Design Horror Stories: Unprofessional Attitude – 2

There is this one designer I constantly saw at trade events. I could recognize her because she always carried her dog in her arms. That poor thing seemed to have given up and never made a sound or move. Besides being unprofessional, isn’t this a kind of animal abuse?

Sales representatives also have stories of designers behaving badly. They lack respect for other professionals in the trade and often demand to be accommodated. One example is some designers do not draw out tile layouts and calculate quantities. They buy more than necessary (with the clients’ money) and insist on returning the excess. Most tile stores do not accept returns unless the products are defected. It is possible the refund did not get credit back to the clients.

Some people just have problems being prompt. Once I referred an engineer to a residential renovation project. He connected to the homeowner and made an appointment to visit the jobsite. I was shocked when the homeowner called me and said the engineer missed the appointment with no explanation. We were concerned if anything bad had happened. It turned out there was no good reason.

[Guest Post] Creating a Home Office in the Smallest of Spaces


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Creating a Home Office in the Smallest of Spaces

People are increasingly looking to incorporate an office space within their homes. It may be because their job calls for it or as a way to get the kids to knuckle down to do their homework. Whatever your reason may be, here are some ideas if you’re looking to do the same but only have a small space to work with.

Is It a Shelf, or Is It a Desk?

It can be both. If you have limited space, placing a shelf, preferably streamlined and curved for aesthetic value, under a window is an excellent way of creating a workspace. Add some paint on the wall the width of your desk/shelf to define your workspace, and as it’s by the window, you can place an indoor plant on it, such as a jade plant that thrives in the San Fernando sunshine.

Utilize Every Inch of Space

When creating a home office in a small space, your wall is your best friend. You can make your walls pull double duty by attaching a storage unit with fold-down compartments to save space and provide ample room for a desk and storage. Best of all, when you’ve finished your work, you can fold the unit against the wall.

Hidden Office Space

When is an office not an office? When you can’t see it. Concealing your desk inside a cupboard is an excellent way to help maintain a healthy home/work-life balance. Transform an old or unused cabinet by putting in shelving for storage and a board on runners for a keyboard if you use a PC. Being able to close the door on your place of work at the end of the day makes it easier to switch off. 

Planning and Budgeting for Your Home Office

Make the best use of your space by creating a floor plan. As your home office plans come together, determine which jobs you can do yourself and which require professional services. You can save money by using things you already have around the house. Maybe you have some old pictures in the basement that may look great above your desk, or perhaps you can repurpose an old comfortable chair for use as your desk chair.

Sprucing Up Home Furniture 

If you have clients visiting your home office, you want to impress them, so if any of your furniture has stains that don’t respond to conventional cleaning products, contact an upholstery cleaner. Consult online reviews using sites like Angi before getting a quote and discussing your needs. Once you’ve narrowed the options down to a few companies, insist on several referrals from satisfied customers, and avoid working with cleaners who use all-in-one cleaning tools. In addition, when creating a home office, keep receipts and take before-and-after photos to help quantify your home’s increase in value, particularly important if you’re planning on selling anytime soon.

No Matter How Small

With the right ideas, planning, and budgeting, you can make a space for an office in any room, no matter how small. All you need is a work surface, a comfortable place to sit, and somewhere to store your office supplies.

Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.

Project CELEBRATE

I chose “CELEBRATE” as my word of the year for 2022. I simply felt we didn’t put in enough effort in celebrating what we have. After some thinking, I decided to make e-cards available to spread the love!

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Please check out the CELEBRATE page on this website. You can save the images or go to the OneDrive link and download the cards you like. Use them in emails, texts, and personal social media. The collection will continue to grow. Please check back often. These images are for personal use only. 

My multimedia journey started in 2020. I quickly found my desire to express beauty in this world. I am still new to graphic design and illustration. Hopefully this project will help me develop my skills while providing others a way to express their feelings and spread positive energy. 

Baby Steps Do Add Up

Halfway through the semester in my typography class, the professor started a voluntary challenge for posting a typography art each day. There were no points or credits attached. To me, there was no risk. I pushed myself to publish one work a day. I soon found joy in practicing different techniques. I also learned more about my style and behavior. In the end, I did the challenge for a full seven weeks, up till the final week.

These daily art pieces were like short musical etudes. They don’t seem much, but deliver quick results. Over time, the effort adds up.