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Sep 13, 2018

7 Stylish Coffee Mugs That Will Make Everyone Else in Your Office Jealous

Stylish coffee mugs to buy or give for men

When I think back to my first office job, I learned two key takeaways: 1) always share your process and thinking with your supervisor, and don't hold out til the end to show them the completed project and 2) drink a bunch of liquids all day long so you'll have to get up to go the bathroom. 

Seriously. Moving about the office gets you up and out of your seat, your eyes off the computer screen, and the ability to mingle a bit with your coworkers. And while we recommend switching to water after 11:00am, it's nice to enjoy a few small personal mugs of coffee vs. a huge thermos. It always stays hot, and remains fun to sip the whole morning

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Sep 01, 2018

How to Make a Concrete Desktop Planter (+ a $250 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Concrete. It's a universal building material so ubiquitous, we tend to take it completely for granted. Yet it has a fascinating history that stretches back before the time of Roman Empire. No need to fire up the Delorean today, though; we're sticking to the current trend of using industrial materials in domestic interiors with our concrete desktop planter.

We're also giving away a $250 Lowe's gift card that you can use to buy your supplies to make your own concrete desktop planter (and then some). Read on to find out how to enter (giveaway details at the end of the post) ...

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Sep 21, 2017

How to Make a Stylish Standing Desk Riser

This post is sponsored by the DIYZ® app.

When my friend Bruno hurt his back a few years ago, he started preaching about the value of standing while you're at work. Having made a bicycle-mounted laptop stand way back in 2010!, I'm not new to this game, but the more I tried it, the more I liked it. Not only is standing good for your posture (and thus your back), but for certain kinds of tasks, I find it really increases my productivity. 

Here's how to make a simple desk riser so you can stand and work on your laptop at just about any desk. It's built out of copper pipe and plywood, two of the easiest materials around to work with

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Jul 19, 2017

How to Make a DIY Vintage-Inspired Sawhorse Trestle Desk

When I came across this awesome vintage-inspired trestle desk this week, it struck all my favorite things: warm wood tones, a modern industrial vibe, and nothing extraneous, just a nice big surface and some shelves. It was "inspired by an antique French architect's table," and it's just all kinds of industrial cool. 

Except there's one problem...   

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Jun 20, 2017

Timeless Inspiration: The Military Field Desk

Field DeskI've had a generally mobile office for years. What this looks like to me is a laptop, random notebooks, and a mass of cables. While I've set up my "office for the day" in a variety of spectacular locations,  I've always lusted after the campaign desks of old, which adventurers carried along to pen notes, history changing letters, and likely stash a bit of liquid courage.    

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May 02, 2017

Make This: Zen-Inspired Succulent Desktop Garden

I spend a lot of time at a desk. Many of us do. It's a space where we learn, create, work, and play. I'm not saying all that sitting is a good thing, but if it has to happen then make the space as clean and relaxing as you can. Here is a quick project to add a bit of green, texture, and peace to you space.  

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Sep 21, 2016

Build Yourself a Classic Masculine Workspace with these 5 Rustic DIY Projects

Inspired OfficeMy best work is done when I'm inspired. These 5 DIY projects will make your office a place you want to spend the next 8 hours in.   

1. DIY Paneled Wall - This one is for those that can make some pretty substantial improvements on their space. The $100 price tag for a wall is pretty approachable for such a huge change in the space.

Engineering Map Prints2. Engineer Printed Maps - Large, detailed, and affordable prints from vintage maps or other inspiring pieces.  These interesting pieces are a great way to bring some interesting details to a space that will catch you eye and serve as a unique focal point for the workplace.

Acrylic wall calendar3. DIY Acrylic Wall Calendar - Ditch

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Mar 25, 2016

Work Better: 5 DIY Standing Desk Projects You Can Make this Weekend

Standing DeskDo you spend much time behind a desk during the day? Here's a healthier way to clock the hours with a few standing desk projects you can do this weekend.  

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Feb 08, 2016

A Sharp Office Makeover, Complete with a DIY Retractable Standing Desk (IKEA Hack)

created at: 01/16/2014

Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and tinkerer Kelli Anderson had an amazing studio/office space with lots of useable work surfaces...which were ever topped and filled with clutter and creative detritus. So, she decided to trade in her classic door-and-filing-cabinet combo of a desk for a proper, organized solution. 

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Jan 14, 2016

How to Make the Ultimate Masculine Office Space: 9 DIY Desk Design Ideas

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I recently had to move my desk at my design firm to a new space in the building and it got me thinking about how minimal—totally empty and sad—my desk space was. At the time I had a picture of my wife, a few books and a pencil holder.    

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Aug 11, 2015

How to: Make a Simple and Rustic DIY Desk Organizer or Tool Holder

created at: 08/11/2015

Here's a simple way to add some functionality to a log from the the firewood pile or a score of driftwood you snagged by the local river. It's a easy project, but a sharp way to add a little outdoor texture and warmth to your computer desk or work area.    

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Jun 10, 2015

Make This: Vintage-Inspired Flip Top Desk

Flip-Top Desk

Keeping homework in one place is a constant battle with kids. Make this dedicated flip-top desk that looks good enough to share the adult space and hides all the school-related clutter out of sight.

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Feb 26, 2015

Sleek Desktops Made From Old Skateboard Decks

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I've seen my share of clever plywood edge furniture but nothing like these colorful desktops made from trashed skate decks. Looks like they're currently available in the Netherlands but that certainly can't stop you from taking the idea yourself! 

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Feb 17, 2015

Workspace Inspiration: Surf While You Work

FluidStance If, like me, you spent a fair amount of your junior high years in detention for constantly leaning back in your chair, then creating something like the FluidStance might be just what you need.   

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Nov 12, 2014

From the Desk Of... : A Peek at the Workspaces of Designers, Artists, and Makers

Hand-Eye Supply, purveyors of fine work inspired goods, tools, and gear, recently released their new collection of awesome workplace photos, and the people that create there.    

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Jul 22, 2014

DIY Idea: Make a Simple Wooden Tool Organizer

This morning, I was scanning a studio tour of Natalie Davis, who runs Canoe, a leather working shop in Austin, Texas. 

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Apr 10, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Metallic Desk Organizer

Metallic DIY pencil holder

Somehow, at least at my office, it only takes five minutes to completely wreck my desk, but a good forty-five to clean it back up. 

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Mar 26, 2014

How to: Make a Large DIY Worktable or Multi-User Desk

I'm digging this one: by embracing very affordable materials (OSB subfloor panels, pine 2x4s and 2x6s), this project pulls off a high/low aesthetic that actually benefits from its low cost.    

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Jun 12, 2013

Design Inspiration: The Worknest Modular Desk for Creative People

The Worknest Modular Desk [http://www.behance.net/gallery/WORKNEST/9025739]

A desk that lets you configure your workspace according to your work style and needs? I’ll take it!   

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Nov 01, 2012

15 Natural Wood Grain Gadgets

Many (most?) guys appreciate the utility and drool-factor of modern technology and gadgets (smartphones, tablets, and the like) but prefer a bit of the "old school" analog vibe to warm them up a bit.

These wood grain gadgets and accessories make the best of both worlds: the latest technology, with classic styling.    

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