8 Steps to a Stress-Free Work Zone

At the beach, getting work done is a breeze—especially when you follow our secrets for turning your office space into an inviting retreat

File folders

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1. Cover Up

When your folders are so pretty they could (almost) double as wallpaper, we fully support going sans file cabinet. Display a stylish set on your desk in a muitilevel acrylic holder, so each tab is in clear view.

Buy it: Anna Griffin Palmer Colleciton File Folders, $18; annagriffin.com for retailers. Russell+Hazel Acrylic Collator, $44; russellandhazel.com

Desk organization

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2. Embrace Order

Steer clear of strewn papers, cluttered drawers, and old coffee mugs. These faux-leather upholstered organizers keep plenty of pens and pencils, computer paper, notepads, and treasured resources at the ready in style.

Buy it: Divoga White Quilted Magazine File, $16, Book Organizer, $20, and Pencil Cup, $11; officemax.com

Cord Bundle

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3. Strike a Cord

Tangled electronics getting the best of your desk space? A compact cord box (available in five fun colors) bundles wayward wires to keep them tidy and dust-free.

Buy it: Bluelounge CableBox Mini, $30; bluelounge.com


Photo: David Hillegas

4. Take Note

Give yourself a break from e-mails, text messages, and voice memos—with stationery as pretty and playful as this, nothing beats jotting down notes, writing to-do lists, or (gasp!) actually penning letters to friends the old-fashioned way.

Buy it: Smock Paper Bicyclette Scratch Pad, $7, Chatham Scratch Pad, $7, and Breakers Notebook, $9; smockpaper.com

Xonex Soft TwistPen in Pool Blue, $13.50; amazon.com

Color Scheme

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5. Pick a Palette

Choose variations of one hue on binders, address books, and leather envelopes (perfect for corralling receipts) for a clean look with just enough contrast.

Buy it: Russell+Hazel Signature 3 Ring Binder, $24, and Mini Binder, $16, in Light Blue; russellandhazel.com

Bulletin Board

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6. Tack It On

A burlap back and cute stitched-on seahorse make this craft board almost chic enough to go bare—but you'll probably want to dress it up with notes, photos, cards, and other beachy inspiration.

Buy it: LG Designs Seahorse Bulletin Board, $275 (25"x 35"); lgcustomaccessories.com


Photo: David Hillegas

7. Get Carded

Not all crystal has to be reserved for special occasions. We love elegant officeware, like this hand-formed glass business card holder/paperweight.

Buy it: Simon Pearce Business Cardholder, $95; gracioushome.com


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8. Work It Out

A pretty blue-green finish makes the details stand out.

Buy it: Coastal Living Cottage Table Desk in Sea Mist, $999; stanleyfurniture.com for retailers

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