Black and White

Ansel Adams

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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Black and White

Turn Work into Fun in your Beach House or Sunroom

Office furniture needs may change based on climate, the beach house in question, and even the unexpected effects that sunny weather can have on your ability to concentrate.  Since we’re in the throes of summer right now, it’s the perfect time to discuss two of our desks that would make a perfect addition to your beach house or sunroom. Whether you are trying to set up a large or small office space, we can help you find a way to work comfortably throughout the summer months and still have a great space to enjoy a colorful umbrella in your happy hour refreshment, once you’ve finished your last conference.

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The Fairview Desk blends perfectly with an accompanying Lateral File and provides just the right amount of workspace for your beach house office. The L-Desk has a flip down door for a computer keyboard or additional storage, a Two-Drawer Pedestal with additional open storage, and a cabinet on the left for a computer tower or wastebasket. The white cottage-style Lateral File offers plenty of space to keep important documents close at hand and makes a great buffet server for appetizers as the sun sets.

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Maybe you really love the clean, white appearance of this set but are constrained by space or simply do not need as large of a work surface.

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In that case, the Salinas Desk and Hutch are perfect for small office areas. In a Mission style, this piece also offers a very summery feel. The tray underneath the desk can store a computer keyboard or laptop computer, leaving the surface free of any evidence of your day job. Finally, the Hutch has ample open storage for great books to read over the summer, space to write postcards to family and friends, and photographs of the memories you’ve captured at your beach house.

We know you’re trying to take it easy this Sanibel Beachsummer, but if you need to briefly accomplish some things or simply pay a few bills these desk sets are a beautiful and functional addition to any summer space. Enjoy decorating your beach house or sunroom, and then go outside and soak up the warmth!

Turn Work into Fun in your Beach House or Sunroom

Introducing the Yorktown Collection

Research suggests peoples’ environments directly correlate to what they think and how they feel every day. Creating a productive, happy, comfortable space often comes from your furniture choices and organization. In Chinese philosophy this concept is called feng shui, or how energy flows. Taking feng shui into account involves considering how furniture placement relates to doors and windows to establish that flow.

Maybe you’re hearing all of this and dreaming about a beautiful and functional place were you can work at home, but you don’t want to compromise space or your home’s ambiance. Yorktown Corner DeskFortunately, there’s a way to achieve a sense of balance and completeness in your living area: Bush Furniture introduces the Yorktown collection, a new furniture family with a Craftsman feel to help you create the office you’ve been dreaming about.

Yorktown pieces all come in an Antique Cherry finish and have a naturally distressed look to appear well worn. This effect automatically gives furniture a homier feel. The dark finish also blends in with deep and neutral tones so it is especially easy to pair with existing furniture.

Do you lack a designated office space at home? Don’t worry. The Yorktown Collection gives you the option of a Single Pedestal Desk, Corner Desk, or L-Desk so you can pick the configuration that will work best for you.

Additionally, this collection helps you improve your home organization methods. All Yorktown Desks have open and closed storage for you to keep supplies and papers exactly where you want them. The collection is also quite versatile, so the accompanying Lateral File and Bookcase both serve as standalone storage options or pair perfectly with a Desk and Hutch.

Discover home office furniture that encompasses a sense of comfort with clean lines and contemporary features. With the appeal of craftsmanship passed from one generation to the next, you can start your own tradition with the Yorktown collection. Learn more here on our website, and visit www.bushfurniture.com to view all our products.

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Introducing the Yorktown Collection

Paper Problems

I remember having papers everywhere in our house when I was younger, or so it seemed.  Amongst all the mail, newspapers, and magazines, everything had its place…except that place was never very organized.

For years, I never actively contemplated a solution to “the paper problem.”  I soon had my own place to live and pieces of paper that I didn’t know how to handle.  I would even temporarily hide the offending material in my bedroom when guests came over, then promptly return it to its former location after they left.  One of my friends ultimately caught me in the act, and amidst my guilt she helped me realize it was time to change my habits around.

Thus began the furniture search.  I always thought filing cabinets were unattractive metal cases ant took fifty people to move them.  Durable as they were, that was not my style.  I needed something attractive, inside and out, that would entice me to use it.  After desperately scouring the internet for storage options that were either not made of ultra-durable plastic or looked like they walked straight out of the 70s, I struck gold: Bush Furniture’s Buena Vista Collection!

First, I needed something strong to hold my massive amounts of paper.  The Buena Vista Lateral File was the ideal, logical solution to that problem.  It has two large file drawers that hold up to letter- and legal-sized paper, so I could file things no matter what size they were.  In the Madison Cherry finish, it’s also a visually appealing addition in my living room.

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Once I got my filing in order, organization and home décor suddenly became my side project.  I wanted another place to put books and even display some photos, because my bookcase had fallen apart years ago.  The Buena Vista 6-Cube Storage was clearly the best decision; without taking up too much space, I had a beautiful way to showcase both my books and memories.

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And, after all of that, I took a big step and bought the Buena Vista Writing Desk.  By then, I was so organized I became fearless!  I knew I could keep a desk clean if I kept my mind to it.  This desk is particularly sleek and stunning, motivating me to use it often as well.

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With some simple furniture changes, I turned my life around.  You, too, can become clutter-free with Bush Furniture.  Tell us how the Buena Vista Collection solved your paper problems and organization issues!

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Tips To Make You Love Your Office

Hello, welcome back. Now everyone understands there are limitations to simply using what‘s available or making do with what you have today. It’s time to think about your future and how you can master the basics to being productive and happy in your office space. Don’t let work become a job. Make your office into a place you love coming to each and every morning. Here are a few helpful storage tips to building a long term relationship with your workspace.

How do you work?
Your productivity and motivation can suffer when important information cannot be found. Stop saying “Where did I put that report, it was just here”. It’s hard to place “create a tidy work space” on the top of your priority list, but do it now and do it first. Make an outline of the types of materials you use daily and some of the routine parts of your job. Do you keep files online or do you need to reference printed reports? Do you want to maintain a library of published professional research or do you need a room divider to create privacy for your office?

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Once you analyze how you work, we can help you with storage solutions. Grand Expression Mobile Pedestal provides you with drawer storage and file space, while fitting under your desk surface.KI Grand Expressions_KI20112-03

Another option is the Achieve Collection Lateral File Printer Stand storage which helps keep you organized with work in progress compartments, space for books, plus offers an integrated file drawer to store your project folders in when you’re done. Place your printer or fax on top of the work surface and you’ve combined three types of storage into one very functional piece of furniture.Achieve Collection_branded

If one file drawer won’t provide you enough storage space, consider the Cabot Lateral FileIt has ample storage to keep your work surface clutter free as you get started in creating an organized office. ewr

Check out the Aero 16-Cube Bookcase/Room Divider for a movable furniture solution to create privacy in a home office that is connected to open living spaces. Aero Collection_MY16103-03

Now click on Think Storage.  Discover the wonderful world of Filing to learn more about the different types of furniture and storage components that can help you to get organized.

Now that you have some good ideas on how to keep your office neat and organized, next time we’ll focus on why comfort matters.

Tips To Make You Love Your Office

Are You Hiding Your Home Office?

You’re not sure when you actually crossed the line, but last Saturday night’s dinner party stopped you cold in your tracks. Up until then, you had liked your husband’s co-worker’s wife Amanda. She was friendly and quick to help clear the dinner table, but then she was relentless questioning you on how it was it to work from home? Was it hard to separate your work life from your personal life? Where was your office?

And then, her inquisitive nature took over as she reached for the door handle to the spare room, innocently asking “Is this your office?” At that point, it all became a blur. You swiftly jumped in front of the door, resembling a fierce NHL linesman as you checked her frail physique into the living room. Wide-eyed and stunned, you nervously helped her up and stated “I just keep the door closed when I’m not working”. The evening went on without a hitch, but you knew. Deep down inside you were ashamed of your office and the time had come to do something about your problem.

We’ve all made the best of what ‘s available in creating a make-shift office. Once I named it professional “multitasking” as I set-up my laptop on one end of the ping-pong table, with an area for folding laundry on the other. It may have worked in the pre and post college days, but not anymore. There are great home office solutions right under your nose, simply type Bush Furniture into your search window and your days of hiding your office will be over. Without leaving the home page you can scroll down through a few of our top selling home office furniture collections.

Take a quick look and get a feel for your style. If you like sleek and thin with a modern flair, the Aero Collection is as stylish as it is functional, wood framed doors and tasteful embellishments complement home offices, dens, or great rooms.

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Whether you make a buying decision based upon craftsmanship and a distinctive look, the Buena Vista Collection brings subtle touches to your home. Accented by aged, bronzed-metal hardware, its smart, contemporary styling stands out in any room of your home.

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And in the end, you may be in search for a comfortable fit for your home, the Cabot Collection’s understated elegance and simple styling makes a fashionable statement. Its classic look works beautifully to transform any room, anywhere.

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Then, if you’re fully committed to designing a home office that integrates your work-life balance, in addition to accenting your home décor’ take the next step by checking out the Kathy Ireland Collection.

Pic4If you job has moved onto the right track, take a career jump into our Professional Collections here.

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The sky is the limit at Bush Furniture, whether you want your furniture directly shipped to your home, or need a complete delivery and installation service solution. It’s our job to keep you working – comfortably!

Now, you’re well on you way to being confident with your work at home image and environment. Take a look at Bush’s office furniture collections to get a feel for your style. I’ll be back in my next post to tell you more about “Tips To Make You Love Your Office”. And by the way, welcome to the Bush online shopping experience where buying your next home office is fast, easy and affordable.

Are You Hiding Your Home Office?

Welcome to the new Bush Furniture blog!

According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 one in five (or approximately 30 million) Americans were working from home at least once a week. That number is expected to increase by 63% over the subsequent 5 years. Many who work from home or telework have an entire room in their homes dedicated to their home office, while others share their office space with a study, guest room, dining or the like.

Here’s what we think are the 3 most important steps to setting up the ideal home office space.

Step One– selecting furniture. The right office furniture is very important. It allows you to showcase your style and helps ensure a productive work environment . You need to select a desk and storage pieces that compliment the work you’ll be doing, your personality and style, and the room it’s in. Bush Furniture has more than 10 collections that are ANSI SOHO certified for you to choose from for your home office. This includes our Cabot Collection, which is our #1 online seller. It’s wide selection includes: desks, hutches, lateral file, and bookcases. This means you can furnish an entire in home office, or that corner of your guest room easily and affordably! Remember your office furniture should work with you, not against you.

Step Two – staying organized. Working in a well organized environment means you’ll work more efficiently and you’ll be better prepared. In turn you’ll feel happier about getting work done. Bush Furniture’s ANSI SOHO collections provide you with integrated technology for charging and storage of personal electronics, ample store compartments to help keep work surfaces clutter-free, file drawers that accommodate letter-,legal-, and A4-sized files and wire management.

Step Three – making your workspace your own. There are many ways to personalize your home office. Whether it’s hanging your degrees, accomplishments or state required documents, or by adding a personal touch like hanging a picture of family and friends or a small plant/vase of flowers. Just remember that first and foremost, this is your workspace. So these personal touches should not distract or take over that clean work space you made my keeping your office supplies and work paperwork organized!
Be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards for more tips and tricks on good ways to stay organized, and make your work your space your own.

Check back soon, because our next blog post will help you confront “Why You are Hiding Your Home Office”.

Welcome to the new Bush Furniture blog!