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Elevated Workspace

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Introduction

Elevate the workspace to a work of art by channeling your inner artiste -- but first throw out the old rules of composition. Like Picasso, you don't need to be afraid to change perspective or play with color: Hang horizontal shelving vertically, and pepper a neutral area with bright accents. "An unexpected arrangement has more soul than a laminated prefab home-office monstrosity," says style director Page Marchese Norman.

Even functional pieces can be decorative, like the wastebasket with its gorgeous wood grain. To build a gallery-worthy storage wall, Page and Shane suggest assembling it like a collage: Put up one piece, step back (you may want to ask a trusted friend to weigh in), and add another. Voila!

"Lack" wall shelves, $15 each, and "PS Boda" box (open box on green shelf), from $17, both ikea.com for stores. "Skyline" cubbies (hung vertically on wall), $850, Wud Furniture Design, 718-486-7952. David Brunicardi "HoneyDrip HD_3" desk, $750, dbfurniture.com. Studio Archirivolto "Charme" chair (at desk), $795, and Poldo Como chest (in background), $4,950, both at conranusa.com. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby "Homegrown Green" rug, $4,320, therugcompany.info for stores. Vintage aqua dining chair, $350, and "Owl" lamp, $165, both at jaysonhomeandgarden.com. Han Lei "Summer Palace 03" photograph, $279 (with frame), lumas.com. Sebastian Wrong "Font" clock, $450, and Alexander Taylor "Small Fold" lamp, $180, both at mattermatters.com. Wastebasket, $120, Pearl River, 800-878-2446. Office Basics magazine files, $24 each, and letter tray, $28 for two, both at seejanework.com. "Osaka" boxes (on shelf), from $5, cb2.com.

Source
Blueprint, January/February 2008

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Reviews (38)

  • DRBla111908 14 Nov, 2010

    What a great idea. This could easily be done for any budget and so much cheaper. The table/desk could be constructed from a pre-made table top or MDF board cut to size and add legs. Shelving can be bought inexpensively adding brackets to hang. Paint is reasonable. Many projiects I do by purchasing a piece at a time as I can afford then assemble. This is how I put together an awesome walk-in closet.

  • ibcrafter 13 Nov, 2010

    What a cool idea! The best way to implement this is to weave your own rug and go into business. Same for some of the furniture! Just think, Martha is helping the unemployed to make a living. Seriously, I do like to modify her ideas and use them by looking for bargains.

  • cherryl22 5 Apr, 2010

    Bahhumbug macwheedy. They are just showing what it cost them in picture. One could take the general idea and scour second hand stores, garage sales etc for similar items. A little paint and you could copy this. Use some imagination!

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • macwheedy 24 Mar, 2009

    Why don't you charge a little more for this project ??? This is not practical at all, for anyone in this day and age. Most do not have that kind of money. We are in a recession and or depression era.

  • Sillys 21 Dec, 2008

    I appreciate the ideas I get from Martha . In showing some "top of the line", she is reaching a financially affluent market, but she's also inspiring the majority of us ---- who, I might add, have the creativity and imagination to use what we have and make these ideas work for us ! She also shows us how to recycle and to make brilliant gifts/useful items from practically nothing !

  • JudyMcDole 21 Dec, 2008

    I always love the ideas and "the look" Martha's staff generates, but the prices are meant for an entirely different demographic than mine! Fun ways to personalize an area of your own, however, can sprout from these "professional" designs. I'm anxious for those spring yardsales!

  • TEALBLUE 21 Dec, 2008

    I agree completely with all of you. Also I am a 2nd hand shopper and the you really can come up with some great finds. Never thought of the liquor store though, thanks for the idea.

  • genealogynut 19 Oct, 2008

    I agree with jasskat, but if you go to 2nd hand stores, goodwill, you can find all kinds of baskets,food storage boxes. you can also go to liquor stores and get wine boxes and stack them to gether and nail them together and make a great place to put things. Put plastic glasses for pencils, brushes in. There are all kinds of ways to make what you want. I have been doing this kind of thing way before anyone heard of Martha. I live on a very fixed income and have gone to garage sales. You can do it

  • jesskat 11 Oct, 2008

    I love Martha and her staff's ideas. However, she doesn't exactly have to live in the financial realities of most people. You can pretty much bet on her crafts, recipes, etc to be above the average budget. Her 'must haves" and "affordable" projects are luxuries that most folks just cannot afford.

  • tyedye 10 Oct, 2008

    There is no way that would accommodate all the crap I need in my desk area and I can't imagine that would be sufficient for anyone else who uses their desk with any kind of regularity.

  • pattyoo 10 Oct, 2008

    Pretty, but what about those of us for whom a workspace includes a computer

  • pattyoo 10 Oct, 2008

    Pretty, but what about those of us for whom a workspace includes a computer

  • jeannebw 10 Oct, 2008

    Martha needs to give her people a quick course in economics considering today's world..Otherwise with some smart shopping a great idea.

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • abiebaby47 10 Oct, 2008

    Did anyone else happen to notice that in the e-mail for this tip, it says, "don't be afraid to hang VERTICAL pieces HORIZONTALLY" - instead of the other way around, as it says above? LOL

  • TwoRiversMomOf2 10 Oct, 2008

    $17 for a box? WOW. Goodwill here I come. I love the idea and can definitely get it done a lot cheaper then that.

  • TwoRiversMomOf2 10 Oct, 2008

    $17 for a box? WOW. Goodwill here I come. I love the idea and can definitely get it done a lot cheaper then that.

  • PinkGranny 10 Oct, 2008

    This is defintitley a good idea and one I will implement. However, like many of you I can find my own local resources for the shelving and spend a lot less. Improvising on this will not only save me money but personalize my space at the same time. I enjoy looking at the photographs for these space saving ideas that I can use my way.

  • PinkGranny 10 Oct, 2008

    This is defintitley a good idea and one I will implement. However, like many of you I can find my own local resources for the shelving and spend a lot less. Improvising on this will not only save me money but personalize my space at the same time. I enjoy looking at the photographs for these space saving ideas that I can use my way.

  • NewGloucester 10 Oct, 2008

    I don't know about you but I don't pay $120.00 for my wasbaskets!

  • cjames 10 Oct, 2008

    seems like just a commercial to me. good idea but way too much.

  • jltait 10 Oct, 2008

    Besides, you can get every in that picture from IKEA including a cool rug for a whole lot less than the $8500 price tag. If you can find second hand stuff, even better. Have fun people.

  • egghead96 10 Oct, 2008

    Seriously- a $750 desk! Seriously?!?!! There's no substance to it, how in the world is it $750? It looks nice enough, but if I'm going to shell out $750 I'd at least like a small drawer for my pencils/pens.

  • ChiannaDowell 10 Oct, 2008

    I think it would be nice to see this in a Splurge vs Steal setup to fit all budgets...if you can't do one you can do the other.

  • susanegertz 10 Oct, 2008

    Yes, but should Martha Stewart advocate these price points? Why not help us create functional and stylish looks for less than outrageous prices? $4,950 for a chest? $4,320 for a rug? Who shops like this?

  • tknb 10 Oct, 2008

    Oh, get out. Everyone know you can do things on the cheap. That is fun to do. I challenge myself to find things at 'tag" sales and a garage sale from time to time. The fun thing about Martha's sharing this room is: would you have thought to put this together? I love to read and subscribe to 'Metropolitan Home". I can not very often afford the items in the magazine...but I get lots of ideas and once in a while I do find a great deal on a cool idea.

  • Dloi 10 Oct, 2008

    Many local charities run thrift stores where you can get quality items that people have donated to help them raise funds. They are priced to sell, and you can support a good cause at the same time.

  • CoolManJoe 10 Oct, 2008

    So for a cool $8500 (not including the chest in the background) I can put this look together with the items listed. Is there a Martha Stewart page for ideas for people who aren't rich? Please keep your audience in mind, $45 cubbies from Target are more my speed than $850 designer cubbies. I could get pretty close to this with $50 and some good luck and a few garage sales.