12 Desk Ideas For Your Home Office

It is crucial that your work space reflect who you are. It is also important that the space makes you feel at ease and welcomed. Otherwise, you can kiss productivity out the door.

A person’s desk is really the star of any work area. It’s where you spend most of your time getting things done. Your desk should be as close to a dream realized as possible.

There are so many different options when it comes to desk designs. The possibilities for creativity are endless. I have a more modern and clean design aesthetic so I would love to have a desk like the one found in picture number two.

Glass desks are at the height of popularity.

Plenty of natural lighting is crucial for any work space.

Not all desks have to be conventional.

Having trouble getting your teen to do homework? Spruce up her environment.

One way to make a statement in your home office is to add a funky wallpaper.

A more industrial style desk and home office.

White desks and furniture will always be in style.

A traditional home office.

Have extra space in unusual spots? Try this idea.

A simple but memorable home office.

This clear desk contrasts beautifully with the studded brown leather chairs.

Got some extra plywood laying around? Customize your dream desk.

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How To: Repair Wood Furniture

Our furniture are investments, heirlooms and decorative centerpieces.

That’s why when they get scuffed or damaged it can really be frustrating. When I’m vacuuming I always end up hitting the seats in the dining room or the legs of the couch in the living room. Immediately after I panic for awhile. My first instinct may be to say it’s ruined but after doing some research on repairing wood furniture I found that there are at least a couple of things you can do to try and revive the pieces.

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How a Baby Changed Astros Outfielder Dexter Fowler Idea of Home

Babies can change your life in a lot of ways. Sleep, meal times and just the sheer amount of stuff you have to trek with you are all part of the changes a baby makes in your life. But for Houston Astros outfielder, Dexter Fowler, his baby girl changed his entire concept of home.

Having been traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Houston Astros, the biggest thing on Fowler’s mind was finding a home that would suit his now growing family. From appliances to accessibility to baby safety, these were all things that now were of utmost importance in Dexter and his wife’s home.

We actually met with Fowler two days after he moved into his new home to shoot the video below. Fowler had just returned from a road trip and when he left he was in a different place only to come back to his new home. Clearly his wife is an insanely wonderful woman to handle a move and setting up for a video shoot on her own all while taking care of an infant, but Fowler credited her for making their new place feel like home from the minute he walked into it.

Closet space is extremely important for Dexter Fowler as he has a ridiculous amount of sneakers, and yes I’m kind of jealous. Step inside the home of Dexter Fowler and his family in the latest video in the Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage series by watching below or clicking here to see all of our videos from MLB players.

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Citrus plant sales temporarily banned in Harris County

Hidalgo and Cameron counties also are under the quarantine designed to slow the spread of the plant disease, which causes misshapen, irregularly colored and bitter fruit and leathery leaves with yellow or clear veins.

The plant disease is not a threat to human health, department communications director Bryan Black said.

Citrus plant sales are on temporary hold while the department works with retail and wholesale nurseries to determine the best way to control the spread of the disease. …read more

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Stop Losing Your Keys By Giving Them a Home


You may laugh but don’t act like this hasn’t happened to you! Running around the house looking for your keys in the morning isn’t a fun way to start the day. Give your keys a home and get out of your house on time with these unique key holder ideas.

(If this fails you can always try this route)

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Cover Photo via www.cih.org

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Water Wise

On any given day, one might find several front page news articles covering the topic of water – whether it’s the political debate taking place in Detroit, Arizona officials introducing beetles to kill a particular tree that consumes a lot of water, or the drought in California. The lack of water is alarming and lately has me feeling guilty every time I run the dishwasher or washing machine. I want to be a good steward to our planet, especially in ways I can control in and around my home. So how can I (and you) lessen our water footprint so future generations don’t have to face an even worse situation? Here are some ways I’m going to start incorporating into my daily routine to reduce my home’s excess use of water.

Checking leaks: I plan to watch my water meter this week after work (and before daily tasks like dinner preparation or a load of laundry get going) for an hour. If during that hour I notice the meter changing while no water consumption is taking place then I know I need to contact a plumber to identify a leak.

Piping insulation: Speaking of calling the plumber, it’s been on my to-do list since we moved into our new home. It takes the hot water forever to flow in our bathroom, which leads me to believe our pipes need some insulating. All that water going down the drain each morning while we wait and wait and wait for the water to be reasonably warm is wasteful.

Washing the veggies: I’m guilty of letting the water run while I wash our fruits and vegetables in the kitchen sink. I’m vowing now to end this nasty habit and will partially fill the sink with some water and white vinegar to further help reduce our home’s water consumption.

Running a bath: Another confessional item here: I don’t plug the bath tub until the water temperature is to my liking. Yes, shame on me. From now on I’m making sure to stop up the bathtub right away and adjust the hot/cold as the bath fills.

Ideas for the shower: There are several ways to reduce this activity’s water consumption. One, set your phone timer for five minutes so you know for each minute over you’re wasting anywhere between seven to 10 gallons of water per minute. If you’ve gone over the five-minute mark and still haven’t washed your hair or lathered up, turn off the water and resume for rinsing.

Reusing pet’s water: Although I do use our cat’s discarded water to feed outside potted plants, I never thought to also use Salvador’s (our fish) tank water as a means to water my outdoor or indoor plants. This too is going on my list.

Things your mom always told you: For some reason these types of things sunk in for me but not so much for my husband (don’t be mad honey for spilling the beans here). I’m going to leave some colorful post-it notes next to the …read more

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Real Estate Headlines with Real Life Wall-E, Zombie Houses and More

How is July almost over already? Didn’t we just start summer? I’m feeling the need to spend more time in the pool in order to appreciate these days of summer. But before you get your swimmies on, here’s your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.

Good news. Foreclosures down and home sales are up slightly in June.

An apartment made from shipping containers is being erected in Washington this week.

What are the top 10 home features for which buyers will sacrifice location?

This New York building shows perfectly how mod design can look incredibly cool in real estate.

How can buyers look for signs that a home hasn’t been well maintained?

Somebody call Rick Grimes. Zombie houses are stalking central Massachusetts.

Can you renovate a kitchen as a renter?

I want a Jibo! It’s a robotic assistant for your home that looks like it came straight out of Wall-E.

And finally, here are some simple and thrifty was to deck out a patio.

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Toast the night life at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Harris County Master Gardeners’ Green Thumb Series. 10 a.m. at Maude Smith Marks Library, 1815 Westgreen, Katy; 281-855-5600, hcmga.tamu.edu.

Edible Container Gardening: with Jessi Bautista. 10 a.m. at Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th; 713-861-5702; R.S.V.P. buchanansplants.com/events.

Explore nocturnal habitats of insects with Katy Emde. 7:30-10 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, 4501 Woodway; register at houstonarboretum.org. $20 members, $35 nonmembers.

Making Fern-Covered Moss Balls: sponsored by the Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society. 2 p.m. at Judson Robinson Jr.

Open Garden Day: with Precinct 2 Harris County Master Gardeners. 8:30-11 a.m. tours, plant sale; 9:30 a.m. educational program at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff; hcmga.tamu.edu.

Prairie Moths & Other Night Insects: ​a two-part program with ​Katy Emde, sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the Native ​Prairies Association of Texas. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 3015 Richmond.

Junior Master Gardener Earth-Kind Kids’ Kamp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 4-8 at the Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Service, 1402 Band, Rosenberg; registration closes July 28; fbmg.com, 281-633-7033 or mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu. $50, for ages 8-10. …read more

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Gardeners can help bees

Plant a variety of flowering trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials so blooms are available throughout the year.

Provide shallow pools of water for drinking.

If you aren’t a beekeeper hobbyist, an overturned flower pot with a drainage hole can provide shelter for a solitary type.

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Beautiful Glass Homes

Not only are these glass homes beautiful but they are incredibly cool as well. Today, it seems that the glass home trend is on the rise. I love them because they make enjoying your surroundings so much easier. Imagine looking out from almost any room in your home and catching an unobstructed view of the sunrise or even the sunset in the evening? Priceless.

Could you envision yourself living in one of these glass homes?

A fireplace set within a wall of glass with views of a lake and the Canadian mountains.

Poplar Point Dr
Kelowna, BC

This home is a modern masterpiece. Its unique geometric design and glass structure are truly incredible.

Huntington Avenue
Saint Louis Park, MN

This, glass, seaside estate is a dramatic expression of contemporary architecture and captures 270 degree panoramic views of the shimmering ocean and Santa Catalina Island.

Macapa Dr
Los Angeles, CA

Stunning contemporary design paired with expansive views make this residence a standout on Red Mountain. A very tasteful design with a great floor plan – living, dining, kitchen, family room and master suite all on the main level opening to the outdoor living room terrace with a fire pit and a terrace off the dining room.

Draw Dr
Aspen, CO

Stunning panoramic ocean and Malibu countryside views from every room of this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3400 sq.ft modern architectural home designed by award winning architect Patrick Killen and Widmann Development.

Stagecoach Rd
Malibu, CA

Designed by Vassos Demetriou, this gated home offers the ultimate in lakeside living and entertainment opportunities. The finest of materials and hand-picked tradesmen created a standard of excellence rarely seen. The home’s indoor-outdoor connectivity is enhanced with sophisticated sliding doors, covered terraces and expansive views.

SE 41st Lane
Bellevue, WA

A magnificent gated waterfront estate, elegant yet warm, comfortable and lushly landscaped. A cascading garden Koi pond surprises your guests and enchants your arrival! 70 feet of low bank waterfront has year round deep water moorage.

E Mercer Wy
Mercer Island, WA

Located on one of the most desirable beaches in Malibu, this Paradise Cove beach home is an architectural masterpiece. Originally designed by Steven Ehrlich and completely remodeled by interior designer Michael Lee, this double gated, multi-level four bedroom, four full baths and three half bath home boasts privacy and quality in a truly sensational setting.

Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA

Spectacular modern property, recently constructed home with panoramic ocean views of the Santa Monica bay and city lights by night. High-end finishes throughout make this sexy and chic home a masterpiece of both form and function. Retractable walls of glass bring the Santa Monica Mountains and blue Pacific into your living space.

Lockwood Rd
Malibu, CA

Pass under the columned portico through towering doors into overwhelming beauty as you stand in the high-ceiling, grand living room with …read more

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