Getting Organized with See Jane Work

January 17, 2014

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
One of my favorite things about school was all the new back to school supplies – as an adult I still get really excited about binders, folders and notepads. When I heard that See Jane Work had a line at Office Depot I was thrilled. New year means it's time to get all my business tax papers in line from 2013 and start new folders for 2014. Today is the day, to get it done. (And to start all those resolutions you've made!) Here are some things I like to do to keep myself organized.

Clean and clear your desk. I always try to start my day with a clean desk, though it tends to get messy as I work through the day. I think a clean desk makes for a less anxiety filled day. If you have a ton of important papers put them into binders or properly labeled folders. If you don't need the hard copy - SCAN everything and save it on a hard drive.

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Keep only what you need. On the same note of keeping your desk clean and clear. Don't leave anything on your desk that you don't use on a daily basis.


File receipts. I keep all important receipts in one of these expanding cases labeled by the month.

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Keep desktop accessories to a minimum. As tempting as it is to buy those cute trays and organizing boxes – try to keep those at a minimum. I've found that those boxes just helped me save more clutter because it was hidden even though I didn't really need it.

For more office space inspiration and organization ideas check out this board

Home is a Click Away + {$500 Airline Gift Card}

December 06, 2013

Eat Drink an Be Merry / Campbell's Homestyle Soup $500 Airline Giftcards! - click for details
december is here. a few days until i explore south america with my sister, 14 days until the end of my 20's, and 25 until the new year. there is something about the holidays that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. growing up i've never had very typical holiday traditions. unlike most families, my mom works on the holidays (she is a hairdresser and yes, asian's seem to really love to get their haircut on the holidays!) so our holiday dinners usually consisted of some sort of chinese take out. as i grow older and start building my own holiday traditions, it seems that every year, i find myself hopping around the globe and rounding out the year at home. i love traveling – exploring new places and meeting new faces – but nothing compares to the comfort and familiarity of being at home. seeing the people you love, catching up with some of my favorite faces and even enjoying chinese take out for dinner – it's what makes home, home. sometimes getting home for the holidays can be tough and really expensive, but campbell's homestyle soup is helping you get home this season. check out this video and enter to win a $500 airline gift card. entering is easy – all you have to do is visit the site and upload your own photo or pin their photo of what makes you feel nostalgic about home.

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PHOTO BY MIKKO LAGERSTEDT | DESIGN BY JCHONG

Nate Berkus for Target + $100 giveaway to Target!

September 12, 2013

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
earlier this year i had the privilege of getting a sneak peak at nate berkus's fall collection at target which arrives in stores next week! so many beautiful additions that i can't wait to add to my home. i'm excited to share a few of my favorite pieces with you all today and a special part of my phone interview i had with nate berkus himself! i know this is probably one of the longest post i've done but it's worth the read and you'll get a chance at $100 target gift card giveaway at the end!

most of you probably know nate from his time on the oprah show where he was a regular guest design expert, but did you know he actually has a degree in french and sociology and not design? having a mom as a designer, he would often come home to a house where the rooms were completely redesign. he also spent a lot of his childhood visiting flea markets and antique shops but it wasn't until he studied in paris that he realized that designing was sort of the most natural for him and he wanted to return and create a company designing great spaces for other people. he is still really interested in sociology and french and believes it's applicable to his current work. everyday he has to make design decisions on clients that are essentially strangers before he has their first meeting.

i always love to hear how people make transitions from one career to another. nate credits his job at an auction house as being very valuable although it wasn't a design job per say he learned about the history of things, what period furniture came from and got the chance to assemble rooms in preparation for monthly auctions. at the auction house people would often ask if he designed the room and asked him to help arrange their space. his first big residential client was a lady in chiago who was also looking at three other agencies with years of experience. nate didn't have a portfolio or a staff but he made a great connection with her and suggested that they design one room and if she liked it he would complete the house. she liked what he did and from that job he continued to receive more opportunities. now nate has a staff of over 50 people. anytime they have open design positions nate says he typically never sees anyone who doesn't have a design degree unless they were recommended from someone he knows!

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: you’ve accomplished so many great achievements in your career such as being apart of the oprah show, having your own syndicated show, author, executive producer and designer of your own product line. what would you say has been one of the highlights/pivotal moments of your career?

NB: one of most pivotal moment for me was probably the day i decided to start my business and had business cards printed. i really focused on the fact that this was what i really wanted to do and i was going to do anything i could do to be successful at it. work as and hard as i needed to work. i gave myself six months to get clients and make it a real company or i was going to back to working at the auction house. i didn't know but i was gave myself six months to see if i can turn my company into something. the second most pivotal moment was probably that moment years later where i got to stand at the doorway with people and tell them it was time to open their eyes and they saw their homes redone for the first time on the oprah show and then my later my own show. that never got tiring for me.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details


JC: i love your target collection its modern, elegant and unique – perfect for those who appreciate design at an affordable price – with your latest collection releasing soon at target, what were some of the biggest challenges and rewards designing for target?

NB: i think the biggest challenge was that my old brand has always been about a home or interior that has been assembled over time and when your working with a huge retailer like target, i didn't want to sacrifice having the pieces feel like you could have found them anywhere in the world. there wasn't any limitations as far as manufacturing were concern i worked with the teams at target and my team and we sourced things from literally 70 different countries. if we couldn't find something that i really loved or a material i thought was being crafted correctly we would just switch vendors and keep trying before it made it into the collection. the challenge was that when you are making 3,000 objects from a prototype it's hard to make it feel special. i learned early on with designing for the mass market that there were certain things that would always make it feel special, using natural materials, hand done techniques, carvings, baskets, textiles, combinations of things people haven't seen before. i am a huge fan of mass design and affordable design, i think its really important and to not to be a snob about where you find something. i wanted to make sure the heart of the line and the essence of the line stayed true and i think it has.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: i’ve read many of your pieces are inspired from your travels, as traveler lover myself, i have to ask what are some of your favorite travel destinations?
NB: i love all areas of mexico, i tend to go to the places where not a lot of tourist go. i love wahaca, tulum, and a city called merida that is fascinating and has beautiful crafts. i love south america in particular peru they have incredible crafts, the crafts change every 15-20 miles you drive. i also really love europe, i just got back from madrid and from a three day trip i literally spent a day and half in a little antiques and vintage areas where they have tons of areas of tiny shops everything from true junk to incredible italian lighting from the 1950's, 18th century ceramic tiles. no matter where i go i always look for where the locals shop, i am much more interested in what the people who live in that country buy and how they decorate their home. i am able to bring back better ideas that way.

thank you to the team at target for setting up the call and nate for taking time out to chat! it was such an honor speaking with nate, you can check out all of the new products for fall on target.com. target has offered one of you the chance to win a $100 gift card to target! once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries!

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PHOTOS VIA TARGET – ACCENT TABLE / DECORATIVE TRAYS

May Round Up

May 06, 2013


1. PORCELAIN JAR   •  2. COTTON BOWL   •   3. SHELL WOOD SPOON   •   4. LEATHER TOTE   •   5. TWIG PENCIL   •   6. ENAMEL STORAGE BOXES   •   7. WILLENDORF BOTTLE   •   8. CORIUMI TRIBAL POUCH   •   9. GEOMETRY SET CANDLESTICK

+ PHOTOS AS NOTED ABOVE | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO +


March Round Up

March 01, 2013

lately i've been itching to re-design my home office. when i first moved i had a lot of "temporary" items that slowly ended up being more permanent than anything else. slowly all those things will be replaced! if you follow me on instagram you might have noticed my new rug thanks to lulu & georgia next up a new desk! have you seen any great desks lately?

1. ARROW RUG   •  2. METAL TRUSS DESK   •   3. MOLDED PLASTIC CHAIR   •   4. CLYBOURNE DESK   • 5. HAYWORTH CHAIR   •  
6. DIAMOND ROUGH RUG   •   7. PAINTED DOT RUG  •   8. NELSON SWAG DESK   • 9. UPHOLSTERED MOLDED PLYWOOD CHAIR

PHOTOS AS NOTED ABOVE | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Frances and Francis

January 21, 2013

Frances and Francis / blog.jchongstudio.com
so if you know me well, you know that i rarely buy flowers. i think the notion that they never last very long makes me sad... and i'd just prefer to buy edible things! :O last weekend while i was browsing west elm i spotted these beautiful paper flowers that looked so real i fell in love with the idea of paper flowers. then i found france and francis etsy shop. she makes these incredible looking flowers made from paper, these look like something i could definitely get into!

Frances and Francis / blog.jchongstudio.com
IMAGES FROM FRANCES AND FRANCIS

January Round Up

January 07, 2013

it's january! a fresh new start to the calendar year. after the crazy eating habits and traveling from the holidays i am ready for a refreshing start. this month i hope to be spending home with lots of home cooked healthy meals and some r&r. how about you?

for some things to get you in the mood check out what i am pinning for anthropologie over here!

1. CERAMIC PLANT MARKERS   •  2. HOMEMADE WINTER   •   3. ANGEL FOOD CAKE APRON   •   4. SMOKED MACKEREL SALAD  •
5. ROSETTE PILLOW   •   6. COZY COTTAGE SOCKS   •   7. ILLUME GOOD NATURE CANDLE  •   8. RELAX AT HOME   •
9. MONOGRAMMED MUG

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PHOTOS AS NOTED ABOVE | LAYOUT BY JCHONG STUDIO

Target!

October 17, 2012

Target at 50 / Jennifer ChongTarget at 50 / Jennifer Chong
if you follow me on instagram or twitter you've probably seen a few things about target! i am excited to share that i was invited to be apart of target's inner circle, which means i'll be able to bring you the inside scoop and exclusive coverage on what's happening with target!

Ferm-Living Autumn & Winter 2012

August 08, 2012

Pillows by Ferm LivingPillows by Ferm Living
seriously ferm-living? i am officially obsessed. i am certain there isn't anything in the autumn/winter collection i wouldn't want into my home. the neon mountain/dotted/stripped pillows might be one of my favorites. be sure to check out their newest fall catalog, it is simply beautiful.

Pillows by Ferm Living
IMAGES FROM FERM-LIVING

IXXI LOCO BY STUDIO BOOT

July 06, 2012

IXXI Loco via Jennifer Chong

really loving this decorative wall system designed by studio boot for ixxi. you can mix and match and create all these wonderful custom patterns. if you are interested you can even create you own!

VIA POPPYTALK | PHOTOS FROM IXXI

State Side

March 13, 2012

seriously jen and omar of these are things are the raddest duo around. i am simply in love with all of these state side prints, and best of all they are on sale at fab.com so hurry on over and sign up and get your own! the sale ends soon.

PHOTOS FROM FAB.COM

Neon Legs

January 23, 2012


neon is really big right now, but i love just small touches of neon. i can't get over these legs on this dining room table, they just painted them neon and it looks grand.

PHOTO BY LEELA CYD VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

The Millers

December 12, 2011

Millersa few weeks ago i was asked to shoot the miller's apartment in seal beach, thought i would share a few photos from her space. beside having a great apartment with a full patio – i loved the way jillian placed these adorable little trinkets that she had been collecting throughout her travels all around the apartment.

PHOTOS BY JCHONG

Hay

October 20, 2011

oh, it might be fall(ish) but i am still in love with neons. loving the home goods from hay. really love the neon tea towel, i will need to get my hands on those!

PHOTOS FROM HAY

WANTED / Duvet

August 24, 2011

Duvetloving this simple striped duvet from unison.

PHOTO FROM UNISON

West Elm

August 18, 2011

WestElmcrate and barrel, cb2 and yes even ikea tend to be my go-to sources for simple home things, but over the last year west elm has started to add a lot of things i really love. besides beautiful products i've noticed a difference in their styling and branding. love it.

PHOTOS FROM WEST ELM

All things Gold

June 29, 2011

Goldishsomewhere within the last two years i've started to be drawn to all things gold and metallic. here are some of my gold favorites.
one. gold scalloped glass two. painted stripes thank you card from rifle paper company three. jonathan adler brass hippo four. jenny ann by kate spade five. whirl flats by jimmy choo six. twril by kate spade

DESIGN BY JCHONG

WANTED /Eames Molded Plastic Armchair

June 02, 2011

EamesMoldi've been eyeing these eames plastic style arm chairs for a long time but still haven't been able to pull the trigger because of the $500 price tag. there are a few sites that make replicas for half the price. even though i really want the original eames... i am curious to see how the replicas stand up next to the real things.

PHOTO FROM DWR

Heima

May 25, 2011

Heimaholly from decor8 posted about heima yesterday and i just fell in love with some of the products unfortunately since they are in the philippines i probably won't get my hands on any of these. i love the colors ont he chair and sofa. beautiful calligraphy posters were done by fozzy castro-dayrit. if youre in the philippines area you should check them out!

VIA DECOR8 PHOTOS FROM HEIMA

Mengsel

May 11, 2011

Mengseli saw these adorable beach towels on one kings lane yesterday and fell in love with this whale beach towel by luzelle van der westhuizen. i did a little bit of research and found she also has prints on etsy! love her shop prints.

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