After a two week break I’m feeling quite rejuvenated, sunny and actually a little excited to be back at my desk at Ideal Home HQ. On my return our new September issue had just arrived and if you haven’t yet bagged yourself a copy, it is packed full of stylish storage solutions and ideas to help organise your life (it’s in the shops now, hint hint!). One quick flick through and I felt overcome with calm and order. A little something to share are these two home office shoots our stylish stylists did. The first is from our Cash Clever feature on how to create a work area for less than £215…

Chair, £39, Ikea + Picture frames, £65.96, Ikea + 5 magazine files, £45, The Holding Company + Lamp, £60, John Lewis + Two jars, £4, Sabichi = £213.96. Bargain!

You may have also spotted this fab industrial style home office from our ‘Class of 2012’ decorating feature. I love the metal school-style cabinet from The Old Cinema and the lovely Conran desk for Marks & Spencer and there’s a place for everything with wall mounted storage ideas galore! No excuse for a messy desk. – Alice 
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2012. The year of The London Olympics and another extended bank holiday, with thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So, make sure you’ve got yourself a lovely calendar/wall chart/year planner to set you on your way. Lately, I’ve become a little obsessed with this lovely food blog Simply Breakfast by photographer Jen Causey. Everyday, she photographs her wholesome brekky propped with an extensive range of covetable kitchenalia. You may wonder why I’m suddenly wittering on about a food blog. Well, she has decided to design a 2012 calendar complete with a lovely breakfast idea for each month and recipes:

2012 calendar, simply breakfast blogFor another idea, over at Lisa Stickley London HQ, they’ve come up with a cute illustrated calendar with a phrase to sum up each month.

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And how nice is this typographic wall chart from German designers Snug Design?

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Now for those who aren’t anticipating a busy year (each day = 1cm) but are planning on doing a lot of measuring (doubles up as a tape measure); this is a quirky idea from Present and Correct and great stocking filler:

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