Working from home essentials
Working form home? Step away from the kitchen table, and shop our edit of stylish office essentials that'll look like you're in control even if you're not.
With so many people needing a space to work, anything resembling a table will be utilised right now. But I cannot stress how important a designated work space for your productivity and ability to switch off. So find a space near natural light and pop this Scandi-style ash desk nearby, featuring compartments to keep your office essentials tidy.
Get stuff done
Hyperventilating at the length of your to-do list? Brain dump the lot into this A3 weekly planner pad from the brilliant Gayle Mansfield Designs. Tick off what you get done and at the end of each week you tear it off and chuck it in the bin. It looks like you're in control even when you're not.
Scent of success
Keep calm and carry on with a candle. Scented candles may not seem like an essential, but strike a light and get a shot of wellbeing from this one jar. We're loving the lavender and lemongrass from Bracknell-based Apothenie's Halycon Days. It's promotes calm and contentment – and is a reminder of happier times ahead. Amen to that.
Clickety clack, oh my back! Working from home, sitting in the chairs not designed for hours staring at a computer screen takes its toll. Invest in a good office chair. Trouble is most of them are seriously ugly. But not this one. Peachy keen velvet, gold hardware and comfortable enough for an 8-hour shift. It's not cheap but you'll save onn trips to the chiropractor.
HOLD IT TOGETHER
Let us pray (for our sanity). Keep your notebooks tidy and to hand with these stylish brass bookends from Sunningdale lifestyle boutique Bird.
£48.75 (was £65)
I'm a furious notetaker. Committing pen to paper helps me remember stuff. Leave the boring lined paper to the kids stationary pile. You deserve something prettier – like these A5 notebooks from Plum & Grain in Newbury. They're made from 100% recycled paper and card and use veg-based inks.
Desktops don’t have to be dull. Put all your pens into an alphabet pot! Organisation just became beautiful and we’ve got the brush pots to prove it, courtesy of Willow & Wolf in Marlborough.
It's tempting to hook yourself up to a coffee/tea IV drip. But for the sake of your skin and general wellbeing, please add water. Treat yourself to a pretty water bottle like this one from new gift shop store I Am Immy, based in Goring. Made from glass, iy means the bottle is doesn't absorb residual tastes, odours or germs so the drink inside will taste just as it should.
Lighten the load
Save your Zoom weary eyes by adding a decent desk lamp to help you see there is light at the end of the tunnel – be it work or lockdown. This retro-inspired lamp from Graham and Green will take you back to a time when it was totally acceptable to have cocktails in the middle of the day.
Need gin (medicinal purposes only)? Here’s 12 local gins to raise your spirits.