Small luxuries to make lockdown life that much more enjoyable
And so the inevitable has happened. Just as we were all getting used to the new normal of socially distanced meetings and going to the office for just a few days a week, we’re back into lockdown and back to working from home full time.
And while no-one knows how long it might last this time – with any luck it will be short, sharp and you’ll be back in your brogues before you know it – instead of filling you with dread, take this lockdown as an opportunity. Last time you learned too late that your desk needed a great laptop stand and your wardrobe could do with some more relaxed shirting. This time, get ahead of the curve before these work-from-home essentials sell out again with our edit of the little luxuries guaranteed to make working from home that much easier.
Oakywood wooden laptop stand
First things first, let’s get your desk in order. Even if you’re using your kitchen table as a makeshift work station, there’s no need to spend the next month hunched over your screen with growing back pain. Oakywood’s elegant oak laptop stand is both functional and beautiful, elevating your laptop to enable better posture while offering a striking design far more attractive than the standard metal and plastic offerings on the market.
Oakywood triple charging dock
Next up in the effort to get your desk in order is this clever three-in-one charging dock, also from Oakywood. Available in solid oak or walnut, this handsome design offers charging spaces for your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods in one neat package – doing away with all those unsightly wires that have been getting in your way over the past few months.
Floris cinnamon & tangerine scented candle
You may not think it but there are some benefits to working from home – and one of them is being able to push through those late night emails with the scent of your favourite candle burning nearby. Guaranteed to lift your mood and give you that motivational boost you need – especially during dark winter afternoons – Floris’ cinnamon and tangerine scented candle offers the warmth of spice and the freshness of citrus and smells so much better than whatever your flatmate is cooking.
Joy Resolve Barisieur coffee alarm clock
Another perk of working from home? No longer having to put up with the sub-par instant coffee in the work kitchen. One of the downsides? Trying to force yourself out of bed before 8.55am. Luckily British homeware brand Joy Resolve has come up with the perfect solution. The Barisieur coffee alarm clock does exactly what it says on the tin – wakes you at your chosen time with the aroma of a freshly brewed pot of filter coffee. Available in black or white, it even contains a mini milk fridge and can hold up to a week’s worth of coffee.
Turnbull & Asser weekend fit shirt
You may have started lockdown number one sticking steadfastly to your three-piece suit but we’re willing to bet it didn’t take long before you started to feel a little, well, overdressed. But giving in to the inevitabilities of working from home doesn’t have to mean giving up Jermyn Street quality. Turnbull & Asser’s signature weekend fit Oxford is cut with a straight side seam and slightly shorter tail to offer supreme comfort while remaining smart enough for those important Zoom meetings. We’re fans of this blue and white Bengal stripe number.
Uniform Standard Series 1 leather sneakers
Chances are you feel the same way about your brogues and Derbys as you do about your Savile Row suit at the moment. You’d love to wear them but it just doesn’t feel quite right when you’re mere steps from your living room. The answer? A stylish pair of smart sneakers. Opt for leather (the closest to your normal work wear) in classic all-over white – they’ll look great with a shirt and chinos and you’ll feel as put together as you do in your Oxfords. Uniform Standard’s Series 1 sneakers are a case in point.