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Project

Uptown Office

Introduction

Desk Construction
So many desks look as if they're on steroids -- hulking, ill-proportioned, and too big for their own good. A simple table, meanwhile, has more than enough room for a computer and crafting space. The website tablelegs.com sells, as its name would suggest, all kinds of table legs; we chose a classic ball-and-claw-foot model with a scrolled apron. To save on shipping, you can order just the base and corner hardware, then have a carpenter cut a top from medium-density fiberboard (this one has rounded corners), and paint it. "The effect is elegant and modern," says Blueprint senior home editor Shane Powers. "No frill, no frump," and practically a custom piece for the same price you'd pay for something not quite as suited to your needs.

The Bulletin Board
Transform any frame into a custom bulletin board. First, have a piece of 1/2-inch Homasote or 1/2-inch foam core cut to fit inside the frame. Cover with a piece of colorful linen, stretched taut and stapled on the backside with a staple gun. Wrap ribbon across the front, tacking at the center and stapling in back. Place the board inside the frame, and secure it by tapping in a few brads or using framing hardware. "It holds business cards, love letters, and pretty things you can't bear to part with but can't be bothered to file," Shane says. Ready-made "Studio" frame, $36, pictureframes.com

Shelving Unit
This storage system helps keep your desktop (and floor, and the seat of your guest chair...) clean and tidy. Plus, as Blueprint home editor Page Marchese Norman points out, the cubbies lend themselves to logical organization "and make it easy to find exactly what you're looking for." A clear Lucite letter holder frees up desk space and blends right in. Instead of being tossed in loose folders, any bills, receipts, and mail go in fabric-covered boxes; photos go in coordinating albums. To further the color-coding, books are sorted by spine or jacket color. "This tames the visual clutter and makes the hunt for 'that book' much easier," Page says.

Source
Blueprint, 2006

Reviews (7)

  • NancyMcManus 1 May, 2009

    While not nearly so pretty, my set up is similar. I really miss desk drawers, though. Things tend to pile up.
    And, yes...where is the printer?

  • Archangels 1 May, 2009

    Kobico, yes, I had the same problem with the flash advertisement blocking part of the text. Bad planning on someones part.

  • gioiavm 1 May, 2009

    Gorgeous but my desk could never look like that. Where is the printer? Where is the scanner?

  • kobico 1 May, 2009

    Did anyone else have problems with a flash advertisement on the left side blocking half the text of this article, or was I the only one unlucky enough to have it happen?

  • christinelindstrom 1 May, 2009

    The whole spread is fabulous! I agree, the rug needs to be mentioned!

    Christine
    www.feyhandmade.com

  • MissMollyBeth 1 May, 2009

    Yes, I really like the rug!

  • heatherjoymiller 1 May, 2009

    PERFECT! Just the inspiration I have needed. DO you mind telling us where we can purchase the rug pictured?