Stationery is one of my specialist subjects. And - whoop! - it's National Stationery Week. Check out this sexy lot.
Us journalists have always been obsessed with stationery – breaking open a crisp, new notebook is one of the pleasures of the job, while we’re extremely pernickety about our pens (definitely no Biros, thanks). But given the number of hipster stationery brands popping up all over Instagram, it seems a love of desk-y bits is now widespread. And with it being National Stationery Week, it’s the perfect juncture to lust over sexy scissors. Which sounds a bit weird… until you see the scissors.
The fine print
Papier are my current notebook ninjas, thanks to their chic cover designs and nifty personalisation tool. This pink/red colourblock beauty (note the very SS19 palette) has my name written all over. Literally – I’ve had it personalised. I’m also all shook up over this Elvis one. Both are £19.99. Then there’s these daily planners from The Completist – what’s brilliant about these is they’re not dated so you can starting using them whenever you like, they’re not a January-or-bust purchase. This pad (£6.50) is just the ticket for those crazy days when you have a billion things to do. It combines to-do list and hour-by-hour planner. On a similar note is this gorgeous book (£32.50) made using music sheet paper and a lay-flat binding.
The devil is in the detail
Look sharp! Sexy scissors incoming. This perfect pair (£23) are from Papersmiths, the groovy stationery emporium with branches in Brighton, Bristol and London, as well as online. I’m partial to the Papersmiths stapler (£20) too. Also on my wishlist: these cute strawberry Fox and Star paperclips (£6.50), this abstract monochrome Counter Print ruler (£18) and these brass page markers from Mark + Fold (£4.50). So much more chic than Post-Its, non?
Get it write
There’s an ongoing turf war in Muddy HQ over pens. Some people think it’s OK to steal other people’s pens. Naughty. I’m going to invest in this Bridie Hall pen holder (Liberty, £40) with an M for Muddy – and have it alarmed to ward off burglars. When it comes to the pens themselves, for me it’s always gotta be a fine-liner – they glide on to paper much more pleasingly than a scratchy old Biro. These smudge-proof ones from Nook (£1.50 each) come in an array of 14 rainbow shades. Talking of rainbow shades, I just love these coloured pencils from Wallingford home and lifestyle store Feather & Nest. Created by Yes Studio, the 12 two-toned pencils are called Mixed Emotions – think one end stamped “Staying In” and the other “Going Out”. Cute, eh? Admittedly I don’t have much colouring-in on my to-do list but I’m willing to introduce some to justify owning these. And finally, if you’re in the mood for a mega-splurge, check out this brass and copper desktop fountain pen (£175) from Quill London. It’s basically the Chanel 2.55 handbag of pens. Swoon!
PS – OK, it’s not sleek or sexy but while we’re talking office accessories, I should also mention the Varidesk (£365). We’ve been testing one out at Muddy HQ over the last few months and it’s a game-changer. It turns any old desk into a standing desk in three seconds flat, and has 11 height settings. So you can breezily switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. My backache is much diminished, my posture improved and I seem to have all my best ideas when standing up rather than slumped in the chair. Give it a go!