5 WAYS TO SPARK INNOVATION FROM YOUR HOME OFFICE

5 WAYS TO SPARK INNOVATION FROM YOUR HOME OFFICE

1. BRAIN GAMES: put a few selected items that inspire you on your desk. It ignites your brain to get to work. I was watching Shark Tank and was impressed by this toy. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety called the Fidgetland Noah – As Seen on Shark Tank. Its a handheld device that stimulates the mind with movement.

2. COLOR: Different colors have different effects on your brain. The color green boosts your imagination and is called the “strength provider” where its good for your immune system and can be used in your spaces to portray nature and growth. I painted my walls SW Soft Sage 9647 which coordinates nicely with the abstract wallpaper that reminds me of slices of earth from Carl Robinson. Spreading some botanicals or images of nature abound you has health benefits like lowering your blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.

3. LIGHT: carve out space that has natural light. Open space with light stimulates creativity and productivity.

4. GOOD AIR: air purifiers are good for your home office. They will trap a high percentage of the airborne allergens and irritants that flow through the filters like getting rid of dust, mold, Volatile Organic Compounds, smoke odor, pet dander, or pollen.

5. TRANSFORMABLE FURNITURE: there are sit to stand tabletops on the market that can adjust to your liking. The movement of the table keeps your business stuff in place. I came across Autonomous desks.

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HOW TO FIND HOME OFFICE SUCCESS

HOW TO FIND HOME OFFICE SUCCESS

Are we living Groundhogs day? Everyday seems like the same day over and over to me.

Everyone by now has needed to carve out a space in their home to find a place to get work done, if they didn’t already have an office.

Are you finding home office success for your mind and your body? Here are some ideas that have helped me:

#1 Tray:

How about a funky tray to sit on your desk? It not only helps organize your sticky notes, clips, stapler, and whatever, but also a place for water. Go hydrate!

Modern tray with Geometric shapes

Modern Desert Color Shapes Serving Tray

#2 Good Lighting:

Make your workspace as inviting as possible-  ambient lighting that will increase your productivity. I love this terrazzo lamp as it adds some whimsy to your desk and interest to your eye.

Modern Light fixture with Terrazzo base

Terrazzo Table Lamp

#3 Yoga Mat:

I have been exercising on my rug while watching exercise videos and found that a mat would be helpful from getting rug dust into my lungs. phew.. its defeating the purpose of staying healthy here! Love this abstract modern graphic on the Yoga mat. It inspires me! Does it inspire you?

Modern Geometric Yoga Mat

Sol Abstract Geometric Print in Multi Yoga Mat

#4 Nature

Having a plant on my desk makes me happy! How cute are these succulents cement planters?

Modern succulent planters

Mini Succulent

Let me know if any of these items could bring you home office success…

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Happy 2020!

Happy 2020!

2019 brought challenges and successes! To clients, editors, vendors and friends – THANK YOU SO MUCH for continuing to motivate me to be a better designer and entrepreneur.

What a decade, I worked day and night to get Michele Alfano Design off the ground and I am proud of what I have created.

 

Here are a few highlights from the past couple of years: 

 

  • Interviewed for Forbes, three-part series on 2020 Kitchen and Bath design trends:

 

Forbes 2020 Macro Trends for Kitchen and Bath

Forbes 2020 Kitchen Trends
Forbes 2020 Bathroom Trends

 Check in on the website and Instagram for new projects, and design adventures I take in 2020.

 Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

Michele

 

 

 

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017 has been an incredible year for me professionally. First the honor of being chosen to design a room for the DXV / American Standard’s “Modern Collection!”.  I’m very grateful for DXV’s support of my creative vision and the opportunity to be the first to showcase their luxurious Modulus collection. The most exciting part has been seeing the design used in DXV’s national/international AD campaign shown as full page ads so far in Luxe Magazine, Elle Décor, Vanity Fair and Metropolitan Home, where Editor in Chief Newell Turner selected my space to put in their first issue back on the stands after a decade hiatus. The experience to work with the DXV brand has been a dream come true!

Another exciting surprise happened when Editor in Chief Cindy Allen purchased my DIFFA Picnic by Design basket design and featured it in the SNAPS section of Interior Designs October issue. Crazy! The design modelled elements from the DXV modern bathroom, using natural materials and moss. Even more crazy was to be invited to meet Cindy at Interior Design headquarters and get some chat time! I even and took a snap with her myself!!

In the next coming months, I invite you to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel Michele Alfano Design TV: “Smart Design for your Home.”  I will be showing how you can use smart devices to improve your everyday living experience in your home!!

Cheers!!

Michele

HBD Me + New Website!!

HBD Me + New Website!!

Happy Birthday to me and to my new website –  Michele Alfano Design!!  I am so excited! It is making its debut, bringing an architectural eye on interior design. Be it a building, a space, a chaise, or a garment, forward-thinking design succeeds when it fosters a point of view, layers a story, invites participation and is memorable. Trained as an architect, my experiential approach brings a Tailored • Emotional • Intelligence to life beckoning spaces to make you think, feel and want to touch. So like a stage set, my design posts will constantly unfold meaningful design to heighten your experience of everyday living. So – welcome!