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
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.
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; reliable.com
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
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
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
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
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; simonpearce.com
A pretty blue-green finish makes the details stand out.
Buy it: Coastal Living Cottage Table Desk in Sea Mist, $1,152; walmart.com for retailers