I’ve never worked from home, but now that life has taken me down the path of a freelance writer — at least for the time being — I can roll out of bed, change out of pajamas (and into my harem pants from Thailand), and get to work within a matter of minutes. That said, I’m used to getting dolled up for the office, interacting with other people and viewing my home as a no-work zone, so it’s going to be an adjustment.
What’s not going to be an adjustment is being able to decorate my workspace however my heart desires. (The desk we got off Craigslist is a wee bit small for Eaman, so it’s mostly mine. Whoops! Not really.) This has meant an inordinate time drooling over beautiful workspaces on Pinterest and coming up with a few supplies I’d like to see at my desk once my wallet gets a little fatter.
1. I just bought a large daily planner for cheap at Target and then smacked my head because I realized I can’t lug that thing around to meetings. Instead, I’d love to slip this lime green pocket planner into my purse. (Graphic Image, $16)
2. The lighting in our living room is pretty atrocious, so a desk lamp is a must. Thanks to a clip-style base, this cute gold number would be a perfect fit for our rather small desk. (The Land of Nod, $49)
3. Pens! Sure you can get them for free at the bank, but wouldn’t these patterned ones be so much more fun? (Poketo, $4.50 each)
4. A pen holder? A vase? The possibilities are endless. (West Elm, $8)
5. I mean, who doesn’t need a gold-acrylic stapler? (Biscuit Home, $24)
6. I’m a sucker for most any print by Anna Rifle, and this floral print journal is no exception. It’s perfect for blog ideas, phone messages and doodles. (Rifle Paper, $15)
7. Our desk faces a wall, so when I’m typing away on the computer, I’d love to face a giant pinboard filled with inspiring pictures, cool business cards, to-do lists and mementos from our travels. And I’m not tying myself to a pre-made one; I’d actually rather exercise some DIY skills with new fabric on a flea market find. (Paper Source, $40)
8. I’ve always wanted a vintage rotary phone to sit atop my workspace. Since that’s completely impractical when we don’t even have a landline, this smartphone dock and charger would be the next best thing. (Jonathan Adler, $48)
9. Ideally, I’d keep a rotating mix of peonies, ranunculus, roses and tulips in a petite vase at the corner of my desk to remind me that it’s time for a break and walk in the park.