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I’m really impressed by the number of quality desktop (and iPhone and Android and iPad, etc. etc.) wallpaper I’ve discovered this holiday season. So much fun and elegance that really fits anyone’s style.

I usually check SmashingMagazine.com at the first of every month and find something great there. This month, I really couldn’t choose!

I used this landscape for my Facebook timeline cover photo.

And I love these, too. I have one on my phone and one on my work computer and one at home.

It’s nice to have some wintery backgrounds that aren’t necessarily holiday.

I found these via poppytalk earlier this month. The top one is from Geninne Zlatkis and the bottom is from Desert Friends!

My favorite of this month might actually be this one from The Fox is Black.

At least to me, the colors and the aesthetic are very Christmas without being all that religious. It’s very festive and really draws from a design era that I think fits perfectly with the holiday mood! In fact, I might just switch to it today.

What are you using as your desktop? Maybe you’re not as excited to change yours monthly like I am, but if you are using something holiday-inspired, I’d love for you to share in the comments!

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Yesterday, Kyle and I discussed our fall punch list for this house. We know we need to do some weatherproofing including replacing the weatherstripping on the front door, insulating and drywalling our mud room/laundry room/pantry, and insulating and framing in the reach-in closet in our bedroom.

I suggested that we turn the reach-in closet into an office.

I did this because on Friday I saw this picture from Whimages and it had me so motivated to turn the closet into an office.

This really makes sense for us to do because:

  1. We have to frame the closet in anyway because we ran vents upstairs from our basement through the closet and it’s basically a hole leading into our basement.
  2. Kyle has been doing a lot of work from home because he teaches college and is essentially telecommuting for a new company he’s working with and would like to have a dedicated desk space on our main floor.
  3. Our bedroom is a more ideal spot for an office area because it’s relatively out of sight and we have a tv in there.

I was so excited when Kyle got as excited about this idea as I was.

So I started a pinboard and fired up Google Sketchup.

On Pinterest, I discovered this closet-turned-office and for some reason I keep returning to it.

I love the bold wallpaper which would be nice for us because it would mean we don’t have to drywall over the plyboard that was used to build the closet by the previous owners.

I really like the use of wire shelving at the top and the melanine shelving that’s more visible.

A curtain is ideal for us because a sliding door would keep it half-closed off all the time but even a bi-fold door would interfere with the door into the bedroom.

I’m still working on our sketchup designs so for those, tune back in next week. Until then, check out my Closet Project Pinboard to see what I’ve got inspiring this latest project.

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If you’re into home design, odds are you might have at least a little of my neuroses and like the other things in your life to be designy as well. That means that the search for good desktop wallpaper for your computer, smartphones, and other gadgets can get a little frustrating. I think a quick Google search of Desktop Wallpaper results in less horrific results now than it may have a few years ago. For us designy people, though, the “not horrific” category should just be called the “still not good enough category;” the goal should be finding something you’re excited to use!

For desktop wallpaper, I recommend two websites in particular.

TheFoxIsBlack.com has a desktop wallpaper project that has been ongoing since 2008. They took a little lag on the wallpaper front in 2010 but they’ve been releasing new designs lately and they’re always really high quality.  The image below is my desktop now. It’s a lot bolder than my usual tastes, but it really reminds me of the Mardi Gras indian chiefs and since HBO’s Treme is in the swing of Season Two I couldn’t resist.

The lag on the desktop wallpaper project has resulted, in my opinion, in fresher designs and more exciting projects. In 2010, the Desktop Wallpaper Project expanded to include the Sights & Sounds project where artists and designers are asked to create desktop wallpaper inspired by a musician. I really love some of these! So far, the bands they’ve chosen have been ones I’m fans of and it’s fun to see how their albums are represented. I used the Broken Social Scene-inspired wallpaper below on my Evo for awhile.

I also really like SmashingMagazine.com’s Desktop Wallpaper Calendar series. On or about the last day of every month, they release several new desktop wallpaper that feature a calendar of the month ahead. It’s nice to have so many new designs at once, and the calendar feature is pretty handy too, especially on my work computer.

Here’s two from the June 2011 series, which featured a lot of great designs for crafters!

Both TFIB and Smashing Magazine offer small sizes that are perfect for Android, iPhones, and iPads, but you should also check out Poolga which offers “art for iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices created by selected illustrators and designers.”

And, while I was talking to Mary about this post, she pointed out that Grace from Design*Sponge had tweeted about the Rapture & Wright Virtual Sample Library available via iTunes. So, if you’re an iPhone or iPad user, check that out too! 

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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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