Our first pick is this gleaming copper tray from Douglas & Bec, a New Zealand design studio
with an online store as well as a shop in Melbourne. While this isn't your traditional in-tray, it will
do the job in style (check the dimensions as it's available in a few sizes) and double as a display
piece for your coffee table.
We're also loving this copper-plated design from the European branch of Anthropologie. It's the perfect width and depth for keeping paperwork at bay, and comes with a subtle hint of glimmer. While the postage for this one is a little steep, the tray itself is the cheapest we found, which - as
any serious shopper will know - pretty much cancels out the shipping fee!
Heads up: brass is set to become the new copper. Get in first with this hand-polished Zakkia tray.
Kate Spade is our go-to designer for seriously chic desk accessories, and this acrylic and gold in-tray is no exception (trust us, the image doesn't do it justice). Head to Papier D'amour or Lark (both also great sources for high-style study essentials) to pre-order the piece, set to arrive in Australia soon.
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If all else fails, it's time to get your DIY on. There are myriad gold and copper-look paints on
the market that are both effective and easy-to-use. Find a simple desk tray from Ikea or Officeworks and glam it up with a few coats of spray-paint - try these options from Dulux and Rust-oleum. (We recently tried our luck on a metal plant stand and were amazed by the results!) While you're at it,
you can makeover the rest of your stationery supplies too (because really, who wants to pay
$30 for a gold stapler?)
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