If you're like us, and it seems that a vast majority of the workforce is, you've recently made the shift to a work-from-home world. While it's inarguably tricky to stay tuned in to coworker emails and the now-exploding Slack channel when surrounded by your family — and the dishes, dirty laundry, and general chaos that goes along with it (just us?) — there are some ways to refocus your attention.
We've found that defining your desk — or wherever you've found space to set up shop — with some sleek and sophisticated accessories can make a big difference in making "home" feel like "office." Scroll down for our favorite high-style finds for getting sh*t done. Who knows? Maybe you'll hit your stride and become a WFH pro.
GROVEMADE has made an entire suite of desk-sprucing accessories that'll make your work-from-home life feel more polished and professional (even if you're wearing PJ bottoms). The best place to start is the desk pad—it comes in some lovely neutral wool felt versions as well, but we're partial to this sleek laminate in cheery blue (who doesn't need a little brightness right now?). Top it off with the very executive-esque array of leather and wood mousepads to really up the ante.
These memo pads come from a single block of wood, shaved down into paper-thin pieces. They look great, they're super interesting to write on, and they're sustainably made. What more could you want from your desk supplies?
A few stately solid brass trays in different sizes can go a long way toward keeping your space organized.
If you're a writing utensil junkie (or just want to feel like you're working-from-home inside a Wes Anderson movie), pick up a set of pencils from New York's famed C.W. Pencil Enterprise. Pro-tip: These also make a great snail-mail gift for your work wife who's now your work-from-(another)home wife. Just be warned: Without your boss staring over your shoulder, you'll probably go down the rabbit hole and spend a good hour or two perusing pencils on this website.
Spending more time at your desk (or, let's be real, kitchen table), you're likely to be faced with the realization that your monitor isn't at the right height for hours of continuous work. This retro-chic computer riser lets you slide your keyboard underneath when not in use, making it a space-saving solution to boot, and features a drawer and cubby for corralling desk clutter. For $30, it's also one of the best budget-friendly options we've seen (so you won't feel like you've shelled out major bucks when it's time to go back to the office).
Don't forget the so-called "desk plant"—a staple of workplace morale. This handmade wood and concrete planter is perfect for succulents (you can even choose your wood option to coordinate it with your decor).
The most elegant way to corral your cords—no electrical tape required. These minimalist blocks are available in copper, brass, or stainless steel, and have a non-skid coating on the bottom. Whether you keep them shiny or let them naturally patina to show off the unique character of the materials, they're an elemental solution to a modern problem.
If, on the other hand, you're constantly charging several devices, a sleek hub like this one from Native Union is a good option. It can even be wall-mounted if you prefer to keep your desktop clear.
One of the hurdles of conference calls is trying to take notes one-handed while your phone is pressed to your ear. This weighty notepad from French brand Exaclair is substantial enough to stay put as you scribble, and it's infinitely more elegant than a pad of sticky notes. The sheets tear cleanly off, and the pad is bound by brass fittings—you can even purchase replacement packs when you've run out of paper.
It's a calendar! It's desk decor! It's a craft! This build-your-own calendar kit is a win-win for those stuck inside right now.
A little retro, a little millennial, this ceramic set in an appealing shade of rust orange brings a fresh dimension to your desk. The shallow dish is perfect for spare change or thumbtacks, too.
We may be grown-ups with jobs, but we will never age out of our Lisa Frank-era iridescent obsession.
Desk supplies for the absurdly glamorous. This collection started with a gently swiveling pen holder made from Calacatta Vagli marble, brass, and leather, and only gets more grandiose from there (with prices to match).
Sunday Morning recommends this handblown Japanese carafe set for your bedside table, but we think it's a great reminder to stay hydrated throughout the workday when you're at your desk, too.
A high-design way to combat the "what day is it again?" blues. (And it's on sale.)
A pen lover's pen, reimagined in a funky limited-edition print with a trendy case that will look great on your desk.
This deskside trash bin reminds us of elementary school in the best way.
Designed by a founding member of the Memphis Group, this notebook brings some definite levity (and style) to your workspace. The interior pages are red, which feels a little rebellious, too.
Pair your Memphis notebook with these to complete the graphic, playful look. The pencil "stands" are actually erasers.
The angular shape and brass plating make these just a little more elevated than your standard Staples stock.
Black-and-brass obsessives will love this recycled, terrazzo-inspired desk mat with brass corner accents.
While you definitely could use a regular mug while you're working from home, we prefer Porter's line of no-slip-sleeved portable mugs. The on-trend array of colors keep them from feeling too takeout-y, and they're ready to go when it's time to walk the dog, too.
Social distancing means you won't be handing your card to anyone soon, but finding a nice way to display them is a good reminder of your professional chops while your kids are running around your makeshift "office." This ultra-chic hand-cast cardholder can also hold notes or photos, keeping the important things in your line of sight.
Another GROVEMADE pick that'll make your life easier (losing your phone under a pile of papers is when the WFH panic really sets in). Nestle everything you need in an appealing bed of cork to stay on-task.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.