THREE TO MAKE, BUY OR CUS­TOMISE

A no­tice­board above your desk is a vis­i­ble way to ex­press both your ef­fi­ciency and cre­ativ­ity. It be­comes a patch of wall that is all about you and no one else

The Simple Things - - NEST -

1 MAKE

Cork is hav­ing a re­vival, and so it should: it is one of very few ma­te­ri­als that is both re­new­able and re­cy­clable. (Bark taken from the Cork Oak doesn’t harm the tree, which can live for more than 200 years.) It’s also handy for pin­ning things on and thus makes a neat no­tice­board. Cut a panel (this is Do­mes­tic Cork Tile by Bis­cay, £21.50 per me­tre at tiledealer.co. uk) into an in­ter­est­ing shape or line an en­tire wall with it.

2 BUY

A wire grid is a semi­in­dus­trial way to dis­play, or keep close, ob­jects such as scis­sors, note­books, post­cards and all kinds of ephemera. Use bull­dog clips, metal hooks and rib­bon to dan­gle, clip and hang a va­ri­ety of ob­jects. This Grey Wire Mesh Mood/Memo Board, £56.95, by House Doc­tor at hur­nand­hurn.com, comes with fit­tings for easy wall mount­ing and has a use­ful bit at the base to store bulkier items.

3 CUS­TOMISE

We are all fa­mil­iar with the joys of a chalk­board (see our back cover for ev­i­dence), and the amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tional prop­er­ties of a pot of chalk­board paint. Use it to paint a piece of wood, the side of a cab­i­net, or any old thing you fancy, then chalk your own in­spir­ing phrases or lists upon it. This paint, £22.79 per litre, de­sign­er­paint.com, is grey so fits into home dec­o­rat­ing schemes a lit­tle eas­ier than solid black.

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