You’re stuck in your cubicle trying to focus on the work before you, but the office phone is ringing insistently. Then there’s the click-clatter of a dozen keyboards and your neighbors’ (unnecessarily) loud conversation. You need a boost to get you working on that project but when you optimistically look up all you see is a drab, featureless wall surrounded by two more drab … featureless … walls. Don’t look at the clock; you’ve got another seven and a half hours to go.
Oh yes, it will be a while before you leave this dungeon!
Rejuvenate with these office essentials that will turn your cube from bland to Zen.
Although this Potted Wheat Grass is artificial ($8, Pier 1 Imports), the green burst of color will be aesthetically pleasing and will add some harmony to those days when you’re just a little too wired.
This set of bamboo office accessories ($14.99, World Market) will make you feel like you’ve just come from a trek in a Southeast Asian rainforest. Oh, and your desk will become a little more organized too.
Want to get really authentic? Cast a soft glow in your space with these Round White Paper Lanterns ($5.50, Party Brights). Usually hung from a ceiling, these lanterns can easily sit on top of your desk for a tranquil lighting solution.
Since water is usually synonymous with serenity, plug up this Asian-inspired fountain ($19.99, Bed Bath and Beyond). It features river rocks and flowing water that will wash away your stress and anxiety.
Take your Asian fixation to the next level with this Panda Filter Mug ($4.99, World Market). The cute cup is great with your morning tea … or those five cups of coffee you drink throughout the day.
Chair hurting your back? This Shimmery Medallion Toss Pillow ($7.99, World Market) has a distinctive Asian essence. This quick-fix solution is comfortable and stylish, and it will completely transform your cube into a scene from an Amy Tan novel!
– Christina Coleman
Culture Cubicle goes Moroccan