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January 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Home work: 15 stylish items to perk up your home office


By Andrea Dashiell  / Special to Sunday 

No matter what type of work you do in your home office — from paying bills to working for clients — staying organized and inspired is essential.

If your workspace doesn’t thrill you, there’s no better time than the start of a new year to freshen it up. Re-energize your organization, add some stylish accessories and finish it all off with a dose of fun.


Looking to upgrade your seating situation? Drop your derriere in the chic Crate and Barrel Ripple Ivory Leather Office Chair ($299), a stylish and ergonomic take on the standard swivel chair.

If a new desk is on your list, consider the CB2 Peekaboo Clear Console ($379 at The transparent table, made of thick-cut plexi, virtually disappears against the wall, creating a clean, seamless look. Top it with the spherical, brass West Elm Mini Geodesic Table Lamp ($99), a gorgeous way to illuminate late-night work sessions.


If piles of paper threaten to overrun your desk, hide the problem in the cheerfully hued Bigso Bright Stockholm Office Storage Boxes ($10–$13 at The Container Store, Bellevue). The sturdy recycled-paper boxes come in a variety of sizes and colors — pink, orange, green and turquoise — and feature a stylish linen-like finish.

Need serious sorting space? Fancy up your filing with a fiery Red Bisley File Cabinet ($199 at The Container Store), which is available in two- and three-drawer options.

Keep your bookshelf tidy with a pair of beautiful bookends, such as the Skyline Bookends from See Jane Work ($40 at And if you’re going paperless, fun flash drives are a must. The Message In A Bottle USB drive ($28 at is the perfect pick to keep things interesting.


Woodinville-based artist Mallory Mike’s intricate 2014 Zentangle Calendar Animals ($20 at will add some flair to your desk or wall. The 5×7 prints can be hung individually, framed or displayed on your desk or bookshelf. 

If you need more than a calendar — say, a cork bulletin board, chalkboard, message board, calendar, inbox and drop spot all in one — the awesomely customizable Martha Stewart Home Office Collection Wall Manager ($5–$18 at Staples) is a great option. Pick the pieces you need and put them together in the way that makes the most sense for you.

When it comes to labeling, plain white just won’t do. Have some fun with the Flourish Chalkboard Labels, also from the Martha Stewart Home Office Collection ($6–$8). Of course, you’ll have to splurge on some Chalk with Fine Tip ($6 for four, both at Staples) to label them neatly.


If you’ve spent any amount of time on Pinterest, you’re probably familiar with washi tape (also called Japanese masking tape). But this pretty paper tape isn’t just for crafters. Use Wishy Washi Tape (starting at $2 per roll at — which comes in hundreds of colors and patterns — in your office to jazz up a basic binder, color-code files or give some spunk to otherwise plain pencils.

If you could use some retro charm in your life, hook your iPhone up to the vintage-inspired Areaware Radio Dock ($46 at Click! Design That Fits, West Seattle). It charges your phone and comes with an app that finds local public-radio stations.

Every workspace needs something quirky to make you smile in times of stress. Swap out your plain old paper clips for Bicycle Paper Clips ($6 for four at Cost Plus World Market). Or add a Porcelain Pineapple ($135 at Far4, downtown) to your desktop. Just one glance at the pretty porcelain fruit will remind you to keep things light and sweet.

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