Guest Picks: The Inspired Office

A lot of men and women are taking work home with them nowadays, and having a great home office is essential. Inspiration may come from several outlets, but the first place to begin is your desk. The key question is, how do you make your office both efficient and inspirational?

While exploring ideas for my own home office, I accumulated images of my favourite spaces and recognized the very best ones had some special details in common: a desk with storage, a fantastic light, an ergonomic seat and excellent organizational tools.

Other important aspects include using a very clear design vision, picking objects that you love and that spark imagination and, paradoxically, understanding that a pop of colour is a fantastic thing! — Lauren from Fourth Floor Walk Up

Lexington Modern

Malibu High-Back Office Chair in Vinyl with Stitched Ribbing – $239

1 way to add interest to a workplace is to select a colorful chair. Say goodbye to the typical, black office upholstery, and say hello to posh furniture.


Correspondence Desk – $1,298

This handsome and refined desk from Anthropologie includes all of the needed features of a fantastic desk: drawers to include clutter, shelves to hold the large office accessories plus also a large, ample space to distribute your work.

Circa Lighting

Lauren Table Lamp – $336

A beautiful and soothing shade, this table lamp in celadon green could be a great light fixture for the home office.

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Leather Mouse Pad, Gold – $35

Chic mouse pads? Yesthey really do exist!

Jayson Home

Color Pencil and Brass Holder Set – $75

I purchased this colored pencil set for a unique event, and I have been lusting after it ever since. The holder inspires me to sketch out a gorgeous room rendering.

Williams-Sonoma Home

LaCourte Upright Desk – $3,450

This secretary-style desk is a slick white box on the outside, and it could be an appealing addition to almost any area. When opened, the contrasting rich wood tones are only as striking.

Museum of Useful Things

Pencil Dispenser – $18

This pen holder arouses nostalgic memories of the diner straw holders. A little playfulness can go a very long way when working difficult.

West Elm

Alphabet Letter Paperweights – $8

These Alphabet paperweights at a vintage font are the perfect desktop accessory.


Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ File Folders – $4.99

“Organization is the key to success,” is a phrase I’ve heard often over time. A great way to organize an office is through color coordinating, and such folders by Martha Stewart create beautiful colour stories.

Schoolhouse Electric

Topographic USA Wall Map – $40

I love the colours of the topographic map. It’s also a wise piece of artwork to add to your office for those days when you are day dreaming of traveling.

Ballard Designs

Macau Armchair with Casters – $279

The bamboo Chippendale-style seat is a traditional design loved by many. This replica seat by Ballard Designs with wheels is the perfect upgrade to a classic.


Barton Task Lamp – $550

I’m totally in love with this task light. Together with the abundant brass base and chartruese green glass, it’s a lot of search for a background lamp.

HW Home

Shelby Desk – $1,680

To get a more modern look, this dining table has a unique shape and design with low-slung drawers that double as shelves for bigger objects.


Chevron Monogram Dry Erase Memo Board by Studio Elle – $25

Note-taking is a significant facet to staying on top of projects, and doing this sustainably with this customizable, dry erase board is even better.


Moleskine® Digital Folio for iPad – $89.95

Most of us love our modern-day apparatus that make both everyday and work life easier, but occasionally we still want to hand-write notes or workout ideas. This iPad case and notebook by Moleskine is an excellent layout!

Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies

Polished Brass Julep Cups – $6.99

Mint julep cups are preferred by many for drinking. But, repurposing them into pen and pencil holders brings a bit of class to your desktop computer, especially in the brass end.


Scattered Corolla Rug, Oval – $298

To maintain hardwood floors free from wear and scratches, put a rug underneath your workspace. This oval carpet is a beautiful and colorful option.


Paris Paper Tape – $18

Clear tape is a necessity in any home office, but using attractively printed tape at a Parisian theme makes the mundane more exciting.


Golden Gate Lacquered Wood Tray – $98

Maintaining papers and miscellaneous materials organized is essential. This yellow and wood printed tray for the desktop is a superb tool for doing that.

Schoolhouse Electric

Schoolhouse Extension Cord, Green Cloth – $39

Sometimes there’s no possible way to hide the jumble of extension cords that live inside your office. A great solution is to buy these alluring strings and showcase your electrical systems instead.

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