Hey everyone, hope you are all well. In these new times we need to adapt and if we are lucky enough to be able to work from home then its imperative that for us to be productive that our spaces have to have the right kind of energy too. So here are our top tips for creating the best working from home space.
Dedicate a space. Ideally not in sight of your bedroom/rest spaces. This has to be a specific space just for work. Most people work from a computer so all you need is a small table or even a console. Its too much hassle to stay setting up your laptop every morning or moving about every few hours, so ideally this space will be solely for work. If you have a dining room that you don't use very often or a spare bedroom that can take this role then put the table in there and get connected.
Light. It is super important that once we have a space that is well lit. Most people will be working during the day time, and thankfully the days are getting longer now and there is daylight well past 5 but always consider keeping a lamp nearby to add soft light for those gloomier days and if you are working late. Also, consider where the sources of light are to avoid glare.
Get comfortable. Unless you already have a comfy and stylish office chair at home, the choice of seating is important. Choose upholstered or cushioned dining chairs over stools or anything with less support like a sofa or a lounge chair
Keep a loose routine. Try to remember that you are still at work, so don't get distracted by the laundry pile or other chores. If you can squeeze a load in while waiting for that meeting why not, but remember that multitasking leads to distracted minds and after your hard day you don't want to be faced with a chore done badly that needs re-doing.
Be kind to yourself. After all, home is your nest and your sanctuary. Light a candle, order some fresh flowers from your local florist (and help to keep local businesses afloat). Do some stretching and remember that any change will take a few weeks to adjust to .. And this too shall pass.
Lots of love
4. Consider all the senses. Keep the whole experience of your space memorable and festive. Light some festively gorgeous candles. My current favourite is WYNTER by AHLT, I have received so many compliments from it. Plonk it on the mantle and even unlit - the room smells of Christmas with sweet orange, spicy cinnamon and spicy clove.
5. Keep it simple. I keep my wrapping super simple and super effective. Brown paper wrapping, silk ribbon and a sprig of holly or pine and you are done. Cheap, cheerful and recyclable - especially if you use plastic free tape!
Now I won't lie, I cannot sew! And despite watching numerous you-tube videos and hunting down my curtain makers, the numbers just didn't add up and we wanted this installed in a matter of days. So I decided to try a no-sew approach. I must say this hasn't been endorsed by IKEA but we did end up using everything from there. So if you are a no-sew kind of guy/gal and you want to create something similar, this is what you need.
This took me around an hour from start to finish. So a super quick and easy project. (After you navigated the isles of IKEA)
Work your way down the blind. I would suggest keeping the fabric (yet to be adhered), rolled up as it prevents it from getting creased or in your way. I applied a SY strip at every baton on the blind, This made sure that the fabric was definitely attached at these points. You could also consider using upholstery spray glue on the rest of the blind, but I was concerned regarding staining, and keeping the fabric supple so I avoided this. Make sure that your fabric is flat the way through before ironing on.
At the top of the blind there are little metal loops that the blind hangs from. To get the fabric over and around these, make little cuts in the fabric at the point where it would fold over and slide the head of the loop through. Make the cut as little as possible as you do not want the fabric to start fraying.
Once you are done on the front of the blind, flip it over so the fabric is face down and the blind back is facing up. Now its time to hem the edges. I started with the sides as the fabric had a neat edge here and it was an easy win. Next move to the top and bottom. Fold the cut edge of the fabric so that the end was tucked in, then apply the SY strip and while holding the fabric in place iron it down. You will need to work on smaller sections at a time ensuring that the fabric is flat, neat and taught before ironing.
Finally at the corners, by folding in the corners of the fabric and using the same way we did at the top and bottom, make a neat hem.
Making sure that all the SY has set, you are ready to hang you blind!
Some things I learned while on this no-sew roman blind project;
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