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Shop local: the home-office updates you’ll love

In a bid to give 'hot desking' a thoroughly modern respin, Essex boutiques are stocking some standout office staples right now. Here's where – and what – to shop for the dream WFH situ...

Home office

With more of us spending an inordinate amount of time at home right now, updating your office/spare bedroom/she shed with a few new-season study essentials is practically obligatory. Step forward the county’s most stylish interior boutiques with their key desk buys and trend-led trophy pieces. Go on, splash out – it’s for work, remember ; )

Dantes Ceramics: the stylish caffeine hit

Coffee filter

Coffee cravers, listen up: chic Scandi-style ceramics brand, Dantes, has launched a stylish line of coffee filters (£32) that ticks all the right boxes. Matte, black and hand-thrown, these functional filters are so handsome you might just find yourself hard at work early for once…

Annabelle: the perfect office-chair cushion

Missing that super-padded office swivel number? We hear you. But if your stiff dining room chair isn’t quite cutting it on the spine, neck and shoulders front, whack one of these lovelies in your basket and give your back some serious cushion love, instead. Complete with a mono heart motif and pom poms, what’s not to love about this Bombay Duck cushion (£35) currently stocked at Annabelle’s? That’s right: nada.

Abigail’s Lifestyle: the calming Wellbeing Pod

Nom pod

Working the 9-5 while juggling home schooling/food drops for your shielding parents/home-working with a partner who jumps on a Zoom meeting every five minutes/all of the above (we feel your pain) is super-stressful. This is what spa breaks were made for, right? But, while we await their jasmine-scented return, we’re working this desk-ready Neom Wellbeing Pod (£90), stocked at Abigail’s in Ingatestone, instead. Just fill the pod with water, add a few drops of your favourite (de-stressing) essential oil, and let the mist do its thing. Not only is it calming, but the diffuser acts as a mini humidifier too – so no dry eyes from all that extra screen time. Genius.

The Shopkeeper Store: the winning water jug

Hydration, hydration, hydration: we all know we need to drink more water during the day, but it’s not so easy without a conveniently placed water cooler to gossip beside, is it? Cue this stylish water jug (£32) from Great Dunmow’s The Shopkeeper Store to motivate you to stay topped up. Crafted from local clay by Muchelney pottery, this gloriously rustic design looks particularly fetching with its accompanying mugs and side bowls, so it might be worth investing a new pen tidy and paper-clip store, too…

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