Spiffing up the home office

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Now would be a really, really good time to finally transform my extra bedroom (a.k.a. the most expensive storage space in all of Manhattan) into a nice home office, and so I’m thinking of ways I could pull that off stylishly, starting with this neato perpetual block calendar.

These are just so much cooler than your standard-issue paperclip. They’re from Need Supply, which, by the way, is offering 25% off sitewide right now.

How cheery and pretty are these file folders from Rifle Paper Co?

I like how this stapler looks like it has a face.

A very handsome copper bookend.

This Kartell storage unit would be good for keeping important-but-not-especially-attractive items out of sight.

This desk lamp reminds me of something that might have been in my bedroom circa 1978.

I like the idea of a classic wall clock, and this one is so excellently old school.

A handy desk organizer for all of your desk stuff.

I have always thought I would spring for BluDot’s Strut Table to use as a desk. I love using tables as desks.

But I like this desk too, and it’s much cheaper.

And I might go for a desk chair with a bit of a midcentury vibe, like this one.

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    Jax
    20 Mar 2020
    4:46pm

    Thanks, Kim, for distracting me with some fiiiiine items there. Am now window shopping Need Supply!
    I always love it, when you branch outside fashion too.

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    Stephanie
    20 Mar 2020
    2:35pm

    My home office is such a mess I’ve been avoiding like, well, like the plague and holing up anywhere else in the house to do work instead. (A big part of the problem is that I’ve radically changed jobs and so need to radically re-think the all the contents of that room.) I take your resolution here as an inspiration and a challenge. Unto the breach!

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    D.Morgendorffer
    20 Mar 2020
    11:04am

    This post seems like the ideal one to pose a question to everyone about stationery. I have long wanted to find stationery for sending letters to my oldest friend. Every set is either too cutsie-wutsie or grand lady with a rambling country estate. As far as my aesthetic in office stuff goes, I use Rhodia notebooks, Hi-Uni Mitsubishi pencils (used to use Mirado Black Warrior, but they made changes to it), Staedtler erasers, and Schneider Slider Memo XB pens. Also, I’d like the paper to work okay with a home printer if necessary. No rush in responding: thanks for any recommendations offered in your own good time.

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      Viajera
      21 Mar 2020
      4:08pm

      D, you *are* a grand lady in my book. In fact – not even kidding – I think you should give your home one of those English-y names, like The Such and Such. Or ____ with an “s” on the end. Kensington West Grove. I don’t know, I can’t think of a good one. They do have such great names. Nether Wallop. … And get any schmancy kind of stationery you want. I am not into that yet so I can’t make recs. I would get happy colors though. I have some cards I need to write too.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        22 Mar 2020
        2:12pm

        Aww…

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    Kirstjen
    20 Mar 2020
    10:14am

    That stapler looks like it has a face, yes, but it also looks aquatic to me. Maybe a whale? I love both of those desks, and I love the carry all too. And that perpetual calendar. But my home office needs to be purged more than it needs anything added to it…

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      Bobby
      20 Mar 2020
      10:28am

      I thought it was a whale too!

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    c.w.
    20 Mar 2020
    9:46am

    I love the clean lines of the Blue Dot table. Just make certain it has enough height so you can get your legs under it when you are sitting on your preferred desk chair. When I woke up this morning I wandered around drinking my coffee and thinking I needed to reset beginning with my home office (inside a walk-in closet) so this posting was right up my office!

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    Meg
    20 Mar 2020
    12:17pm

    tip for staying sane: lots of folks are doing virtual dance parties, and I’m all in. You can find them and lots of other virtual dance classes, here: https://www.dancingalonetogether.org/

    I’m giving the Sweat Fest at 1pm EST a whirl and might try Soul Wiggles, even if it’s for kids (? not sure), cuz I’ve got QUITE A FEW soul wiggles that need to be exercised at the moment.

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