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As a follow up to Monday’s workspace reveal, I thought I would share the sources for my favorite office supplies since many of you asked. It’s pretty cool how a few stylish everyday items can put a fun twist on taking care of business.

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1 – Nate Berkus marble print tray (Target, no longer available) – It has the look of marble minus the hefty price tag and hefty weight. I use it at my desk to corral a vase of fresh flowers and my glasses.

2 – red Swingline stapler – It’s a colorful version of an office standby. Also, no more staple jams!

3 – acrylic & gold tape dispenser - Anything is better than the off-the-shelf, flimsy plastic dispensers. I always know where the tape is now and I save money by purchasing refill tape rolls.

4 – planner with gold details (Sugar Paper for Target) – If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t happen. This eco-friendly planner is constructed of recycled paper and soy-based ink. The gold spiral binding and letterpress make it special.

5 – elago indigo & gold phone case – I can’t say enough good things about this phone case. I love the look of the gold aluminum while the indigo surround provides an appealing tactile experience. (I have a thing for phone cases that feel nice beneath my fingers. I’m weird like that.)

6 – Lufkin chrome clad pocket tape measure - I keep this tape measure at my desk for quick measurements when shopping online for furniture or home accessories. I toss it in my purse when I’m heading out the door to a brick and mortar shop. It’s less cumbersome than lugging around the bulky 25′ tape measure that we use for home improvement projects.

7 – gold scissors – I have designated scissors in my sewing box for cutting fabric so these are fair game for opening mail and packages and for crafting. My kids love using them, too. They call them The Golden Scissors. All hail The Golden Scissors!

None of these items are must-have’s but you know what they say about all work and no play…

image: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

9 Comments

19.February.2014

Glad to know I’m not the only one that carries a mini tape measure in my purse! Mine’s a 1/4″ instead of the 1/2″ but it still managed to get the job done for me while at the hardware store this weekend. Now I just need the golden scissors…

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19.February.2014

Love! Just curious…does the tape dispenser have enough weight so you can pull and rip with one hand? I have an acrylic one that’s too light and always requires two hands.

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replied on February 19th, 2014

Yeah, gotta use two hands over here, too.

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19.February.2014

I also have an antique Lufkin tape measure! It has the same sweet vintage label as yours except it’s blue. (I think it is a 6ft.) It was my grandmother’s. She was a crafter and a DIYer before it was trendy, and I was so pleased to grab it from her shop when we went through her things after her death. It inspires me and reminds me of her. :)

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19.February.2014

Dana,
I love your sophisticated but fun office “tools”. Why shouldn’t these things be stylish & pretty?! I have the same exact tape measure and I do the same…they don’t make things like this anymore. And my vintage swing line stapler is a must for me too. I recently found one that you hold in your hand to staple (doesn’t “sit” on a desk) …think they made them for retail stores. It works so well for being so old. Thanks for sharing your office must haves.

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20.February.2014

I’ve found that we can never have enough pairs of “good” scissors.
These would look fabulous at my desk! I’ve put them on my wish list!

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20.February.2014

That tray is gorgeous! I really need to pick up more adult looking office supplies because mine are all the cheapos from my grad school days.

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20.February.2014

It’s crazy what a big impact some stylish office supplies can make. I feel like it’s so hard to find attractive office supplies! Love the gold accents.

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26.February.2014

I just found my new iPhone case thanks to you!

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