This Desk Wants to Help Improve Your Productivity
We totally get it — it’s really hard to focus some work days. Productivity, especially when you’re a freelancer or contract worker, can be brutal. Whether it’s working from home, from a coffee shop or (like us some days) from your bed, maintaining that work routine can be a bit tricky at times. Sure, there are all sorts of tips and tricks (and apps) for that, and everyone comes up with their own way of coping (putting on makeup, walking around the block, leaving the house, etc.), but sometimes you just need a truly mobile office. Introducing: Devide.
Invented by Rami Santala for his graduation project at The Royal College of Art, Devide aims to help bring “normalcy” to mobile workers through an efficient, succinct mobile office. We mean that literally too: Depending on how you fold it, Devide can be a privacy screen, a laptop sleeve, a stand or a even a work surface.
There’s also a bonus Bluetooth connectivity element that will start your work apps for you and shut down any you deem a distraction (sorry, Arrow Hero!). It will help you make those invoices more accurate, as it keeps track of your working hours, and will help you achieve more of a work-life balance. There doesn’t really seem to be a downside to this little guy. And as mobile workers ourselves, we hope Santala gets the funding he needs to make this a reality! Once his website on Cargo Collective gets up and running, we will be able to internet-stalk him and the status of this cool invention.
How do you keep your productivity up? Tell us in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)