Here's Why This Kate Spade Desk is Your Much-Needed, Fashionable Operations Manager

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If there were ever a time to dread being an adult, it's when you have to sit yourself down to sort though your monthly expenses. We all do it. We all dread sitting down to pay your bills. It just so happens that the other day, I found myself reading Steven Pressfield's the War of Art. If you're familiar than you know who the real enemy is: Procrastination! I've learned that the creative process is just that: A process! You can draw inspiration from everywhere, even if your bogged down paying bills at your desk. 

Out of all things Kate Spade this desk is the winner! It's much easier to get things accomplished when the things around you motivate you. That being said, you can imagine the sheer excitement I felt when I discovered this Kate Spade Downing Desk while at the furniture unveil party during High Point Market

Kate Spade Desk

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Kate Spade at EJ Victor Showroom 

Kate Spade at EJ Victor Showroom 

This inclines me to ask: What things do you keep on your desk?

I like to keep a few quintessential items in my office. For example, I like to keep fresh flowers in the room (preferably, close enough to get a whiff). Flowers add an element of liveliness that make my days inside and long work hours seem shorter.  Speaking of keeping it live, I need my Beats Pill atopn my desk for high energy and music does that for me (Adele's Hello is currently on repeat if you must know).

Courtesy of SeeJaneWork 

Courtesy of SeeJaneWork 

Other things that have a home on my desk include Mitchell Black's White Candle, SeeJaneWork folders and stationary. I've heard that working by candlelight helps you work longer, I found it to be true for me. I keep fancy folders and nice stationary because it's makes doing my work less of a chore and reminds why I love what I do. I make personality shine through where it matters. I make the homes and spaces of others something they can be excited to come to everyday; something they can be proud of and care for for years to come.  

Is this Kate Spade desk something you'd pick for your personal work space? Tell us what must-have items we would find on your desk. 

 

Fast forward into fall fashion with this closet transformation guide

Courtesy of Traditional Home Magazine 

Courtesy of Traditional Home Magazine 

A few years ago, I was in a store behind a brilliantly dressed young man.  He was picking out a dress for his wife for an event that they were to attend that evening.  I commented on the dress and he gave me some brief details about the event.  I told him I was shocked that she would trust him with the task of picking out a dress, to which he replied, "She sat me down to watch The Devil Wears Prada and I have a better understanding of fashion.  Now, she trusts me."  You know what?  I think he had a point.  It seems that since movies like The Devil Wears PradaThe September Issue and the wildly successful Sex and the City, we have all become more fashion conscious.  In an earlier post, Personally Obsessed, I explained just how inspired I had become with the new offereing of my favorite boutiques.  I feel the energy and it's contagious! 

My job as an interior designer is to show you how to organize, store, and preserve those summer items that are making their way into your closet.  The first day of fall is officially a few weeks away which means if you haven't already done so, it's time to get a head start on packing up your summer apparel and making room for your sweaters, scarves, coats, hats and boots.  Boy, that's a lot of stuff!  But don't get discourgaed, I'm here to help.

The first thing you want to do is go through the summer things before you pack them away.  Take the time now to send sundresses to the cleaners, repair damaged heels on those strappy sandals, and get rid of anything that barely made it to the end of the season (that includes worn out t-shirts and ill-fitting bathing suits).

Next, you want to store items in carefully labeled containers.  Fold everything nicely and be sure to pack them with lavender scented cedar blocks to repell mildew, moths and mustiness. After that, make a list of everything that you'll need to replace and lay it on top of the stacks.  Next summer, you'll know exactly what you'll need to purchase to make it through the summer.

As you are pulling out your fall and winter wardrobe, remember to hang them on the slim huggable hangers.  These hangers are idea for storing tons of items within a limited space.  There are many types to choose from, so spend some time looking for the color and style that fits your needs.

Note: Before hanging up your fall wardrobe, and while the closet is still empty, vacuum the floor and check shelves for damage. If time permits, give it a fresh coat of paint. 

Use boot trees to keep boots orderly.  I don't store shoes in boxes during the season that I'll be wearing them because I need to see what's going on.  I do save boxes to store them in when they're out of season, but you should do what works best for you.

Store a small basket on a shelf in your closet that holds a repair kit, lint roller and other wardrobe necessities.  Buttons pop off, coats gather lint and you want to look fabulous this fall, so don't let the details go unnoticed.

Finally, monitor the temperature in the closet.  In the winter months it's easy to want a house that's warm and cozy.  The problem with that is the heat can cause problems if you have large amounts of fur or leather.  Don't overheat your closet or bedroom and leave enough space between garments so they can breath.  

So now that you've revamped your closet, snuggle up into your favorite armchair in front of the window with a cup of cocoa or your favorite book and usher in the new season.  Now you're ready for fall!