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Unfortunately, when it comes to the way your shared office at work looks, you don’t have much of an authority to make a change. But when it comes to the design of your home office – you’re the boss that makes all the calls. So, if you find yourself drawn to the way offices in the sixties were styled in, or are simply a huge fan of Mad Men – there’s nothing stopping you from recreating that exact look. Australian furniture stores offer an abundance of mid-century bookshelves, chairs, desks and other pieces to help your home office look like a place where Don Draper would brainstorm ideas over a drink. Let’s look at some of the steps to help you create a mid-century style office that will get you excited and motivated to work.

Use Mid Century Bookshelves to Keep Clutter at Bay

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Home offices are infamous for easily getting cluttered with folders, books and documents. But since the home office is a room that’s usually closed to guests, many don’t worry whether it’s messy or not. But even though other people won’t see your mess, allowing things to pile up on your desk can badly impact your productivity.

What’s more, a cluttered office goes against the very principles of mid-century design. As you know, mid-century and Scandinavian style share similar traits, and the love for simplicity, minimalism and order is one of them. With that being said, it’s important to have your things neatly organized and stored away. And one of the best ways to do so is to use a mid century bookshelf.

Depending on your needs and tastes, there are a number of mid century bookshelves designs to choose from. For instance, you can go for a traditional bookcase with evenly spaced shelves and a closed-back frame. But there are also mid century bookshelves with funkier designs like for example, cube bookcases and modular units cubby-like storage spaces.

There’s also the material to think about. Mid century bookshelves are available in a variety of materials, but if you want something lasting and beautiful – opt for some type of rich hardwood. For instance, solid oak has an attractive natural wood grain finish and is also known for its exceptional quality. In addition to oak, maple, walnut and teak are also good choices.

Besides serving as file cabinets and storage spaces, a mid century bookshelf can also be a great way to nestle some decorative items and framed family photos. After all, you don’t want your home office to be too serious, but placing décor on your desk will only clutter it up. By using a bookshelf for decorative purposes, your desk will remain free for the task you have presently at hand, and the lack of distractions can help you focus better.

What’s more, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a separate room function as your home office, and need to take care of work matters in the living room or bedroom – a bookshelf can serve as a room divider. With the help of a chunky bookshelf, you can separate your home office space from the rest of the room and give yourself some privacy.

Go for a Retro Colour Palette

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One of the most recognizable aspects of mid-century style is its unique colour palette. While Scandinavian uses palettes where neutrals dominate, mid-century is quite the opposite. To capture the essence of the mid-century era, use colours such as burnt orange, avocado, mustard and baby pink. However, these colours can sometimes be overwhelming and make it hard to concentrate. For that reason, contain them to the smaller office details – like for instance, pictures, ornaments, seat cushions and pillows. These pops of colour may be all you need. To balance these colours out, use furniture in brown and other warm, earthy tones.

Don’t Overlook Greenery

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Every office will benefit from a dose of fresh and vibrant greenery. Not only do plants help keep clean the air, but they are also known to have a positive effect on our mood. Even looking at pictures of greenery can make us happier. In addition, some plants can also bring a vintage mid-century vibe to your office, like for instance a Snake Plant, Spider Plant, Rubber Tree or Fiddle Leaf Fig. On the other hand, cacti and succulents are more appropriate for modern offices, and bamboo just screams ’90s.

Designate a Lounging Spot for Time-Off

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Some of the best ideas often come when you relax and allow your mind to wander. Whether it’s a chunky armchair or a comfy, upholstered sofa, a dedicated lounging spot will help you destress and refresh your thoughts so that you can get back to work with a clearer mind. To really pay homage to the mid-century era, you get an Eames lounge chair which is one of its most iconic designs. While the original may cost a small fortune, there are many affordable replicas that have the same mid-century appeal for less.

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A bathroom without the needed storage space can really be a bummer, more so if this happens to be the sanctuary in your home that you use for relaxation occasionally. It’s not that uncommon of a problem to be facing, especially not today when housing becomes smaller and smaller, and you’d be surprised to know even some minimalists can struggle with it so let this be some comfort for you. What I mean by this latter is that you don’t have to part with your belongings to make up the needed room. Instead, the issue would easily be solved by being more prudent with how you use the space you have at your disposal, and more specifically whether you use enough of the vertical space.

There is no doubt that a garden shed is a practical addition to any home. It is a great storage solution that will help you store all your gardening tools, bikes and literally anything you cannot store inside your home. It is very natural for us people to collect a lot of things during the years. Some of them we use on a daily basis while others just seasonally. Garden sheds are the ideal solution to this never-ending problem. However, there are a few things to consider if you want to make the most out of your investment.

Shopping for new home furniture or decor has never been easier. The Internet along with the endless number of online shops allow you to buy your dream decor with a simple click of a button. You can go through the products of many different stores in just a couple of minutes and compare their prices. Yes, buying items online saves time and money but there is a small chance of not getting the right fit for your space. If you don’t have any experience with online shopping for home furniture and decorations, here are some things to bear in mind.

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While you can easily shut the door to a messy kitchen or bedroom, if there’s one room you can’t hide from your quests – it’s the hallway. Considering how it’s the first and last impression one will have from your home – you should really go out of your way to make sure that your home’s entrance looks stylish and presentable. However, hallways are often narrow and small, which means you only have a limited space to work with. With that being said, here are some tips that can help you present your hallway at its best.

When you have some free time and you want to kick back and relax in the comfort of your home, there’s no better spot to do that than in a zero gravity recliner chair. The design of these gorgeous pieces of art makes them one of the coziest and most popular furniture pieces for both indoor and outdoor settings. The zero gravity position helps relieve your body from stress and pain and offers a variety of other health benefits.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning on selling your property or not, enhancing its curb appeal should be one of your priorities. We do it with the interior often, so why should the exterior be any different?

Besides, knowing how easy it is to form an impression about the owners simply based on the looks of the exterior, if you want to leave the right impression and inspire others, giving them ideas for their properties, then it’s time to take to some outdoor makeover project, even if your budget is tight, with the following steps.

Though often forgotten as one of the primary curb appeal ingredients, the letterbox has a great deal of say in it, which is why you should consider upgrading the look of yours or possibly purchasing one of the many beautiful contemporary letter boxes amazing with their seamless designs as much as with the materials being used, in the likes of accoya wood and stainless steel.

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Snail mail may be considered as a second choice after emails, but it’s not obsolete, we still depend on it for bills, packages and Christmas cards, so your letterbox deserves the attention you can give it. You even have the chance to customise contemporary letter boxes with engravings, or stylish planter boxes that you can fill up with a bit of greenery.

Speaking of greenery, it’s another important step you can’t miss out on. Whether it’s adding trees for some privacy and shade, bordering the pathway from the lawn with some vibrant and scented shrubs, or filling up gaps with colourful flowers, it’s up to you, there are plenty of options to choose from based on your preference.

The secret of plants is they immediately make the space lively with their natural beauty, and as a bonus you’d get to enjoy the benefits of gardening. Having a lush garden isn’t just the sight for sore eyes during the day, but also throughout the night.

There’s so much you can accomplish with the help of lighting. Add some of the wide range of exterior LED lights, such as floods or deck, and you’d be able to make for a dramatic look at night, showcasing your beautiful trees and shrubs, or creating special illuminating effects only lighting up certain bits like the trunk or the foliage. On the plus side, the lighting fixtures also help by adding to your safety and security.

If you have the space and budget, there’s no reason not to splurge on a hot tub. Just imagine being able to unwind with the help of warm, bubbling water at the end of a hard day. The idea sure sound enticing. And considering how most of us have stressful and demanding jobs, we can use some pampering and relaxation more often. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you already decided to invest in a spa. But as with any expensive purchase, you want to make sure that you get the perfect deal for your money. With that being said, here are some important factors to consider when choosing the right hot tub for you.

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Size

When it comes to choosing the size of the hot tub, consider the location where you plan to install it. Are you looking for an indoor spa for your bathroom? In that case, you may want to look at smaller hot tubs. Besides being able to fit in most spaces, smaller spas built for two people are also more affordable to run and easier to maintain. On the other hand, if you need room for you, your partner and your kids or want to invite friends over to share the waters, you may want to look into larger models such as a four person hot tub. A four person hot tub is usually a great solution as it is small enough to fit in a bathroom or on a balcony, and large enough to accommodate several people. On the other hand, if you have a large enough space in your yard, you can look into 6, 7 or 8 person models or even a swim spa if you want the added benefit of being able to swim.

Durability

Considering how a hot tub is an expensive purchase, you want it to last as long as possible. The material a hot tub is made of is usually what determines its lifespan. With that being said, acrylic and fibreglass models are considered as the most long-lasting options due to being very resistant to damage and fading. On the other hand, while a wooden shell may look like an attractive choice, it’s usually a bad idea as wood can warp when exposed to moisture and humidity.

Ease of Maintenance

The purpose of a hot tub is to let yourself unwind and relax. That being said, having to clean the hot tub very often does not quite fit the idea of relaxing. While hot tubs do need some cleaning from time to time, there are some features that can make them much easier to maintain. One such feature is the special antibacterial and anti-fungal coating called “Microban”. This type of coating is 100% non-porous which makes it hard for dirt and bacteria to stick to, thus resulting in a hot tub that gets dirty less often. Additionally, make sure to pick a good filter that can prevent particles from getting caught in the water pump and clogging it.