Story by Mark Welsh / Photography by Troy House and David Chow
In the spirit of finding silver linings, we believe that working from home can help improve productivity, boost organization, and enhance contentment. How do you transform a corner of your kitchen, a quiet spot in your bedroom, or a nook in your living room into an efficient home office? Add thoughtful, practical design inspired by nature. Begin with these five tips.
1 BRING NATURE TO WORK
Add small plants or foraged flowers to your home office with simple, desk-sized
ceramic pots, hand-collected stone vases, and recycled glass bud vases.
Our handmade Jikoku pots (above) are perfect for succulents, herbs, and
small plants, and come in 3 natural hues with tone-on-tone salvaged wood
bases. Flowers naturally help reduce stress and moderate moods,
according to recent studies. By adding a few flowers to your daily life
you can reduce depression and anxiety and boost creativity and
productivity. See how here.
Above: Our slightly off center recycled glass bud vases are ideal vessels for specimens like foraged thistle.
The rich, golden hues of dried Canella bring color, texture, and warmth into the home office.
Above: Casually arrange a few pussy willow branches in a hand-drilled vase
made from stones collected in Maine.
Below: Dried natural yarrow keeps its vibrant mustard yellow color for months.
2 ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE
Start with a clean and tidy desk. Arrange pens, pencils, paintbrushes and the like
in eggshell-glazed Kam pitchers hand-thrown by potter Eric Bonnin. Designed
to hold hot or cold liquids these simple vessels also work as minimal vases
for dried or foraged flowers.
3 BRAINSTORM WITH BIRDS
All work and no play makes for a dull home office. Add inspiring touches of
functional whimsy with these zoomorphic shaped bird vases hand-thrown
on the wheel by potter Eric Bonnin. We love these with a simple stalk
of grass or a bud.
4 BE BOOK SMARTER
Find the titles you need at a glance. Our multi-purpose marble sculpture
stands do double duty as weighty book ends. Either use a matching pair
or add a small link white marble chain to the mix.
These versatile sculpture stands/book ends are crafted by artisans in Agra, India.
Marble for this chain comes from the same quarry as marble used for the Taj Mahal.
5 HOLD ONE, HOLD ALL
What to do with odds and ends like post-its, rubber bands, paper clips, receipts,
and those ever-elusive reading glasses? Repurpose a marble cloche base
into a simple, beautiful hold all.