Sometimes the office can be an unexpectedly unproductive environment, with too many distractions to do what needs to be done. Find refuge in your own home office, where the ideas can flow and the coffee is premium. Create a space that gets the wheels going and sparks the fire of creativity.


Ugly sticky pads are a thing of the past—with Idlewild Co., your desk gets a major makeover, starting with the Tropicana Cube. With over 650 sticky notes per cube, the stylish post-its feature full color hand-painted designs that wrap around the entire square, with blank tops that leave ample space for your notes. Write down quick reminders to yourself or use them to mark important pages in a book or manual.  Write-On Sarasota, 1423 1st St, Sarasota, 941- 953-2800. 


Brainstorming is essential to the creative process. These crisp lined notebooks are handy for scribbles and jot-downs, recording important conversations, making to-do lists or just keeping track of your own thoughts. Public – Supply notebooks and pencils give you just that—a blank slate on which to organize and prioritize. Plus, Public – Supply channels 25 percent of profits from every notebook sale to a teacher in a high-need classroom who will use the money to fuel creative projects.

Able + Willing Supply Co., 6561 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-451-7838. 


Tired of staring at your Google Calendar? Get inspired by the Paradise Gardens illustrated wall calendar from iconic brand Rifle Paper Co., which includes 12 hand-painted botanical works that burst with color. The tigers and toucans and palm fronts and hibiscus flowers galore transport you up and away from dreary spreadsheets.

Write-On Sarasota, 1423 1st St, Sarasota, 941- 953-2800.


Give yourself a daily pick-me-up with a mantra-etched desk plate from He Said, She Said. This clever affirmation adds a bit of humor and perspective to whatever you are working on, reminding yourself to approach even the toughest situations with a little levity.

Oxford Exchange, 420 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-253-0222. 


For most of us, caffeine is a necessary component to productivity. Luckily, when you work from the comfort of your own home, the coffee is guaranteed to be just to your taste. Keep a favorite mug handy from which to sip the sweet stuff—try one of the campfire-style enamel cups from Buddy Brew, durable enough to handle all your day’s refills. The forest-green mug sports the direct trade logo singular to Buddy Brew, while the bottom holds the signature pup with “brew good, do good.”

Buddy Brew, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-374-7186. 


Buttery soft leather, a high sophisticated back and a plush cushion perfect for curling up add to the grandeur of your working day, providing the space for you to get the juices flowing.

Matter Brothers Furniture, 4675 Clark Rd., Sarasota, 941-960-4410.