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Office decor can be bland, but that's not the case at House & Home. These design editors know a thing or two about styling a sweet vignette, so take a page from their inspirational ideas for your own workspace.

If your tools of the trade are pretty, show them off. Style editors Stacey Smithers and Sarah Hartill display fabric samples and paint swatches on big inspiration boards in their offices.

In design editor Joel Bray's office, a kilt pin from his mother's school uniform and a weather-beaten vintage map of his hometown are reminders of his roots.

Senior design editor Margot Austin is full of good ideas, from these floating picture shelves that let her change up personal displays, to the edited collection of all-white desk accessories (when was the last time you saw a white hole punch?), and matching mid-century Thonet leather chair.

Task lighting tends to be tech-y and cold. Assistant design editor Holly Meighen uses a mellow brass lamp she found in her basement to give her desk personality. The antique look injects an elegant quality while the scent from a dish of dried lavender subtly energizes.

Assistant design editor Kai Ethier found this inexpensive boho-style shelf in a flower shop. The pretty sage-green piece maxes out a corner and the curved shelves are a softer alternative to standard shelving units.

A glitzy matchbox from Mexico in a chic Lucite-lid box on a mirrored tray is a whimsical focal point for art director Jason Kang when layouts are piled on his desk.

I've propped a chunk of quartz on my own desk because crystals are supposed to stimulate mental acuity. Hey, it can't hurt.

For more, see Suzanne Dimma's favourite inspiration boards.

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1-11. Wendy Jacob

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