These days, no home office is complete without some creative options for Zoom backgrounds. Of course, you can stage your setting so that it looks as professional as possible on camera—or you can upload an appealing photograph that reflects your interests. Check out the distinctive images from Visit Concord, available on their website, that capture iconic East Bay settings such as Mount Diablo. visitconcordca.com.
Shine the Light
A well-designed desk lamp is an essential component of any high-performing home office. Look for one that takes up minimal desk space but still illuminates the tasks at hand. An excellent choice is the Planet Table Lamp, made of matte black metal with copper gears. Found at Sobu, in Oakland. $580. sobusobu.com.
Feel like the head honcho at home with a take-charge power chair. The supremely comfortable Executive Mid Back chair by Lifeform is fully customizable and can be ordered in a variety of fabrics and with different features. Available through Relax the Back, in Walnut Creek. Prices start at $1,895. relaxtheback.com.
To avoid back strain during the workday, consider investing in an ergonomic desk chair, such as the World chair. Made by Humanscale, which specializes in ergonomic furniture, it’s a mesh task chair that comfortably provides lumbar support. Found at Relax the Back in Walnut Creek. Prices start at $759. relaxtheback.com.
High-Contrast Bud Vases
Personalize your workspace with an assortment of elegant porcelain bud vases. Just add your favorite flower or sprig of greenery for a touch of color and natural fragrance. The Lilith Rockett bud vases, with their deep, black-green glaze, are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Available at McMullen, in Oakland. $125 each. shopmcmullen.com.
The Well-Proportioned Desk
Since you probably spend most of your working hours at your desk, why not choose one that’s big on style but streamlined enough to fit in most spaces? The Origami desk, designed by Belgium- based Ethnicraft, is a great option. Made of European oak and featuring five drawers that come in either cream or black, it measures 53 inches wide and 22 inches deep. Available at Sobu, in Oakland. $1,679. sobusobu.com.