Autumn Organization Ideas: Home Office to Home School

Summer is on its way out. Fall is on its way in. Vacations are pretty much in the rearview and school is back in session. Families are starting to swap sunny days at the waterpark with after-school activities. Afternoons are accompanied by homework assignments and bed time starts sneaking up toward twilight. Parents need organization more than ever in the fall season. Whether it’s for the home office or preparing your kids’ study space, we’ve assembled some of our autumn organization ideas to simplify your summer-to-fall transition.

Home Office Favorites for Fall

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Keep all your important documents sorted in the Chic File Organizer. With a sturdy construction and a faux-leather design, it features a bold color with contrasting top-stitching and double handles for easy carrying.

The Internet Address & Password Logbook gives you a place to record all your important info from the web. The spiral-bound hardcover notebook includes tabbed alphabetical pages and an elastic band closure.

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Turn your home work area into an efficient office space with the Computer Monitor Organizer. It raises your computer monitor 4-inches for comfortable viewing while adding great storage on all sides and underneath.

The 5-Compartment Desktop File Organizer keeps your documents and office supplies in order. It has five compartments for sorting files and a sleek metal design that doesn’t take up too much space on your desk.

Home School Classroom Creativity

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Get your home-schooling calendar organized with the Classroom Project Idea Book. With adorable crafts, activities and ready-to-use templates for Pre-K through 3rd grade, it’s the perfect complement to curriculum.

The Amelia Bedelia or Flat Stanley Chapter Book Set introduces your new, independent reader to fantastic characters and funny situations. Short, fast-paced chapters and illustrations are perfect for young readers.

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Your little artist will love drawing, painting and creating with the 3-In-1 Deluxe Easel with Accessories. It has a blackboard, magnetic white board, a roll of paper, magnetic math blocks and a handy tray for art supplies.

The 52-Pc. Gel Pens with Case is great for drawing, scrap-booking and so much more. The metal carrying case has a slot for each pen. The nontoxic gel ink flows and glides with ease while adding beautiful color.

Mad Men: Interior Inspiration

mad-men-setEver since the very first episode was aired, Mad Men has inspired everything from fashion to interior design with its lavish and beautiful set design. Although set in 1960’s New York, there are plenty of ways to make those rich colors, striking patterns and teak furniture work for your own home.

Here are the key elements that are staples of the Mad Men offices and homes:

Color
While colors do become brighter in season 6 as the 1960’s draws to a close, there is a theme of rich, deep jewel tones and autumnal shades throughout all episodes of the show. Burnt orange, golden yellows and browns, maroon and purples can be seen in both the home and office, and could work wonderfully to cozy up your home for Autumn/Winter 2013.

Pattern
Great pattern reigns supreme throughout the seasons in Mad Men. The elegant zebra print walls in a sumptuous dining room where Don and Rachel Menken eat could so easily be tacky, but a small quantity of the wallpaper combined with understated ivory and chocolate browns work perfectly.

The Draper’s home is much more cutesy and traditional than the slick and stylish offices. I love the plaid pattern wallpaper of the kitchen, cheerily combined with a fresh blue-green paint. If you want to go for a 1960s look without the slick Danish style of the Sterling Cooper offices, Betty’s homely look could be just the inspiration you need.

By season 6 we see the more brash and psychedelic patterns come in, with a wall of Ted’s office papered in this fashion. This is quite a bold and over-the-top look for a modern home, but the addition of a vase, lamp shade or rug in a fun retro pattern could brighten up your home nicely.

Futuristic
Some very 1960’s, futuristic style furniture starts to creep in by season 4, most notably in the office space Roger’s young wife Jane designed for him. While this look would probably be a little laughable in a home or office today, a Saarinen-style dining table and chairs can still work and look fresh for the home. Mix it up with more eclectic and modern-day additions, such as up-cycled pieces and bright ornaments.

Clean lines
The sofa styles in the offices are similar throughout all of the seasons; boxy with clean simple and stylish lines that will still look fresh and modern in a home or office today. They are inspired mainly by Danish designers of the 1960’s, such as Jydsk Mobelvaerk.

While the Mad Men versions are covered by fabrics like boucle which are very of the time, you could take inspiration yet modernise with a sofa in a similar style in leather or simple cotton.

Emily Bradbury is writing on behalf of Antiques to Vintage, a great new concept bringing antiques dealers and buyers from all over the world together in one place.

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