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Back to School: Styling Your Workspace

ab5809f01c1b3b3b7f11578e3fc814f9The back to school feeling isn’t just for children, you know. That new pencil case, freshly-sharpened  pencils, unblemished exercise (sorry, note) book applies to grown-ups, too.

As I write this, we are enjoying a weirdly warm spell in London (just in time for term to start…), but I love the promise of autumn: the crunch of leaves underfoot, crisp mornings, new school shoes (or just new shoes), Strictly, the promise of evenings curled up in front of the fire. I am feeling particularly back-to-school-ish this year.

 A new notebook

I have long had an obsession with notebooks. A trip to Liberty’s stationery department makes me a happy woman. I have them tucked into every bag, on my bedside table, beside me as I type. You never know when you might need one. Lists. Ideas. Nightmares (literally). I love everything by Kikki K, Papier (for its personalised service) and Studio Sarah.

SSNBBKTOSCL005-550x550Back to School notebook, £12, Studio Sarah

Ideas-3-550x550Ideas notebook, £14.00, Studio Sarah

a4_hard_cover_notebook_questions_white_coverLife is for Questions notebook, £11.50, Kikki K

data Chevrons, £12.99, Papier

data-1Tuppence, £12.99, Papier

A new desk lamp

Because who is a fan of overhead lighting? And lamps should be stylish as well as functional.


Wild and Wolf task lamp, £70, Amara1024654_oliver-bonas_homeware_grey-table-lamp-with-marble-baseGrey lamp with marble base, £58, Oliver Bonas

A little bit of desk bling

And by ‘bling’ I really mean ‘whatever rocks your boat’. My essentials include: flowers, something to hold my paperwork/invites/letters, a candle, and an extra. A gilded pineapple, for instance. A pretty bowl for paperclips. Whatever takes your fancy.

hmprodPineapple jar, £7.99, H&M Home

232742803Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, £45, John Lewis

AUDCA_1_MAINAutumn candle, £20, The White Company

New “uniform”

Okay, so this is really a whole other post for another time. But my little girl has new shoes, so… (Oh, how I will miss her when she is back at school. We have fallen into such a happy rhythm and her confidence has blossomed, as has the love-fest between her and her brother deepened.) Please can I just mention these? A total bargain and would work for work, play and weekend…TS42V14JGLD_Zoom_M_2

Flats, £18, Topshop

Images via Kikki K and Instagram photo by @augustandmaydesign






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