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8 Fun (and Affordable) Ways to Spruce Up Your Home Office

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Having the flexibility to work from home may be a dream come true, but if your work space is boring, you might not feel motivated to get anything done. A few cute changes, from unique office supplies to cool wall art can make a huge difference, turning your office space into a place that fosters creativity and productivity.

These products are fun, whimsical and just what you need to make telecommuting less tedious. And the best part? Everything on this list is available for less than $50, so you don't have to break the bank in the process.

Add a little life to your desk with these beautiful little crystal-geode air-plant planters. This planter measures 1.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall (3.8 by 3.8 centimeters), with the included plant ranging from approximately 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) to 1.5 inches tall. This seller also has other geode planters for sale, but prices vary. From Etsy. ($10.99)

Most calendars go out of date after a year, but this Lego-brick-inspired calendar can be reused for years to come. It comes with instructions for seven different building arrangements, and includes bricks for holidays and birthdays. From Amazon. ($9.48)

If you find yourself wishing your work space had more of a vintage feel, this brushed-chrome rotary phone might be exactly what you need. Swapping out your traditional phone for this one will liven up your desk and make phone meetings more fun. From Amazon. ($48.99)


Dedicated to all those times when work gets just a little too frustrating, this fun paperweight is the perfect new addition to your desk. It might even make you laugh when you're feeling stressed out by all the tasks you still need to accomplish. From UncommonGoods.com. ($45)

Want a unique way to display your business cards? Ditch the typical, boring plastic card holder in favor of this handmade mason jar card holder. Each one is made to order, so you can choose the perfect color palette to match your home office. From Etsy. ($9)

These simple but gorgeous vintage-inspired pressed glass photo frames are great for displaying your favorite photos and prints. Frames come in three sizes: 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8 x 10. Plus, you can choose from three different finishes: antique brass, nickel and copper. From Anthropologie. ($18 - $32)

No need for basic black when it comes to your desk! Brighten up your home office with this fun take on the traditional desk lamp. Even on the gloomiest of work-from-home days, this lamp will bring a little sunshine into your life. From Houzz.com. ($34)

Whiteboards are boring, but these stick-on chalkboard panels are an easy way to liven up your walls any way you see fit. Whether you need a space to brainstorm and write out your ideas or you feel like getting artistic, these versatile chalkboard sheets should do the trick. They come in sets of four, and you can choose from slate gray, schoolhouse green and grape. From Amazon. ($8.95)