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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Make your Office Chic

I have been reading Jennifer L. Scott's book At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life for the last several weeks. I must say I love this book! But I expected it to be great because her first book Lessons from Madame Chic was just fantastic! Last week I gave a list of affirmations that one could say to themselves for confidence (see here) if you missed it. Today I am going to list some ideas from Jennifer about how to make your office chic.

In April I wrote a blog entry about office inspiration (see here) if you missed it. Below is the list and as always enjoy!!

1:  Forgo the typical generic storage containers found in most offices. You can use mini antique orchid pots to hold you pencils and pens. Use apothecary containers to house your paper clips and rubber bands.

(My office)

2:  Display pictures of loved ones in pretty antique frames.

(My chair at home, no throw rug but a throw is a great option)

3:  Lay out a throw rug.

(My home office on the left)

4:  Hang art on the wall that makes you happy when you look at it.

5:  Place a postcard from a faraway place by your computer to conjure up great memories.

(My oil warmer from Bath & Body Works)

6:  Use potpourri or dried lavender to keep the room smelling fresh.

(My guest chair at work)

7:  Keep a luxurious shawl on the back of your chair to stay warm in the air-conditioning.

8:  Keep a china teacup and saucer or your favorite mug on hand for coffee & tea breaks. Bring real silverware from home to keep lunchtime dignified (even if lunch is eaten at your desk).  See my blog entry (here) on how to eat alone. 

(My tulips)

9:  Bring a bouquet of flowers from your garden or from the farmers' market and change out the water every day in the vase. It should last you all week. Or bring an orchid or African violet in to beautify your space. 

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)