One of my New Years resolutions: Get better organized. Relying on my iphone, sketchbook, and work calendars had become cumbersome to say the least. I realized that despite all of the wonderful tablets, phones, and other gadgets that I couldn’t rely on technology. I am a paper and pen kind of guy especially with my need to sketch and create lists pretty much constantly. So, I had to go old school and find a planner that combined calendar, project to do list, and sketchbook with some flexibility to organize by project.
The Circa system by Levenger was the answer – essentially a flexible notebook system that allows you to create the planner or notebook that works for you. The ring binding with custom holes allows you to move around pages. I was sold but alas – while the weekly planner and project to-do list inserts were available, blank pages for sketching were not. Almost a deal breaker until I did some research online and found that Levenger finessed the technology originally designed by Rollabind who sells blank pages. Everything came together and I am pleased with my choice!
I even found a way to customize the cover. My model making skills came in handy as I cut some illustration board and glued down some fabric samples…the front and back cover are different but I dig the results.
Bring it on 2011 – I am ready!
My advice: everyone works and thinks differently. Be creative and you can find a system that works for you!
Image Credits: Levenger
Just another reason to be exciting about 2011 and what it shall bring – I am really digging the new collection for Spring 2011 from West Elm. The following items are already on my wish list. Topping the list is the great Windsor Chaise pictured above.
Parsons Mirrored Console Table
JOHN PAUL PHILLIPE ART RUGS…just amazing – love the line version as well as the neutral color version.
John Paul Phillipe Sketch Rug
John Paul Phillipe Art Rug
Ellipse Metal Canopy Bed
Upholstered Dhurrie Slab
Industrial Metal Cabinets and Foxed Nightstand
Images from West Elm
I was finally able to read my December issue of Elle Decoration UK. I was stunned to find that 1. H&M has a home collection and 2. the products are available in the online shop. Not to mention that 3. the advertorial presents inspiring spaces for him and her. I thought to myself, yes, 2011 is looking pretty good.
H&M brings their low price tag and attention to trends to their Spring collection for the home. While they are sticking to accessories for now, I foresee them venturing into furniture. Check out some of my favorites from the collection.
And a shot of the storefront of the London flagship store – ugh – yet another reason to be bummed that I don’t live there.