But I also remember it because it's the perfect example of how you can put a desk in your living space, without it feel like you have a cubicle next to your television.
Here was the before:
And another shot of the after.
Big improvement right?
I run across clients all the time who are looking for functional ways to incorporate desks into their (often small) NYC apartments. Every time I have a client with this conundrum, I think of this space. Why? Because it doesn't read "DESK IN LIVING ROOM!"
So how can you make a desk work in your living space? Here are a few tips.
You don't want it to look like a standard desk. This one is a fun color and has clean lines. Sure it can't hold any hanging files, but that's what closets are for. It blends into the room in a way that makes the whole space feel cohesive. In fact, it almost looks like it could be a game table.
2. Don't stare at the wall!
Is there anything more depressing than starting at a wall while you work? I know some people like it but it just makes me sad. This table could have easily been turned to face the wall, but instead it was rotated 90 degrees so it faces the center of the room. When you're working, it doesn't feel like you're isolated and alone. Can you tell I have some FOMO issues to work out? When you're not working, you can use the table for games (see above) or even dinner.
3. Add a second chair!
One chair, desk. Two chairs, boss. No. I'm kidding. But the second chair does prevent the feeling that you're just sitting at a dinner for one, and it offers up another spot for any of the above activities.
Truth be told, I've been obsessing over this room again because I desperately want to rework my office space in our apartment. I currently work at our dining room table, which has me A. facing a wall and B. hogging the dining space. Oops!
This room is serious inspiration. I especially love the pop of color in the parsons desk. West Elm and CB2 have similar styles, but I'm craving something a bit more fun. The etsy shop livenUPdesign has some great custom options.
I also love how Gambrel used the oversize frame to make a stylish bulletin board. I'm not sure my husbands OCD would allow for a full-on bulletin board in the living room, but a girl can dream.
Do you have a desk in your apartment? Would you ever be able to try something like this? Do you have a parsons table you'd like to give me?! I'm all ears.