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Catch that whiff of freshly sharpened pencil in the air this morning? Chicago kids went back to school today, and we?re marking the season the grown-up way by sprucing up our office with chic accessories from new Oak Park shop Update Interiors. (122 N. Marion St., Oak Park)

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Take a good look at your workspace.

Look Closer

Update Interiors owner Barbara Bernick suggests adding old-world character to your desk with these brass magnifying glasses.

Global Views ($55)

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Picture This

Gray linen-look frames are a classic way to display shots of your friends, family and favorite places.

Pigeon & Poodle ($98 to $150)

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Letter Rip

Getting party invitations--and, okay, bills--in the mail is more fun when you have a dramatic letter opener like this brass serpent.

Global Views ($55)

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Make Space

Hide clutter in the three drawers of this petite, mushroom-finish, solid-wood desk.

Arteriors ($2,500)

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Stow Away

This leather magazine caddy with bronze hardware is an elegant way to store books, paperwork or, um, the latest US Weekly.

Studio A ($284)

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Keep Time

A playful visual reminder to stay on task, this wooden jigsaw clock can be ordered in a rainbow of colors--though we’re partial to energizing electric blue.

Wolf Designs ($55)

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Box It Up

Forget file cabinets and binders. These real water snake boxes are a far more fabulous way to keep your to-do pile in check.

Made Goods ($176-$352)

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