Does it exist? Or is it as elusive as the comfortable thong?
I’ve been in the midst of an office overhaul, transforming my work space from a guest-room-with-a-desk to an office-with-a-guest-bed. I figure that while we only have guests a few times a year, I work in here every day, so it makes more sense.
The problem with this is that before I worked staring at a wall. Not inspiring, but also not distracting. Now I’m working looking out over my new room, and can’t stop thinking about what still needs to be done in here.
The art work is uninspiring, although I think I have that problem solved. I scored a huge vintage Sex Pistols poster on eBay last year, and as soon as I get that baby framed, it’s going up.
A trickier problem is the computer desk. All of the cool desks out there are designed for hip Mac lap-top users, not for fuddy-duddy desk-tops. Still, I’ve found a few possibilities:
1. Ikea Mikael computer cart
Pros: Pretty, pretty blue! And it’s only $40!
Cons: It’s Ikea. I always regret Ikea. Ikea sounds like a good idea — “Look, a really coolly designer piece of furniture for only $39.99!” — and then you get the damn thing home, and a few months later, start hating it and the fact that you’ve brought even more semi-disposable Swedish furniture into your life. Plus, the nearest Ikea is two hours away, so procuring the desk would call for a level of devotion I just can’t muster up for this desk.
2. Blu-Dot Paperclip Desk
Pros: Super cool. Especially the legs. Love the legs.
Cons: The $500 price tag. Plus it’s way too big for my space.
3. Desk Computer Mobile Station at Tiny Living
Pros: Cute, cute, cute! And it’s the perfect size for tucking in next to my desk.
Cons: It’s made out of MDF, which makes me worry that even though it doesn’t carry the Ikea price tag ($169), it’ll carry the Ikea six-months-later-and-you-want-to-throw-it-out curse.