Most of us have tried to pare down, declutter, streamline, and generally simplify our decor at some point. With the past trend to a cleaner contemporary look most of us tried to live with just the essentials. I did this for about a week once. The nasty mood I developed from maintaining gleaming sideboards and desks devoid of stuff simply wasn’t worth it for esthetics (or lack thereof). So you won’t find a flat service at my house without a carefully planned tablescape on top chock full of “must have” (otherwise useless) stuff. Pictured here are two of my favourites for desks.