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Office Space

Whether your desk is at home or in an office, your workspace is an important area to decorate. You’ll want to be sure your desk is a comfortable space that reflects your personal style and allows you to be as productive as possible. Here are our favorite tips for making your workspace work for you.


  • Add some plants. No we’re not talking about plastic trees here – we mean the real deal. Find some greenery that thrives in your office light and incorporate the plants in to your desk design. We love simple succulents to brighten up a desk.
  • Color is key. You don’t have to go crazy with color but pick a palette that fuels your work and stick with it. Splashes of color will add personal style to your workspace. Bright colors are said to help stimulate creativity!
  • Organize, organize, organize. Taking the time to arrange your office will make your life easier in the future. Limit the chaos and add cord organizers, paper organizers and supplies in accessible spots.
  • Pay attention to where you sit. Choose a chair that is the most comfortable and ergonomic for you. It’s so important to be physically comfortable while working so take the time to select a chair that meets your needs.
What do you do to make sure your workspace is unique to your style?

Playing with Color: Our Top 5 Resources for Color Palettes

If you’re planning on doing some major redecorating in the future but your less than large budget is dashing your lofty renovation dreams, incorporating unexpected or unique colors into your new design is a great way to change the feel of your room without breaking the bank!

The best way to get started with incorporating color is to draw inspiration from photos of current rooms, landscapes or even clothing that you like. Let the color combinations inspire you. At Furnish 123 Austin, we love drawing inspiration from all the local art that graces our walls!

It may sound easy but sometimes it can be downright difficult to know just where to begin when choosing the perfect color scheme. If you don’t have natural design skills, there are fortunately some great online tools and resources for finding the right color palette and generating color schemes. Here are our top 5 color palette tools & resources:

1. Color Scheme Designer

A current favorite, Color Scheme Designer helps you select complementary colors on a beautiful color wheel. With triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic color palettes this tool has a lot to offer.  You can also export color lists easily!

2. Kuler

A web-designer’s perfect tool is also great for home design use! Kueler is an Adobe Labs color palette that allows you to generate your own color palette or explore other’s color palettes, then export straight to Adobe Creative Suite applications. It’s simple and clean format makes finding your perfect palette fun.

3. Color Hunter

Have an image from your latest vacation that you want to re-create in your bedroom? Color Hunter lets you upload an image to create a color palette – awesome!

4. COLOURlovers

An interactive, creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns – a great resource whether you’re beginning in color theory or an old pro.

5. Make it Yours Column on DesignSponge

While not necessarily a tool, the Make it Yours series on DesignSponge is a great resource for color inspiration. This weekly column helps users find paint, products and home decor to capture a room’s color look completely.

For inspiration from one of our locals check out Austin Eavesdropper blogger’s bohemian inspired space featured in in the Austin American Statesman!


What are your favorite color combinations? Have you used any of these color palette generators before?

Furnish 123 Austin’s first mood board!

Last week, we came across Young House Love’s most recent mood board and decided we could give it a shot! Utilizing some great pieces from Furnish 123, a little inspiration and lots of good humor we are proud to introduce our very first mood board. What is a mood board, exactly? Well, a mood board is simply an easy way to organize all of your style and design ideas for a room into one very visual spot. We used a great web-based application called Olioboard to design our mood board – all online, no scissors or glue needed.

Can you guess which pieces are from Furnish 123? We’ll help you – below are all the pieces you can purchase at our store!

5. Artwork by Doug Naugle

Doug Naugle is one of Furnish 123 Austin’s featured local artists. You can purchase pieces just like this at our store while his artwork is on display!

6. Langley rug in Linen

A nice, neutral colored rug to add dimension to your room.

7. Noam accent tables
$199 for the  3 piece table set

With the sleek contemporary design bathed in a warm brown finish, the “Noam” accent table collection uses subtle curves and stylish X-stretchers to enhance the style and excitement of any living room décor. This set includes a coffee table and two end tables.

8. Jemma lamp
$99 for a set of 2

A deep red ceramic table lamp topped with a black drum shade and features a 3-way switch.

9. Riverton Sofa in Spa

Refreshing contemporary style comes to life with the light upholstery fabric and sweeping design making the “Riverton” upholstery collection the ultimate choice to wake up your home.


The rest of our inspiration was drawn from Olioboard’s extensive accessory collection – a few books, candles, mirrors and curtains make up the rest of the room. Add a nice yellow wall color and there you have our first mood board!

What do you think of our mood board? Have you ever created one?