Also important is the question of workwear. Anything restricting has to go, as do track suits and pyjamas, unless they are silk. Always keep Gabrielle Chanel in your mind, who put her very rich clientele into scarlet silk pyjamas to take shelter down in the Ritz´s cellars during the bombardement of Paris in 1918.
But the most important influence are flowers, always. Just trust me on that. Desk lamps can be nice or terrible, depending on their style, which will likely result in a column of their own later on, and forget about scented candles. Scented candles should only be considered if they cost an arm and a leg, and you would have to sell the kids to afford them. The cheap, stinking crap sold at certain high-street chains (you know who you are) should be avoided at all costs. If your view doesn´t include a fabulous city garden or at least a magnificent tree, you need flowers on your desk. Giant banana leaves in a simple glass vessel, a bunch of tulips in a marble vase found at the flea market, or, my personal favourite, some sprigs of lilac in an Ettore Sottsass Shiva vase, without which no desk should be considered perfectly dressed, ever.
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