Monthly Archives:June 2015

Design an amazing desk

28 Jun 15
Michelle Gaffaney
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You will spend many hours at your desk, so it’s important to make sure it functions perfectly and is designed to keep you healthy, comfortable and inspired. Whether you’re adding new desks to your workplace or setting up a home office for freelance working, Greenstone Design can help you design the perfect workspace.

1. How much space do you have?

If you’re working from home or in an office where space is at a premium, you might need to focus on making the most of the room you have. This neat foldaway desk or this compact ladder desk shown on houzz.com is the perfect solution if your space is limited.

On the other hand, you might want a big surface to spread out drawings, plans and documents. Take a look at these gorgeous solutions for those of us who need to spread out at work.

2. Designing in health

Most obviously, we will need to find you a chair with the right support and ensure it is adjustable. It’s far too easy to overlook the importance of ergonomics until back problems set in! Adjustable monitor stands are a great idea too, so you can make sure you’re not hunching over your screen. There are other simple tricks that can help improve workplace health too – planning how you will get to the printer, loo and kitchen without disturbing colleagues is really important.

You might want to consider opting for a standing desk or a kneeling chair to improve your health at work, as the evidence is increasing that sitting all day is bad for us. Check out the Wirecutter’s post on the best standing desks for more inspiration.

3. Colour and personalisation

Once we have the functionality sorted, it’s time to have some fun with personalising your workspace. Perhaps you want something minimal and stripped-back, with inbuilt lighting and discreet drawers and compartments? Or maybe your style is extrovert and outrageous and you want big, colourful fittings to give a strong sense of personality.

Take a look at the beautiful designs on Freshome.com to get some ideas rolling! Whatever your approach, we can help you design a desk that will bring out the best in your working day.

Keen to get started? Give us a call on 01706 813777 or email info@greenstone-design.co.uk.

Making the most of a small garden

01 Jun 15
Michelle Gaffaney
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Is your garden on the small side? No problem! With a bit of imagination and design know-how, even the tiniest garden can be made into something wonderful.

Small is beautiful. If your home doesn’t have a rolling croquet lawn and massive orchard, you’re not alone – and you’re saved a lot of mowing! We can help you make the most of your garden in a low-maintenance, unique and imaginative way. There are lots of options to help you make the most of your compact space.

Think about light levels

Gardens aren’t just about appearances. They can have a big impact on your house interior too, if you plant in a way that blocks the light. We can help you work out the impact on your home of a planting scheme and choose trees and plants with the right height and foliage levels, so they will look good but not block out the light.

If you’re not keen on trees, have poor soil or want a super low-maintenance option, using pots is an excellent choice. All sorts of shrubs and plants will grow in pots, which can be layered and built up to create a really impactful overall design. For example, you could try using trellises and climbing plants in pots to create height without dense branches of trees – plus you will get lots of lovely fragrant flowers!

Is it an access route?

It’s all very well putting lots of plants and features in the garden, but you will need to be practical too. Do you need access for your double pram, or is the path the only way to deliver big furniture items like mattresses? If the main route to your house is through the small garden, a wide and straight path is probably the best option. Planting next to a straight line can be structured to either play up or down the linear look, as you like.

If your garden is not the main route, we can work on a more curvy design for a garden that is all about leisure. A meandering path with scented lavender, or a patio area with comfy seating – even if you space is small, you’ll be surprised what is possible.

Screening from the road

If your garden faces onto a public area, you might want to think about screening traffic and nosy parkers. The classic approach to this is a big, thick hedge, but this can be overpowering in a small garden. How about some ornamental ironwork, or a painted wooden fence designed to let light through? You could even think about using glass bricks or upcycled materials like wine bottle ends to make a fascinating feature wall.

Whatever your style and budget, we can help you make your small garden a place to be proud of. Just contact us on 01706 813777 or email info@greenstone-design.co.uk to get started. Your small garden is going to be a haven of peace and tranquility!