Whether you’re a fearless freelancer, small business hustler or flexible work advocate, your home office set-up is crucial. An organised workspace will not only help improve overall productivity, but will also allow you to combat stress when it strikes and your shoebox storage system starts to fail you.
From office desks and chairs to document filing and stationery, we’ve scoured the internet for home office furniture and chic accessories that won’t just up your efficiency, but your style game, too.
Take inspiration from our stylish yet-smart edit of home office essentials.
Compact and elegant, this shelving unit will keep your documents, books and archives in check. Offering on-trend Scandi style, Life Interiors’ Aria Bookshelf is simple with clean lines and a contemporary oak and white finish. The three deep shelves not only provide efficient storage, but leave you with plenty of space to stack, layer and style as little or as much as you’d like.
Aria Bookshelf, Life Interiors, $349
If you’re anything like us and have a bit of a penchant for pink, then these beautiful speakers will be right at home in your office. The Beolit 17 portable speakers from Bang & Olufsen don’t just look good, but also offer state-of-the-art features including Bluetooth connectivity, 360-degree sound dispersion and up to 24 hours of wireless play. These speakers are so new that they are currently on pre-order in Australia, so be sure to get in quick before they all go!
Beolit 17 Bluetooth portable speaker, Bang & Olufsen, $850
A piece of “desktop architecture”, Linea takes office organisation to a whole new level. In collaboration with Adelaide-based designer Jim Hannon-Tan, Made by Pen has created a versatile vessel for all your desktop accessories. With a lightweight aluminium body and silicone holders – in a range of bold and versatile colourways – this statement piece can sit proudly on any design-lover’s desk.
Linea by Jim Hannon-Tan, Made by Pen, from $97.90
A chic solution to your stationery sorting problems, the TJENA storage box is available in five sizes and four different hues (our favourite is obviously the pretty-in-pink option), to add a pop of colour to your office space. Practical and stylish, this trendy utility box allows you to keep your office paraphernalia organised and out of sight. And the best thing? They are easy to assemble, fold down and fit neatly on most bookcase shelves.
TJENA storage box, IKEA, from $2.99
Set up your office for maximum productivity and creativity with a side of gratitude. MiGoals has the perfect to-do list that combines tasks, mindfulness and efficiency into one A4 50-leaf writing pad. Look at the week ahead and set your agenda by filling out your daily tasks, be held accountable with the habit tracker, and remind yourself of what you are thankful for each day.
Weekly Pad, MiGoals, $12.95
For life and a bit of colour, add an indoor plant to your home office space. Popularised by Instagram, the Monstera Deliciosa and its signature oversized green leaves, are perfect for any indoor environment. Easy to care for, and keep alive, keep it in a small pot as a desk companion, or continue to re-pot until it grows into a feature wall.
Monstera Deliciosa 'Swiss Cheese Plant', Terrace Outdoor Living, from $25
Handmade and impeccably crafted, the beautiful carafe and glass set from Maizon Balzac will add a touch of everyday elegance to any office desk. Stay hydrated while you work with this 1.4-litre vessel that’s both heat- and cold-resistant. There are a variety of colours to choose from, but our fave is definitely lavender.
Carafe & Glass, Maison Balzac, $99
Put pen to paper with these stylish stationery finds from Kikki K. The refillable, black gel pens come in three chic patterns using pink, rose gold and white. Matching the trendy pens, the A5 notebook trio will help you coordinate your daily scribbles and ramblings.
Everyday Gel Pens 3pk, Kikki K, $9.95
A5 Essential Notebooks 3pk, Kikki K, $14.95
While we’re on the topic of inspiring creativity, these Skådis pegboards may come in handy, too. A fun way to personalise your desk space and keep your home office in order, these sleek pegs will keep all your smaller items on hand as and when you need them. Check out the range of accessories to create your customised pegboard organiser.
Skådis pegboards, IKEA, from $15 each
Create a productive and beautifully scented workspace with a candle. Australian made, and 100% soy, The Candle Library's Gardenia, Jasmine and Petitgrain candle provides many benefits beyond scent, from energy boosting to bacteria-fighting. The clean, white ceramic holder lets the vibrant fragrance speak for itself.
Gardenia/Jasmine/Petitgrain, The Candle Library, $45
This soft leather-look mid-year diary by An Organised Life has everything you need for yearly planning success. With a week per double spread and goal planning and budgeting pages, you can fit all your tasks, appointments and notes, while keeping on track with your financial year goals. Better still, you have the option to personalise the cover with up to eight characters- the perfect amount for BOSS LADY.
2019/2020 Mid-year Weekly Diary, An Organised Life, from $39.99
A classic little desk light with an adjustable arm and shade, you can count on Forsa for focused illumination. Shining a light on your workspace couldn’t be easier with five different colours to choose from. For us, you can’t go wrong with silver.
Forså work lamp, IKEA, $29.99
This Scandi-style office desk from Temple & Webster teams modern design with ample storage. The rounded tabletop, hardwood legs and ash-wood colouring, give this reasonably priced desk a more expensive look and feel. Maximising the space, the two drawers will help keep your desktop clear.
Milan Direct Renee 2-drawer Desk, Temple & Webster, $379
Keep on time with a functional yet decorative clock. With its simplistic design and clean look, the Scandi Chloe Silent Wall Clock, either on your desk or mounted, is the perfect addition to your styled home office. This resin clock with its open dial design is absolutely silent, so no more annoying ticking to distract you while you work.
Chloe Silent Wall Clock by One Six Eight London, Zanui, from $69.95
Comfortable, curved and chic, the Slope Leather Office Chair will allow you to do your best work. West Elm's hard-wearing seating solution is made of top-grain leather and a durable, swivel metal base.
Slope Leather Office Chair, West Elm, $499