Inner Tech: Me and My Aero

CaptureYou know how a melody gets stuck in your head? Well, as I started to organize the components of my new media center I kept singing “Wherever we go, everyone knows- It’s me and my arrow.” It had been years since I heard this song from the fable “The Point” by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson about a boy named Oblio. He was the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything must have a point.

Having grown up with this animated movie with Ringo Starr narrating the Father’s voice, I was reminded of my early years of being a geek and not fitting in with the 70’s movement.  It wasn’t until 1977 with the release of “Star Wars” that I finally felt at home with my surround sound system, characterized by a sweet spot where the audio effects work best.  Yes, this was the moment in time that I heard the voice of my inner tech and knew from that point on everything in my life had to nourish my technical sensibilities.

Today I am still every bit the geek that I was back then, but now geeks are cool. As a seasoned marketing specialist, I get plenty of technical challenges every day and work in a world filled with resolving issues with the IT department. So I’ve decided to create a media oasis in my home where I can work remotely, as well as enjoy the pleasures of Netflix, iTunes and Hulu.

Aero-BLK-16_brandedI was happy to discover a sleek design and roomy work surface with the Bush Furniture Aero Collection Sofa Table/Writing Desk in classic black as the foundation of my home office. Its durable gray tinted-glass top fits my tech décor with a spacious bottom shelf that can store more. The desk provides the perfect amount of space for work, and its small footprint allows flexibility if I want to rearrange.  The rounded quarter-turned legs are strikingly stylish and match the design of the Aero Collection’s most brilliant contribution to home entertainment – the Aero TV Stand.

First and foremost, it’s the perfect size for my 60-inch flat screen TV. The top open compartment offers functional space for my Apple TV and sound bar, plus the side cabinets have adjustable shelves for my numerous vintage gaming systems. Some things, like the Nintendo 64, are just too good to ever let go. The tinted glass doors keep everything out of sight and the wire management zip-ties neatly align my cables and keep the controllers organized.

I completed my media wall by adding a 2-Door Media Library Storage cabinet to the left to store my DVD’s and games, with a matching cabinet on the right to store my CD music collection. The Coffee Table fits just right in front of my well-worn sofa and provides a seamless style throughout. It’s my favorite place for work and play.

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This is a great solution for today’s generation of young, social, tech-savvy individuals. Sure, there have been surveys and studies and focus groups conducted on trying to understand their needs and desires, but this is what they truly want.  As I kick back with my new Aero Collection media center and home office from Bush Furniture, I figure once a geek always a geek. It’s time to turn off the lights, turn up the sound and watch “The Point,” which I found on Google and streamed directly to my TV. Oh, the joys of technology – “Me and my Aero.”

Inner Tech: Me and My Aero

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

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Now that school is back in session, it’s time to think about improving and refining your good study habits. Here at Bush Furniture, we have a couple suggestions to help you or your children get on track and stay focused on what they’re learning no matter what.

First, as was mentioned in our recent back-to-school blog, find a great place to getBuena Vista Corner Desk_branded
work done. Bush Furniture has many desk options in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate any space or workplace habit. Maybe you’re a person who needs to spread out and make a mess until your thoughts are organized and you can clean up again. In that case, choose an L-Desk with a lot of surface area that lets you do your work without feeling constrained. In contrast, if you feel you work more cleanly or are looking for a desk with a smaller space, try a Single Pedestal Desk that gives you plenty of room and storage options without overwhelming your living space.


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It’s also important to have a place to keep papers. This was always a struggle when I was growing up. My parents had large drawers that my sibling and I would fill with school papers periodically, only to throw them out once and awhile because we didn’t need everything we saved. If you sort papers well at the time and save only the most important ones, you will most likely have more space to keep them long term. Look into our 2- and 3-Drawer Pedestals for convenient file drawers, or a lateral file so your paper storage can go the extra mile.

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No mBookcases collageatter what age you or your children are, reading is important. Bush Furniture’s Bookcases are ideal for storing any books attractively, so you can organize your personal library and add to it whenever possible. If you’re not reading, think you should be, but for whatever reason just can’t find the motivation, take a look at this article by writer Hugh McGuire: https://medium.com/@hughmcguire/why-can-t-we-read-anymore-503c38c131fe.

Reading and focus are two things that are central to good study habits, but in the 21st century many of us seem to lack the ability to do either well. McGuire posits that people these days can’t read–or, for that matter, focus well at all–because they are so easily distracted by everything electronic around them. With texts, emails, Facebook posts, Tweets, Pins, Instagram updates, and Google at our fingertips, it’s too easy to get caught up in all the electronic buzz and remain lost in it for seconds, minutes, hours…whether you are five or sixty-five years old. He attributes this to the dopamine rush our brains get each time we check our phones or social media for any notifications or sign of being wanted in the electronic world. He has managed to wean himself from that dependency, even though he admitted it’s been difficult, and been able to focus so much more as a result.

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[I tried to write the vast majority of this post in Microsoft Word full screen mode after reading the article, in attempt not to be hypocritical and continue checking my email or phone during the process. It’s hard, though. I’m fighting the urge right now.]

Therefore, if you want to keep good study/focus habits and encourage your children or others around you to as well, try and limit your consumption of electronic data on a regular basis. Then, outfit your home with the appropriate furniture and let us help! If you have any thoughts or tips on how to focus, we’d love to hear about them. Leave your comments below!

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Black and White

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Ansel Adams is one of the great photography masters, known for his iconic black and white images of the American West.  Let’s follow this lead and consider how we might apply his visual insights to my modern day apartment and office design. In an attempt to bring a sense of sophistication and refined elegance, I selected his black and white color palette because it seemed easy to work with and offered plenty of advantages with my limited budget.

One of the most important things Ansel Adams left with us was his principle of pre-visualization. The obvious contrast between the two colors helps highlight specific architectural features and decor additions with ease. While other color schemes come and go with changing seasons and interior design trends, black and white offers a safe alternative that stays relevant even decades down the line.

Using Ansel’s pre-visualization method in approaching my living room design, I immediately visualized how I could work with the New York Skyline Collection by Kathy Ireland as the core to my black and white palette. This is a complete line of Ready-to-Assemble living and office furniture that delivers fashion, quality, value and safety while fulfilling the needs of working people like me.

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To make a statement,  I selected the Plumeria White painted wood finish Bow Front Desk with the combination Credenza TV stand to establish my living room office. The desk features a gleaming (and reversible) frosted glass desktop, plus plenty of filing space with drawers for office supplies. The matching Credenza TV stand accommodates my 60” flat panel TV, plus it comes with a StabiliBar TV safety brace to keep my TV firmly in place.

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Then, I chose the New York Skyline Collection 16-Cube Bookcase Room Divider in Modern Mocha to quietly begin dividing my apartment into both living and working zones, without obstructing the room’ spaciousness. When I added the NYS Three Table set to finish off my sofa area, it all started to come together in a harmonizing contrast of black and white.

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While black anchors the living room section of the apartment, I’ve highlighted the prominent architectural elements; the white office furniture lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop. By adding Ansel Adam’s polarizing filter, I was able to see why painting a blue sky with clouds ceiling mural could add more saturated color and create a dark and contrasting sky with my evening lighting, versus the sunlit room that evolves naturally during the day.

Even if you decide you don’t want to master a full-blown minimal style, starting off with a black and white color palette is absolutely perfect for a few cornerstone furniture pieces to begin your decorating. Once you uncover what you need or want to improve upon, these two hues will help keep you focused on your true artistic expressions.

Check back next month when we explore Minimalist Décor Accented with Colors of the Season.

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