what makes a great home office?

Home offices are common these days. Many of us work from home. But even if we don't, we still seem to want a little place to carve out for paying bills or dabbling on the computer. So how do we make it feel welcoming enough that we want to visit this little, or large, spot? Here are a few tips.

1. Be organized. This means something different to each person. Do you need everything out in the open to see what you need to do? Or do you prefer everything behind closed doors, boxes and drawers? It's important to know how you work so that you don't only start off organized, but stay organized.

2. Get a comfortable chair and desk. This is different for each person, so be sure you have what is best for you. Do you need a keyboard tray on your desk? Do you need the best quality chair for your sore back? Do you like the idea of a sit/stand desk? Think about the function first and you will be drawn to this area as it will be comfortable for you.

3. Be sure to make your home office area attractive to you. Do you like bold flowers? Do you like an all white space? Do you like lots of colour? Consider this area as part of the entire home, but with something a little different that makes it feel special.

4. Be sure you have enough space for your personal needs. Some people like to spread out on a wide long desk. Others want just a small laptop area to keep things simple. This will help you stay organized, in your own way. 

And finally - CHOOSE ORGANIZED OVER TIDINESS... Don't just put things in neat piles to look tidy. Organize first, even if it's a tad untidy. You'll be better off for it, trust me. 

a few new resources

interiordesign.to - this website gives you a really amazingly complete overview of so many resources for your home

us & coutumes - a Quebec company making brilliant little things. Do you need an amazing front door bench? Tell Vincent I sent you.

quadrostyle - a peel n' stick way to add whimsy without full commitment - I'm loving the amazing designs available here

green light district - a great little store for that something special - visit it online or go to the store for a hands on feel of the beautiful finishes on each piece. Tell Deborah I sent you. 

room idea - I'm loving their customisation of sliding door possibilities. Tell Cathy I sent you.

easy Houzz update!

Houzz continues to work for the followers of its site and I love their new feature! You can now draw on the photos you pin to your ideabooks! How easy is that for designer/client communication? Check out this blog entry from them to see how easy it is, and try using it yourself. 

My page has been up for quite some time now, but if you haven't visited in a while, here it is. Susan's Houzz Page

And check out my first mood board with this feature! So easy! 

Happy Houzz Decorating and do share your boards and ideabooks in the comments section below.

IIDEX 2016 - these are a few of my favourite things

I go to the IIDEX every year and although it is mostly for commercial spaces, there are so many things that are transferable and there is always something new to learn about.

Here are a few of my favourite things from this year's IIDEX. Hover over the photo for my comments and see links below for more information.

new year's resolutions around the house

Making new year's resolutions for around the house seems much easier than sticking with some longer term goals. I think making small changes, for example like getting around to cleaning out a particular closet, or organizing your photo files, can lead to great satisfaction. You can hopefully stick with the resolution, thus feeling like a success, and you can also relish in the newly organized space. For my resolution for this year I would like to organize my filing cabinet and finally rid myself of old files that I know I really won't need any more. It will make filing the important papers so much easier too!

What do you plan on doing around your house this year?

organized baby closet

Organize a closet?


Organize your filing cabinet?

DCF 1.0

Organize your garage?


Add some open shelving for easy access to your pretty kitchen things?


Just for fun... organize your cats?! ;)


Organize your photos in boxes? This takes up much less room than those bulky photo albums from years ago.