By Karen Parr-Moody

The historical Covid-19 quarantine profoundly changed our lives and introduced societal byproducts as large swaths of people stayed home. Now, Instacart saves us from the pushcart, sweatshirt dresses are a thing and people who rarely cook bake artisan bread. The quarantine caused changes in the workplace, too. Telecommuting came into fashion, bringing with it a growth sector for home décor, according to experts.

As worker bees adapt to this swift change, they seek aesthetically pleasing props to transition a home space into a functional and spiffy office/Zoom backdrop. And GasLamp Antiques and Decorating Mall has everything one needs to make a home office sing.

This midcentury modern desk by Sligh-Lowry features a tambour top (shown rolled up).

This midcentury modern desk by Sligh-Lowry would be the perfect anchor piece for the stylish office ($1,395; B-120). Made out of walnut, it features a tambour top that will hide any messy paperwork from sight. Among the other delightful features: Cubbies in the back, a file wall, a slide-out tray for holding a laptop (before laptops, it accommodated a typewriter, natch) and – the charmingest feature – a little corkboard.

This rattan chest by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams offers stylish storage.

Those who favor a home office that blends seamlessly with its surroundings should seek a storage system beyond the filing cabinet, which can look sterile. This rattan chest by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a much softer accent piece that is pretty and practical ($995; B-389). The black-and-sand geometric pattern woven from rattan seems inspired by a faraway tribe, giving an otherwise sleek chest a hint of the exotic. The metal, geometric hardware ties it together nicely. To transform it into an office-ready piece, fill it with storage boxes designed to house hanging files.

Task lighting is essential for working at home.

Digital eye strain is real. The savvy employee will seek enlightenment via this charming desk lamp, in a vintage brass finish, modeled after a traditional piano lamp. ($48; Booth 2012). This lamp offers convenient task lighting for writing letters, editing papers or reading documents at one’s desk.

A classic globe imbues an office with whimsy.

Among the many objet d’art are must-haves for a stylish home office? The world globe, which lends a sense of gravitas to those Zoom meetings. Beyond that singular task, a globe fills the viewer with whimsical wanderlust, a necessity in these times of quarantine and endless “hunkering down” (in the parlance of Will & Grace actor Leslie Jordan). Globes also provide an opportunity to spritz an office with a bit of color. This globe at Booth B-206 features a fetching palette of sage, mustard, blue and pink against a parchment-like background ($39). Set this on your desk and you’ll be plotting your next globe-trotting getaway in no time.

This solid brass letter opener is idea for a dog lover.

Since we’ve come to rely on mail service more than ever, a letter opener for one’s home office is obligatory. Why choose a utilitarian version from the modern era when you can find an infinitely more interesting one from the past? With this vintage letter opener by Virginia Metalcrafters, the choice is obvious: This solid-brass piece will flatter a desk in ways the others can only dream of. The handle – a collie motif with flowing fur and perky ears – makes the most of its functional role and couldn’t be more charming. The maker’s mark of Virginia Metalcrafters, a firm founded in 1890, stamps the opener’s back. It’s the perfect choice for someone who leans to the classic and happens to love dogs

A vintage map cabinet is perfect for storing large, flat papers such as paintings and architectural plans.

At booth T-370, a vintage map cabinet offers the ultimate storage solution for maps, plans, art, blueprints and other flat documents ($925). Made of oak, the cabinet features 12 slide-out drawers with a Rand McNally map on the bottom of each one.

A doctor’s medicine cabinet looks sleek in a home office.

Many professionals acquire a wide array of books to be stored; this vintage doctor’s medicine cabinet provides a chic storage solution ($1,775). It is extra wide with six drawers, six shelves and glass-front doors. The dove gray color, acting as a neutral, fits into a variety of color schemes.

A well-decorated home office lets you set household distractions to the side so that you can get down to business. With a few GasLamp finds, you can turn your home office into a curated space that inspires.

Header photo: Grovemade on Unsplash.

Product photos: David Wariner.