Cubicles are meant to be droneish for a reason. The less difference in one cubicle to another means the less the employees stop to chat about anything unique. It keeps things productive. But when you spend 8+ hours of your day in your office, you want to have things around you that make you happy.
Having an office that looks as awesome as This One: http://www.wired.com/culture/design/multimedia/2007/06/gallery_nemo_office would be wonderful. However, that level of Steampunk Goodness is out of reach or impractical for most of us.
So, how do you steampunk your office into your happy place without driving your boss over the Edge?
Like all nice touches in life, the key is accessorizing.
A small industrial fan.
An Old Radio
A old library dewey decimal card cabinet for office supplies
Lightbulb with solar reactor
Venus Fly Trap
What are your ideas?