Office Space Jam: Personalize Your Office Space

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I have friends who are office dwellers—the types who camp out in the office with boxes of cereal and snacks while drafting a presentation the following day. These friends always complain about being stuck in a boring cubicle that reminds them how routine-dependent their jobs are. While I don’t believe that their jobs are entirely boring, I think that they can do some things that would make their workspaces livelier. Blame the interior designer in me but white walls and L-shaped desks are a blank canvas that I’d like to play with.

For those who would like a more vibrant office space, there are simple details they can add to make their spot stand out. Adding a photo board of the places you’d like to visit could be a good motivation or a calming sight during a stressful day. If you prefer posting motivational quotes, that’s also good as long as it’s tastefully placed. Or if you dabble in music or love movies, album or movie posters are a good touch.

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Decorating your table with accents that are in your favorite colors can give a laid-back feel while you’re working. If you’re into woodsy accents, choose penholders, coasters, mouse pads, and other accessories of a similar design. If you love geometric patterns, do the same with the organizers, covers, and other knickknacks in your desk. Even if it’s an office space at the corner of a room, put a little bit of your personality in it and own that territory.

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Scott Jay Abraham here, an industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. I’m also an avid traveler, and I usually bring along with me my pet dog and usual companion, Shadow, in almost all of my getaways. Oh, and we’re both rooting for the Golden State Warriors. Subscribe to blog to know more about me.

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Diving in Bonaire: From Karpata to Hilma Hookers

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With a warm, dry climate year-round and an effortless access to magnificent underwater gardens, Bonaire is easily one of the top diving destinations in the Caribbean. It caters to a number of avid snorkelers and divers who are keen on taking a closer glimpse of the island’s astonishing natural environment. Lucky me, I was able to explore four of its top diving sites last year:

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Alice in Wonderland.
This dive demands divers to take caution on their depth gauge while delving into the wonders of the double reef. The depth of this popular dive ranges from 30 to 100 feet.

Hilma Hooker.
Lying 60 to 100 feet below water surface, this site features a sunken cargo ship that has been covered with stunning orange coral across the decades. This wreck is home to a wide variety of marine species, including eels, barracudas, and tarpons.

Karpata.
Known for its dramatic underwater landscape, Karpata is a visual Mecca for photographers, both amateur and professional. This world-class dive offers enormous elkhorn coral formations, in addition to a remarkable marine wildlife. Moreover, Karpata caters to all levels of divers with its 18 to 100 feet depth.

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One Thousand Steps.
Although it takes more than just 1,000 steps from the beach shore to get to this popular site, One Thousand Steps is outright phenomenal. It possesses a high temple-like star coral formation where different reef creatures thrive. In its hollow cores, divers may keep an eye out on male sergeant majors guarding their eggs. In addition, this 20- to 100-feet dive offers an encounter with manta rays, whale sharks, and hawkbill turtles.

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Back to Basics: The Key Elements of Interior Design

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Interior design refers to how the elements of a room are chosen, arranged, and put together in a visually pleasing manner. Of course, there are professionals in this field to help you make decisions, but here are a few principles of interior design you could use for personal projects:

Scale and proportion

Scale denotes the size of the furniture or object in relation to the room. For example, a big couch should be placed in a spacious room rather than a small one to match its scale. Proportion on the other hand is the size of any element in relation to the other objects beside it.

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Balance

When the visual weight of objects inside a room is evenly distributed, the room’s overall look is easier on the eyes. Balance is the result of this weight distribution and it has three types: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

Harmony and rhythm

Harmony in design means that all elements have something in common. An easy way to achieve harmony is by matching colors, patterns, or prints. Rhythm is all about creating visual patterns using movement and can also be achieved by repeating the same color or pattern in different parts of the room.

Negative space

Simplicity is beauty. You don’t have to fill every available space with an object or a piece of furniture. There is beauty in empty space that helps create a balanced and unified design.

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Focal point

The focal point in a room is considered as its highlight; for example, a large television in the living room or an ornate chandelier in the dining room. This is usually the first thing a person notices when he enters a room so you have to make sure that the other elements compliment your focal point.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer specializing in home and office designs. Follow me on Facebook for more design tips and other related topics.

Ergonomic Home Office Design: Set up a Healthy and Comfortable Workspace

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With today’s technology, it is possible for individuals to do their work from the comfort of their couch or bed, with more and more companies offering a work-from-home setup with a flexible schedule. While this may be ideal for individuals with busy, fast-paced lifestyles, a home-office setup could also increase the risk of health problems due to poor posture and less than ideal conditions for the working body.

Slouching, back pains, tensed shoulders, and hurting wrists make a person at risk for stress-related injuries. If you are experiencing these physical issues, it might be time to give your home office setup a makeover.

Here are things you can do to make your home-office setup ergonomic:

Get a comfortable, work-friendly chair. Sure, your couch can be comfortable, but for work purposes, the height must be adjustable, and it should be well-cushioned, with a nice backrest and a five-star base.

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Choose a table with the right length. A good table can do wonders. It can fix your problems with posture and eyestrain. Make sure you match that ergonomic, swivel chair with a worktable that is just the right height.

Avoid clutter. While clutter does not bring physical tension, it may give you psychological stress. Organize your paperwork in a good shelf or in-and-out trays.

The appearance of your workplace can mirror your health. Choose an ergonomic setup and get rid of physical and mental stress.

I am Scott Jay Abraham, and I am an industrial interior designer. Turn your plain home-office setup into something more attractive. Follow this blog to get more tips about home and office designs.

Getting a New Puppy? Keep Your Dog and Your Furniture Safe with These Tips

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Puppies are very energetic and curious. Much like babies, puppies love to explore the world around them and don’t always know whether the things they’re about to do are safe for them or for their human’s belongings. In addition, puppies have a teething stage that can last from a few months to a year. Teething puppies alleviate the discomfort they feel by chewing on things, be it a dog toy, a slipper, or your favorite table’s legs.

The following are some steps you can take to keep your new puppy and your belongings safe.

Exercise your puppy

Apart from relieving teething pain, puppies chew on furniture because they’re bored. However, chewing furniture, particularly wood, not only damages it, but can also cause splinters to lodge into your puppy’s mouth and esophagus.

To stave off its boredom, make sure to adequately exercise your new puppy by taking it on daily walks and playing with it. Dog toys can be used to distract your puppy from chewing on anything it’s not supposed to, and can keep it amused for hours.

Use furniture covers

If you don’t like dog hair on your couch, protective couch covers can be purchased from many retailers. Note that the reason why your puppy loves sleeping on the couch is because it’s comfortable. Make sure your new puppy has its own place to sleep by purchasing floor pillows or a dog bed.

Try a deterrent spray

Many pet supplies retailers sell a spray specifically designed to stop dogs from chewing on furniture. Choose a spray that is made of non-toxic ingredients that won’t harm your dog. These sprays don’t normally stain furniture, but spot-test first just in case.

Train your puppy
Your puppy might exhibit destructive behavior simply because it lacks training. If your new puppy suffers from separation anxiety, it might act out by chewing on furniture. If it’s not potty-trained, it’s likely to urinate or defecate indoors and damage your floors. If it doesn’t know the command “Off,” it won’t know when to get down from the couch.

New puppy owners should consider consulting a dog trainer who can help them understand the causes of their puppies’ behavior and learn to manage them through positive training techniques.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer and proud owner of a dachschund. For more discussions on dog-proofing homes, please like my Facebook page.

Maximizing Small Office Space

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A great part of a person’s day is spent in the office. A lucky few have spaces that are massive – one that allows them to walk back and forth to eliminate the everyday stresses of the work. However, most of us are confined in a relatively small cubicle. This box is where we spend most of our time, so it is important that this space – despite its compactness – is efficient and able to make a person feel motivated and inspired to work. This is of particular importance as more companies expand and design sensibilities point to smaller spaces in general.

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The good news is that many interior designs take into account modern-day themes and have created a list of helpful suggestions on how to effectively maximize a small office space. The first, and most important, tip is that one should make use of common areas. Most employees crowd their space with too many items. Research has shown that a messy workplace diminishes creativity and productivity. Employees should shift their attention from noticing the limitations of their office space to a philosophy that the office is the entire facility. Food and other paper materials are normally kept in a public area. This dramatically frees up space in a person’s personal cubicle, where intimate items may be kept for inspiration.

Secondly, employees should begin to think vertically. What the office space lacks in width can be compensated with shelves that can be attached to their walls. It must be noted that employees should discuss any design changes with their managers, but typically management would’ve already considered this before allowing a person to use that specific space. Nevertheless, it is always good to keep an open discourse among workmates as to how to better improve the office environment.

Hi! My name is Scott Jay Abraham, and I am an interior designer based in San Francisco, California. I have worked in both the home and office setting and understand the need for designs that speak of efficiency while maintaining style and comfort. Learn more about my work me on here.

The Unfinished Home: How To Nail That Awesome “Warehouse Look”

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Industrial interior design is unique from other forms of home design management in that it allows property owners (or tenants) to proudly display the building materials that many try to conceal. Its charm lies in its raw, organic, and unfinished look but is not shambolic as to cause aesthetic chaos in a certain space. This modern approach to interior design has rapidly gained the admiration of many home and business owners for its artistic qualities and cost effectiveness. Industrial design showcases neutral tones, utilitarian objects, and wood and metal surfaces.

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Nailing the “warehouse look” is surprisingly not an easy thing to do. It requires a harmonious combination of industrial feel with a range of other styles, from the practical to the polished. Many design enthusiasts, myself included, celebrate upscale interiors by incorporating elements such as stainless steel surfaces, metal light fixtures, vintage furniture, and exposed pipes.

Wooden and metallic objects are the distinctive physical identities of most industrial-style interiors. Naturally, they always go with earth tones and neutral colors. Pendant lights, vintage Toledo stools, open shelving, and stainless-steel cabinets topped with chunky wood workbenches are a perfect match against the exposed brick wall and water pipes.

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My name is Scott Jay Abraham, and I’m an industrial interior designer specializing in home and office design. See you on Twitter!

So metal: Industrial design’s use of metallic decor

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When you play Mario (or Flappy Birds) a lot, you get the feeling that you’ve been looking at too many pipes for too long, something you usually ascribe to plumbers. Of course, when you design industrial-themed spaces like I do, you learn that looking at the pipes is precisely the point. And it extends to any other visually interesting bit of metal infrastructure.

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Metalwork features prominently in industrial design; it can hardly even be called “industrial” without it. Sleek and unpretentious, metal is an exemplar of the utilitarian paradigm that dominates this aesthetic. It is the substance that truly marks industrialization, being one of the most commonly used materials in industrial architecture and design. Steel girders, copper pipes, and aluminum ventilation shafts are prominent elements in old factories and warehouses, as are the metallic furniture and fixtures inside them.

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Metal, as used in industrial design, is typically geometric. One would usually find the smooth or textured surfaces and predominantly straight lines. Rarely do you see the flourishes that dominate the cast iron accessories of Victoriana (though they are not unknown, especially for those with more steampunk tastes).

The stark appearance of metal and its shapes tend to make it pop out, and it is a popular way of creating complementary contrasts in industrial design. Metals provide the neutral grays, blacks, and chromes to the industrial palette and look good in contrast to the browns and other earth tones of wood. The metal-and-wood combination is a popular theme in industrial. Contrasts between metal objects are also common: smooth metal surfaces give the appearance of cleanliness and precision while textured metal has the appearance of grit and resilience.

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Hotels, Inns, and Resorts with “The Look”: An Interior Designer’s Travel Wishlist

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As an interior designer-slash-gadabout, I’m not ashamed to say that I sometimes pick my destinations and accommodations based on how they look, all other things being equal – I get my inspiration from some of the hotels I’ve stayed in. These hotels and inns don’t necessarily have to be high-end digs with designer sheets and expensive furniture (though I like those too), however, as long as they’re well-designed or unique, like the ones on my travel wishlist below.

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The luxe
I’m sure most of us imagine living the high life once in a while, and if I had my druthers and the bank account to match, I’d check in at the One&Only Reethi Rath in Maldives, which has beautiful private villas right on top of the water, decked out with a combination of furniture made out of natural materials and only the most modern amenities, or the Hotel Canaletto in Venice, with its palatial rooms with marble floors, chandeliers, grandiose draperies, and stunning views of the Venetian canals.

The hip
Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel in Switzerland has gorgeous geodesic-shaped pods are eco-conscious, high-tech, lovely in white canvas during the winter and in green, to fit with the verdant Swiss summers, and of course, hip because environmental responsibility is tops in my book.

For more metropolitan cool, there’s the Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore. This boutique hotel has a variety of playfully designed rooms in whimsical, Pantone, and monotone themes that are just a sight to behold.

The traditional
For a taste of local culture, I like the idea of staying in heritage hotels or inns such as Clove Hall Residence and 23 Lovelane Hotel, both in Penang, Malaysia, and the various ryokan in Japan (especially the ones with onsen, like the Tawaraya Ryokan in Kyoto. These beautifully preserved inns give travelers a glimpse of design traditions and culture of the country.

The wacky
Fans of The Beatles and whimsical architecture will also get a kick out of the Yellow Submarine hotel in Liverpool that is in a boat decorated with psychedelic coloring and mod-inspired accessories like gold records and a scooter.

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The multithemed Winvian Farm in Connecticut has some rather unusual cottages like a treehouse, a beaver dam-inspired lodge, and one with a fully-restored 1968 coast guard helicopter, all wonderfully detailed to capture the intended themes.
These are just a few names off the very long list of impeccably designed hotels I want to stay in if I had a chance. I hope I get to visit all of them some day!

Hey there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer with an incurable case of wanderlust and an endless travel bucket list that you can find in my blog.

Roadside, USA: Kitschy and Cool Attractions Along the Country’s Highways

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There’s really nothing quite like hitting the road, rolling the windows down to feel the breezes go through your hair, listening to a carefully-planned playlist, and then careening to a stop – I kid, drive safely, folks – to detour at a roadside attraction you saw just happened to spot as you were coming up to the horizon. That, my dear readers, makes me giddy as a child in a candy store and over my years of traveling, I’ve seen some weird, fun, and amazing things.

I’ve found Moab, Utah’s Hole N” The Rock to be worth a visit that’s upwards of an hour, thanks to the number of attractions within this attraction, starting from the actual house which is carved into sandstone, a newly opened zoo, metal sculptures, and curio shops.

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Unusual architecture seems to be a common theme among roadside tourist spots. Zoomorphic buildings like the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs, Cabazon’s Ms. Dinny and Mr. Rex in California, Lucy the Elephant in Atlantic County, New Jersey never fail to tickle my fancy, as do places like the Biosphere 2, a research facility found in Arizona which was parodied in the 1996 movie, “Bio-Dome.”

Going on the road has also made me privy to natural wonders like The Lost Sea, an underground lake that goes through a network of caverns in Sweetwater, Tennessee, and the gigantic Chandelier tree in California, feats of human dedication and artistry like Roadside America, a sprawling miniature village built by a model railroad hobbyist, and Whimzeyland, the aptly-named private home-slash-art project in Florida, and just really strange or fun places like The Living Dead Museum, which pays tribute to George A. Romero’s movies, and the South Carolina theme park, South of the Border.

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Finally, one that combines my love for industrial materials and quirky attractions is the Kaskakia Dragon at Vandalia, Illinois. Built by the owners of the Kaskakia hardware store, the sleekly designed 35-foot long metal monster breathes fire at the drop of a coin. The dragon’s red bulb eyes, metallic skin, and hydraulic insides give it a steampunk appeal that I truly appreciate.

Hello there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham and I have a really bad case of wanderlust. I love going on the road, sometimes with my best buddy, Shadow, and stopping at quirky roadside attractions. Do you have any favorites I should check out? Chime in on the comments section of this blog.