Sick of your boring, uninspired work setting? Follow these tips to capture your personal style in your office.
Whether you work from home or not, chances are you spend a lot of time in your office. It’s called “adult-ing”. If you do work from home, that’s all the more reason to not let your special space resemble a prison cell, especially if you work long hours. Go above and beyond the necessities to create your own little man or woman cave. Follow these tips to create your personal style within your office décor. It’s simple and, dare we say, fun!
Behold! The Power of Your Desk
We all know that moment during an interview when that person across from you takes their spot at the desk. It’s intimidating, right? Even if you’re ready to nail the interview, the desk can come across as a thing of power. All this means that, if you spent about two minutes at Ikea or trolling garage sales for yours, you’re doing it wrong. Allow it to be the powerful thing that it can be.
Choose mahogany for a classic statement, and trim everything in gold possible for an Oscar-worthy desk. Make it so that every time you sit down behind you feel as though you’re in the driver’s seat and going about 90 MPH towards success. Make sure to keep it uncluttered to maximize productivity.
Clock In With Style
Of course, we all know that most people don’t even wear watches anymore, as the vast majority of us use our smart phones to keep time. However, if you pass over the opportunity to decorate your office with a clock, you’re missing out on an opportunity to really show off your personal style. Try a whimsical, modern clock from Touch of Modern for a conversation piece. Unless you require an alarm, a digital clock has no place in your office (or anywhere for that matter).
Add a stylish timepiece to your office . Try this Poplar Pendulum Wall Clock from Touch of Modern (on right)
What lies under your very feet can be one of the most exciting ways to reflect your personal style. Of course, hardwood floor is a very classic way to go in an office, but have you seen the tile that looks like hardwood? The gray color is particularly soothing and stylish and, with the durability of porcelain, this can often be the way to go. An area rug is another excellent way to let your style shine through or feel free to go with a fun shag or even a faux bear rug for a retro bit of cheeky fun.
Vamp up a boring grey carpet with these greyish tiles resembling hardwood from BuildDirect.com
Oh, Paintings, Where Are Thou
Paintings and art, in general, are a great way to reflect your personality in any room, and the office is no exception. You don’t have to pay thousands of dollars at your local gallery either, although more power to you if you have the money to dedicate and support your local artists to boot.
Pick a scene from your favorite beach or park nearby to set just the right mood. From canvas to dimension and framed art and beyond, Z Gallerie offers a huge selection and, at reasonable prices, you won’t break the bank. A panoramic view of your favorite city is also one of our favorite ideas for an office setting.
Accessorize to the Moon and Back
From a colorful throw blanket over that ultra-chic chaise lounge to a collection of pillar candles set up just so in front of the fireplace, accessories are an ideal way to give your office some oomph. If you’re prone to stress while working in your office, opt for a lavender candle for its aromatherapy benefits. A chic table lamp on your desk can reflect your sense of style in lighting, or two matching wall sconces can set the right amount of ambience. Vases, drapes, and photo frames are another way to take your office from ho-hum to va-va-voom.
Z Gallerie offers a huge selection and, at reasonable prices, you won’t break the bank.
This post is sponsored by Revlon through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write about Revlon, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Any time someone suggests diamonds, I’m listening. Which is why I was more than happy to try Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ 2-step process when I heard that Step 2 involves their new ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. So, if Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel could do all it claimed, it was indeed as rare a find as a genuine diamond. I was excited to try it.
The two steps include 1) A base + color combination polish and 2) Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. That seemed doable. The question was – would it pass the test of my applying it in the morning (when I’m not at my best) and then last during a hectic work-day.
I started my morning early, and after doing my hair and makeup, for the first time in years I applied my own nail polish. I started with a two thin coats of Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel in Roulette Rush #620. I waited 5 minutes then I brushed on the ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. I let this dry for about 10 minutes before getting dressed. I might not have had to wait that long but I was busy answering emails and we all know how time can pass quickly when trying to keep up on correspondence (and smiling at the cute kitten photos your friends know to send you.)
My day was pretty standard – I spent it going to a couple of meetings, writing, typing, texting, getting in and out of cabs, and more typing. I threw caution to the wind and even popped open two cans of soda over the course of the day. By the time I was ready to turn in for the night, I inspected my nails and they still looked gorgeous and chip-free!
My favorite things about the Gel Envy duo are:
The base and color are combined which saves a step.
The colors are vivid and rich-looking.
The top coat lives up to it’s “diamond” reference in that it both adds shine, but is also hard to chip, as is a real diamond.
It’s not expensive, but looks luxe.
The only down-side to their chip-resistance is that I don’t have to change my nail polish very often and there are over 30 colors of Gel Envy that I want to try! Ah well. They say patience is a virtue.
They also say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. In my case, the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ definitely are!
PS: Revlon is giving a satisfaction guarantee for all ColorStay Gel Envy products – so go ahead and try it yourself! See Revlon.com for more details. Limit 1 per HH.