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May 2, 2012

10 home office essentials

By: Cindy Jacobelli

10 home office essentials Author: Style At Home

Accessories
May 2, 2012

10 home office essentials

By: Cindy Jacobelli

Whether you work at home full time or not, it’s important to set your home office up just right. First and foremost, it should be functional. You want to be able to reach knowingly for whatever you need, whenever you need it. Secondly, a home office should be comfortable – especially if you’re spending long hours there. And thirdly, it should inspire you. Here are 10 essential elements to help you create a home office space that makes you feel good and stay organized.
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A sensible desk
Choosing the right work surface means knowing how you work in your home office. Do you need everything laid out to see the big picture? Or have you gone completely digital and need just enough space for a laptop and coffee mug? If it’s the latter and you don't need a lot of office furnishings, this minimalist desk could be just the thing. All Modern, $199. decor-office-accessories-chalkbo.gif
Wall organizers
The home office is often one of the small spaces in your house. If that’s the case, you want to keep it as clutter-free as possible. Wall-mounted message boards, pin boards and shelving can help organize your home office. Pottery Barn $129.41 – $260.13. decor-office-accessories-chairs.gif
Comfortable seating
Wouldn’t it be great if you could work while hiking in a field or jogging on the beach instead of sitting in your home office? Sadly, most of us are stuck in our essential chairs, which is why it pays to get a good one. Look for something that’s sturdy and comfy, like this stylish swivel chair. West Elm, $417.19. decor-office-accessories-cabinet.gif
Quality cabinets
We’ve come a long way from the industrial metal filing cabinets of yore. Today’s options blend as well into your home office design as any sofa or coffee table. The elevated glass shelf on this one provides added charm and surface area. Crate and Barrel, $375.16. decor-office-accessories-lamps.gif
Proper lighting
There are a lot of good-looking lamps out there to illuminate your home but they’re not all built for the job of lighting a home office. Avoid stylish lamps that provide only ambience. Instead, go for equally chic task lighting that’s flexible enough to shed light just where you need it. Pottery Barn, $168.63. decor-office-accessories-clocks.gif
Count on a clock
Whether you’re working nine to five or clocking a lot more hours than that, it helps to have a reliable timepiece within eyesight in your home office. It keeps you on deadline and reminds you when it’s time to punch out. West Elm, $40.52. decor-office-accessories-trashca.gif
Smart storage solutions
It can be a challenge to manage anything other than paperwork and keep  organizing the home office. These canvas baskets may be just the answer. Perfect for storing samples and other supplies, the handles make them easy to transport as well. See Jane Work, $60. decor-office-accessories-paperwe.gif
Paperweights
Although many people strive for a paperless home office, somehow there’s still plenty of it around. Keep your piles - big or small - from spilling over with these shabby chic alphabet paperweights. West Elm, $4.15. decor-office-accessories-pencilc.gif
Home office accessories
Despite the fact that most of our work is done on computers these days, we still need a pen or pencil every now and again. This pretty cup is just the thing for keeping them handy. Susy Jack, $9.50. decor-office-accessories-date.gif
A perpetual calendar
In our busy lives it can be hard to remember what day of the week it is! This modular calendar solves that problem. Not only is it easy to spot but you’ll never have to buy another one again! Plus it will be one of your stylish home office accessories! Now that’s smart! CB2, $22.95.
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