Tag: home office

Inspirational quote art for your home office: 14 amazing quotes to encourage amazing women

She believed she could so she did. My very favorite inspirational quote. The first time I saw it, not long after I had graduated college, it was printed on a funky wooden brooch by an artist at a craft fair. I pinned it to a jacket, and wore it for ages. From then on, it was like…it was mine. I claim it! (Even though I’ve been told it was penned by R.S. Grey, from her book, Scoring Wilder.) Now, I repeat it to myself like a mantra, whenever I need a little boost. Hey, maybe that’s your favorite too. Maybe there’s another. Maybe you just haven’t found the one...

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9 modern kids’ desks for small spaces, that don’t feel like kids’ desks at all.

For those of us in smaller homes, finding our kids a great desk can be a challenge. With my two girls sharing a small room, it’s not like I can just grab one of those giant kids’ desks you see in the catalogs and call it a day. In fact, their shared desk isn’t even in their room at all — it’s in our living room by a sunny window.  So I spent a little time browsing for modern kids’ desks for small spaces, looking for design that would go well with my existing home decor, and a size that wasn’t...

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7 creative, stylish ways to help you eliminate desk clutter once and for all

If you spend as much time at your desk as each of us do, then you probably understand the challenge of keeping it organized. In fact, you might have incorporated that into one of your New Year’s resolutions. (Again?) We so get it. The struggle is real. That’s why we’re so happy to be working again with our sponsor Staples, because they’ve got literally everything you need to ditch your desk clutter for a more beautiful, organized work space. Yes, they’ve got a hundred zillion items (which is why we always walk out with more than we came in for) that include a stylish and very affordable new Acrylic...

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The coolest school supplies to make the year a little more fun | Back to school shopping guide 2015

While there are certain must-haves for school, like backpacks and lunch boxes, we always love finding the coolest school supplies that just make things a little more fun this time of year. Whether you’re helping your kid express his or her individuality with a cool backpack charm, making reading time more special with personalized bookplates, or tracking down file folders in different styles —  so that there is no fighting among your kids about whose is whose — we love these little indulgences that make for big smiles. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] And so we’re thrilled...

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The chalkboard calendar that stays as flexible as you are. Or probably should be, if you have kids.

I’ve been feeling like my house has gotten a little out of control here at the end of the summer, so I’m taking advantage of our new back-to-school routine this week to get started. (And yes, I’m one of those moms with the crazy early school start dates this year.) First step: a family calendar that includes chores, meals, and appointments all in one place. I need it to be flexible, because I know my kids and they get bored with the same responsibilities every day. And, of course, our commitments will change week to week. So I’m absolutely taken with the idea...

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The perfect art teacher gifts, at least if your teachers are Mondrian fans

The last few weeks of school are always such a busy rush of parties, performances, and big homework assignments that I’m always trying to come up with clever teacher gifts at the last minute. (I’m not alone, am I?) I don’t want to forget to thank the “extras” teachers and coaches, and this that’s not going to happen. In fact, I just found these very cool Mondrian-inspired sticky notes that makes the perfect art teacher gift. So practical and yet, so fun. Related: Our favorite DIY teacher gifts from the class that make a big impression I discovered these in Europe last year and have been...

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The Design Mom book: How to live with kids and still love your home. Wow, I need this.

When I first learned that long-time friend, mom of (how many now?) six amazing kids, and blogger extraordinaire Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom was coming out with a book, my first thought was, finally! I imagined it would be as beautifully produced, thoughtful, and inspirational as every single post she’s ever written. Let’s just say my imagination has not failed me, because the brand new Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room by Room Guide is a keeper, whether you’re a fan of her blog or just want to make your space a little — or a lot — more...

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Paint inspiration for 4 cool DIY home decor projects. Color nerds, we have you covered.

Where do you go for design inspiration now that the Pinterest feed changes have totally screwed up your experience? If you’re looking for paint inspiration to freshen up your home decor, you need to visit the blog of Colorhouse Paint, a brand that’s a favorite of designers, architects, and eco-conscious parents for its odor-free, low-VOC  paint colors, its eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and even a paint recycling program. I went to the blog to look for some home decor inspiration, then fell down the rabbit hole with so many DIYs and color trend blog posts that I immediately wanted to pin to my boards. What can I say, old habits die hard....

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13 of the coolest, prettiest, and most fun printable 2015 calendars. Lots of them free!

Like shopping for new school supplies in the fall, I absolutely love getting a beautiful new calendar each January. It’s a blank slate spread out before me for the coming year, with so much opportunity. While I’ll definitely buy a printed calendar with space to fill in family activities, I also spent time weeding through all those ho-hum printable calendar templates out there, and tracking down some of the best printable 2015 calendars. I love each of these cool calendars so much, I just may have one in my kitchen, in the office,  on my bedside table…can you tell I’m obsessed?   Sometimes I need a good pep talk to conquer...

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Happy New Year, cool moms!

Wishing you an amazing new year full of joy, love, and lots of sleep. Hey, two out of three isn’t bad. Here’s hoping 2015 is the best year ever. Thanks for being the best readers on the Internet. Love, your favorite type nerds, Liz, Kristen, and Team Cool Mom Picks.  Helvetica calendar poster via Yumalum on...

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11 of the coolest 2015 calendars you won’t mind looking at for a year

Is it overkill to hang a different calendar in every room of your house? Because there are so many gorgeous 2015 calendars that I’m struggling to choose just one. Here are 11 of the coolest calendars for next year, ranging from wall calendars to desk calendars to calendars you can use as gift wrap. I say let’s just give ourselves permission to buy as many as we’d like and simply call them pieces of art. They’re all so pretty! Above is Kristina Krogh Studio’s 2015 wall calendar, which combines two of my favorite design elements: black typography and gold foil. Simple yet stunning, it would look...

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You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. And by that, we mean awesome origami art prints.

Origami will always be cool, but some of us will never progress past making hats. Now you can display crisp, fancy origami creatures proudly, whether you actually possess intricate paper folding skill or not, thanks to these modern-style origami art prints. Our pals at Noodlehug–surely you remember the I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie print?–now have a quintet of prints featuring origami animals combined with typography and shadows that would look lovely in a nursery or office. They currently have a bear, a fox, an owl, a crane, and a jolly green dragon, each archival printed in a variety of sizes. And,...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. 15 of the coolest STEM tees for kids. And a few that can fit us parents too. 2. Get creative with your family videos thanks to these 7 helpful ideas. 3. This hilarious t-shirt is cracking us up. 4. Who knew this funny gadget would be so popular? It’s blowing up our Facebook page. 5. Here’s an easy way to ensure your data is super protected, parents....

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Cheery, color coordinated desk accessories in colors to make you happy.

As soon as both of my kids got on the school bus for the first time, I couldn’t wait to get back to work in the delicious silence of an empty house. Reclaiming my home office is my first step in getting back in the zone, which means I have a little shopping to do. Forget gray staplers and black trays; it’s 2014, when Pantone rules and boring drools which is why we’ve loved Poppin since they launched last year. Poppin offers color coordinated office supplies and desk accessories in now 16 (!) vibrant colors from lime (which we love so...

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Pretty desk organization: Make it your tax day resolution for next year.

This is the day, my friends. Tax Day. Which is more than simply the day that you cringe as you drop that massive check into the mailbox or break open the bubbly to celebrate a refund. At least for me, it’s always the day I vow to get my receipts and accounting more organized for the year ahead. And…it rarely happens. Just being honest here. But hey, this year could be different. See Jane Work, a longtime favorite spot of ars for all things organization, has some great storage products and solutions for catching those wayward receipts, insurance forms,...

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We would never lie about how adorable these pushpins are

These might be the coolest pushpins we’ve ever seen–no lie. And they’re handcrafted with the same care Gepetto used bringing Pinocchio to life. The good news is that instead of running around, causing mischief with a cricket and smoking cigars, these Real Boy Pins just look cute on your cork board, holding up your notes. Each pack of two Real Boy Pins from the Duncan Shotton Design Studio are cast in Cornwall, UK then sent to Tokyo, where they’re cleaned up with X-acto knives and painted by hand with exquisite details. Then they’re packaged with hand-cut cork and individually...

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Clocks with hands. Remember those?

As much as I rely on the digital clocks on my appliances and on my smart phone to keep me on schedule, there’s just something about pretty analog clock to make a room seem more homey. I’ve been a long time fan of decoylab, whose beautiful, handcrafted clocks are as much works of art as they are timepieces, this amazing vintage style camera clock. Made from bamboo, this silent clock (that means no ticking!) features a clever leather strap to use as a hanger. What a perfect addition to your home office or a cool accent on a wall...

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Poppin: Desk organization that actually gets you psyched to organize

If you’ve got spring cleaning your desk or home office on the brain, I’m so happy to have this fabulous new website that’s all about desk organization with colors and styles that will just make you happy. Poppin feels like the IKEA of office supplies with a little DWR and Muji thrown in. You can shop by item or by color–should you need an entire aqua desk set. Or hey, just shop by item. You’ll have fun discovering modern tape dispensers, rulers in 18 different colors, colorful pushpins (just $5 for 100!) scissors, notebooks, file folders, and pretty much...

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Bookends that will make you want to file. And that’s saying something.

The second I saw this desk accessory–instant swoon. The Indice Bookends are available online from the MoMA store, which is pretty much where I’d expect to find something so functional and funky. The bright colors are calling my name, but it’s that file folder tab design that really makes it special. You can slide them around or separate them like regular old bookends, or split them up into sets of 3 and 2 if that works for you. But I think the five all lined up together just gets you the whole effect. Or hey, maybe ten together? At...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are five of our most popular tech picks from this week. 1. It’s the mother lode of organizational gadgets for your home office. Awesome! 2. A stroller that charges your iPhone, tracks your mileage, and closes with the press of a button. Welcome to 2013. 3. Charge up your iPad, mamas: we’ve rounded up the best alphabet apps for preschoolers. 4. Don’t miss these awesome resources and camps for kids who want to learn how to code. 5. You won’t believe what this geeky soccer ball can do. We still...

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