How to Get a Happy Home Office Vibe Going So You Can Get S**t Done

How to Get a Happy Home Office Vibe Going So You Can Get S**t Done

Get those creative juices flowing with these home office must haves. 

By Patricia Cunningham

More people than ever are working from home. And whether that amounts to catching up on email after hours or running an Etsy business full time, your home office has to be functional and work for you—but that doesn’t mean it has to be sad, soulless and boring!

Put a little thought into it and a home workspace can boost focus, productivity and set the stage for inspiration. In fact, studies have shown that well-designed offices can even make us happy.

It doesn’t matter whether your home office is a tiny nook in your bedroom or a sunlit space out of Dwell, a few creative touches can go a long way toward making it a place you want to be so when the big idea hits, you are ready (even though you might still be in your PJs).

Here are some items that will help make your home workspace productive and inspiring.


Metal Tubing Desk


Sleek and sturdy—ideal for desks that do double duty as a living room or bedroom console table.

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $152.15 (Regularly $179, 15% Off!)


Eiffel Arm Chair


Slightly padded for comfort and comes in an array of colors to suit your taste. Oh, and, yes, the design gods will be happy.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $216.99 (Regularly $500, 57% Off!)


Sheepskin Rug


For giving that office chair a quickie luxe upgrade.

BUY FROM: Wayfair, $60.99


Cork Bulletin Board

Stay organized in style.

BUY FROM: Paper Source, $24.95, set of 8


Shocking Pink Pompom Belly Basket


Keep clutter to a minimum with a cute basket.

BUY FROM: Houzz, SALE $39.90 (Regularly $57.00, 30% Off!)


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Just in case you didn’t already know it.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $9.60


Pantone Notebooks


For when the creative spark hits!

BUY FROM: Papersource, $19.95


Bryant Wall Mirror


Draw in the good energy and keep out the bad energy with a mirror—it’s good feng shui.

BUY FROM: One Kings Lane, $169


Crystal Bluetooth Speaker


Music has been shown to increase productivity, so turn things up a notch desk-side with these adorable speakers.

BUY FROM: Anthropologie, $58


Set of 3 Britt Bass Wall Art


Keep on the bright side with this set by artist Britt Bass. Or if a more direct personal mantra is in order, try this.

BUY FROM: Land of Nod, $170, set of 3


Clay Art Porcelain Coffee Mug


Don’t forget who’s in charge around here.

BUY FROM: Target, $5.99


Indigo Print Personalized Stationery


That’s right, like the mug said.

BUY FROM: Minted, $50, set of 25


DwellStudio Aluminum Trays


Your inbox never looked so good.

BUY FROM: Staples, $29.99, set of 2


Assorted Grafted Cactus


Stay in balance with some greenery, like these especially adorable cacti (or go faux and never have to worry about watering).

BUY FROM: Home Depot, $15.96, set of 3


Marble Mix & Match Wall Shelf Collection


Glam shelving for your gorgeous book collection.

BUY FROM: Cost Plus World Market, $39.99+


Set of Dog Bookends


Because you definitely have a Pets OK policy at home.

BUY FROM: T.J. Maxx, $15


Lowry Desk Lamp


Is it really dark already? You’ve been much too busy to notice!

BUY FROM: Urban Outfitters, SALE $67.15 (Regularly $79, 15% Off!)


Ceramic Trinket Tray


That’s for sure, right?

BUY FROM: Wayfair, SALE $20.99 (Regularly, $23.99, 13% Off!)


UGG Yvette Pom Pom Slide Slippers


Lastly, no home office would be complete without a good set of slippers.

BUY FROM: Nordstrom, $84.95


Tall Bottle Vase


Boost your mood with fresh flowers and this colorful vase to put them in.

BUY FROM: Target, $29.99

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