Once upon a time, I would hit the snooze button one too many times, throw on some makeup and survive an inevitably delayed subway commute. Everyday. Now that I’m working from home and reaping the benefits of a short walk (aka, from my bedroom to the living room) to my desk, I’ve also realized that pretty things leave me inspired. Specifically, a home office set-up that looks good and has everything I need to be productive…and set up a couple of Instagrammable flat-lays along the way.
The line between fashion and function is very thin when it comes to desk accessories. Lean too far into fashion and you’re mostly left with clutter. Go H.A.M. on the function part and you’ll feel easily overwhelmed. As someone who has spent literally months test-driving what does and doesn’t work, I’d say these items are key to checking things off your to-do list like a bonafide boss. From Black-owned candles to noise-canceling headphones to desktop bookshelves, here are some of the best home office products for a work station you’ll want to show off.
MIS1950 White Maple Desk, $99.28
A chic-looking desk for laying the foundation of your workspace.
Giselle Gold Desk Chair, $275.99
A sleek and comfortable chair so you can sit at attention while your work.
Tuoze Ergonomic Stool, $64.99
Or an ergonomic stool for strengthening the core and improving your posture.
Don’t forget to keep the sweet smell of success burning with a (Black-owned) candle.
Get stationery that leaves you feeling inspired on those especially challenging days.
BlueLounge Mini CableDrop Adhesive Cable Clips, $7.99-$9.99
Keep cable clips on deck, because there’s nothing worse than tangled wires.
Your keyboard is a hotbed of germs…unless you’re cleaning it regularly.
TILEMALL Desktop Bookshelves, $23.99
These bookshelves keep essential documents in plain sight so you don’t have to waste time looking for them.
What’s a home office without a stylish nameplate for the boss?
Pantone Pencil Cup, $15
You’ll never lose another pen if they’re actually kept in the same spot.
A durable, horizontally-designed planner made for longterm use.
CO-Z Gold Desk Lamp, $54.99
A little light for when you’re burning the midnight oil.
If you’re sharing workspace with someone else, noise-canceling headphones are essential.
And when your ears near a break from headphones, you can switch to a space-saving speaker.
Urmost Ergonomic Laptop Stand, $41.99
This ergonomic stand will keep you looking up at the screen instead of down (and hunched over).
Stay prepared for chilly days and nights with this beautifully-designed, Black-owned throw.
UGG Fluffita Sandals, $100
Don’t forget to step correctly (and comfortably) in a pair of fluffy slippers.
Suliao Hourglass Timer, $30.99
And if you don’t already have something pretty to show off, make it a timely piece of décor, like the classic hourglass timer.
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