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Keeping a well-appointed desk

FARGO - Fashion and lifestyle blogger Karen Bope, of Fargo, believes in a well-appointed desk. Bope, who is also a graduate student and sales associate, says her desk area keeps her focused and motivated. "I work in a generic work environment. My...

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FARGO - Fashion and lifestyle blogger Karen Bope, of Fargo, believes in a well-appointed desk.

Bope, who is also a graduate student and sales associate, says her desk area keeps her focused and motivated.

"I work in a generic work environment. My desk looks like all the other desks," she says. "So, when I get home and sit at my desk, I'm excited."

Bope keeps her space tidy and true to her style. She recommends changing things up a bit if your desk space doesn't make you feel happy.

She shared some of her top tips for a desk area that encourages productivity and creativity.

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  • Use white as the base color. "I like things clean and organized. White would be my base," she says. "I think it keeps things fresh."

  • Add pops of color. "I love stationery and bright colors, so I would add a fun, colorful pencil holder or some colored pencils as accents," Bope says.

  • Let your imagination wander. Desk toys and little puzzles can occupy the mind while daydreaming, Bope says.

  • Add a scent. Fresh flowers or a candle create a space that appeals to all the senses, she says.

  • It's all about trays. Adding a tray to hold random objects keeps desks organized, Bope says.

    Pinterest houses hundreds of ideas for DIY decorative trays that range from brightly colored and patterned to subtle and practical.

  • Quick change. A fresh coat of paint on a desk, coupled with knob changes can create a fresh look for a desk, Bope says.

  • Stay true to your personality. "I like modern and sharp edges. Some people may prefer classic and heavy, like an old-fashioned desk," she says.

    Finding a desk décor style that works for you matters.

  • Remember flow. "Make sure things flow well," Bope says. "Don't add an old rug just to get some use out of it. A well-thought-out color scheme and style may just warrant spending more time in the office."

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