Posts Tagged ‘office organization’

Family Friendly Home Office

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Whether you’re working from home, need a space to dedicate to your crafting, or want to give the kids (or grandkids) a space they can use after they’ve gone back to school, creating a family friendly home office is simple (and fun), and will give you peace of mind all year long.

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Bookcases are some of the most multi-functional pieces of furniture. They can simply be used for books, but are also great for organization and storage of knick-knacks, essentials, and even games for when it’s time to take a break from work.

Country Shaker Tall Bookcases | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

A large table – like one you may put in a dining room – is perfect for a family home office, but if you don’t have that much space or don’t need that large of a work space, opt for a flat desk with storage.

There are so many options for office and desk chairs, so figure out what type you feel most comfortable in. Maybe you prefer upholstered with a pillow (and maybe a throw), a typical rolling desk chair, or love the look and feel of a stately Windsor.

Photo by Jane Henderson Interior DesignDiscover home office design ideas


In a home office, shelving and wall organizers are the best way to keep the space clutter free and your stuff within reach. And of course, they offer efficient storage opportunities for you and the kids.

Metal Birds & Ferns Wall Organizer | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Budget Friendly Family Command Center | DIY | Simple As That Blog


Task lighting is essential in a home office, and we recommend something adjustable. When it comes to a table lamp, find one with a small footprint.

Keep your home office stocked with pens, paper, a stapler, a ruler and other functional accessories needed for working at home, school projects or kids’ homework. To balance the serious function, keep a vase of fresh flowers (or seasonal flowers that need little maintenance) and/or fun art in the room as well.

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Five Ways to Style a Bar Cart

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
The first way, of course, is to style it as a mini bar. We love a bar cart in the dining room, especially in a formal dining space reserved for special occasions, to not only add a little more whimsy but to also make the space more functional. This wicker bar cart fits in with the traditional feel of the room, and features a couple of decorative accents that bring the room’s primary colors to the cart, truly making it part of the space. If you have a large inventory, opt for more a more decorative cart to make up for the lack of little accents (the wheels and handle of this bar cart would work well alone as well as they work with the decorative vase and pitcher).

Create a spa-like feel in your bathroom by using a simple metal bar cart to hold your soaps, lotions and creams, as well as towels and toilet tissue. You get extra storage space while your bathroom gets a stylish update – preferably with wheels to move from beside the sink to beside the tub.

In a bedroom or family room, a bar cart can provide storage, mobile table space and even serving capabilities when you have guests. Use as an end table to place an accent lamp or behind the sofa to hold a telephone or extra blankets and pillows. Then move it to a new place when you feel like redecorating – adjustable shelves make its individual style stand out and offer more storage options.

For crafts or as a desk when you don’t have office space, a bar cart is great for holding writing utensils, that DIY project you’ve been finishing for weeks, mail and other odds and ends around the house. The open design coordinates well with any room in which a desk would just look out of place, and flat topped carts are ideal for writing or jotting down your grocery list in a hurry.

Barnboard & Iron Cart

Finally, and perhaps our favorite use for a bar cart (besides the first), is the use in the kitchen or in a pantry. Store flour, sugar, mixing bowls and spoons, cookie trays and other frequently used cooking and baking supplies on a mobile bar cart so you can easily wheel everything you need to your stove, counter or prep station, and then easily wheel it back out of the way when you’re done. A bar cart is also great to have if you don’t have a lot of cabinets for storage but have enough space to fit a multi-level cart to better organize your kitchen supplies and tools.

Have you styled a bar cart differently than the ways we have described? Share your ideas with us and let us know if you try ours in your own home. Happy styling!

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Top 10 Monday Must-Haves: Puppy Love

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we love all things animal related. Today’s Top 10 Monday Must-Haves features our fun-loving favorite pets: dogs. Whether your pup is a rescue or a mutt, we invite you to celebrate all things pooch with us today. Click on each photo below to learn more.
Mutt Home Security Sign Dog Bed Let a Sleeping Dog Lie
Camping Dog Indoor & Outdoor Rug Dog Pencil Holder
Labrador Toilet Paper Holder My Dog Walks All Over Me Key Rack
Bichou Dog With Umbrella Print Dog Caution Sign
Dog Magazine Holder Shelter Dog Pillow

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