If you’re like most of us working stiffs, you spend more waking hours in your office than you do at home. So it’s only natural that you’d want to spiff the place up a bit — especially considering the cookie-cutter cubicle walls and desks in which most employees are placed.
Who better to tell you how to hipify your space than artists? Head down to the Art Store, and you’ll see that creative folk can make even the most boring office supplies cool. Its Doodle Paper Clips come shaped as cats and dogs — with details like spots on some of the dogs and stripes on the cats ($9.98/set of four). It also sells funky picture frames so you can display pics of your sweetie, front and center. The aptly named Wink Frame ($19.98), for example, holds two photos side by side — but, depending on your angle, it obscures one of the photos and appears as a mirror.
For those of you looking for a special someone to fill that frame, Pluto — which sells everything from clothes to cards to home accessories — just may have the answer. Julianne Balmain’s Office Kama Sutra (Chronicle Books, 2001; $12.95) offers "ancient" advice such as how to switch office lovers without stepping on too many toes. Or you can buy yourself a little inspiration — although probably not the kind your boss is hoping you’ll find — in the form of a Quotable Magnet ($5.95). Seeing advice like "Follow your bliss" stuck to your file cabinet is more likely to inspire you to quit your job than to put your nose to the corporate grindstone.
If you work so much that you can’t even leave your office to hit the stores, the Internet can bring desk accessories right to you. At www.futureproductgifts.com, you’ll find desktop wind chimes ($16.95) and a soothing ceramic waterfall ($49.95). Or try www.uncommongoods.com for some girlier goods, like a keyboard wrist rest ($38) covered in brocade silk and filled with organic flax seed to soothe your stressed forearms, and a matching wrist rest ($20) for your mouse hand.
Will decorating your office make it easier to drag your butt to work come Monday morning? Probably not. But it’ll make it easier to get cozy once you’re there.
Where to find it:
• Art Store, Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, Boston, (617) 247-3322.
• Pluto, 603 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, (617) 522-0054.