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22 Pieces For A Sunny Outlook During Grey Days At Work

by Caitlin Kelch

The days are getting shorter and I’m prepping for survival during the grey days of winter. I work from home, and while some folks think that’s livin’ the dream, I actually miss the buzz of a real office teeming with chatty co-workers, motivational posters and the soft hum of copy machines. I try to fill my home office with a lot of color and bright furnishings, so I can stay motivated anytime — day or evening — during the winter months.

These 22 pieces for your home office or your “office” office will brighten even the darkest of the grey, chilly days to come. Scroll through and enjoy! –Caitlin

Image above by Alexander Girard from the book Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe  / Image below: Paula Mills home office

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Upgrade your home office desk with a light and airy one. This one screams California cool. Desk $180

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This fire engine red desk chair on wheels could provide for some afternoon fun scooting around the office. Chair $153

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Who doesn’t want a donut with sprinkles on their desk at all times? Donut Push Pin Holder $10

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Sassy planners do wonders as you enter a grey-ish new year — especially when they’re bright pink and give you compliments. Planner $20

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This “alarm clock” wakes you up gradually with simulated sunlight and you can use that sunlight at your desk to brighten your day. I can’t live without mine in winter time. Wake Up Light $88

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I love the Triby speaker that has voice control with Alexa and is a smart portable speaker, Internet radio, hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one! And when you’re really bored, you can even draw and share doodles and texts from your smartphone to Triby’s always-on display. Too bad it can’t make you lunch, too.

Triby $154

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If I had money burning a hole in my pocket, I’d indulge in this orange Smeg mini-fridge and several nostalgic warm-place magnets! Fridge $999 / Sunshine Magnet / Florida Magnet / California Magnet Set / Bahamas Magnet / Georgia Magnet

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We’re big fans of Petit Collage designer Lorena Siminovich, and her California print on wood will definitely ward away the winter blues. Print $25

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The sunny colors on this Kardiel credenza remind me that the sun is only a head-turn away! Credenza $1700

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These brighter-than-bright Pantone coffee tall girls will keep you wide awake in more ways than one. Cup $25

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This fun calendar will at least make you smile as you count the days until spring. P.S. You can hang it up!  Kikkerland Calendar Box $10

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Crank up the desk lighting until April. This chic lamp will do the trick. Task Light

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Aside from the eyebrow-lifting aroma of strong coffee, minty and citrus scents provide a good pick-me-up just as much. These all-natural Zum Mists do double duty as a body spray, too. Rosemary Mint Spray $10 /Lemongrass Spray $10

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Taking care of something living at your desk reminds you to take care of you, too! Concrete Planter + Succulents

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I’d line these guys up and name them as I waited for the clock to strike 5pm. Cat Paper Clips Set $20

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If you work at home and you know there is a bed in the other room, investing in a fancy desk may be a good choice. Campaign Desk

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Stay hydrated to ward off headaches. You deserve your own carafe. Soma Water Carafe

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As the light fades outside, make ridiculous haikus with this set. Magnetic Poetry Kit

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This lighthearted “Hahahaha” print by Tennessee artist Kate Roebuck brings on the pink and the giggles. 11″ x 14″ Unframed Print $44

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Reminisce about summer days gone by with your reusable lunch bags design by Indonesian artist Budi Kwan. Lunch Bags $20

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This is pure rainbow eye candy (since you may not actually use washi tape at work). Mazel tov if you do! Cloud Dispenser & Rainbow Washi Tape $10

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It’s essential that you keep your brain out of the seasonal slump. This brain dump pad will help you figure out what’s actually important. Pad $13

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