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    aquariancraft
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    Also don’t keep a months worth of stationary in your desk drawers. Only keep what you need for the week and the rest lives in the stationary cupboard or box.

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    Lee Cass Event Planner
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    A home office is such a personal thing, especially colours and layout. With great information out there, i.e., web research keywords “How to Design My Home Office” and FlyingSolo responses, you’ll be up and running in no time.
    My 5 tips:
    1. Get your electrician to put double power points on each wall so you can conveniently move your desk, printer, shredder etc.
    2. Reduce energy using sun for light and warmth – see point 1.
    3. Put blinds on doors to block or direct light (cool or retain warmth).
    4. Get yourself a “Do Not Disturb” or Professional At Work sign (you’ll think of something) to put on the door so family, friends know you’re busy working and do not want to be disturbed.
    5. Leave your chair outside ’cause you’ll stack it with junk or spend more time playing the guitar than working. Ouch! Zero dollars..
    Good Luck!

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    Angela communic8 design
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    The Process Ninja, post: 378 wrote:
    And do yourself a favour – get yourself a beautiful Apple Mac to go with your office (although that may impact your guitar playing time!)

    Couldn’t agree more! A gorgeous Mac is the best accessory a girl can have. Second only to an iPhone to go with it, I am so in love with my new toy. Not that I get custody of it very often, my family steal it as soon as my back is turned.

    ;-)

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    When a builder I know was just starting out and he was setup his office he got the desktop made at a joinery firm to fit the room but he used 2 draw filing cabinets as the supports which gave him lots of room and lots of storage as well. The desktop was in a U shape so it went along the 3 sides of the room leaving an area on one end for the photocopier, fax and printer. Also get lots of double power points put in, both above the desk and below. If putting cupboards on the wall above the desk you can also put lighting underneath these to light your workspace. As for your computer system it doesn’t matter what type you are using providing it will do what you need it to do. In the long run it won’t matter as more and more software are becoming web based it will just happen in your web browser. But you need to make sure that you are able to connect to the internet so don’t forget your phone and network connections and like the power points put in lot of these as well.

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    WLC
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    robert_gerrish, post: 111 wrote:
    I’m not sure if she’s still working in this area, but I know that Terrill Riley-Gibson used to specialise in home offices and her own office was gorgeous. She’s based in Concord and has her feet firmly on the ground (that was not an intentional aviation pun), Tel: 02 8765 1789. If you talk to her, please say ‘hi’ from me!

    Bummer, dude. I’ve left several messages, but alas, no contact. The advice I’m getting here is fantastic. Though… I’m still looking for someone who says that they’ll come over, get my requirements, and leave to make it happen. I’ll read more…. WLC.

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    Renee Barber, post: 314 wrote:
    It sounds like you really need a magic decorator: poof and it’s finished. If only it were so simple!

    At any rate, I did a quick scan, but didn’t see an indication about what you actually do … That’ll, of course, influence the design of your office. However, here are some general items I’d recommend:

    • an ergonomic, comfortable chair
    • an arrangement that does NOT have your back to the door
    • a room with a view, if possible (the times our camellias and azaleas have perked up my day are without number)
    • a good sound system (when I’m designing, I love nothing more than to listen to my tunes)
    • the organisers will hate me, but if you hate filing like I do, buy a piece of furniture with doors so you can pop your filing away if you need to get it out of sight for a client meeting
    • For some reason, I’m seeing teal and earthy tones in your room, nothing too overpowering.

    Remember that you can always add and fine-tune (no pun intended in light of the guitar playing) so it might be best to simply start simple. Whatever you end up doing, please post a photo so we can see how you went! :-)

    I will post before and after shots… Definitely. WLC.

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    If you like the idea of Ikea then use their planning software to layout your office with their furniture. I recently used it to see how I could fit some bookcases into the corner of my family room and it was easy and accurate.

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    WLC
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    Renee Barber, post: 314 wrote:
    It sounds like you really need a magic decorator: poof and it’s finished. If only it were so simple!

    At any rate, I did a quick scan, but didn’t see an indication about what you actually do …

    I love that you all really read what I wrote, thought about it, and replied. Forums work. Cool.

    I am an Independent PartyLite Consultant, so I’m in direct sales selling candles and candle accessories. I don’t store inventory, though I do have a lot of product. I don’t keep the product in my office, it’s in another bedroom. (Probably not ideal for my guests.) I have a big and growing team of Consultants under me, but I don’t need space for them, just a working phone line and some wall space to visualise future teams.

    I’m (apparently) very into piles of stuff. I take all the paper off my desk and put it into piles of like things. Then I file some but not all of the piles and end up stacking them to tidy up, only to unstack/re-pile into piles of like things them them again later. This can go on ad naseum.

    I’d like a Mac someday, but have been wedded to PCs for 20 years.

    I can’t file well on the computer either. But that’s a different topic….

    Thanks for the therapy. I’m going to do something about this situation now that you’ve all given me such good input. I’m glad I asked. Still hoping for the magic bullet….

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    Hi there WLC,

    A girl after my own heart. I so relate to the practice of creating, dismantling (okay, hiding!) and rebuilding piles. Thank goodness I’m not the only one!

    I, too, have been a faithful partner to the humble PC. I remember it well, that first time we met. How impressive the size of the hard drive. The undying belief that those 40 megabytes would last forever!

    But in true honeymoon style, it had to end. And so it was, that my first PC, top notch in its prime, paved the way for today’s big boys, packing no less than a terabyte.

    Then again, size is not everything. Indeed, I’d be telling a fib if I didn’t fess up to a lingering glance at the ever-so-sleek Mr MAC, gleaming majestically on the horizon.

    With the offer of a more streamlined, virus-free experience, tell me…how could any techno-blooded girl resist?

    Cheers!

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    Julie MT
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    Hi again,

    Sometimes I do make myself laugh. Sorry I got a bit carried away with my previous post in this thread. But what the heck, it was so much fun and allowed the writer in me a moment of fancy.

    This forum certainly brings out my creative side – no matter where I look, there’s just so much inspiration.

    My intended post was directed towards WLC’s home office design dilemma, an affliction I also seem to suffer.

    My house is very small and although in need of repair or full renovation, the first and current priority is eliminating the mortgage.

    Reading the great posts in this thread got me thinking. Does anyone know whether designers offer budget style, “remote design online” solution?

    Would it be feasible for clients to provide (and be responsible for the accuracy of) room, window, door placement and dimensions, etc., together with current or planned equipment. The designer could then use their skills to offer a number of designs for the workspace. A sliding scale could possibly be used depending on number and complexity of design, allowing for small and larger budgets.

    Benefits for the designer:

    Quick and easy work (less work=smaller fee).

    Benefits for the client:

    Affordable guidance
    Design would be paid for upfront
    Atual plans could be executed in stages as funds permit

    Just a thought, but something that might do really well in the current economic downturn.

    Hands up if anyone knows if such a thing already exists, or whether the ideas is feasible.

    P.S. I’ve tried my hand with a few software design applications. They’re not bad, but only as good as the person wielding the mouse. Hence, my post!

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    Hey Julie,

    I was unsure about this blog thing – thought it might take up too much of my time, but its killing me reading all these blogs. I just had to do it!

    What you need is what I do, but I’m in Melbourne!

    But dont despair, I can highly recommend someone in Sydney. She is a professional organiser, like myself, with a slant on design. You can contact her through the website. http://www.mgprojectsanddesign.com.au

    From what I’ve read here, she’s the answer to your problem.

    Good luck, and I look forward to hearing the outcome.

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    Julie MT
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    Hi there Interior Organiser,

    I’ve also had to drag myself away from all the great posts here in order to get some work done.

    Thanks go to WLC for starting this particular thread.

    I’m so thrilled to hear there’s help close at hand for the designer-challenged.

    Thanks so much for providing contact details of your colleague in Sydney. I believe WLC lives in that region, so this should be helpful to her.

    How wonderful to hear you’re in Melbourne. So am I!

    I’d love to discuss things further and have sent you an email.

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    Good suggestions.

    Any recommendations out there for expert help with designing / setting up home office in Melbourne?

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    tildavirtual
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    I would actually recommend putting in quad power points. My office has changed a little since I moved it home but you can find pictures of my office on my blog.

    I run both Windows and Mac!

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    WLC
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    Thanks a lot. I’ve written to Marianne to discuss this with her. Also, I have been contacted directly by Wendy Bird of Sydney Office Furniture. She is a lovely woman and has been very responsive. I recommend her for an office furniture quote. 02 9769 0086. I’m always one to get 2-3 quotes, so that’s why I’m calling more…. WLC.

    Interior Organiser, post: 651 wrote:
    Hey Julie,

    I was unsure about this blog thing – thought it might take up too much of my time, but its killing me reading all these blogs. I just had to do it!

    What you need is what I do, but I’m in Melbourne!

    But dont despair, I can highly recommend someone in Sydney. She is a professional organiser, like myself, with a slant on design. You can contact her through the website. http://www.mgprojectsanddesign.com.au

    From what I’ve read here, she’s the answer to your problem.

    Good luck, and I look forward to hearing the outcome.

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