We spend so much time making sure our homes look just right, but often neglect the space where we spend the majority of our waking hours: the workplace. Of course the type of work that you do will determine what’s appropriate for your office — after all, we can’t all have a wall-sized moodboard à la J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons (above.) “If you’re unsure, then take a look at the most powerful woman in your company and take your cues from her workspace,” says Dr. Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. You may not have a say over your office furniture (if I did, this red desk would be a shoe in) but there are plenty of other ways to make sure your workspace is dynamic and inspiring. Don’t clutter your desktop with objets d’art that will gather dust, just make sure that the pieces you do use daily are as stylish as they are functional. Keep reading for my picks, and let us know in the comments: do you personalize your office, or is your workspace strictly business?

Printstagram calendar – It’s appropriate to keep one or two personal photographs on your desk, but how to choose? You can condense 365 of your favorite Instagram snaps into this desk calendar, and it’s a sweet reminder of all the amazing memories you made last year. It’s just a shame I discovered this perfect gift idea after Christmas.

Watermelon desk – Office furniture can be a drag, but Jenna Lyons has the right idea with this bright, red desk. If you don’t have the space or the budget for this beauty from bludot, this desk from Crate and Barrel will give you the same pop for less than $200.

Ear drawer pull – Perhaps you don’t get to choose your desk? You can add your own cheeky touch by switching out the drawer pulls instead. These are just small enough that they’ll put a smile on your face every time you use them, but won’t draw the attention of your coworkers.

2015 planner – With so many gorgeous paper goods out there it is near impossible to settle on just one daily planner, but this typographical print is perfectly professional and too good to pass up.

Coasters – If you drink tea, coffee, or are working on drinking more water this year, then a coaster is an ideal way to bring your design aesthetic from home into the office. And since you only need one or two, you can spend a little more on each than if you were buying a full set.

Blanket – Whether it’s winter or the height of summer, offices tend to be on the arctic side, so always keep a wrap or a warm throw on hand just in case.

Pineapple & avocado vases – If your bookshelves are overflowing with employee handbooks and stacks of white papers, take a few minutes this week to organize and edit your shelves, adding a vase or bookends for interest the way you would at home. Whether you believe in feng shui or not, you will immediately feel the impact.

Book tower – Remember your office space should mirror the work that you do. If you want to show clients that your ideas are innovative and unique, then a striking piece like this book tower can help you make that statement.

Headphones – If you work in an open plan office space then a chic pair of over-ear headphones can keep you focused while warding off chatty coworkers and distracting conversations.

Table lamp – Fluorescent overhead lighting and computer screens are a recipe for eye strain and fatigue, so not only will a table lamp look better, you’ll feel better too.

*inspiration photo via Fast Company

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    Vanessa Steil | January 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I’m fortunate to work in a very modern building. My office has lots of light and nice furniture, but I’ve brought in a few of my favorite pieces (Anthropologie mug, C. wonder coasters, and some trinkets from my travels) to make the space my own. I love those blue coasters and the book tower is a great piece.


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    Molly Bridget | January 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I love the planner. Been hunting down one–goal being to make a decision before the first month’s end 😉

    The collab any year set with Need Supply Co. are gorgeous too!


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    Traci | January 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    This is so true! I find myself working better when I am in a cheerful, organized, and inspiring creative workspace.

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    Clever Girl Reviews | January 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I used to decorate my cube when I worked at Nike and Apple. Not all work cultures encourage it. My favorite was my Japanese candy collection phase 🙂

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    Modish and Main | January 10, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I work from home so I have the freedom to make my space completely my own! I just moved into our first purchased home and am slowly working towards making it 100% me. I went from being all about white with pops of color (think coral wall) to loving everything grey with rustic woods. I know, completely opposite right. I think it’s just me listening to what my heart and personality truly want rather than what is cool on Instagram. I can’t wait to reveal it in the coming months. This includes a custom desk I built with Dad that is perfection!

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    Samantha | January 11, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Yes I personalized my office I’m a designer so it is rich of fabrics, photos, dress, statues, poster etc.. I really would like sent you a photo =)
    I love your blog
    Kisses from Milan
    Lady Fur

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    Brittany | January 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Where is the cement holder for the calendar from? Love it!

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    The Office Stylist | January 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    These pieces are so unique! I’m sure they can brighten any space! 🙂

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    Kim | March 20, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Totally agree! I would even go as far to say styling up and organizing our workspace is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves (given that so many people spend 8+ hours each day in their workspace!)

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