Get the Look: 42 Modern Desks For Your Home Office

I’ve been so focused on Florida (though not nearly enough, as I’ve yet to order rugs, shades, or decide on the pink problem in the bathroom), that I’ve neglected organizing and upgrading in Boston. Coming back in the fall from the Cape, I’m always bothered by the amount of stuff we have. Too. Much. Stuff. It’s particularly striking because not only is the place on the Cape a lot bigger, being a house instead of an apartment, it’s white and virtually empty.

Here, in addition to crown moldings and bookshelves lined with coffee table books (one of the best perks of being a blogger), there’s , well, everything. The piles of dishes still not put away from the bar mitzvah in February (because, after all, we’re having another one this coming February), our bicycles in the living room until it gets too cold to ride and we store them, etc.

I’ve been promising my younger son that I would work on his bedroom. Meaning, I would clear out all the outgrown clothing and extra bedding I’ve been keeping in there. Done! He has the upholstered armchair that I used to nurse them on when they were babies. It’s taking up a ton of space that would be better used for a desk. He’s starting to get a fair amount of homework, plus, like me, he’s very organized, so I think he’d love to have drawers where he can store supplies.

Our other son has a little desk from IKEA, which when it’s cleared, he actually likes to use (not for homework, though). When he was away at a boarding school program this summer he lived in student housing, with a room furnished in typical dorm style (by a company like Peelmount) that outfits dorm rooms with sturdy wood beds, desks, and dressers. It’s kind of incredible that those designs haven’t changed, in like, ever. Blocky oak stands the test of time, I suppose. In any case, I’m not looking for anything as practical as all that. A small, affordable, modern desk is all we need.

Here are 42 modern desks, almost all of them well-priced (and one very extravagant example).







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1 Soft Modern Writing Desk by Sauder, $210 at All Modern.

2 MICKE desk, $49.99 at IKEA

3 at All Modern.

4 Phillip Desk by Arteriors Home, $2,520 at All Modern.

5 Finch Desk by Gus Modern, $1,044.75 at Burke Decor.

6 Half Pipe Writing Desk by Offi, $899 at All Modern. 

7 Ayers Writing Desk by Reual James, $1,338 at All Modern.

8 Jacques Desk, $3,495 at Jonathan Adler

9 Homework Desk by Niels Bendtsen, $1,595 at DWR.

10 Reef Writing Desk by Tema, $720 at All Modern

11 Paul McCobb Style Birch Desk, $2700 at Chairish. 

12 Pilson Paprika Desk, $199 at Crate & Barrel.

13 Eames Desk Unit (EDU) by Herman Miller, $1,419 at Room & Board.

14 Rustic Storage Oak Desk, $499 at West Elm.

15 Radford Adjustable Desk in White design by Safavieh, $495 at Burke Decor.

16 Offi Wave Writing Desk, $999 at All Modern.

17 Royal Blue Vintage Campaign Desk, $795 at Chairish.

18 Executive Desk with Cabinet by Jesper Office, $2,374 at Bluefly.

19 Shutter Hall Desk, $1,350 at Furniturea.

20 Marco Desk, $799 at Crate & Barrel.

21 Delphine Desk, $1,950 at Jonathan Adler

22 Hanh Left Desk by Euro Style, $552 at Burke Decor.  

23 Eames Desk Unit (EDU) by Herman Miller, $1,419 at DWR.

24 Contrast Drawer Desk by Assembly Home, $369 at Urban Outfitters.

25 Slim Desk in Orange, $449 at Room & Board.

26 Nelson Swag Leg Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, $2,149 at DWR.

27 Mid-Century Desk in Thai Blue, $399 at West Elm.

28 Cant Writing Desk by Blu Dot, $599 at All Modern.

29 Poltrona Frau Fred Desk, $ stat Switch Modern.

30 Format Desk by BDI USA, $1,299 at All Modern.

31 Green Josephine Desk by Cost Plus, $199 at World Market.

32 Reclaimed Pine Cross Base Desk, $499 at West Elm.

33 Manon Desk by Italian Modern, $539.99 at All Modern.

34 Reale Desk by Moe’s Home Collection, $781.76 at Bellacor

35 Junction Desk by Gus Modern, $1,255 at Burke Decor.

36 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Storage Desk, $1,299 at West Elm.

 37 Scrub Desk by Autobahn for De La Espada, $5,185 at Matter.

38 Fairfax Desk, $495 at Serena & Lily.

39 Companions Writing Desk by StudioIlse, $3,145 at The Future Perfect.

40 Lark Desk, $695 at Serena & Lily.

41 Pontus Desk by Pinch, $11,257 at The Future Perfect.

42 Remix Desk by Gesa Hansen , $3,065 at Matter.

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ARTmonday: 12 Artworks from UGallery

I posted about UGallery back in January 2013 (28 Photographs from UGallery), when they asked me to curate a collection on the UGallery Pinterest boards. They’ve invited me to be  a UGallery Guest Curator again, which of course I was more than happy to do. Any excuse to Pin as “work.”

True to my fascination (obsession?) with the portrayal of women in art, my recent effort, which can be found on Pinterest and UGallery’s site, is a simple but robust collection of 60 images of women. You may recognize some images as one’s I’ve featured before (sorry, they speak to me, long term), as well as new pieces by artists whose work I’ve featured. There are certainly new ones too.

To go along with my UGallery Guest Curator collection, I’ve pulled together a variety of 12 artworks from UGallery today, including landscapes, abstracts, still lifes, in acrylic, oil, and photography. If you love any, click through and investigate. UGallery prices are quite reasonable and they frame too. I’m about to order one for myself. I’ll show you when it arrives.


Joanna Pechmann  •  Summer Fun #2

Spatial Color

Corey Gilbert  •  Spatial Color


Kiana Mosley  •  Sashimi


Casey Parks-Schwartz  •  Looking Out the Window


Savinia Ghost  •  Socks


Richard Silver  •  Tilt Shift Marathon


Anna Williams  •  Seeking


Talia Rainyk  •  Dance


Gregory Hochmuth  •  Father & Son
Wynee Lou  •  Green Rainboots
Kimberly Poppe  •  ===
 JJ Galloway  •  Vintage Polka Dot Bathing Suit
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Saturday Say It: Come As You Are

Quote About Guilty Pleasures By Rock Star Dave Grohl

“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you f*cking like something, like it.” —Dave Grohl

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Montage: 16 Modern Bathrooms With Floating Vanities

I know I’ve been posting an abundance of bathroom images lately (contrasting tile bathroom floors, tiled bathroom vanities, swatches of bathroom floor tiles), the thinking being a solution for the pink laminate bathroom counter and pink tile floor in the Florida condo bathroom will suddenly present itself.

It seems as though tiling over the counter would be most cost-effective, but I wonder what it would cost to demo the whole darn blocky vanity and put in a simple slab, which would really open up the space, or find a modestly priced floating bathroom vanity, like one of the glossy white sink cabinets from IKEA, or maybe even this Caro vanity that resembles plywood (I had obsessed over a plywood floor for the condo before settling on the cork floor). A floating vanity rather than a simple slab, would be a better for storage, obviously.

It’s true that the bathroom is fairly traditional, certainly basic, with (now) white tile and white grout, and basic white porcelain tub with glass shower doors, but I don’t think it’s a matter of choosing traditional versus contemporary bathroom style, but rather mixing the elements for a simple, clean, with maybe even a hint of Scandinavian style.

Here are 16 modern bathrooms with floating vanities.

floating-vanity-- images by I. Foord | via HomeLife | project by Doherty Design Studio.

Doherty Design Studio  •  Photo by I. Foord  •  HomeLife


Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors  •  Photo by Armelle Habib • HomeLife




Hearth Studio  •  Photo by Lauren Bamford



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Home of Mikayla Rose  •  Photo by Eve Wilson   •  The Design Files

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Home of designer Suzanne Gorman  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files


Bolig Magasinet


Smitten Studio


 Stine Langvad  •  Photo by Joachim Wichmann  •  The Style Files

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Laplace & Co.


 Taverne Agency


New York Times


Elle Espana

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Katty Schiebeck

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2B Group

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Style Right Now: 21 Patterned Coats, Street Style

The weather has been perfect in Boston—sunny, slightly breezy, just a tinge of crisp. Not that I’d really know; I pretty much haven’t left the house in almost a week I have so much work. But the living rooms windows are wide open. All too soon it will be jacket time and then we’ll be pulling on serious down puffers and shearling lined boots. But right now, we’re in the throes of autumn.

Here’s what the street style stars are wearing atop their casually studied outfits. Lots of patterned toppers, from boxy checks to graffiti print along with a floral or too. There are also animal skin prints, plaids, and marled tweedy coats. Here are 21 patterned coats, street style.


Stylist Angela Scanlon   •  London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Amar Daved  •  Elle


London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •   Harper’s Bazaar

floral-coat-Giovanna Battaglia - Rochas coat.

Giovanna Battaglia in Rochas  •   Carolines Mode


Coat + bag by Emerson Fry


Fashion editor Christine Centenera in Celine coat  •  London Fashion Week


Pop art topper  •  Milan Fashion Week  •  Photo: Imaxtree


Carven coat  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Caroline de Maigret in Fendi  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Giovanna Battaglia  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Chiarra Ferragni of The Blonde Salad in Milly coat.


Photo by Silvia Olsen


Perforated topper.


Viviana Valpolicella  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •   Harper’s Bazaar


Photo by Michela Biasibetti  •  Fashion Vibe

kylie jenner. plaid overcoat.

Kylie Jenner


Georgia Hardinge coat and Celine Edge bag  •  A Shah’s Life


Stylist Elisa Nalin




Christine Centenera


Olivia Palermo  •  London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar

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Covet: Drip Vases by Brian Giniewski

Dipped Earthenware Vases At Gretel Home


Photo by Claudia Uribe Touri   for   Gretel Home

These earthenware Drip vases are hand-made in Syracuse, New York by Brian Giniewski.  Glossy glaze, formulated in such a way that allows the artist to suspend it’s drip,  is juxtaposed against a grainy, matte finish of the vase’s body. Alluring pastel colors and earthy textures in sophisticated but not too serious silhouettes. 

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Get the Look: 28 Modern Platform Beds

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture roundup, and since I’ve been thinking about mattresses, namely going up to a king on Cape Cod, where we have a platform bed, I settled on pulling together modern platform beds. We have a gorgeous white oak contemporary platform bed that we purchased before the house was done. We used the wood sample as inspiration for the white oak floors. We’re always bumping into its sharp corners though.

Everybody seems to be obsessed with upholstered headboards these days (I have one of those too, a white slipcovered upholstered bed from Pottery Barn), but I prefer the clean lines of a platform bed. As stylish furniture goes, a platform bed is clean, simple, and functional. Plus there are a number of styles, from low-to-the-ground upholstered beds, like the Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, which comes in a bunch of fun colors, to inexpensive platform beds with storage drawers that are good for kids’ rooms, to platform beds with integrated nightstands like the Skyline Modern Platform Bed and the Contour Walnut Platform Bed with Wood Slat Headboard.

Here are 28 modern platform beds in a variety of materials and silhouettes. (The prices are for queen size, unless indicated, but many come in other sizes too.)




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S H O P P I N G 

1 Boerum Natural Light Wood Platform Bed, $998

2 Newbury Platform Bed by South Shore, $140.42

3 Case Study Alpine Platform Bed by Modernica, $3,495

4 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99

5 Abstract Fretwork Light Wood Platform Bed, $749.99

6 Andes Concrete Platform Bed with  Nightstands, $849  

7 Chevron Platform Bed, $999

8 Red Powder-Coated Steel Platform Bed, $399

9 Companions Bed by Studioilse, $4,695

10 Case Study V Leg Platform Bed by Modernica, $1,029

11 Madison Tufted Leather Platform Bed, $6,839

12 FJELLSE Platform Bed, $49.99 (full size)

13 MALM Birch Platform Bed with Storage Drawers, $399

14 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99

15 Platform bed with Storage Drawers, $319.99

16 Osborn Four-Poster Platform Bed, $1,499

17 Supra Platform Bed With Cane Headboard, $1,099

18 Reve Upholstered Platform Bed, $2,434.40

19 Fifties Platform Bed, $999

20 Templeton Upholstered Bed by Jonathan Adler, $3,595

21 Avery Bed, $895 (full size)

22 DUKEN Platform Bed, $199

23 Zack Platform Bed, $1,607

24 Harbour Cane Bed, $1,395

25 Astrid Platform Bed, $2,620

26 Waste Bed in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $13,226

27 Mod Upholstered Platform Bed, $599

28 Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, $1,899

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Montage: 16 Rooms with Asian Cabinets

Little known fact (if you haven’t known me forever): I was an Asian Studies/Chinese Language & Literature major in college. This otherwise rich course of study included just one Asian art history course. Said course included nothing as pedestrian as Asian furniture. I took a Chinese Art course later on, and that too was highbrow. We roamed the ceramics galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but never ventured near the furniture. (I actually don’t even know what kind of Asian furniture collection the Met has.)

Years later, here in Boston, I took a History of Furniture class at the BAC, but I don’t recall covering East or South Asian furniture in that either. Chairs from ancient Greece and Rome, yes. Louis this and that, Chippendale, of course, but nothing non-Occidental. Accidental?

That said, while I have a strong academic interest in various aspects of Asian culture, I can’t say I’ve been drawn to Asian furnishings for my house. (Perhaps if I knew the background, I’d be more included to integrate Asian pieces into the decor.) I’ve noticed lately, especially in British decor magazines, Asian furniture incorporated into Scandinavian-influenced spaces. It’s quite a modern look.

The  Chinese wedding cabinets (otherwise known as an armoire with Asian-style hardware), look quite good in black or a pop of color in all white spaces. There’s one instance below in which an unpainted, rustic wood Asian cabinet pairs perfectly with an Eames chair. And I’m intrigued by this Dynasty cabinet with lattice design. Here are 16 rooms that feature Asian cabinets in fresh ways.


Photo by Peter Carlsson  •  Hus o Hem




Photo by Kirsten Hinder  •  House & Home

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Jacques Grange Interior Design


Angel At My Table


Living Etc.


Tessa Chrisp  •  NZ House & Garden


Black Balloon Photography


Home of Tine Kjeldsen, owner/designer of  Tine K Home  •  Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer




Abaton Architecture  •  Photo by Bethlehem Imaz


House to Home






Skona Hem

Chinese vintage bridal locker-baazar



Peter Wilds Design  •  Photo by Janis of Pinecone Camp  •  Anthology

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ARTmonday: 24 Black & White Abstract Artworks

That just a few strokes of black paint on a white canvas can have such impact, provokes a sense of wonder.  It could be bold colorblocking, some simple swirls, or seemingly carefree scratches. Well executed black & white abstract artworks use so little (but really so much), to present themselves as elegant and evocative.

I always admire black & white abstract artworks when I see them, most often in highly designed spaces in interior design magazines. A bit over two years ago I posted “Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art,” showing room after room featuring black & white abstract artworks.

As I mentioned then, I find myself hesitating when confronted with purchasing such simple work, but really the payback is huge. You might think you could make that yourself, but you didn’t, and really, you couldn’t. Sure, you might be able to copy the piece, if you know which mediums to use and how to manipulate the materials, but as with fashion, it’s the most simple designs that are the most genius.

Here are 24 black & white abstract artworks, from masters that include Jean Arp, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, as well as less (or little) known contemporary artists.


Antoine Puisais


Brice Marden


David Band


Alan Johnston  •  Bartha Contemporary


Jaume Pinya


Jean Arp


Josef Albers


Mark Handforth


Matthew Feyld


Richard Serra


Victor Pasmore  •  Laing Art Gallery


Bernar Venet


Alexander Calder


Guy Vandenbranden


Jason Karolak


Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery


Jim Lee  •  Edward Thorp Gallery


Lisa Hochstein


Mark Rothko


Markus Amm  •  David Kordansky Gallery


Richard Diebenkorn


Teresita Fernandez  •  Lehmann Maupin Gallery


 Vivienne Griffin  •  Bureau Gallery


Maria Dukers

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Sunday Bouquet: Thistle

Thistle From Wildflowers Florist In Provincetown Cape Cod

Thistle  •  Wildflower of Provincetown
Photo by StyleCarrot/Instagram

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