Off the Wall
I just completed this new homasote pin-up board for my home studio office. It's great for throwing all of your ideas and inspirations for a project up on the wall or to look over a project in-progress. It's a given in design schools and cool offices everywhere, but extra cool to have one of your own...woohoo!


In case you are interested, Homasote is a type of wallboard made from recycled paper compressed under high temperature and pressure and held together with glue. You can find it at Home Depot (insulation aisle).


Also, you can easily paint homasote to match your wall but the pin holes start to add up over time making for an ugly surface, so I recommend covering the board in a self-healing fabric (anything beefy enough to recover from pin holes). I used a heavy cotton twill found at most fabric stores. Choose a very neutral, solid color (beige, natural canvas or any grayish version of a solid color as I did here) so that it doesn't compete with all the great work you'll be posting over it.

Just ordered this wall-mount magnetic thingy from The Container Store for the pushpins> I like the bubbly 60's vibe of this, it reminds me of the cool, yet ridiculously expensive, molded plastic organizer, the Utensilo. Next up in the home office : a new desk chair.
I really want this one: The Eames Aluminum Management chair.
Buuuuut since that one is about 2grand, I think the budget is pointing to this fairly similar one, also in leather, I saw on cb2.com (Crate and Barrel's funkier sister store) for A LOT less:



Now, hopefully this serves as motivation to get going on that long list of personal design projects...

May 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...
I would love it if you would do a post on your systems of organization for all of your inspiration. Both for web resources/images, articles online and more tangible things - magazine clippings, etc.

May 8, 2008 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...
hey ash, that is a great idea, I'd love to create a post like that. I definitely will as soon as I can. -j

May 9, 2008 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...
HAHA! That is the same chair that I have been wanting for awhile, the Eames one that is. They are often discounted down to $500 for floor samples in New York, but I still can't plunk down the money.

May 20, 2008 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...
Hi Jodi, did you ever get my card (and X-bands)? as mentioned in this post: http://elaineperlov.blogspot.com/2008/02/x-bands.html

July 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...
hi elaine, i'm sorry, i did not get the x-bands package! will email you to be sure you have our current address although i have encountered bounce-backs on occasion from your main email address - will try again though! jv

July 3, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Anonymous Sandy Dekoschak said...
Hi Jodi,

I love this idea and did something like it for my son's room to post his art projects! But your version is alot more durable - I didn't know about homasote- but will definitely check it out. I also LOVE your article on your home office creation! I have the same Crate & Barrel drawer system, think I've had it for 10 years and dragged it with me to 6 different living quarters. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!!

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Christopher Scott and Jodi Vautrin are the husband and wife team behind Ourhaus, where they chronicle their adventures in home improvement, decorating and travel. After purchasing a unique loft space just a few miles north of Boston, they began photographing and writing about their projects and it blossomed into a creative outlet and platform.

When they’re not home improving, Jodi spends her days as a freelance creative director & designer with a focus on user interface and interactive design, and is an entrepreneur at heart. She serves on the board of AIGA Boston as Vice President of Emerging Ideas & Events.

In his professional life, Christopher is the Technology Director for a multi-service ad agency based in Harvard Square. In his private life, he enjoys tinkering in all its forms, whether it's rebuilding the Ourhaus home network (again), fooling himself into thinking he knows how to fix home appliances, or trying to unravel the mysteries of the guitar. He also flies planes, performs open heart surgery and sings at bar mitzvahs (though not all at the same time).

They share their “haus” with their adorable, highly food-motivated chocolate lab, Lucy.