HOME OFFICE vs. CORPORATE OFFICE – What’s your style???

CORPORATE OFFICE:

My office at home is different from my office at the workplace.
In the workplace, my goal was to maintain an efficient space with all the things I use on a regular basis close at hand.
I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items I used several times/day.

I took care to make sure the items on my desk absolutely needed:  Cordless keypad, mouse, notebook, phone and lamp.  I also had one ceramic bud vase for the occasional flower I’d bring to the office with me to remind me of my balcony garden.

I also kept one of several piggy [mouse] banks on my desk for loose change.  A “savings account” for daily treats to the vending machine.

The space was efficient and allowed for quick storage, shredding completed tasks, quick-access to relevant information and sufficient lighting.

I kept a nice, firm flannel pillow on an ergonomic chair to support my lower back…

Overall, my work-space was devoid of my outside-of-work personality – which is quite different from my office at home.

OFFICE AT HOME:

Although I tote around my macbook and work anywhere and in every coffeeshop in the city, my office at home is mainly for thoughtful hand-written notes and a space to read…

(vases for sale on etsy)

golds, ambers, warm colors…
a beautiful and comfortable chair is essential.  

antique pencils, modern lighting, notebook, mirror (of course)…

…piggy bank, make up brush, pens, postage, clock…

box of stationery, golden ginko-leaf letter opener, Graphic Image notebook…

sentimental items of significance

…cuban cigar box filled with drawing supplies (charcoal pencils, erasers, leather notebook)…

…colored pens for highlighting…

Rebecca Minkoff leather kindle case…

moleskin-like dodocase (for kindle)…

I’m curious about your workspace…What do you keep on your desk at the office?  What does it say about you?  Is it similar to your office space at work?

– Meg  (“meg dot email”)

Sepia Smiles (images)

One of the best things about blogging is meeting people with similar interests.  Roseanna, owner of Sepia Smiles, is one of those people whose interests and styles we find inspiring.  We’re lucky to have met her through our blogging adventures.

Roseanna’s aesthetic is simple, clean, restrained femininity.  Her pastel color schemes and collection of vintage household items is an elegant interpretation of Anthropologie’s “country chic”.

The Sepia Smiles “look” is apparent in Roseanna’s interior designs, home decor, hand-made stationery and even her website layout


As you know, we, too, love making stationery, lots of white-space in our design layout, vintage items, and many other things Sepia Smiles finds ‘pretty’…

We look forward to offering Sepia Smiles products on the Pretty Pink Ponies site soon.
Nice job, Roseanna!!!
(**all photos courtesy of Sepia Smiles)

What’s on your desk? (images)

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I was “escorted out” of the building without given time to collect my belongings.  The opportunity didn’t allow for a dramatic Jerry Maguire-style exit.  It was a non-eventful and unemotional scene that would’ve been cut out of the movie Office Space had it mistakenly been allowed to waste ten minutes of the audience’s time…

Although no one really misses work, I actually do miss my office work-space.  I took care to create an efficient system that made it easy for me to reach for files, writing tools and other items relevant during the day.

I took care to make sure the items on my desk absolutely needed:  Cordless keypad, mouse, notebook, phone and lamp.  I also had one ceramic bud vase for the occasional flower I’d bring to the office with me to remind me of my balcony garden.

I also kept one of several piggy [mouse] banks on my desk for loose change.  A “savings account” for daily treats to the vending machine.

The space was efficient and allowed for quick storage, shredding completed tasks, quick-access to relevant information and sufficient lighting.
I kept a nice, firm flannel pillow on an ergonomic chair to support my lower back…
Overall, my work-space was devoid of my outside-of-work personality – which is quite different from my office at home. 
OFFICE AT HOME:
Although I tote around my macbook and work anywhere and in every coffeeshop in the city, my office at home is mainly for thoughtful hand-written notes and a space to read…
golds, ambers, warm colors…

a beautiful and comfortable chair is essential.  
antique pencils, modern lighting, notebook, mirror (of course)…
…piggy bank, make up brush, pens, postage, clock…

box of stationery, golden ginko-leaf letter opener, Graphic Image notebook…

sentimental items of significance

…cuban cigar box filled with drawing supplies (charcoal pencils, erasers, leather notebook)…

…colored pens for highlighting…

Rebecca Minkoff leather kindle case…


moleskin-like dodocase (for kindle)…

I’m curious about your workspace…What do you keep on your desk at the office?  What does it say about you?  Is it similar to your office space at work?

– Meg  (“meg dot email”)

junk in my trunk (images)

I have junk in my trunk.

I have junk in my living room, in storage, in boxes, in my closet, in other people’s homes, …(I’ll stop here as this list could take me a while to write).

A lot of the “junk” are neatly packed inside boxes as a result of having to move out of my apartment unexpectedly and without a plan.  I never wanted to go through the ordeal of packing and moving out/moving in ever again after that experience. And, for almost a year, I left a lot of my belongings packed away inside neatly-labled boxes stacked  on one another like a Tetris game.

This past weekend, my new roommate and I curiously unpacked one of the boxes labeled “decor”.  Since I hadn’t seen the items inside the box in a while, I decided they’re obviously of no significance. Afterall, I’ve been living my life without needing to access these “insignificant” things immediately.

We opened the box…

vintage clock

I’ve been living a “gypsy lifestyle” since I moved out of my Hancock Park apartment last Fall.

This means, I tow around most items I need or think I need at all times in a shopping cart (just kidding).  I have my library and closet and vanity in tow scattered about in the backseat of my car, in my monogramed Longchamp bag, in vintage LV bags, in Paper Source shopping bags, in beautifully-printed Stephanie Johnson toiletry bags, and other seemingly useful containers that are no match for the gypsy lifesyle.

Kate Spade pouches and The Container Store can only do so much!

That said, I naturally feel stressed out when I think about all the other “stuff” I possess that I don’t keep with me on a daily basis.  The experience of packing and unpacking then packing and unpacking then repeating those steps every couple of years stresses me out.  Thinking about sitting in the hot sun trying to convince pedestrians to buy my brand new Frye boots for ten dollars ($10!) at a yard sale (then, failing and sending them to Goodwill instead) stresses me out.
There was a point where I would’ve paid others to haul my things away.  Nevermind, the experiences associated with each special flea-market find, or the huge discount I got from the Barney’s Sale at the Santa Monica Hangar ten years ago, or the flattering dress with all the sentimental value associated with it.
I wanted everything gone.


So, seeing a huge white box marked “decor” with a thick Sharpie marker just seemed like a huge ordeal I could do without.  “Extraneous”, I decided.  And, I’m so over being over-the-top.

My next thought: sell these flea-market antiques on etsy (etsy.com/shop/pinkponiesshop).

glazed green vase



“I’m gonna live a simple and Spartan life!  
I’m gonna be organized and efficient!  
I’m gonna do without the unnecessary!”
…screamed my brain-washed conscience.




1 of 2 glazed turquoise bud vases

But, as I sat there with my big ambition carefully unpacking each delicate item after delicate item, I started to remember why I kept these items instead of my Frye boots and all the other expensive things I threw away when I moved out…

…I fell in love with each piece and each piece made it a pleasure to come home…




…each piece made my home more…


…poetic.


minature antique bicycle, lacquered stationery box, little clock.

These items aren’t “extraneous” at all.  They’re special and that’s exactly why I’ve kept them instead of the five purses I sold for $5 bucks a piece.  There’s something fantastic about being in your own space surrounded by a collection of items that make you smile.


Somehow, these small reminders of who you are – outside of your crafted self-image and social “armor” or facade – helps the loooooong day melt away.  Sure, I could get a massage or do yoga, but having a room’s ambience to one’s exact specifications can do wonders for the soul.

It reminds you of who you are when no one’s there to judge you.
I filled each of these vases with flowers I grew on my balcony garden/personal yoga studio…
antique container, 2 blue bud vases, ceramic postage stamp box.

Each item was hand-picked and carefully considered.  Sometimes visiting the store more than twice before making the purchase.  These weren’t impulse buys…

I remember scheduling the Mortise & Tenon sale and looking forward to the great treasures I knew I ‘d find.  (Read:  I purposely and thoughtfully made time to look for these items). 
red container with feet + gold gingo leaf letter-opener

Actually, finding each piece at different times, then putting them together in the same space one by one, and somehow making them all connect and contribute to creating just the right “mood”, was an adventure in itself.  

Ever walk into a room or space and surprisingly find your mood elevated?  It was literally that feeling every single time I entered my bedroom or sat to read a book in our living room.
But, alas, our lives evolve and nothing stays the same.  So, now that my current state doesn’t allow much space for “frivolous” items of emotional luxury, should I get rid of these things???

Office Space (images)

What does each space tell you about its inhabitant?

What is your office’s primary function?
Does it reflect your professionalism and the good work you produce?
Does it have an effective organizing system?
Does it provide comfortable seating for guests, clients, prospective clients? 
Does your space inspire creativity, focus, motivation?
Have you eliminated distractions?
Do you and others respect the space as a designated work area?
How does it help you accomplish your goals?
What personal items remind you of your values?
How does it deter “time-wasting” colleagues?
Is there consistency in the message your office conveys?…Or, does it talk too much without getting to the “point”?

Interior styles (images)

Having a pleasing environment makes a big difference in mood, health and effectiveness.
 As far as existing in a beautiful environment that makes us feel beautiful and happy, below are some examples of reading corners and home office spaces we love.

l.a. art initiative

featuring miss kara tanaka


artists are featured at the rema hort mann foundation at the ‘los angeles initiative’ this may 2011.  the beautiful los angeles crowd stare, ponder and philosophical-poetic with one another…as prettypinkponies contemplates their footwear.

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Antique + Vintage + Modern furnishings = GREAT TASTE! (images)

(I HAVE to HAVE this antique typewriter!)

(modern table of solid Vermont wood)

(amazing contempo chandelier)

(Japanese resin serving tray – unmatched quality)

(percussion instrument played by store owner)

(High-art European piece)

(modern chair + antique locker storage unit + ’50s hula dancer)

(Antique desk, phone + typewriter + modern lighting, chair)

(beautiful lamps made by Los Angeleno sold ONLY to Los Angelenos)

(half off vintage pearl necklace)

(<3 the mustard seating)

(<3 this desk)
What do you get when combining a professional interior designer’s eye with an antique collector’s cultivated taste + 30 years of business running a store?
BRILLIANCE.

Antique Shopping on a Monday afternoon… (images)

(vintage cufflinks, buttons, chains, etc…)

(great deal for a Hollywood Regency Style stool)

(gorgeous trunk-themed vanity + wrought iron stool)

(vintage tufted leather chairs + Tiffany lamp)

(ceramic edamame dish)

(ceramic sake set)

(ceramic sushi set)

(vintage containers)

(love this shade of blue against darker wood)

(vintage soda pop machine)

(vintage jewelry – various crystals)

(vintage radio — fully functioning)

(vintage radio — fully functioning)

(vintage sterling vanity jars – engraved monogram)

(vintage sterling vanity accessories — engraved monogram)

(accent chairs)

(vintage chaise)

(animal print occasional chair)

(vintage telephone/clock/storage)

(Hollywood Regency dresser)
With the economic conditions in the last few years, there has been no market for antique collectibles.  Thus, many brick-and-mortar antique shops are closing down.
– great time to buy antiques 
– bad time to sell antiques
– contact me if you’re interested in any of the pieces shown here.
info @ myprettypinkponies.com

Stylish Home Furnishings

(gorgeous mediterranean palette for homes near the ocean)

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St. Barths @ Brentwood Countrymart (img)

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Sunday @ Brentwood Countrymart

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Correspondence..

I adore the simplicity of these cards.
I thought of my beautiful friend, Bridget, after seeing a bright yellow card with a gentle reminder to: “Shine”.