Thursday, January 13, 2011

From the Desk of ...

Being a literature major and voracious reader of lit and litcrit I have a natural fascination with the working methods of writers, famous or not. Tie this in with my passion for historic home visits and interior design I can't even count how many writer's homes and haunts I have toured and researched. So it's natural that I show my current and temporary workspace. I can't dignify it with terms such as library or study. In October I had to move to Atlanta, rent an apartment near my new job and begin the waiting game for selling our NJ home and having my partner rejoin me down here to househunt and get out of this human cage (read apartment complex).
I managed to bring my desk,  desk chair with its charming chair pad and a few of my favorite things. Let's take a look
My 1940s desk

Silverplate Deco notepad (engraving photoshopped out)

Beloved desk chair and pad 

Julep cup for pens & stamps, favorite photos & cards, and 2010
Christmas shadow box from my partner

Reading Glass holder (gift from Ptnr), partner's childhood photo and

Writer's House no. 1: Tennessee Williams in Key West
photo taken by me back in 1988
I have a postcard of a writer's desk on my desk. Wheels
within wheels? This is Vita Sackville-West's writing
desk at Sissinghurst, in a Tower room at her famous
garden in Kent. I was there in 1997: writer's house no. 2
original tapestry fabric on chair with tie-on chair pad lifted up

I love my chair pad. I bought this for a quarter at one of Martha
Stewart tag sales at my former company

I said I was obsessed! I'm trying to show the great green/yellow
highlights in this fabric and the piping and ties. It's the
perfect chair pad and I don't know where anything
like it could be bought. It may have been made from
scratch for an MSO photo shoot

I like reverse views. Here's my workroom seen from
my living room

From the opposite angle

I love this wastebasket. The striped interior
is in immaculate condition and the exterior
is vivid red with Roman coins. A classic
vintage find

From the Desk of ... Our House Blog

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