So it’s been a while since we boarded the school bus. Still, it never fails: As soon as the markers and three-ring binders appear in stores, we feel compelled to get organized. What we want for our desks is similar to our wardrobe wish list this fall: a mix of bold, preppy patterns, many shades of blue, and a generous helping of gold. —A. K.
Green twine ($21), by Twine This, Twine That, from Paperista • Gold patterned journals (blue, sea foam, and sand) stitched so that they lie flat when open ($16 each), from Mara-Mi • Chevron journals ($18.95 for a set of three), handmade by a women’s cooperative in Nepal, from Paper Source • “Keep Thinking” pocket notebook ($15), from Paperista • Custom stamps designed in Minneapolis ($44–$74), from MaeMae Paperie
Hanging card calendar ($30), from Minneapolis-based Studio on Fire • Three-dimensional @ sign ($14), from Epitome Papers • White mug ($10), from The Foundry Home Goods • Bedazzled scissors ($3), from Target • Journals (see description for top shelf) • Academic calendar ($13), by Letts, from Epitome Papers • Italian stapler ($25), by Cucitrice Klizia, from The Foundry Home Goods
Dot binders ($5.98 each), from Target • Pink crocodile Webster’s Dictionary ($174), from Paperista • Glass jars ($3.25–$5.25), by WECK, from Askov Finlayson • Pushpins ($4), from The Foundry Home Goods • Acrylic pen and pencil holder ($38), from russell+hazel • Mouse pad notepad ($20), by Incredibly Charming Paper & Gifts, from Epitome Papers • Leather three-pocket card wallet ($50), by Leatherworks Minnesota, from Askov Finlayson • Pens ($32–$40), from Paperista • Large earthenware mug ($32), from The Foundry Home Goods • Tatou lamp ($465), by Patricia Urquiola for FLOS, from Roam Interiors
Where to Shop:
Askov Finlayson, 200 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-206-3925, askovfinlayson.com • Epitome Papers, Galleria, 952-920-2978, epitomepapers.com • The Foundry Home Goods, 125 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-333-8484, thefoundryhomegoods.com • MaeMae Paperie, maemaepaperie.com • Mara-Mi, 201 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-689-1730, mara-mi.com • Paper Source, 4954 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-259-1000; 3048 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-377-0700, paper-source.com • Paperista, 5023 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-886-3470, paperista.com • Roam Interiors, 2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com • russell+hazel, 4388 France Ave. S., Mpls., 952-279-1360, russellandhazel.com • Studio on Fire, studioonfire.com • Target, several metro locations, target.com