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Steal This Look: A Botanically Inspired Workspace

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 15, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Cheryl Locke last modified Apr 14, 2015

Dutch stylist  Femke Pastijn  relies on a simple palette of green, white, and natural wood colors to create an inviting workspace with botanical accents. Who wouldn't love to set up a desk in a bright and lofty greenhouse? Here's how to re-create the look in your own office. Above: Do you have a white wall in your office? You're halfway there. Photograph via  Femke Pastijn .   Above: The  Deep Bowl Pendant  is available in five finishes, including white (galvanized is shown here), and its stem mount comes in four lengths, from 10 to 36 inches; $155 to $175 from Barnlight Electric. Another option to consider is the classic industrial Dunlop Light , £195 ($286.12) from Trainspotters . How low should a ceiling pendant hang? A 30-inch distance between the bottom of the fixture and a desktop is recommended. For more considerations when installing a light, see Remodeling 101: How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture .   Above: A Vintage Toledo Dining Chair , recreated by Restoration Hardware in steel, complements the industrial lighting; it's on sale for $259 (marked down from $329). Above: A metal harvest basket can hold your pickings or be used as a waste basket. The  Large Grey Round Basket by Fog Linen is $75 NZD ($55.86) from Father Rabbit  in Auckland, New Zealand. For more trash can options, including wire designs, see Object Lessons: The Perfect Office Wastebasket . Above: For a humble, utilitarian desk, repurpose a workbench, potting table, or an unfinished  Wooden Folding Table , available in several sizes at prices starting at £99.30 ($145.53) from UK Educational Furniture. Or build a table using Ikea's  Finnvard trestles, $35 each, and  Linnmon tabletop, $19.99. For compact desks ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Desks for Small Spaces . Above: Use the stainless steel  Storage Caddy  by Sebastian Conran to corral pens and notebooks; $45 at West Elm. Read about Sebastian's Universal Expert Line for West Elm in The Royal Conrans, Kitchen Edition , and hear his  11 Tips for Designing a Small Kitchen .   Above: Sixteenth century naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi's botanicals look as modern today as they did 500 years ago. An 8-by-10-inch print of an  Italian Vegetable  (L) is $10 from Love the Print via Etsy. An 11-by-14-inch Pink White Radish Botanical Print  (R) is $14.99 from Old Age Vintage via Etsy. Above: Preserved flowers and dried fronds make long-lasting arrangements. Stick a stem or two in a pencil cup to keep you company while you work. A bunch of Preserved Echinops  (L) is $12, and a Dried Cotton Stem is $10, both from Terrain. (Take a look at Justine's inventive use of dried cotton in a DIY Hanging Bough .) Above: The Paul Loebach Watering Can for Kontextür is available in six finishes starting at $67 from A+R—and it also makes a good vase. Above: Naturalists' specimens bring the outdoors in. A Framed Moth mounted in an 8-by-11-inch frame is $28 from Paxton Gate in SF.  In the midst of organizing your Home Office ? See: 10 Favorites: The Niche Workspace The Disappearing Home Office Steal This Look: A Sunny Work Studio The Architect Is In: The Secrets of Workspace Design with Cary Bernstein 7 Ways to Organize and Green Your Office Simultaneously This post originally appeared on Gardenista on January 6, 2014, as part of the New Start issue. More Stories from Remodelista Indoor Gardening: An Easy Spring Update Table of Contents: The Indoor-Outdoor Life Current Obsessions: Here Comes the Sun




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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