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You’re certainly not alone if you assumed those “work from home” orders back in March would only last a few weeks. But now that months have gone by — yes, months, if you still have any concept of time — with offices sitting empty. And it’s looking more and more likely that our at-home workspaces will be semi-permanent with each passing day.
In any case, this is the perfect opportunity to turn your at-home work desk into the sanctuary you deserve. While you once probably never dreamed of sparking a scented candle in your cubicle, you can now have your fave fragrance and a lighter next to your laptop at all times. Need I say more?
Check out these 12 subtly luxurious ways to create the WFH setup of your dreams.
You’ll definitely feel chic taking your morning coffee from these sleek Nordic-style mugs — and they might just make your at-home space feel like you’re working in the airy cafeteria of a trendy Silicon Valley tech startup.
Hard truth: Central heating and air can wreak havoc on the sinuses, an unfortunate side effect of being stuck indoors. That said, a humidifier can do wonders not only for your sinuses, but for your skin and hair, too. And it doesn’t hurt that this one by Hey Dewy is sleek, stylish and portable.
Shop: The Laundress Home Spray, $10
Whether you’re working from the couch or the kitchen table, keep your cushions, pillows and blankets fresh-smelling at all times with Laundress’s best-selling for-fabric home spray. It freshens things up instantly, and the scent lingers for hours and beyond.
Shop: Parachute Home Cozy Bootie, $59
The ultimate work-from-home aesthetic: A structured blazer and blouse on the top and fuzzy slippers and PJ pants on the bottom. These slippers are the perfect wear-everywhere indoor shoes. Your co-workers will never have to know.
If you feel like you’re doing more slouching than usual while working from home, welcome to the club! A stylish laptop stand that props up your computer causes less eye, neck, spine and shoulder straining. It’ll likely do wonders for your posture and comfort.
Shop: NAKDCollective Hera Candle, $19.86
Spruce up your space with a candle that’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is deliciously fragrant. This soy-wax female silhouette comes in a variety of scents you’ll want to fill up your room, like “brown sugar & fig” and “salted caramel ice cream.” Yum.
Shop: Union Rustic Fabian Faux Fur Throw, $58.99
Get an ultra-cozy blanket you can cover your bottom half with during video calls. It also happens to look chic strewn over your sofa or bed, too.
While you (and the rest of your loved ones) are in the house more and more, you’ll probably notice an uptick in odors and stale smells, It happens! Keep things fresh at all times with a chic, sleek oil diffuser. But please remember to take out the trash, too.
Shop: Williams Sonoma Stainless-Steel French Press, $54.95
There’s never been a better time to invest in a grown-up coffee machine. And you don’t even need to break the bank when cool French presses — like this one by Williams Sonoma — are waiting for
brew you. (Sorry, I had to.)
Shop: Julie Bluet Primrose Lane Custom Planner Notepad, $8.50+
If you don’t have personalized stationery yet, allow me to introduce your new WFH sidekick. Cute custom notepads are a great way to keep organized — and to remind your roommates whose workspace is whose.
You can never have too many candles. But the thing I love most about this Black-owned candle brand is the fact that the vessel the candle comes in will last you far past the wick’s last burn. The glass is hand-blown, and you have the option of unscented soy wax or eight signature scents.
Shop: CB2 Crushed Velvet Pillow, $39.95
You probably don’t need a doctor or ergonomist to tell you that propping pillows behind you when you’re sitting at a desk or table will make you more comfortable (and also, more than likely, benefit your posture). Get some cozy velvet throws you can use whenever, wherever, no matter where you and your laptop have been relegated to.
If you enjoyed this story, check out Sophie Ross’ roundup of chunky cardigans you can rock all winter long!
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