The Writing’s On The Desk

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Phineas Desk, Loaf, £545

If there is one room in my house that needs urgent attention it’s the office. When we moved in two years ago I actually had a choice of two rooms – I know, I know, that’s one advantage of being an empty nester. One slightly larger one at the back of the house that gets the evening sun, and one at the front that is lovely and sunny in the mornings. At the time I had to accommodate a large sideboard from my old dining room that I was loathe to part with, (I also thought it would provide good storage) so I chose the larger of the rooms. It isn’t working. It never has. I’m always reluctant to sit at my desk in the mornings, and I use any excuse to work elsewhere in the house.

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Albert Desk, Oliver Bonas, £450

That’s just nuts and I know it. Decorating it would help, I know. But I just think it’s too big. And now we are relocating the sideboard to the cottage it’s going to feel even more spacious and EMPTY. There’s just nothing else for it, I’m going to have to swap rooms. And it feels me with dread. There’s a whole wall of bookcases complete with books to move from the office and a large wardrobe full of clothes in the other room. Not to mention all of the other stuff. Time for a bit of a clear out too methinks.

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Bennett Desk, Atkin and Thyme, £379

And since I’m going to have to go through all of this upheaval there’s no excuse not to get the paintbrushes out at the same time. But although I think I’ve already decided on a mid-grey for the office (soothing and classic) I do have to make the room inviting in other ways too. There’s a nice window with plantation shutters but other than that it’s rather bland and it needs a focal point. So, it’s time to get rid of the cheap ikea desk that was only a makeshift desk about ten years ago, and invest in something with a bit more class. It’s high time to make the desk the focal point of the room and make me feel good about sitting at it.

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Ginsberg Desk, Swoon Editions, £269

I’m leaning towards something sleek and minimal. A shallow drawer or two would be handy for the things we all need to hand when working, but that’s not essential. I’m going to become minimalist in the workroom. Let’s face it, everything is online these days and we have less need to file or store stuff, and I’d like to use the existing shelves and the walls to display things that really inspire me instead. I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo and I can do it!

I’m still filled with dread.

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16 Comments

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    Jo

    March 8, 2016

    I would be more than happy with any of those desks, they are all beautiful!

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      deardesigner

      March 10, 2016

      I’m still having a hard time choosing Jo 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    March 4, 2016

    Oh no Carole, don’t let it fill you with dread. That’s such an exciting project to work on. If I had a room I could use as an office I think it would be my favourite room to decorate. And I would love desk shopping! There are some really beautiful desks out there at the moment. Good luck with the project and try to enjoy it!

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Thanks Stacey. It will be okay once I get going and yes, i’m lucky to have a room all to myself. Slaps own wrist! xx

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    Jen Stanbrook (@lovechicliving)

    March 4, 2016

    What a beautiful selection of desks, too much choice! Good luck.

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Thanks Jen. I’ve already changed my mind three times about the wall colour so it may be some time before I actually choose a desk 🙂

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    Aubrey

    March 3, 2016

    I love mid-grey for office. What can I say… good luck. I know the experience of painting and moving and throwing away stuff. Remember to smile.

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Thanks Aubrey 🙂

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    Arianna

    March 3, 2016

    lovely post my love – one which i can resonate so well with – my studio is not decorated how I would want it and I’m always sitting in the dining room table facing the window… I do love the Benett desk. A x

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Why is it always low on our list of priorities yet the place we spend so much time? I’ll bet your dining table is a great spot xx

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    March 2, 2016

    I’m always ogling desks… but have ended up with some DIY makeshift number twice now. One day i’ll have something swanky to sit at. Love your choices Carole. Definitely have a look at some vintage desks too. I’ve been sourcing something for a client and have seen some amazing pieces!

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Thanks Karen, I will have a look at some vintage too I think 🙂

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    Rachel

    March 2, 2016

    Good luck with going minimal! I have admiration for anyone who can, as my desk is somewhat the opposite…

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2016

      Time will tell if I can do it Rachel 🙂

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    Old Fashioned Susie

    March 2, 2016

    Oh I like the top one best, love an inbuilt shelf. Mine is an 50s formica table at the moment!

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      deardesigner

      March 2, 2016

      I know what you mean Susie. I’m a sucker for cubby holes too 🙂

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