Water Beyond the Branches

Bay through the treesDuring this time of year we often ignore the trees that have lost their leaves. However, if you take the time to examine them, you’ll be surprised at what you can find. You can often see nests or, as seen above, a water view. The majority of the year, all I can see are leaves as I look out my office window. However, while I lost a bit of greenery, I’ve gained a (temporary) water view! Nature, like decorating, can bring unexpected surprises throughout the seasons. By looking at your space in a new perspective, you can easily find treasures that are right in front of you.

Dressing Up Your Office Door

Office door decor_Christmas 2015Around this time of year we’re so busy we often forget to decorate a place we spend the majority of our day: the office! This year, I decided to inject a bit of holiday spirit by adding red bows to my door frame. I also added two large, gold snowflakes to my door and a red bow on the handle. If you don’t have an office with a door, you can dress up your cubicle with holiday decor or small ornaments. If you work in an open office, try adding a small Christmas tree or tape snowflakes around the edge of your desk. Remember, it only takes a little bit of holiday spirit to bring a smile to someone’s face!

Combine and Conquer

Pink roses and lilacsEarlier this week I received two lovely bouquets from people I work with (it was Administrative Assistants Day). They were two different varieties of flowers, but I thought they would look awesome together. I combined a bouquet of pink roses and several bunches of lilacs into a vase and viola: instant glamour! I love how the lilacs provide additional visual interest between the vase and the roses by filling the space between them. These flowers provide a great pop of color to my desk, brightening up an otherwise plain space. There’s nothing like being able to lean over and take a whiff of fresh flowers! Adding flowers to your desk or office is a great way to add color and interest to your space. No matter what type of flowers you choose, you can have a space that brings spring inside for you to enjoy!

The Sun Drifting through the Pine

Split pine with sunHello, and welcome to my 100th post! I decided to post a picture of this unique looking pine tree I noticed along a walking path. I was even able to take the picture with the sun shining down through the upper branches. I love finding unique pieces in nature! Not only are they fun to look at, but they’re also free. A photo like this would look great in a den or office. The earth tones go with any decor, and the sun shining down gives an element of warmth to any space. Next time you go to your local park or beach, look for the uniqueness in nature. Once you take a photo of what you find, you can bring the outside in and create a feeling of warmth all year long.

Here’s to another 100 posts-look for more tips and great things to come!

Doors as Art: Sea

Decorative door: seaMany decorative doors have themes. This one features an old-fashioned sailing ship cruising through the water. A photo of this door would be a great addition to a den or office. Love the nautical look? Use a similar photo in your decorating theme. If the color isn’t right for your decor, try taking the picture or printing it in black and white. With little tweaks to suit your personal tastes, you can create a look that’s perfect for you and your space!

Display Photos Taken in Less Than Ideal Weather

Capitol in fogWhen people take photos of various places they often only want to do so in nice, sunny weather. But why limit yourself? I took this picture of my local capitol on a cold, foggy morning. I like how you can barely see the building behind the trees and fog. The muted tones of this picture would be a great addition to any office or den. It creates interest without overwhelming the space. Have a favorite place to take pictures? Go there next time it’s rainy or foggy and snap away. You’ll be surprised how nice bad weather can look.