheel to adorn your wall, a model ship to sail your shelves, an octopus pillow to get cozy with and a ship’s bell to ring whenever it’s time signal “Ahoy” for meals!

You don’t need to get a boating license, shop at J.Crew or even participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day in order to live the life of a sea-lover. When it comes to décor, the details go a long way in transforming your home to match your favorite style.


Shopping Links

Linea nautical home decor
$36 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Magnetic compass
modcloth.com

Authentic Models home decor
$205 – occa-home.co.uk

Eichholtz nautical home decor
$295 – occa-home.co.uk

Battery operated lantern
grandinroad.com


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The Best Apps and Sites for Decorating Your Home!

Home Decorating (Image Credit: Burrs&Berries)

Home Decorating (Image Credit: Burrs&Berries)

Decorating a new place can be a difficult task. From deciding on color schemes to taking infinite measurements and arranging furniture and the like, it’s probable that you’ll feel extremely overwhelmed. However, the wonders of this technological era are here to help. Endless apps and websites are at our fingertips to simplify the decorating process, and these are some of the best out there. Continue reading

5 Fun Retro Inspired Housewares

Retro Home

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner just starting to decorate, you’re trying to revamp your current place, or you simply enjoy browsing the web for cool housewares like me, you can find some unique pieces out there if you look in the right stores. Sure, places like Ikea are great for a good bargain, but you might want to look elsewhere if you aim for your home to stand out. What better way to do so than adding in a retro touch here and there? Check out these finds to spice up your living space! Continue reading

Christmas Tree Lot (Image Credit: Ralph Hockens)

Your First Time… Buying a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Lot (Image Credit: Ralph Hockens)

Christmas Tree Lot (Image Credit: Ralph Hockens)

Christmas is almost here, but it’s not too late to buy a Christmas tree. Although the convenience of a fake tree is tempting, there’s something genuinely special about a live tree. Maybe it’s the fresh scent or the process that goes into picking it, but nothing beats a real Christmas tree. In case you’ve never shopped for a live tree before – or if you just haven’t had good luck with tree shopping in the past – The Daily Quirk is offering some simple advice on how to find, pick and maintain your dazzling new centerpiece for the holiday season. Continue reading

Scrabble Coaster Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

Quirky Item of the Week: Scrabble Coaster Set

Scrabble Coaster Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

Scrabble Coaster Set (Image Credit: Fred Flare)

For the word lovers of the world, no better game exists than Scrabble. “It enhances your vocabulary and it’s fun!” I explain to those I wish to convert into Scrabblers. Perhaps this sounds nerdy, but it saddens me that in the age of technology, the amount of games that enhance one’s IQ rather than lowering it has dwindled significantly. I certainly love a good mind-numbing videogame, but nothing trumps Scrabble. Continue reading

DIY Mason Jar Shelf by With Lovely

DIY Mason Jar Flower Shelf by With Lovely

DIY Mason Jar Shelf by With Lovely

DIY Mason Jar Shelf (Image Credit: With Lovely)

Lately, my interior design interests have been skewing very “country” and “rustic” feeling. I’ve been on the lookout for small ways to add those kind of design elements to my home, without breaking the budget or any major renovations (knowing my past M.O. of wanting to move onto a whole new theme way too often). My searching recently brought me to With Lovely where I found this wonderful DIY Mason Jar Flower Shelf. Continue reading

Summer-ize Your Home with Bright New Decor

Williamsburg Pillow Case Set from Build Your Block (Image Ctedit: http://buildyourblock.bigcartel.com)

Williamsburg Pillow Case Set from Build Your Block (Image Ctedit: http://buildyourblock.bigcartel.com)

‘Tis the season for neon manicures, flowery dresses, and lightened tresses. It is also the perfect time to take inspiration from the sunshine and brighten up your home with new pieces of décor.

Most of us spend so much time in our living room that after a while, it begins to feel a bit drab. An easy and inexpensive way to brighten the room is to change the sofa pillows. Even if everything else in the room remains the same, switching out pillows now and then can freshen up the entire space.This funky Build Your Block pillow set, which features Williamsburg Brooklyn buidings, brings a little piece of the city and a big pop of color into your living room.

Coffee mug/ Tea cup Framed Print by Little Light Prints (Image Credit: http://society6.com/LittleLightPrints)

Coffee mug/ Tea cup Framed Print by Little Light Prints (Image Credit: http://society6.com/LittleLightPrints)

Caffeine addicts know that the most important thing about the kitchen is that it is the place where coffee is brewed and tea is fixed. Home décor lovers know that wall hangings are a simple way to bring life to a dull room. This cute and quirky art print of coffee mugs and teacups is a great way to liven up your kitchen while showing off your love for cozy, caffeinated drinks.

Owl Clean Shower Curtain Rings from ModCloth (Image Credit: www.modcloth.com)

Owl Clean Shower Curtain Rings from ModCloth (Image Credit: http://www.modcloth.com)

In the bathroom, little accent pieces go a long way in livening up the room. Rugs, shower curtains, and soap dispensers are easily replaceable, often coming in bright colors and nifty patterns.

Of course, such items are not nearly as cute as these owl shower curtain rings. The brightly colored birds can cheer up the bathroom without making it look childish. Besides, who doesn’t want cute little owls to hang out with while preparing for the day?

Building Blocks Of Light from ModCloth (Image Credit: www.modcloth.com)

Building Blocks Of Light from ModCloth (Image Credit: http://www.modcloth.com)

Colorful lights are another way to brighten up a space (literally!). You can’t just buy any old lamp though – that’s no fun! There are a plethora of lights and lamps that are perfect for expressing your personality.

For instance, gamers may be pleased to know that a Tetris light exists. And yes, it comes in individual pieces, so you can play with it as much as your heart desires. Any piece of décor that puts the fun in functional gets my vote. Hopefully playing with the light won’t be quite as stressful as playing the actual game, though.

It is easy to freshen up your home with funky, colorful pieces of décor. Not only do they make the space brighter, but they also make coming home at the end of the day a little more exciting.

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DIY Ornament Vase by Gimme Some Style

When I saw these DIY Ornament Vases by Gimme Some Style, my first thought was I need to have a holiday party so I can make these as place settings / favors! I could easily see a small name tag attached or even written directly on the ornament itself and it would make a great take home memento at the end of the night. I could even picture them being used at a holiday themed wedding!

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DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft

I am all about handmade holiday decorations. Every year when you pull them out of storage it’s a reminder of the fun you had making them and the splendor of  holidays past. The challenge is finding projects that you will actually want to showcase in your home for years to come. Today, I’m going to make it really easy for you by presenting you with these DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft!

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